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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am at home with a newborn (she is 11 days old), and need advice on a baby carrying device.

I tried babywearing 8 years ago, with my first child. It did not go well. I had a sling, and my back hurt a lot. Also, I never felt that the baby was safe and would not fall out. I also tried a Baby Bjorn. That worked a little better (hurt back less), but still found it uncomfortable.

 

I would like to give baby wearing another try. I would like something for wearing around the house when I am doing chores, or going on walks. Also, something that can be used for a newborn, as several devices require that that baby be older.

 

Any advice?

post #2 of 16

I really don't think you can beat the versatility of a woven wrap,  but if the learning curve is intimidating, the boba 3g is supposed to be truly nb up friendly. 

post #3 of 16

With both of our babies, we used the Moby for the first 6ish weeks, then the Ergo.  I'm not a big fan of the Moby, as it is kind of a PIA to get on.  However, I did feel that our babies were very secure and positioned well in the Moby.

 

I LOVE Ergos.  You can buy an infant insert to use with one, or we just rolled up a receiving blanket and used it as a bolster under the baby's bum.  Frogged their legs.  Worked really well and felt secure.

 

We get so much use out of our Ergos and I think they are well worth the investment.  You can change the way you carry based on your situation and as the baby ages.  At 4 months, I started using the back carry, which I find incredibly useful while making dinner.  (no worries about baby on my chest and possibly burning her or bumping her into something sharp)  I might keep her on my chest if we are grocery shopping or if she needs to nap, but switch her to my back if we are going to the park and I want to be able to pick up my older son.  Speaking of, we still use the Ergo with my son (3.5 years old and 40lbs).  He rides comfortably in a back carry when we are in crowded or busy places.  He is tall and heavy for his age, yet the Ergo is very comfortable with him in it.  

 

I got one of ours on Craigslist and the other on ebay, so there are definitely less expensive options than full price.... 

post #4 of 16
I have used my Beco Gemini from newborn to 3yrs (and counting). I find it more comfortable than the ergo for both me and babe. I use it exclusively as a front carrier when they are little but, once they get to about 7-8 months I also use it for back carries.

I find it comfortable and supportive. My back gets sore but it is fatigue-sore not injury-sore.

I like the idea of wraps and loved the Moby for my first babe but I find them a pain for frequent in and out (and we *always* seem to be frequently in and out). Neither of my children will tolerate a back wrap for more than about 5 mins either (maybe due to my poor technique) but will stay in the Beco on my back for ages.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you. These responses are very helpful.

post #6 of 16
My preference is the ergo, but I never tried the beco. We used the infant insert when little. Now, (17 months) I mostly use the back carry -which is MUCH easier with a bigger kid - unless she is nursing.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by mariee View Post

With both of our babies, we used the Moby for the first 6ish weeks, then the Ergo.  I'm not a big fan of the Moby, as it is kind of a PIA to get on.  However, I did feel that our babies were very secure and positioned well in the Moby.

I LOVE Ergos.  You can buy an infant insert to use with one, or we just rolled up a receiving blanket and used it as a bolster under the baby's bum.  Frogged their legs.  Worked really well and felt secure.

We get so much use out of our Ergos and I think they are well worth the investment.  You can change the way you carry based on your situation and as the baby ages.  At 4 months, I started using the back carry, which I find incredibly useful while making dinner.  (no worries about baby on my chest and possibly burning her or bumping her into something sharp)  I might keep her on my chest if we are grocery shopping or if she needs to nap, but switch her to my back if we are going to the park and I want to be able to pick up my older son.  Speaking of, we still use the Ergo with my son (3.5 years old and 40lbs).  He rides comfortably in a back carry when we are in crowded or busy places.  He is tall and heavy for his age, yet the Ergo is very comfortable with him in it.  

I got one of ours on Craigslist and the other on ebay, so there are definitely less expensive options than full price.... 
This is me too
post #8 of 16
I'm using an ergo this time around and am loving it.
post #9 of 16
I started using the ergo with my son when he was about three months. He was a big boy so we didn't use the insert. It has been a life saver for me. I was able to keep up with my then three year old no problem. My son is now 18 months and we do back carry a lot. He loves it. I rarely have any back pain. If anything I'll get some shoulder pain because I'll not have the straps adjusted right or hes being wiggly. I would recommend it to any one. I hope you find something that works for you.

Eta : changed when I started using ergo from less than two to about three. those first few months are a bit of a blur smile.gif
Edited by Bruebee - 9/26/13 at 5:48pm
post #10 of 16

I got a k'tan for the little stages.  It's kind of like the moby, but no wrapping.  I'm liking it a lot, though it's not as easy on my back as I thought it might be.  It is very quick and poppable.

 

I love my ergo.  I started my 2nd in it around maybe 4 months.   I definitely feel it's still too big for my 10+lb  6week old.  Looking forward to getting her in there, but still expecting to use the k'tan through the winter to get her in and out of the car because I can keep my coat on, while the ergo needs clipped in the back.

 

The only other things I've used are a DIY woven wrap (failure -- I never got through the learning curve) and a snugli that was very uncomfortable.  I used it for my first till it hurt too much when she was only about 6mo, and she was pretty small.

post #11 of 16

I should add- DH is totally into babywearing, too, but I think it helped a ton that our first Ergo was black and he kind of looked all badass toting our son around in it, you know?!

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for your help with this.

 

Did anyone feel that the Ergo was unsafe at all? like the baby could fall out?

post #13 of 16
I have the ergo sport. I have never felt he was at risk for falling out. It is super adjustable. I just make sure the waist belt is super snug and we are good to go. In my experience the only time I felt it was unsafe was when I was trying to get him in a back carry in a standing position at about nine months. Then I figured out to just lay the ergo on the bed, lay him down then sit and buckle the waist. Lean back slightly and pull on the shoulder straps, buckle chest clip make sure hes secure and then we were off to adventuring!
post #14 of 16
I was able to fit my newborn in the ergo just fine with no insert, for what it's worth. He pretty much lived in there for the first three months...totally a 4th trimester kiddo.
post #15 of 16
I didn't like the ergo but I never felt like she was going to fall out. Until we started back carries, then I felt that the back support was too low. But I have children who like their arms out!
post #16 of 16

Nope, I've never felt like it was even remotely possible for the baby to fall out.  

One thing to keep in mind is that the Ergo is really meant to be worn at the waist, as in the true waist, not low around the hips the way one might be used to wearing things.  It can kind of make you feel like you are wearing mom jeans, but it fits a lot better when you wear the belt at the waist.  Especially true for back carry.  I bend down/squat down all the time with my LO in the Ergo and I've never felt like she could fall out.   

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