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Babywearers... what do you have planned?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

I was just browsing around TBW for the first time in maybe two years and it started baby carrier fever like always.  I make almost all of mine, so thankfully that doesn't mean hundreds of dollars like it does for many others.  I'm only 3 weeks from 3rd trimester (eeeeppp!) so there's not much time for crafting anyhow!

 

Here's what I've got planned:

 

Ring slings for the first couple of months at least.  I have one, will probably make another.  Mine is super cool for summer... not a great choice for Feb/March.

Mei tai starting at 6 weeks probably.  I have one girlish one and DH has a boyish one.  If we have a boy I might make myself another one since DH's is really suited to a man's build, but no rush.

Will make a soft structured carrier.  I made one for DD2 but didn't use a pattern and it wasn't comfortable.  Using a pattern this time!  Hopefully to use from 6 weeks as well.

Will make a podaegi, probably for an older baby.  Hopefully we'll be moving to a cooler climate when baby is 5 months or so, so a nice cozy blanket carrier will be perfect next fall!

 

I also have a couple DIY woven wraps, but I doubt they'll see much use.  I hate all that fabric around me! 

 

 

Is anyone else thinking of babywearing yet?  Any thoughts/plans so far?

post #2 of 29

I have a Moby that I used with DD, and plan to use again since it worked so well at the very beginning, and I could zip my big coat up over it.  It will still be cold here in March, so for walks and such, that will be nice.  I have an Ergo too that we'll use when she gets a bit bigger.  My 2 year old DD doesn't like the Ergo anymore, so it will be available!  I had a homemade mei tai that I never got used to/liked.  I just never felt like it was supportive enough.  I have a couple slings too, but never really got the hang of them last time...never could get babe positioned so that we were both comfy and baby's head wasn't toward her chest.  Maybe that is not such a big deal, but all the warnings had me paranoid.

I hadn't seen the podaegi before (had to look it up), but I think it would feel similar to me as the mei tai, just a little too open/loose.

post #3 of 29

I'm stoked to babywear! I had a moby with my son but he spit up a lot in it. Maybe I did it wrong. I dunno. But now I'm armed with knowledge and determined to make it work.

 

I bought a ring sling recently to use with my son since other carries make a preggo have to pee lol. The hip carry is working.

 

I reeeally want a beco and a mei tei or boba.

post #4 of 29
We used a Maya wrap when DD was a newborn, and then switched to an Baby Bjorn. We also had a couple of those hard-frame hiking backpacks given to us with DD, and we just didn't like them. This time, my back problems are worse, so I think we'll go with an Ergo for him once he's heavier. I think I'll buy some fabric to make a Moby-style wrap for the newborn period, though. I may also get a wrap from my cousin, since her baby will likely have outgrown the Moby stage by that point.
post #5 of 29

Has anyone used or heard anything about the Beco Butterfly 2?  I've been considering one.

post #6 of 29
I've made two "moby" type wraps myself. Later, I'll buy a carrier for when he's a bit bigger. A Beco Gemini maybe? I have to do more research.
post #7 of 29

I'll be using an Ergo, possibly with the infant insert at first.  With my first baby I was able to use a Hug a Bub wrap for a month or two but my second baby was too heavy for a stretchy wrap.  We went righ to the Ergo and we didn't really even need the infant insert.  I'm anticipating this babe to be at least as big as Ds2.

post #8 of 29

Hey Butterfly,

Here is my go-to for reviews right now. http://www.thebabywearer.com/cgi-bin/reviews/review.pl?product

Definitely makes me want to try out the Butterfly, though I'm leaning toward the Gemini and the AngelPackLX right now...guess I'll have to try them out and see.

If you have a chance to try it, let us know what you think!
 

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Has anyone used or heard anything about the Beco Butterfly 2?  I've been considering one.



 

post #9 of 29
Hi baby wearing mamas

I love, love the freedom and attachment time it gives me when bonding and getting to know my new baby. I have wore all three kids so far and can't wait to wear this last blessing. I only wore a ring sling with my first two daughters. My first loved it for almost 3 yrs. My second daughter was down and moving by 8 months ;0( and then I found the moby sling and totally fell in love with the support for the first 2 months it gave me and Gavin's back. I really feel babies should not have their own weight on their spine before they are ready so the packs that only have legs dangle are not good. I did not enjoy my moby with nursing but since have met a lot of mommies that have shown me the proper clothes to wear.

Plus I you-tubed a few creative ways to wrap a nursing infant that is amazing.

Happy wearing!!!!
post #10 of 29

I'm excited about wearing baby. I have no experience but will be reading a lot on TBW when the time comes. I've registered for a Moby, Mei-Tei, ring sling, and an ergo with the intentions of learning more about each and narrowing it down. My baby is coming right smack in the middle of spring gardening activities. I *really* want a full veggie garden this year; I expect baby's first solids to be entirely home-grown (squash, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., canned in the summer and started around 6mo via BLW). 

 

Anyway, the point is that I an enamoured with the idea of putting baby in a back-carry as soon as it's safe and we're comfortable with it. I have no idea when that will be. I see some newborn high-back carries are possible, but I would have to read a LOT more about those before trusting they're safe for unexperienced me.

post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by sh118 View Post

I hadn't seen the podaegi before (had to look it up), but I think it would feel similar to me as the mei tai, just a little too open/loose.

 

It is a lot like a mei tai, but the straps carry all the weight, the body doesn't even have to be supportive fabric.  It is something like using a wrap only you're wrapping straps around you two instead of fabric (yay... I can't stand the fabric bulk!) and the blanket keeps the baby warm (or not if you pick something summer-friendly) and from shifting out of the straps.  It is actually quite supportive. :)

 

I envy you guys and your Moby love.  I had one for DD2 and got rid of it because of the fabric bulk.  It just drove me crazy... but I'm the only person I know who's like that.  I get the same way when I get blankets wrapped around me at night or wearing a large scarf or things like that.... shudder.

 

I would love to get a Beco and I'll put it on my registry, but honestly, the price always turns me back to my sewing machine.  ;) 

post #12 of 29

I have a full stash of slings... I've been a little purchase happy since this is my first baby. :D

 

I have a moby, a mei tai (Kozy), a Portable Baby Wrap, and a random pouch I don't think really fits.

 

I'd LOVE to get some kind of short woven, a Boba 3G for when baby's a bit bigger... and a Bali Baby Stretch in Cybele... which can't be found ANYWHERE anymore!  :'(

post #13 of 29
Does anyone wear the fitted "peanut" slings? I tried to find one that fit when I was pregnant with DD, but I never found any that fit right. I've seen a few people with them, but it seems a ring sling would be more practical since it adjusts to fit.
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 

I never liked the pouch slings.   I didn't find them to be as comfortable, supportive, or adjustable as a ring sling and it's really hard to find a good fit without trying one on. 

post #15 of 29
We have a local kids store (wouldn't really call it boutique...too big) that has one of every carrier they stock out and available for you to try on. They show you how to use them and you can use a doll if you don't have a baby yet. I just couldn't get ANY of the pocket slings to fit. I saw a lady with one the other day and the baby seemed to love it, but DH commented on how strangely high the baby was sitting. She was about 7 months and her head was up by mommy's.
post #16 of 29

I love my Moby for those snuggly newborn days.  I have a BB Slen wrap that was made into a ring sling from Sleeping Baby Productions that is great when baby gets a little bit older and is super easy for popping baby in and out (I don't use a car seat as a carrier).  Then I have a BabyHawk Mei Tai when we need a little more support.  And after that I LOVE my Beco Gemini.  That will be my go-to carrier for the rest of our babywearing relationship.  I was still wearing DD in it before my belly got too big.  I've tried some other ones here and there but these are my favorites and the ones that work best for me.   

post #17 of 29

I have a HotSling and an Ergo. My last kid wasn't really into babywearing, and I never tried it with my first. This one doesn't have a choice b/c I won't have any more free hands, LOL!

post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by cameragirl View Post

We have a local kids store (wouldn't really call it boutique...too big) that has one of every carrier they stock out and available for you to try on. They show you how to use them and you can use a doll if you don't have a baby yet. I just couldn't get ANY of the pocket slings to fit. I saw a lady with one the other day and the baby seemed to love it, but DH commented on how strangely high the baby was sitting. She was about 7 months and her head was up by mommy's.

That's how they're supposed to sit.  To be really comfortable (especially on the front) baby's bum should be around your belly button.  Any lower screws with your back.
 

 

post #19 of 29
It was much higher than you'd typically seat the baby. Her bum was actually at mom's breasts. It just looked...uncomfortable and a little wobbly.
post #20 of 29

i have a nice stash of woven wraps. they are all didymos and natibaby. i have an ergo and a boba also. i hang out on tbw all the time and love to try out whatever new wraps i can get my hands on. i can't wait to wrap this little bebe. my toddler is surely going to want to worn too, so i see a lot of tandem wearing in our future. the only other thing i think i am going to get is a wrap converted to a ring sling. i love babywearing!

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