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Old 11-28-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
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Help me pick a baby carrier!

So here's the deal. I think I am ready to take the plunge. I have a baby bjorn, but not loving it. (oh, and a nojo sling I HATE!!!!)

I think I'd like to carry ODD, who is 2.5yr and 30" while out on short treks, like the grocery store. She's at that age where she pulls everything off and gets in to everything. I think wearing her some might give her some extra attention she's been lacking since YDD was born.

YDD is 7 mo and should start crawling soon. So wearing her to and from here and there. I have a double stroller, and use it when walking, but think she'd really like being worn.

I want something easy and quick that gives me options to wear both girls easily. I'd prefer something that doesn't take like 30 minutes to put on. LOL. And I am nursing still, and would like something where I could nurse and wear. That's probably my biggest complaint about the baby bjorn.

Comfort and cuteness great too. Price is important, though. Not willing to pay like $100 for a carrier I don't know that I like. Please spam me or rave for your fave!
THanks.

ETA: I am of average build with small breasts. I don't plan on carrying both at the same time, just would like a carrier that would allow me to be able to carry either girl.

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Old 11-28-2006, 11:42 PM   #2
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Re: Help me pick a baby carrier!

I wear a pocket and it goes on fast. The first few times I had to remember what to do, but it's easy! mine has a stretch so it's snug and I can BF. When I'm shopping DS tucks his hands in to the sling and it wraps him up. or he can keep his hands out. I make them for 32.00ppd here are some fabric options.

They are custom made to fit your body. I would need a measurment from shoulder to the top of your pants.
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:53 PM   #3
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I prefer a ring sling, easy to get on/off, easy to adjust from - say - your biggee to the little. I just haven't tried pockets - if the fit isn't perfect (which i think changes depending on how big the baby is) then it can be very uncofmy (according to my neighbor).

I'm not clear whether you wanted something that would allow you to carry both at once? I use a back carry for all bigger kids (about 25-30 lbs), because that is a lot of weight to carry on one shoulder. I gotta say that I LOVE our Ergo, but I was a hard sell. It's $$$ but will carry my big girl who is EIGHT! Her legs are to the floor, of course lol, but it'll bear her weight easily. It's not EASY to use, esp. at first. But practice with your bigger babe, and it gets easier really fast. I've started to see some used ones around, now that the new generation ones are everywhere.

Ring slings - I get mine either on babywearer yahoo group, or ebay. You can just do a search for ring sling. If you are a big person with big breasts and you want some tail left over to give some privacy, get an XL or equivelant. Otherwise, it's pretty much osfa, and you can make small adjustments as needed. I carry my ds (22 mos) in it for all the quick trips, and I also use it around the house. I find it helps alot when he's in one of his super fussy don't put me DOWN phases. I don't use it much for longer treks.

We also have a backpack, like a frame pack thing, which I do use for lengthier adventures. Well, now I use the ergo lol, but my husband still prefers the backpack for longer treks.

I think the fabric of a sling is the most important issue, for me anyway. I finally found one made from a very nice soft flannel that my son and I both love a lot. I use it more often and enjoy having it on me more than other slings that I've passed along because they just didn't feel that awesome.

That's about all I can offer - brand is a lot less of an issue for me than it is for some mamas, so there will surely be others who have brands to give you, maybe even websites! Good luck!!!
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:59 PM   #4
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I used the ring sling for about seven years. I went through several. I think they wear out faster than the pocket and it wasn't as comphy IMO. My pocket has a stretch to it so it feels so good. I have carried my 20 month old, 27 lbs, and a brand new baby 7lb, and a 6 month old maybe 15-18 lb, all in the same. I would totally recomend the pocket!
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Re: Help me pick a baby carrier!

I prefer podegis, the authentic ones you get here in korea, they are not like the ones in the states, they are huge piece of quilt with two ends to tie under the butt and around your waist. I never liked the ones from the states but other people love them. I carry an almost 3.5 yr old comfertably with one and she is great at helping me out when putting her in it since she does everyting i say she knows not to joke when im in a hurry
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:14 AM   #6
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I've never heard of that. Do you have a pic?
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here is a picture...it is in the biggest size you can get it is for toddler use and works great!

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Re: Help me pick a baby carrier!

well, I don't get it. Is that a pouch? is it more like a flap and you tie under the baby? Got a pic of you wearing it? I loved the colors and it looks soft.
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I wear a pocket and it goes on fast. The first few times I had to remember what to do, but it's easy! mine has a stretch so it's snug and I can BF. When I'm shopping DS tucks his hands in to the sling and it wraps him up. or he can keep his hands out. I make them for 32.00ppd here are some fabric options.

They are custom made to fit your body. I would need a measurment from shoulder to the top of your pants.
Do you have a pic of how those work, esp with older children? And how does one secure a 7 mo. baby?
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Old 11-29-2006, 01:53 AM   #10
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I found a site that shows you how to put a baby in it here http://www.wearsthebaby.com/babywearing/podegi.html
with an older child its easy to do it when they jump on your back when you are squated down, like a piggy back ride, than throw it over the two of you and tie it. It took me a few time to get to know how tight to tie it and how high it should be up with her and with an older child it works good at their mid back since they have ballance and can hold on to your shoulders.



http://www.peppermint.com/podegicarry.htm
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