Thought our ddc could use a new topic as things have gotten pretty quiet here.
Please feel free to post your favorite way to pack,wrap,and carry your little one!
**I understand too that some women aren't able to carry due to back problems or other disabilities. This thread is by no means judging anyone who does not carry**
For all of my babies I've used a home made wrap. I love the wrapping method because there are so many ways you can customize it to hold your babe. Nursing,watching,sleeping, fishing etc.
Being home made I can go to the fabric store and choose light weight material for summer months or heavier knit cotton for winter.
I loved using the wrap for my preemie girl (4.9lbs) I would wrap her skin-skin, not very many carriers allow that. She was so small that I wrapped her right between my breasts and she just tucked under my chin like a little bug.
Circa 2010: My little guy 3 months.
Yesterday, Trilly 6weeks
Now for newborns the wrap holds their little neck up perfectly for me but if you're worried you could put a cloth diaper in there for padding. Also both their legs are tucked under them or on the side but for bigger kids (1month-up) their legs straddle my belly. They are high enough up though that it's not too far as to hurt their little thighs.
What I don't have a picture of is the wrap on my back. As soon as my babes can hold their heads up I'll reverse the wrap and wear them on my back. Much easier/safer for cooking!
I do wrap with the baby on me which is different from most wraps where you wrap the wrap around you first then put the baby it. I've always found this makes it too loose and I have bad luck with keeping the babe secure enough.
So when I put them on I'm one handed holding babe and wrapping with the other one but I've never dropped a baby yet.
Can't say enough good about the wrap.
Here is a good link if you read down to the bottom they tell you how to measure/cut the fabric to make your wrap.EASY! No sewing required.
2nd choice, and it was my fist baby carrier is the Baby Trekker. Like it lots! Easy to clip on with tones of padding. Big enough for my husband to wear, little enough for 'big sister'..
Circa:2002 My 1st little girl 4months
Circa: 2010 My little helper
The trekker can also be worn several ways, front/back anyway. It's bulky though but all soft material and padding not hard frame-like. Best part is the pocket on the babies butt. The pocket hold the entire pack inside for storage. It reverses like one of those old Popples stuff toys, remember Popples? We got ours used off of e-bay and found a second at a thrift store so they are out there. Brand new they're a pretty penny.
Anyway, the trekker has gone quite a few miles for us too.
So that's how we 'wear' our kiddos. How about you?