I've been doing a lot of researching and, with typical irony, am even more confused than ever about what carrier I'd like to get. I'm on a budget, so the right choice is very important; this will be the only baby carrier I will use for her first six months. I also don't have a baby-related store in my area to try them on, aside from a Babies R Us. Thus, I turn to you...
I'm 5' 1" and…just...round. Big hips, and an even bigger chest. I have a lot of aching in my back, because I carry a lot of weight on my chest. I battle chronic slouchiness. So a carrier's support and my posture is a key issue for me, especially as I begin nursing and my cup size goes through the roof, and while I deal with the obstacles of a postpartum body. On that note, I will also be breastfeeding.
I'm settling on either a Baby K'Tan or a Sleepy Wrap. I don't know if that's the right decision, but it's my confused, partially educated decision. I like the idea of having the baby wrapped in big sheets around me, across my back and in wide sweeps over my shoulders so that I don't hunch. That's why I'm leery towards slings, because many reviewers have mentioned they pull on your shoulder and don't distribute weight evenly. I'm not opting for a Moby Wrap, because many reviewers said they had problems with extra fabric, and a few said they were even stepping on it, because of their short stature. From what I've read, the K'Tan is just supposed to be a less complicated Moby and Sleepy Wrap. I like to think that I'm a competent woman, but I worry that something as complicated as a wrap would dumbfound me, or at the least, irritate me unnecessarily. Which isn't an emotional state I want to indulge in with a crying newborn and an ornery toddler.
That said…is there a brand I have missed? A style I've overlooked? I suppose I'm relying on your experience with these carriers. I remember when my son was an infant, he couldn't stand being left alone, not in a bouncer, not in a swing, not in a bassinet...I just think, if I had just had a carrier of some kind, oh! the stuff I could have gotten done! the sweet intimacy we could have shared! the pain and complications I could have avoided! So, with this one, I'd like to solve that problem in advance, especially since this time I will be chasing after a 2 year old. I hope I gave enough background info!
Thanks so much in advance!