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post #41 of 99
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Originally Posted by FeralFox View Post

Ilovetchotchkes, there are a number of carriers that will do that.  In fact, I'd say more will than won't.  The Ergo, which is probably what you're thinking of, is one option.  I have one and still use it for my small preschooler, so I won't knock it.  But there are lots of carriers made by much smaller companies that are just as useful, come in a wider range of colors/fabrics, and can even be customized to your size.  I mentioned the Kanga earlier (www.bloo-kangaroo.com) which comes in four different sizes, regular or petite straps, and custom fabrics.  That is my all time fave, and I plan to have one of each for this kiddo (I saved my Kanga J, the smallest size, from last time).  If you get an X, I think it would easily take youfrom birth to toddler as well as an Ergo would, if not better.

 

Have you checked over at thebabywearer?  Those ladies are experts, and can show you a whole range of carriers in any price range and any fabric, and can help you decide which would be best for your specific circumstances.  Really, the few brands that have been mentioned here are just a tiny fraction of what is available.  You can even buy used carriers there - and those ladies treat their carriers like gold, so don't feel like you'd be getting something inferior by buying used.  In fact, I prefer to buy used, because then it's already soft and broken in.


The makers of the Ergo are very adamant about not outward facing. And if you have a smaller baby and want to try outward facing, the Ergo would be pretty uncomfortable for them because of how wide the base is.

post #42 of 99
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Originally Posted by Cecilia's Mama View Post


The makers of the Ergo are very adamant about not outward facing. And if you have a smaller baby and want to try outward facing, the Ergo would be pretty uncomfortable for them because of how wide the base is.


Though it's not recommended, it is given as an "unsupported" option by the maker, the Kozy has the option of twisting the front panel once so that it's narrow near the crotch and you can outward face a baby.  I tried it once for fun, and it was awful.  I still highly recommend the mei tai as an extremely versatile carrier all-the-way through babyhood!

 

post #43 of 99

The snappable bottom for outward facing was one of the reasons we went with the Gemini, in case our future kids also went through a scream-bloody-murder phase like Cecilia. Thankfully hers was short-lived, and honestly, over maybe 15 lbs it would be hell on the wearer, but it's nice to have the option.

post #44 of 99

That's true if you're a fan of crotch dangling while forward facing, but I am not.  Lots of carriers will support a forward facing position if you froggy the legs in, which is more comfortable for baby and better for their hips.  I have successfully FF my son (when he was younger) in several MTs as well as my Ergo.

 

Ring slings are also great for FF, though the single shoulder doesn't work for me.

post #45 of 99

The Gemini does an ergonomically correct forward face, Feral Fox, not a crotch dangling one. That is what I am getting at-- there are carriers that do do them properly that are actually designed to be used in that manner.

post #46 of 99

I have never seen the Gemini so I have no opinion on it, I was commenting more on twisting a Kozy to narrow it.  I just wanted to add that there are other carriers that you can safely and comfortably FF in if the Gemini is not your style.

post #47 of 99

I'd really like a new ring sling, but it's hard to justify since I got a homemade one as a gift for my shower with Elsa.  It's just not my color preference - it's a light peach, which is pretty, but I'm really a dark color kind of girl.  Most of my clothes are black or purple.  I'm keeping an eye out for used ones, but they're still kind of pricey.

post #48 of 99

you could dye it? if its cotton or a natural fiber, it would be very easy to do, esp if you want to go darker.

post #49 of 99

If it were me, I'd dye it :)

post #50 of 99

ilovetchotchkes, maybe you're thinking of the pikkolo by catbirdbaby? http://catbirdbaby.com/index.php/pikkolo-info/


 

You can do a back carry, hip carry, front carry (fwd facing or not). I love mine and used it all the time after DS started to droop  in my BlueCelery wrap (I didn't get a waist sash... not sure if it was an option when I bought it.)

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Originally Posted by ilovetchotchkes View Post

*raises hand* I HATED the moby. LOATHED it. Wish I would have saved the money and bought a ring sling instead. I did eventually buy a ring sling.... Which I like, but Mr Squishy would rather run all over the place than be tethered to mama. 

 

My goal this time is to get the one that is like a baby bijorn in that you can wear it back or front  but is ergonomically correct and has the baby nap/breastfeeding hood. I CANNOT REMEMBER THE NAME OF IT. But its glorious, and has padded straps and you can go up to 30+ lbs with it. ARRGHGHGHHGHGH!!  

 

 



 

post #51 of 99

I have a Pikkolo too, and while I loved it at first, as Cecilia got bigger (which is not very big in her case, given that she is almost 2 and still wears 12-18 month sized stuff), it became clear that the body of the Pikkolo was too short for a back carry that made me feel safe-- she could lean back way too far when she was on my back in it. That's when we got the Gemini. I still love the Pikkolo for front carries and for smaller babes, though, and I will probably keep both it and the Gemini with me in the car!

post #52 of 99

I am another person who doesn't like Ergo.

DH does, but I don't.

 

Question: Is there any "good" brand of MeiTais???

 

Also, does anyone have experience with sleeping baby productions??

post #53 of 99

I lurve my babyhawk... :)

 

The ergo for us didn't work because my daughter has such a long torso. At 6 mos I couldn't back carry her with it because I worried about her flipping herself out... instead of coming up to her shoulders it went to her armpits. I'm not sure if she's just freakishly long or what, lol, but that on top of all the buckles and adjusting just turned me off.

post #54 of 99
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Originally Posted by ~Demeter~ View Post

 At 6 mos I couldn't back carry her with it because I worried about her flipping herself out... instead of coming up to her shoulders it went to her armpits.

 

That's the problem I have with the Pikkolo for any baby over 6 months-- Cecilia is tiny, and was in 3-6 month stuff at 9 months when I tried a back carry in the Pikkolo. It was and is, however, awesome for front carries.
 

 

post #55 of 99

Sleeping Baby Productions is a great company.  The only one of their products I've personally used is a slingified wrap, which was the only ring sling I've ever been comfortable in.  I have only heard good things about SBP.

post #56 of 99


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Originally Posted by dovemama View Post

I am another person who doesn't like Ergo.

DH does, but I don't.

 

Question: Is there any "good" brand of MeiTais???

 

Also, does anyone have experience with sleeping baby productions??


Kozy, Babyhawk/Toddlerhawk, kindercarry, and kanga are four I can think of. 

 

post #57 of 99
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Originally Posted by ~Demeter~ View Post
The ergo for us didn't work because my daughter has such a long torso. At 6 mos I couldn't back carry her with it because I worried about her flipping herself out... instead of coming up to her shoulders it went to her armpits. I'm not sure if she's just freakishly long or what, lol, but that on top of all the buckles and adjusting just turned me off.


I don't like the Ergo, so we bought a Beco.  It has a longer torso, which I liked.  However, I soon "graduated" away from buckle carriers and just turned to mei tais, and sold my Beco a couple months ago.  I want to try a BabyHawk next and am just waiting to find out baby's gender to pick a pattern.  I love my Kozy though!!

post #58 of 99

HERE'S a really great comparison of baby carriers!  I enjoyed reading this to see feature comparisons of carriers.

post #59 of 99

I don't think Kanga makes an MT.  Is that a new product?

 

I had a Babyhawk, a Kozy, and a generic homemade.  The Kozy was my personal favorite of the three.  MTs aren't my fave carrier though, because I hated the huge bow/knot.  Buckles stay a bit flatter so SSCs worked bettwe for me.  Likewise, I enjoyed wrapping but only with thinner wraps that didn't leave a huge knot.

 

Oh, and I just have to gush - I bought a new Kanga XT tonight!  I'm super excited, because I really missed my old one (that I never should have sold, I regretted it immediately).  It's a semi-custom so I won't have it for a few weeks, and I can hardly wait.

post #60 of 99


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Originally Posted by FeralFox View Post

I don't think Kanga makes an MT.  Is that a new product?

 

I had a Babyhawk, a Kozy, and a generic homemade.  The Kozy was my personal favorite of the three.  MTs aren't my fave carrier though, because I hated the huge bow/knot.  Buckles stay a bit flatter so SSCs worked bettwe for me.  Likewise, I enjoyed wrapping but only with thinner wraps that didn't leave a huge knot.

 

Oh, and I just have to gush - I bought a new Kanga XT tonight!  I'm super excited, because I really missed my old one (that I never should have sold, I regretted it immediately).  It's a semi-custom so I won't have it for a few weeks, and I can hardly wait.


No, I think you're right - I think Kanga only makes an SSC. 

 

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