I am pretty new to babywearing and I'd like some advice. I have been using a Moby-style wrap, but my little guy is getting pretty heavy and I can't seem to get it tight enough. Also, he sinks lower and lower as we go along and the cross pieces between his legs keep getting bunched up and he gets red marks. I love wearing him in the grocery store, because he's a big baby and is too little to sit in the cart (20 lbs and 5 months) and he loves to look around and chat with people :goodvibes:
I've been looking into making a Mei Tai style carrier. Does anyone else like theirs? Or is there something else that is better. I don't want to spend a pile of money on this, and I enjoy making my own projects. I want something simple to tie and use.
01-31-2011, 09:05 PM
You definitely need to get you another good carrier...those moby's say they can go up to like 35lbs or something like that, but really, they aren't supportive enough for the weight. Many around here do not recommend them for use after about 12-15 pounds...they are just too stretchy!
If you like wrapping, you could get a woven wrap, or DIY one...namebrands can be pretty expensive, but you can get Osnaburg at WM or a fabric store, and hem it up, and it'd be a perfectly good and supportive wrap for you (or so I hear...I'm going to make one, but haven't gotten to it yet, and I suggest it cause you say you like to make your own stuff). A MT would work really well too, though...but I don't know as much about making your own. I'm sure others here will chime in...there's also an entire DIY section on thebabywearer.com forums!
01-31-2011, 11:13 PM
Ditto the above. I LOVE my moby but always stop using it around that size, because of the stretchiness. My little one is my heaviest at 19 lbs at 10 mths. I tried a ssc/mei tei cross but could never quite get it right. I loved it, it's beautiful and functional but I think it's partly my size (short & fat) and my longer torso, shorter arms. I found a Beco Butterfly off craigslist and it's been awesome. I can wear him on my back for 2 hrs fine because the weight is mostly on my hips, not my shoulders or back. That said, I also LOVE ring slings and pouch slings for their quick entry/exit, ease of use and transport. Thought they aren't good for long use as the weight is mainly on one shoulder. You could make a ring or pouch sling easy. I've also seen patterns for easy mei teis even made out of table runners so you can go super inexpensive!
02-01-2011, 05:01 AM
I love my Moby too, but I find my Ergo more supportive when the baby gets older. I am also trying to branch out - I'm thinking of trying a woven wrap as I hear they are more supportive than the Moby.
02-01-2011, 07:06 AM
Go for a MT! I love mine! If you like wrapping though, try out a woven. LIke a pp said, you can DIY one for pretty inexpensive. Best of luck to you!
02-01-2011, 10:17 AM
Yes I would go for a mei tai a couple of my favorite brands are Babyhawk and freehand- you can usually find them used for a reasonable price:)
02-01-2011, 02:38 PM
Or you could always try a wrap conversion. It's a mei tai made of woven material. Bunch of really pretty ones on FSOT. THey can get pretty pricey though depending on all the bells and whistles that are put on it.
02-01-2011, 02:56 PM
I'm sure others here will chime in...there's also an entire DIY section on thebabywearer.com forums!
Thanks for telling me about this site-- It is awesome! I didn't know what I was missing!:thumbsup:
02-01-2011, 09:26 PM
I like the ergo, for a back carry, for a heavy child. I love my woven wrap also...moby is too stretchy when they are heavy... I used a mai tai, called Eden, from a WAHM, I loved it. It was like a wrap, but easier, could go front or back, and soft...I like my storch sling for ease of use, but heavy on the shoulder.... Granola babies in Newport beach, CA, actually rents baby carriers for you to try out....
02-02-2011, 11:35 AM
Good luck making your own! How fun :) :) :)
02-02-2011, 11:58 AM
I absolutely LOVE my MT!! I have a review on an affordable MT on etsy if you wanna try it out but don't wanna spend a ton. The review is on 3stomps.blogspot.com