How many do you have or have you had over your parenting journey?
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How many slings/carriers do you own?post #1 of 118/27/13 at 4:33pmThread Starterpost #2 of 118/27/13 at 5:42pm
I have had as many as 30 at a time. I don't have that number anymore. I also don't have little kids who are worn for extended periods any more. I have one toddler who likes quick ups occasionally. They can be like purses or shoes- utilitarian and fun all at once. However, it is also one of those AP parenting things that can make us feel like we always need the next carrier that comes out. People are spending thousands of dollars on a single wrap, and while it's a wonderful extravagance, there are many less expensive carriers that will work well for people.post #3 of 118/28/13 at 2:08pm
Too many that I don't use! I've got 2 ring slings - a double and single linen that are my go-to's. I used a moby when she was an infant but with rapid weight gain I scratched that when she was about 3-4mos bc it was no longer keeping her secure. Had a bjorn when I didn't know better - hated it. A friend gave us some sort of satchel looking sling that was a bit awkward to use so that got packed away after a week or so. I've got a (chicco maybe?) backpack style that I do like for long back carries as it does distribute weight well, but it's bulker than the sling so less practical when out and about so it's limited to hiking. Plus the straps are ridiculously long, and I'm small, so it's got more to it than I really need especially once I wind up all the straps to keep them from dragging or getting caught on stuff...it was within my budget after splurging on the ring slings so I make due.post #4 of 118/28/13 at 2:21pmpost #5 of 118/28/13 at 7:33pm3- moby, Bjorn and ergo. We are exclusive ergo users as of 6 mos. my baby is small. Had she been bigger, I would have started the ergo earlier. I know pp, knock the Bjorn bc baby is hanging by the crotch, but that sucker saved my life from 2-6 mos. I love it. It's a back killer though, at least my style was.post #6 of 118/30/13 at 5:24ampost #7 of 118/30/13 at 6:01amI've got an Eddie Bauer crotch dangler (gifted), Moby, a Hotsling, Ergo, and a Mei Tai Baby. Trying to sell the first 3 to fund either a nice ring sling or woven wrap. I'm totally torn on which direction to go, though. I love the poppability and ease-of-breastfeeding with a ringsling, but my 2 mo old is already 15lbs. Wovens are beautiful and intriguing, but also very intimidating. I'm trying to find a babywearing meetup, class, or playdate in my area to try some stuff on!post #8 of 118/30/13 at 7:01amQuote:
LOL I live in the Northwest and I love letting my freak flags fly!!!post #9 of 118/30/13 at 6:11pmpost #10 of 118/30/13 at 6:45pmFour, three I still use. Bjorn was my first, since retired. Then used ergo for 2 years straight with DD and loved it. Got a boba toddler hip carrier when DD started getting a little too heavy, it was alright, just didn't suit the combo of our body types very well. DS was born 4 months ago and we started right off in the same ergo (on year 3 of being a workhorse) with the infant insert. Just bought a really fantastic mamankangourou Mai tei, which I'm a little obsessed with, and has been my go-to since I got it.post #11 of 119/1/13 at 9:25amI have had six over the years, with one of those getting replaced (so I guess that makes seven), but two of those only got used with my first baby.
I had a SSC with my first, that I liked but didn't love. (I think it was an Ergo, but this was more than 10 years ago and I wasn't "into" babywearing at the time; it was a gift.) I also had an Evenflo hiking backpack-style carrier that I used a ton when my first baby was about a toddler (between 1 and 2), because it had a stand that let you set baby down while still in the carrier. We used to walk up to the Wendy's on the corner, and I would just set him on the floor next to my chair in his carrier, and that was what I'd do when I was going crazy and needed to get out of the house. A few years ago my mom gave me another one just like it, but I don't ever use it, and the stand part got broken from getting moved around in the closet.
With my next baby, I got a simple, unpadded cotton ring sling that was made by some mom on a message board. (Again, this was many years ago.) I love that ring sling, used it for all the rest of my kids. It's DH's favorite carrier. I gave it away when my BFF had her baby, but we're getting it back now that we're having another.
Next I got a mei tai from Etsy. No particular brand, just something mom-made. I also LOVE this, and finally learned to carry my babies on my back with it.
For this baby I have bought a water ring sling, which I have tried out with my 5yo and it's pretty awesome. And I just bought a beautiful pink and yellow gauze wrap that is supposed to be good for the hot climate where I live. Both of these came from BabyEtte on Etsy.
Over the years, I have probably spent less than $200 on carriers (not counting the SSC and backpacks, since those were gifts), and bought all from moms making the carriers out of their homes, but I have loved every single one that I bought.
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