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post #21 of 50

DH liked wearing DS, but could never quite figure out the Moby or Mei Tai on his own. I think if I got him an Ergo he would wear both of the kids a lot more.

post #22 of 50

We have an ergo for Daddy and Ill help him with the Moby if he wears baby before she is good with the ergo infant insert.

 

I have:

 

3 ring slings.. 2 with a Kalea shoulder, one is linen and the other is a didymos linea waves that has been slingified.  Love them both.  The Slingified Didy is new and I cant wait to use it.  I also have a Lime green raw silk one that was made by a WAHM that I use for dressier occasions.  Id love to sell the silk one and get a graduated PSling.  But I just havent found a Psling at price I feel okay about :)

 

2 Onbus  - These are by far my favorite carriers.

 

1 Podegi - I love this carrier, it's zebra minky on the inside and hot pink and patterned on the outside.  I have gotten oohs and ahhs from strangers every.single.time Ive worn this carrier and DD loved it.  I really like Pods because they are so adjustable and you can tie high and not have the muffin top of Mei tais when you do back carries.. LOL  I really dont like Mei Tais.  Two sets of straps annoy me. and I dont like where they distribute weight.

 

Sold all my wraps except for the Moby and some lengths of cotton gauze material.  Just not a wrapper :)

post #23 of 50

I used to have a really nice WAHM made mai tai I was given when I had DD2 and I loved it.  I also had a ring sling for her and DD1, but it always bothered my sensitive back to have the weight on one shoulder.  I don't have those anymore, but I really wish I still had the mai tai.

 

Now I have an Egro (just got it at my shower!).  I always wanted one for my older girls but cheap skate XH wouldn't spend the $.  We got the new grey one with the stars, it's very cute.

I also have a 7 slings pouch sling which I think will be good until we can start using the ergo.

 

I would like to have something else, but not sure what.  The moby looks like too much fabric, I don't care for the patterns of the maya, and rings slings don't seem to agree with me. 

 

DP is excited about wearing the baby, which is great.  But I'm not excited about sharing my cute new ergo with him!  I might have to order him his own (he's much taller than me and having to adjust everything to change wearers seems like a pain). 

post #24 of 50

I just ordered a baby k'tan from baby half off for $30.  Seems like it gets pretty good reviews and it was a pretty good price.  Its like a moby/pouch hybrid.  Hoping to like it!! 

post #25 of 50

My stash and I haven't bought anything new for baby boy.

 

2 Kangaroo Korner Pouches one is DH's and one is mine.  Mine is mesh so it can be used in the water.

2 Mei Tais, 1 BabyHawk and 1 Eden Velveteen which is just so soft and cuddly with a newbie

1 Beco Butterfly 1 I really like the infant insert and it is easy to get baby on back early in once they have neck control.

2 Calyx carriers, these are DH's go to carriers, we keep one in the car and one in the house.  DH loves this carrier, and I really like it as well

1 18inch Olives and Applesauce SSC, this is mine, I got it for DS when he outgrew the Butterfly, I got a harness inside it though so I can put a newbie in it, and I used it for DD when she was little as well.  I really like this carrier as well.

 

The only carrier I am debating is a Toddler Kinderpack, but DD is so tiny at almost 2 that she fits in all our current carriers, and DS doesn't really get carried anymore at 4, so I will probably wait for awhile on the Kinderpack.

post #26 of 50

I love carriers - it's like my second addition after cloth diapering :)

 

From DS, I have the following:

 

Hotsling - no idea where this is, probably won't use

SBP Ringsling

Babyhawk MT - loved this with DS

Angelpack LX - great for when baby is a bit heavier

Calyx - favorite carrier for back carries

 

I also have on the way to me, 2 woven wraps

Didymos Agave in size 6

Vatanai Orkney in size 6

 

I'm so excited to use woven wraps this time around.  I was kind of chicken with DS. 

post #27 of 50

Now I feel like I need to go shopping! I have a Moby (hand-me-down from a friend) and we are planning to get an Ergo. Won't that be enough? Am I missing something--why do you need more than one or two carriers?

post #28 of 50
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Originally Posted by foreignerforlife View Post

Now I feel like I need to go shopping! I have a Moby (hand-me-down from a friend) and we are planning to get an Ergo. Won't that be enough? Am I missing something--why do you need more than one or two carriers?



Two carriers should work fine.  In the beginning, if you find it isn't working then you can always buy more.

 

I like have multiple carriers because various types are useful at different times.  Or if I want to wear 2, which has happened before it is nice to have a choice of what to use.  Also if DH is carrying one child I like to be able to carry the other.  That being said my stash has grown slowly over the past 4 years, so it wasn't all bought at once, various carriers were bought at needed.  For instance we used the pouches for DS for the first 4 months or so, and then decided we needed something more supportive because he was so big, so we got a Mei Tai and I got the second one as a present from my sister, because I liked having a backup just in case.  Then I wanted a SSC so I got the butterfly.  Then we wanted one for DH too because he didn't like the butterfly so we got the Calyx.  Then we got another SSC because DS had outgrown the butterfly and I wanted to try something new.  We got our last one the custom Calyx because we really needed a carrier we could leave in the car.  It just made life easier to know we had a carrier in the car, so if we forgot to grab it from the house it was there.  Plus that way we didn't need to remember to grab it from the car every time we got home as well.


It just makes my life easier to have a bunch of carriers, and they work for different types of carries, different weights and different times of the day depending on how I feel like wearing baby or toddler.  That being said, I could get by with a pouch or Mei Tai for a newborn and a SSC as they get older without issue, it just would be a bit more confining for me, not to be able to chose a carrier based on my mood, or have to remember to move the carrier from home to car and back everytime we went out, rather then knowing there is always a carrier in my car.

post #29 of 50

last night I ordered a mesh carrier off of etsy. it can be used in the water and hopefully will be cool for florida weather.  Its a pouch and I love pouch slings!  So now I will have a baby k'tan and a mesh pouch.  I'm so boring I ordered them both in black.  Hopefully I will like them both , I've never used a k'tan but I like the concept and I've never used the mesh, although I like the concept there, too.  And I got them at really great prices.  So excited for them to come!!! 

post #30 of 50

oooh, I ordered an Ergo Sport today from babysteals for 45% off.  I've always wanted a soft structured carrier, just couldn't bring myself to pay for one.  I'm very excited to add to my stash.  I think dh will love the Ergo.  He never liked the ring sling.  

post #31 of 50

Does anyone have any experience with wearing 2 kiddos at a time (newborn and a very small 2yo) DD at 22 mo. is short and weighs 23lbs. soaking wet.

 

I was thinking of putting the new baby on my front in the Moby and DD on my back in the Boba 

This is what I have; hopefully I can find a combination in my existing stash that will work:

-Moby

-Mesh adjustable Kangaroo Korner pouch sling

-Baby K'tan (never really used this one)

-homemade ring sling 

-Babyhawk Mei Tai

-Boba SSC (by far mine and DH's favorite toddler carrier)

 

post #32 of 50

I've worn 2 at once. When I was watching DD's cousin, I would wear them  both and walk to get them to go to sleep. I had an Ergo and a Moby - I put DD (around 30-34 lbs) on my back in the Ergo, and put the cousin in the front in the Moby (she weighed around 16-20 lbs). I put the Moby on first, then the Ergo, but would put DD in the Ergo first and then the cousin in the Moby. Worked great.

post #33 of 50

I've worn two.  I would put DD on my front in a Mei Tai and then DS on my back in a SSC.  I figure it is likely to end up happening at least a few times once newbie arrives as well.  I put the one in the front on first since the older one of the back tends to want down faster/earlier then the younger one, so it is easier to let them down if they are the second one up.

post #34 of 50

I actually feel like I will have a lot now. For the record, I have somewhat of a bad back. If I had the money, I'd definitely go to the chiro regularly. 

 

I got the ergo original on babysteals 45% off sale yesterday and got a boba with the 40% off sale that started today. 

They are both on their way and I'm kinda sad since I won't get to try them til I deliver probably. I'll have to make hubby try my 2 year old on in them since that was my main purpose with those - to find a carrier for an older kiddo.

 

I also have a babytrekker that I have used with both kids and have liked it quite a bit but I think my 2 year old has sort of outgrown it, though it supports up to 40 lbs. His legs dangle down and kick at the backs of my legs. It is the 07/08 style though. The newest style has the leg stirrups and places to put the straps but I'm not willing to buy another. I do like it up through around 18 months alright. I've used it with a newborn until then successfully.

 

I also have an old snuggli infant carrier that someone gave me before I had my first kiddo. It was my first carrier and made me realize how much I like baby carriers. It also made me wonder if there were more comfortable ones as I made the snuggli work up through the 20+ lb mark with my first, but it was pretty ouchie! Thank God for the better carriers out there.

 I do not consider myself a "babywearer" compared to some of you. I only use a carrier for going on walks, doing errands, etc. I occasionally use them with newborns/smaller babies (if they fuss a lot) for around the house. 

post #35 of 50

Thanks Rachel and Sarah!! Glad to know I can make do with what I have.  I didn't even think of trying the baby in the mei tai on my front with DD in the SSC on my back.  I didn't get my babyhawk until DD was older, so I have no experience with wearing a tiny one in a mei tai, but I'm definitely willing to give it a try.

post #36 of 50
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Originally Posted by foreignerforlife View Post

Now I feel like I need to go shopping! I have a Moby (hand-me-down from a friend) and we are planning to get an Ergo. Won't that be enough? Am I missing something--why do you need more than one or two carriers?

 

I'm in the same boat.  We have a hand-me-down Moby (and I've used them before, with a friend's baby) and plan to get an Ergo after the baby is born. 

 

However, I'd like to buy a mesh or solarveil sling because I do find the Moby a little hot in the summer.  Does anyone have a recommended source to buy one?  I've been searching and searching online and the links I find are almost all not working, out of stock or out of business!
 

post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by StarCat View Post

last night I ordered a mesh carrier off of etsy. it can be used in the water and hopefully will be cool for florida weather.  Its a pouch and I love pouch slings!  So now I will have a baby k'tan and a mesh pouch.  I'm so boring I ordered them both in black.  Hopefully I will like them both , I've never used a k'tan but I like the concept and I've never used the mesh, although I like the concept there, too.  And I got them at really great prices.  So excited for them to come!!! 



Aha!  I should have read the whole thread.  Can you send me a PM with the Etsy link?  Or, I can just do a search, so no pressure. 

post #38 of 50
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Originally Posted by foreignerforlife View Post

Now I feel like I need to go shopping! I have a Moby (hand-me-down from a friend) and we are planning to get an Ergo. Won't that be enough? Am I missing something--why do you need more than one or two carriers?



Because they're pretty winky.gif  And I like lots of different options, sizes, colours, etc.  A Moby & an Ergo is certainly enough.  

 

I've worn 2, but they were roughly the same age/size, not a n00b & a toddler.  I think they were both 25ish lbs.  I wrapped one on the front in a front cross carry & the second in a rucksack carry (wrap) on the back, in that order.  It worked pretty well.

post #39 of 50

I've just quadrupled my stash!  I went from the 1 Maya to 2 Hotslings fleece (one for DC and one for DH).  The Hotslings were 5 bucks.  I also decided to register for a mesh ring sling for the beach.  

 

Foreignerforlife - I really don't need lots of slings.  For my DC the sling became a security type item and I think she was comforted by the feel and smell of that ONE sling.  Other than the water sling I'm pretty sure I'll stick to one Maya.

post #40 of 50

I have 4 slings currently.

 

2 Ring slings (Heart 2 Heart http://www.heart2heart.ca/ they're made locally to me) I used this all the time with my kids until they were around age 2... - colours navy with dots and unbleached.  I absolutely loved these slings.  They're somewhat similar to a Maya wrap but with a shorter tail and smaller rings and the version I have has more padding.

 

1 pouch sling (hot sling & haven't used it yet) - it's black and white - I forget what the pattern is called

 

1 front/back carrier (Boba carrier which I haven't used yet - just ordered it) earth (dark brown).

 

The Boba carrier is like a Beco or Ergo carrier.  They have 3 fabric choices on sale for $60 (from $100) right now at www.theportablebaby.com with free shipping.  Some other websites have them on sale too but this was the cheapest I found with free shipping.

 

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