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post #41 of 87
A tip for those looking at swaddling blankets like the kiddpotomus one... I'd skip that and get the miracle blanket. With my ds I started with the swaddleme and he could get out of it like it was nothing. The miracle blanket really was a miracle. I also really want to try out the woombie this time.

I also recommend skipping the bjorn, it is not that awesome for baby's body or your back! My plan is to start with a moby and a ring sling, and then move onto a mei tai.
post #42 of 87
Beco question - anyone know the difference between the Butterfly 1 and the Butterfly 2? Is the Butterfly 1 just older? There's a Butterfly 1 for sale locally for $60, and if that's a good deal, I'd like to snap it up.
post #43 of 87
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Beco question - anyone know the difference between the Butterfly 1 and the Butterfly 2? Is the Butterfly 1 just older? There's a Butterfly 1 for sale locally for $60, and if that's a good deal, I'd like to snap it up.
I did not like my Butterfly I. I have a Beco 4th gen that I love, though. I had to buy it used-it's not made anymore. The infant insert was such a PITA. I haven't tried the II, though.
post #44 of 87
I also like the Miracle Blanket. I'm interested in trying the big muslin ones, too.

As for carseats, the Chicco KeyFit 30 is going to be the narrowest infant seat. The Combi Coccoro is a small convertible designed to go 3-across. And the Sunshine Kids Radian is a bigger but very narrow convertible. The Radian XTSL rearfaces to 45lbs!! In theory, it forward-faces to 80lbs, but most kids will never make it to that weight before outgrowing the height.

I have seen people post pics of 3-across in the middle row of the 8-seater Odyssey (which we have), so it's definitely possible! You'll need really narrow seats for 3-across in any 3rd row, though. I think that's pictured in promo pics for the Radian, tho!
post #45 of 87
I have a Beco Butterfly (a II maybe? not sure). I love it, but I got it after my DD was a little older so I haven't tried the infant insert yet. I have a friend who swears by hers and uses the infant insert all the time.

I almost forgot that we need a new vehicle at some point too. My car is adequate but DH's pickup doesn't have enough room in the back, which is only an issue when we want to camp, and thankfully that can wait until next summer.
post #46 of 87
ILoveMySofie- Petit Bateau has such cute baby clothes! But yes, they are pricey unless you buy very plain kimonos or onesies.


This is baby number one for me so we have definitely been looking! It's the first grandbaby on both sides of the family so everyone has been buying us stuff, which is very nice of them. (Mainly my mom though..she can't go 2 days without buying the baby something. I've never seen her this happy in my life, lol.) She bought the bedding (along with all the matching nursery accessories!), cloth diapers and organic bamboo inserts, and many organic blankets and some organic clothing. My dad bought me my dream stroller (which I did not expect) and did not require by any means but it's nice to have. (He lives on ebay!) DH and I bought a pack and play and the matching highchair.

I have a ton of slings in mind! (Moby, ring sling, and maybe Bjorn for DH?)
I see that some people on this thread didn't like them.

May I ask the reasons?
(New momma trying to learn as much as possible!)

Still on the lookout for a good carseat and bouncer. I registered for lots of organic clothing, furniture, rocker, and other baby essentials but I'm pretty sure I will receive those at the baby showers. (two massive loving families )

All of this is so exciting and new to me! Tons of research. I can't wait for baby to be here.
post #47 of 87
Naturelady, for your DH, I'd go for a pouch or ring sling if he'd like/use them, but if he's more attracted to buckles, I'd get him a nice, solid, or manly-print structured carried. A Beco could work, for sure. My DH wears my Calyx and finds it comfy (http://www.mamabydesign.com/) - it's my very favorite SSC (soft structured carrier)!

As for the Bjorn, it is far superior to other carriers of its type - ye good ol' Snugli and such. And many people wear their babies in them and find it reasonably comfortable - promoting attachment is good! BUT, it has some major drawbacks:
- position of baby is not ergonomic, and puts lots of pressure on baby's crotch/genital area as s/he "dangles"
- position is more of a "stick baby on the parent" than "baby snuggling into parent"
- facing-out in a Bjorn is seen as an advantage, but many babywearing and AP experts agree it's far too easy for baby to be overstimulated, difficult for baby to turn away, and you lose the connection/attachment with the parent that way
- the Bjorn is often not comfortable even with very small infants; newer versions may have improved this with more back support; even so, the comfortable weight range is much smaller than with a good SSC

Like I said, there are definitely people who use them and love them and are better parents for it. But, if you have a choice, I'd find something else. There are SO many options out there now! (Besides, "the dangling-baby" look is not a good one for most people! )
post #48 of 87
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I have a ton of slings in mind! (Moby, ring sling, and maybe Bjorn for DH?)
I see that some people on this thread didn't like them.
How about a Kangaroo Korner fleece adjustable pouch sling for your dh? My dh always used the Ergo with our older babes but now he absolutely loves his manly blue fleece pouch! We keep it in our van and he uses it when he takes dd with him out to the store. They are especially nice for babes in cooler weather.
post #49 of 87
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How about a Kangaroo Korner fleece adjustable pouch sling for your dh? My dh always used the Ergo with our older babes but now he absolutely loves his manly blue fleece pouch! We keep it in our van and he uses it when he takes dd with him out to the store. They are especially nice for babes in cooler weather.
We have a KKACP (Cotton Pouch) and DH wore DS#2 in it all the time! It was/is denim blue, so not girly. The adjustable ones are fabulous for getting a good fit - much harder in sized slings like Hotslings.
post #50 of 87
Since we're on the subject of babywearing dh's, I thought I'd share this one of my fav pics of dh wearing both our dd's- one in back in the Ergo and the other in front in his KKAFP.
post #51 of 87
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Since we're on the subject of babywearing dh's, I thought I'd share this one of my fav pics of dh wearing both our dd's- one in back in the Ergo and the other in front in his KKAFP.


Babywearing dads are awesome!
post #52 of 87
Ashley - love the babywearing pictures! So sweet.
post #53 of 87
My husband loved using the Moby and also his New Native pouch sling. He wore our daughter just as often as I did. The Kangaroo Korner ones are really nice too. We would have bought one for our daughter but we could only find fleece ones locally and it was summer. He'll probably get a fleece one for this babe since it'll be winter.
post #54 of 87
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I did not like my Butterfly I. I have a Beco 4th gen that I love, though. I had to buy it used-it's not made anymore. The infant insert was such a PITA. I haven't tried the II, though.
I agree. I already used a 4th gen and tried the butterlfy 1 and didnt like it. It did get me to try back carries, but they it was recalled (they fixed the strap/buckle issues quickly) and I traded it in for an old 4th gen they still had, instead. I think the butterfly is a great slightly crunchy alternative to say a bjorn, but not quite as user friendly as the 4th gen or many other SSCs out there.A good gateway carrier, or good if you are really worried about dropping baby (which I really was at first, ESPECIALLY for back carries).

I put my new 4th gen away for when we had another baby, in case our other 2 (I know, I know!) got worn out. I just hope the thread stays strong over the years But my mama can always reinforce it. Actually, Beco was great about sort of refurbing an old used 4th gen of mine. They are a super compnay, IMO.
post #55 of 87
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Definitely skip the Bjorn. Not good for babies, not good for parents. A good wrap, stretchy wrap, pouch, ring sling, or mei tai is a great option, though!

I don't personally love Mobys, but I did love a stretchy wrap with my last newborn. I'm looking at the Bali Baby Stretch this time: http://www.gypsymama.com/shop/prodde...hp?prod=brigid
Love that one!

A good ring sling for pretty much everyone is the Maya Wrap Lightly Padded. It has padding in the shoulder, and a nice, wide shoulder, but the rails are unpadded for maximum adjustability. Most carriers, including ring slings, have something of a learning curve, but if you can get some hands-on help (or watch some videos), they're wonderful. Remember that they should be snug enough that you feel comfortable completely letting go of baby. If baby feels too loose or like s/he might fall, then you need to tighten it up and/or adjust it.
PRETTY!!! Why are you tempting me to look at new BBS patterns? I already have two... although I did always say I might get another with the new baby, know that I know how much I love them. I think BBS is the BEST stretchy wrap. Mobys might be good for when it's really cold and you want soft and warm fabric, but my lactating boobs keep baby plenty warm
post #56 of 87
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Originally Posted by St. Margaret View Post
I agree. I already used a 4th gen and tried the butterlfy 1 and didnt like it. It did get me to try back carries, but they it was recalled (they fixed the strap/buckle issues quickly) and I traded it in for an old 4th gen they still had, instead. I think the butterfly is a great slightly crunchy alternative to say a bjorn, but not quite as user friendly as the 4th gen or many other SSCs out there.A good gateway carrier, or good if you are really worried about dropping baby (which I really was at first, ESPECIALLY for back carries).

I put my new 4th gen away for when we had another baby, in case our other 2 (I know, I know!) got worn out. I just hope the thread stays strong over the years But my mama can always reinforce it. Actually, Beco was great about sort of refurbing an old used 4th gen of mine. They are a super compnay, IMO.
They will refurb them? Awesome! I bought mine used a little over a year or two ago? I love it. It's definitely my favorite carrier, and I've tried a lot! I did lose the chest buckle, I have to find that. I think it's in my van...

I also kept mine just in case for my kids or something someday. My SIL keeps trying to ask me for it in case she has another kid and I am trying to find a polite way of saying "Mine all mine!". I covet it.
post #57 of 87
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Originally Posted by St. Margaret View Post
I agree. I already used a 4th gen and tried the butterlfy 1 and didnt like it. It did get me to try back carries, but they it was recalled (they fixed the strap/buckle issues quickly) and I traded it in for an old 4th gen they still had, instead. I think the butterfly is a great slightly crunchy alternative to say a bjorn, but not quite as user friendly as the 4th gen or many other SSCs out there.A good gateway carrier, or good if you are really worried about dropping baby (which I really was at first, ESPECIALLY for back carries).
Oh it's good to hear from someone with experience with both models. I have a 4th gen and have been curious about the butterfly addition, now I can be content with mine. I mostly used it with DD, she has always been smaller and happier to be carried than DS. She's also a bit of a monkey, so it never bothered me to swing her onto my back and then buckle her in. I remember putting DS on my back once to carry and I was so used to wearing DD that I wasn't as careful as I should have been and he wasn't at all comfortable with the situation. I almost dropped him on the pavement
post #58 of 87
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I loved my KKAFP (like I said in a previous thread) I really recommend it for autumn/winter babies. Pretty well every time I would wear it someone would approach me on the street and ask me where I got it.. even in metro places like Vancouver where baby wearing is pretty mainstream by now.
They are cozy and can adjust to anyone's size, snuggle baby right up close and are so so easy to put on.. I also love that they are very wide across the shoulders and distribute the weight really nicely.
I like the idea of wrap carriers and ergo's and have tried them both but they were all too fiddly for me (though I do know many woman/men love them both) and ring slings I never liked much at all...so yeah, that's my 2 cents.

I have decide not to buy a bouncy chair and to get a baby hammock instead. I am looking at this one.. anyone have any experience with it?
post #59 of 87
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Originally Posted by St. Margaret View Post
PRETTY!!! Why are you tempting me to look at new BBS patterns? I already have two... although I did always say I might get another with the new baby, know that I know how much I love them. I think BBS is the BEST stretchy wrap. Mobys might be good for when it's really cold and you want soft and warm fabric, but my lactating boobs keep baby plenty warm
Lusting after the new patterns! I have Aphrodite and love, love, love her!! Sooo much better than the Moby IMO. I could never get a good wrap with the Moby but the BBS is super easy to wrap with. Its especially great for wee newborns.

I have the Bali Baby Breeze, too and that's a great wrap as well. Its been so great with my 20m/o now that the weather is warmer and she wants to be carried everywhere.
post #60 of 87
A friend from my Jan 08 DDC is sending me her KKAFP that she no longer needs for the cost of shipping! Yay - it was either this one or the Moby, and now I don't have to go out and buy one new. I'm looking at a Beco on Friday to see if it's the carrier for me or not.
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