Pamela: ROFL! I think I understand better now. And I have a sudden craving for chocolate . . . .
Thundersweet: Thanks for the suggestion. I have checked out the Hug-a-Bub on their website and considered it off and on for a couple of months. I keep flip-flopping on it. I do like the looks of it (at least in some of the pictures). I've read on other boards that it stretches out during wear, though, and needs to be readjusted a lot to keep the baby secure. I don't know if this only applies to older/heavier babies, though. And I'm very small-framed, so I'm wondering if all that fabric would overwhelm me. On some of the smaller girls in the pictures on the website, it ended up looking more like a smock than a carrier. Do you find that the fit is more t-shirt-like, or tank-top-like on you? And if you don't mind saying, what's your upper body like (bony, padded, muscular, big boobs, etc.)?
TO EVERYONE: What's with the popcorn? I'm sorry if I'm offending anyone with my lack of interest in a sling, really I am. I know a lot of you make them, wear them, and love them. I personally think they look great on a lot of people. They're especially gorgeous when they blend well with a mama's overall style. But that's also why I don't think they'd look good on ME (with the exception of a KKAFP or something totally plain like that). They're so far from my usual style that it would be a chore to get dressed in the morning if I knew I would be wearing a sling that day. I'd feel like I had to get new clothes or something. I'm a bit of a clotheshorse (I would classify my interest/obsession with fashion as "my hobby"), so this actually matters to me more than it should. (And yes, naive first-time-mom as I am, I intend to remain a clotheshorse once the baby is here. I realize this is probably good for a huge laugh, so go ahead and chuckle -- just keep it behind your screen, okay? I'm 8 months pregnant and hormonally psychotic.
Seriously, thank you all for your input as far as what has and hasn't worked for you. I will probably go ahead and order the Allo carrier just to see if I like it. Who knows, it could be the greatest carrier in the history of the universe, and meanwhile no one here has tried it!
I seriously doubt it'll be all THAT, of course, but I still want to check it out. Even if I fall in love with the KKAFP that I want to buy for fall/winter, I can probably get a few months' good use out of the Allo if it works out, and I know my husband will like it. And if I HATE the Allo, I'll come back and you can all say "I told you so!" and I'll consider trying a sling. Okay?????
(I added lots of smilies this time to try to seem more friendly. I'm sorry I seemed short with people earlier, but I wanted to nip the sling suggestions in the bud because I KNEW that's what everyone would suggest if I didn't make it clear I wasn't interested. I truly was not trying to be rude -- I was just trying to make myself really clear from the start what I was looking for.)