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Ergo, Becco or Boba for large chest (36F)?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

What's the best buckle baby carrier for a large chested mama?  I have a sleepy wrap for the newborn days, but I'm looking for a soft, buckle carrier for an older baby.  I also have BIG babies.  My last baby was 25 pounds by 3 months old.

 

Also, are these carriers going to look ridiculous when I wear baby on my back?  With the strap squeezing my chest?

 

Large chested + big babies + back pain = one exhausted mama

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks!!!

Nicole

post #2 of 15
I'm a 32H and I love the Beco, although I don't do back carries very often. The chest strap is ok, it sits above my breasts so it doesn't squash them together. I think all chest straps look a bit silly on me but maybe that's just me.

I don't love the ergo as a carrier in general but IIRC the chest strap sits in about the same spot.
post #3 of 15

I was a 36 G for awhile after my milk came in (then F for several months, E around 6 months, and so on back to "normal" redface.gif - C/D).  I mostly used the sling in the early months because the Ergo with infant insert felt too hot in the summer.  However, I do remember also thinking (when I was at a G) that there was NO WAY my big baby was going to fit in the carrier on my front, in the infant insert, with those boobs in the way! (DS was also above 97th for height/weight - he was over 22 lbs. @ 4 months, to give you an idea)

 

So, I used the sling until he was about 6 months old - that's when we switched to the Ergo.  By that point, the bulky infant insert wasn't necessary, and my boobs were smaller to boot (E).  The infant insert was the biggest obstacle to a front carry with a larger chest - but it's only recommended until 12 lbs., and even as big as DS was, he could hold his head up well before he even hit that mark.  We used it for only maybe 2 months when Daddy carried him (he didn't like the sling).  Sounds like you could use the wrap for that window and then be fine! smile.gif

 

Also sounds like you are potentially more interested in back carry - we just started doing that @ 1 year, but the chest strap falls well above boob level, so it probably doesn't matter for you.  FWIW - I LOVE our Ergo luxlove.gif - so easy to adjust, super easy to nurse in public (sleep hood provides good coverage).  With bigger babes, it helps to hold their weight up while you adjust straps to get a good, secure, high fit that doesn't hurt your back (can lower to nurse on front). 

 

Good luck! 

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you ladies!  I appreciate it so much!  I can try on the Becco and the Ergo, but I have heard really great things about the Boba.  I may just order one and return it if it doesn't work.

post #5 of 15

I have a Beco Butterfly 2 and I'm a 34 H. I love it and it fits well. I am just starting to do back carries, but I haven't had a problem with the strap across the chest. Then again, in order for the strap to smoosh my boobs it would have to go around my knees. winky.gif
 

post #6 of 15

I was a 32F when I bought my Ergo.. I tried both the Ergo & the Beco, but the Ergo was more comfy for me. Goodness, I love that thing!!!

post #7 of 15

Good thread! I'm 5' tall, no idea how big my babes will be, but pre pregnancy I'm a 36DD (E). I can't wait to see what I'm going to top out at. Lol! My SIL REALLY loves her Ergo. I'll have to see what works for me.
 

post #8 of 15

I have a Beco Butterfly 2 that worked great for me (I'm also a 36 F). I'm thinking about selling it to get a Boba, but not because of any pain/fit issues...I just think the Boba looks easier to nurse in. If you are interested in possibly purchasing my Beco, let me know! I have it in "River" and it is in great shape. :-)

post #9 of 15

I have both an Ergo and a Beco and am a 34G/H when nursing. Never had an issue wearing either in front OR back, though it takes a bit of adjusting to find the sweet spot for a front carry around the girls ;)

 

One word of advice on the Ergo--though they are very comfy, they have a shorter shelf life than either of the others. The body of the carrier is shorter, so for tall little ones they outgrow it by height long before they're done with it.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Monkey Keeper View Post

 

One word of advice on the Ergo--though they are very comfy, they have a shorter shelf life than either of the others. The body of the carrier is shorter, so for tall little ones they outgrow it by height long before they're done with it.

 

I'm curious about this (since we use our Ergo constantly - ah!) - when did your kiddos outgrow it?  Our (not so) lil dude has been consistently well above the 97th percentile for height and weight - he's 13 months now, and we haven't had a problem yet...but knowing your experience would help - thanks! 

post #11 of 15
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I'm curious about this (since we use our Ergo constantly - ah!) - when did your kiddos outgrow it?  Our (not so) lil dude has been consistently well above the 97th percentile for height and weight - he's 13 months now, and we haven't had a problem yet...but knowing your experience would help - thanks! 

My DS is about that tall (he was 34.25" at 18mo), and he likes to flip. While I can still wear him in the Ergo, it does not contain him well. He is totally arms out; I would say it comes up to his shoulder blades? So I don't like wearing him in it. Also, he is long-legged, so the seat has just lately (20mo) started to feel narrow and like he does not have enough support--since they should be knee-to-knee or close to it. I would say that comfortably, 36" is about it. 

 

That's not to say I *couldn't* wear him in it still. But I recently got a Toddler Kinderpack, and the difference is amazing. DS doesn't feel like he is dangling back there (and he can't flip or bounce his legs so hard that I feel like he's going to fly off). He doesn't love that he is arms-in again, but I love the containment. 

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Monkey Keeper View Post

My DS is about that tall (he was 34.25" at 18mo), and he likes to flip. While I can still wear him in the Ergo, it does not contain him well. He is totally arms out; I would say it comes up to his shoulder blades? So I don't like wearing him in it. Also, he is long-legged, so the seat has just lately (20mo) started to feel narrow and like he does not have enough support--since they should be knee-to-knee or close to it. I would say that comfortably, 36" is about it. 

 

Good to know - thanks! smile.gif  Yeah, DS was 32.75" @ 12 months and is currently riding arms out.  I've just started to notice that he's not quite as contained/secure as he might be in a more backpack-style carrier (hopefully now that he's bigger we can go on more hiking trips, so that would help, too).  It hits him probably right at the bottom of his shoulder blades.  He doesn't get too archy back *most* of the time, as long as I keep moving, but I have had that uneasiness you mentioned (with the bouncing, too!)

 

I'm sad to give up the ease and flexibility of the Ergo, it has been my lifeline (it was my babysitter/safety device/sleep inducer/nursing cover/walk companion, you name it)!  But truth be told, he doesn't really nurse in it anymore (as of a month or so ago), so moving him to the back full-time isn't a bad idea - he definitely likes the view better nowadays.  


Will check out the one you got, too - thanks again!

post #13 of 15

The issue with the frame packs, or so I have heard, is that they throw off the wearer's balance. That and they're not as packable for everyday use as an SSC. The Kinderpack/Bamberoo/KangaXT all are SSC options for front/back carries that have toddler height and width bodies. So you'd not be giving up the Ergo convenience.

post #14 of 15

Awesome - will check those out - thanks so much! biggrinbounce.gif

post #15 of 15

Sternum straps never look terribly flattering on a chesty woman.  That said, they do help with comfort and fit.  I wear my kids for closeness, convenience, and need, not for style.  Sure, I pick a color I like, but that's about it.  The sternum strap fits above your breasts.  And yes, it will make draw notice to your boobs, make them more obvious/look bigger. I typically put the waist belt under my shirt so that I'm not displaying multiple bulges in odd places.  ;)  

 

I carried DS in the Ergo for years.  I'll carry the DD in the Ergo once she's big enough (I find that infant carries don't work well with my build).  If DD turns out to be long and lean, I'll probably look at other options.

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