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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 

So I semi-searched and didn't find a thread on just carriers. If I missed it, so sorry, I'd appreciate a link!

 

 I love my ergo but it is a bit beat up after many, many washings and tons of use. I'm thinking of retiring it and letting DH use it as his (leaving it set to his frame size) and getting myself a new one since baby will probably live in it for the first few months.

 

I'm torn between another Ergo and a Beco. I believe the main difference is that the Beco would let me forward face if I wanted to. Does anyone have one? I'd love to hear what other mamas love. I'm not as hot on ring slings and other ones that don't really "lock" baby in as much, as I need to be able to literally chase toddlers while wearing baby jog.gif.

 

post #2 of 42

I found both the Ergo and the Beco uncomfortable, probably because I have a short torso, though I loved the idea of the Beco. I can't do ring slings either, because my babies wiggle too much for me to be confident they won't wiggle OUT. 

 

What's worked well for me is a Mei Tai. You can strap the baby in very securely, which makes me happy. My favorite that is still being made is the Babyhawk. Beautiful and flexible. 

post #3 of 42

We have a Boba and I love it. It's most like the Ergo, but has some extra creature comforts that I really like, and the body of the carrier is higher, which I really loved. We've got the 3G, I don't know much about the 4G yet. 

 

I'm assuming you're talking about the Beco Gemini? I think that's the only one that supports forward facing. Honestly, though it's appealing, forward facing is not recommended by most babywearing advocates. The biggest thing is that to face out, it's almost impossible for a carrier to properly support baby's hips. It's just not an ergonomic position, for mama or baby. It can also lead to overstimulation, since baby has nowhere to bury their head if things get too much for them. Boba has a really good article about it, but they've summed it up in this graphic: http://musthavemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/9-Reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out.jpg  

 

For buying another carrier, I'd look at maybe a Beco Soleil, a Boba or I've recently tried a Tula and really loved it. I haven't tried the Beco soleil, but it has similar features to the gemini, but with some updates, and seems to have good reviews. I personally hated the Beco butterfly because I can't stand the harness in between baby and me.   If you plan to babywear into toddlerhood, I'd steer towards the Boba or Tula. The Tula especially has been touted as a really good toddler carrier. When I tried it, it was with my 28lb 2 year old and it was perfectly comfortable and she was still in a really good position. I don't know the adjustments that you'd need to make for a newborn though. I do know my best friend borrowed my Boba for her newborn and is a total Boba lover now, and says she can't imagine not having it. 

 

I guess the big thing is, what features are important to you? What about the ergo did you like and not like?

post #4 of 42

I've never heard of anyone wearing their babies forward out with a Beco. Ever. Maybe those people just aren't in my circle. lol

I used a Moby for the first 3 months (won't this time because it'll be hot as hell!) and then a woven wrap until he was 13 months. Then I bought a Boba carrier from 2010 and that worked WONDERFULLY for us until just a month ago, when my 26 month old's torso was just too long to continue using it on him. So I gave the Boba to my sister who has an 8 month old. I really want something that I can wear for longer than 2 years of age.

post #5 of 42

we have a moby and an ergo (with infant insert),

 

I keep hearing how HOT the moby will be during the summer, so I'm seriously considering a second ergo, thinking it would be nice to have one set up for DP and one set up for me (I'd think moving the insert between the two wouldn't be a problem?)... 

 

Granted I did all my research on these things in 2010/2011, but in my mind the Ergo was the best "structured" (as opposed to freeform/wrap) carrier... DP and I are kind of in love with it. hehehe.  but I'd be interested in other options... definitely not interesting in carrying the kiddo facing out though - just never seemed intuitive or "right" to me... plus all the reasons I've seen not to do it. :)

 

also, side note: Moby makes MLB wraps for baseball fans (I just snorted and laughed when I saw this):  http://www.mobywrap.com/s.nl/sc.23/.f

post #6 of 42
I have several carriers -- some as old as my son (almost 7), and others more recently added when DD was born or a toddler.

I love my Boba, but find the waist just a pinch big when it's shorts & a tank weather (and I'm a year post-baby!), so I got an Onya for Christmas, which adjusts much smaller. Once the babies arrive, I'll set the Boba to the newborn setting, and leave the Onya as usual for when DD is the one in a carrier.

I also have a couple pouch slings that fit through the post-partum size changes, 2 or 3 mei tais, and one moby-ish wrap with a woven center panel.

I wore DD in the wrap during a heat wave right after she was born (she was born end of July), and never found it too hot -- the sweaty little baby was a furnace in or out of the carrier -- the wrap itself didnt' make that much of a difference.
post #7 of 42
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Originally Posted by Becky Wheeler View Post
 

I've never heard of anyone wearing their babies forward out with a Beco. Ever. Maybe those people just aren't in my circle. lol

I used a Moby for the first 3 months (won't this time because it'll be hot as hell!) and then a woven wrap until he was 13 months. Then I bought a Boba carrier from 2010 and that worked WONDERFULLY for us until just a month ago, when my 26 month old's torso was just too long to continue using it on him. So I gave the Boba to my sister who has an 8 month old. I really want something that I can wear for longer than 2 years of age.

I'd definitely check out a toddler sized Tula. I am beyond in love with my Boba, and so nothing else seems to compare, but the Tula was by far the closest I've come. Maaaaybbbbe even more comfortable if I wasn't so used to my Boba already and how it fits. It's got a very similar structure to the Boba, and I liked the padding at the legs for bigger babies and toddlers. It just wouldn't be a great option with an under 6mo (maybe even longer) if you got the toddler version. 

 

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Originally Posted by SynEpona View Post

I wore DD in the wrap during a heat wave right after she was born (she was born end of July), and never found it too hot -- the sweaty little baby was a furnace in or out of the carrier -- the wrap itself didnt' make that much of a difference.

Yeah the summer Ten was 6 months old we tried out a couple different kind of carriers, and it didn't seem to make much difference. Getting the stretchy wrap ON was a little more exertion, but once it's on, it's all baby's heat anyways. 

 

I'm splurging on a new ring sling this time around, even though I don't need it. I couldn't get the rs to work with my daughter, but I've been doing a lot more babywearing since then, and love ring slings now. I think it'll be a really nice easy in/out option, and I like that it can be adjusted for any wearer. But for the newborn stage we've also got the mei tai and Boba. I might borrow a woven wrap from my group too. I've never loved them, but I'm thinking maybe I'll try a shortie. 

post #8 of 42
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Originally Posted by PrimalMom View Post
 

we have a moby and an ergo (with infant insert),

 

I keep hearing how HOT the moby will be during the summer, so I'm seriously considering a second ergo, thinking it would be nice to have one set up for DP and one set up for me (I'd think moving the insert between the two wouldn't be a problem?)... 

 

Granted I did all my research on these things in 2010/2011, but in my mind the Ergo was the best "structured" (as opposed to freeform/wrap) carrier... DP and I are kind of in love with it. hehehe.  but I'd be interested in other options... definitely not interesting in carrying the kiddo facing out though - just never seemed intuitive or "right" to me... plus all the reasons I've seen not to do it. :)

 

also, side note: Moby makes MLB wraps for baseball fans (I just snorted and laughed when I saw this):  http://www.mobywrap.com/s.nl/sc.23/.f

 

If the Ergo is more than a couple years old(3+ years old) they might have changed the style of the way the infant insert attaches inside. I went to get replacement foot straps for my Boba, they'd changed the snap in mechanism for it.

post #9 of 42
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Originally Posted by onetwoten View Post
 

I'd definitely check out a toddler sized Tula. I am beyond in love with my Boba, and so nothing else seems to compare, but the Tula was by far the closest I've come. Maaaaybbbbe even more comfortable if I wasn't so used to my Boba already and how it fits. It's got a very similar structure to the Boba, and I liked the padding at the legs for bigger babies and toddlers. It just wouldn't be a great option with an under 6mo (maybe even longer) if you got the toddler version. 

 

 

Oh, it'd only be for my tot until baby got bigger.

post #10 of 42

I'd definitely take a look then. Do you have a babywearing group or a local shop near you? I tried ours ou from our local babywearing group. I scoff at any other ssc than the Boba, but I'm a leader so I always feel like I should try it out so I can give advice. I was very delightfully surprised. Even one of the other leaders who hates SSCs said that she actually likes this one. 

post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by Becky Wheeler View Post
 

 

If the Ergo is more than a couple years old(3+ years old) they might have changed the style of the way the infant insert attaches inside. I went to get replacement foot straps for my Boba, they'd changed the snap in mechanism for it.

hrm. good to know... ergo and insert were both purchased in 2011...

post #12 of 42

My sister has a Beco (Gemini, I think) and liked wearing her baby facing out. She liked the fact that she could use it from birth. I have a much-loved Ergo and I got an infant insert (a very old style one, not the heart shaped one that was newly available in 2010)  but for a summer baby, adding a big layer of padding was not fun and I went back to not using my Ergo until my last baby could sit up. 

 

I like the Moby best for early weeks, but I suspect that the Beco would be a great option for people looking for a single carrier good for all ages. 

post #13 of 42
I ordered a baby hawk o-snap for my last baby and it is still in very good condition. They are custom made so you can choose the color and pattern. I just found the ergo's so bland and ugly. So the baby hawk was a nice alternative.
post #14 of 42
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I ordered a baby hawk o-snap for my last baby and it is still in very good condition. They are custom made so you can choose the color and pattern. I just found the ergo's so bland and ugly. So the baby hawk was a nice alternative.

just looked at the oh snap - love that it's customizable, but almost all the patterns I saw look SO busy to me... I like the simplicity of our ergo (black) and don't find it bland at atll - guess that's one reason why there are so many different carriers out there. :D

post #15 of 42
Can you wear a Boba in a side carry?
post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by lilmiss'mama View Post

Can you wear a Boba in a side carry?
No, it's front or back only. The shoulder straps do not detach at all. I've always found a side/hip carry to be a pain anyway, once they are big enough for it to be useful, they are too big for me to want them on my side, so I just use my pouch sling for early hip carries, and don't bother after that.
post #17 of 42
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Originally Posted by shenanegans View Post

I ordered a baby hawk o-snap for my last baby and it is still in very good condition. They are custom made so you can choose the color and pattern. I just found the ergo's so bland and ugly. So the baby hawk was a nice alternative.

I spent all evening looking at baby hawks and having hubby look at them and we came across one of their FB pictures with a custom nfl team logo on the back and he said he'd totally wear Misty-Day if we got a Colts one. :eyesroll lol So it looks like we're getting TWO baby hawks. One for me, one for him. lol

post #18 of 42
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Originally Posted by PrimalMom View Post
 

just looked at the oh snap - love that it's customizable, but almost all the patterns I saw look SO busy to me... I like the simplicity of our ergo (black) and don't find it bland at atll - guess that's one reason why there are so many different carriers out there. :D

I got one with black  straps with a black and grey pattern for the panel across the back so both my hubby and I could wear it. I saw some that were all pink florals or camo print and I would never wear anything like that. But to each his own! but they are very comfortable as well as stylish! 

post #19 of 42

My first Boba we got black so it was very neutral. Then I won one in a contest, so I got the Lila print (Black straps with a purple panel). I love it :)

post #20 of 42

I own both the Beco Gemini and Ergo (and an embarrassing number of other carriers). Personally, I strongly prefer the Ergo. I might be biased, because I had the Ergo first, but it ripped while I was pregnant with my second child and I wanted to try something different. I really thought I would love the Beco Gemini, since you can use it with newborns without an insert and wear the baby facing forward, plus use it in all the ways possible with an Ergo. However, I was not happy about a number of things.

 

1) One of the snaps was broken when it arrived and it had to be exchanged. However, I can say they have very good customer service.

2) Unlike the Ergo, which has clips that can be operated with one hand, with the Gemini, you need to use two hands to undo the clips. Since I was about 8 months pregnant when I got the carrier, I couldn't reach around myself to undo the clips without help.

3) The Ergo feels really comfortable wearing it like a backwards backpack. You can do that with the Gemini, but it feels more awkward. The Gemini feels awesome with the straps crossed in the back, but that's obviously a lot more inconvenient to put on and off.

4) Eventually, I got pretty good at undo-ing the clips and crossing the straps in the back, however I then had long straps to worry about dragging on the ground and one time I accidentally swung a strap and hit my toddler in the face.

5) Although it's possible to use it with a newborn, I didn't like using it for the first 4 months or so and strongly preferred my Moby Wrap during that time.

6) I ended up never using the forward facing feature as my daughter didn't like facing out.

7) My three year old felt really awkward in it compared to the Ergo. I could use it with him, he just seemed way too big for it.

 

I missed my Ergo so much that I ended up primarily using my repaired Ergo instead of the Beco starting when my daughter was about 6 or 7 months old. I still use the Ergo regularly now that she's two (2 miles today!).

 

There is at least one benefit I can think of for the Gemini. I used the Ergo on my back so much with my son that even when he was pretty small I felt really comfortable leaning forward, swinging him around and pulling the carrier up over him. However, my daughter strongly prefers the front. Since I don't do it as often with her, it feels a little precarious getting her on my back (more so about a year ago than now). However, since the Gemini has the straps crossed in the back, I would just put her on in the front, pull the straps off my arm, swing her around to the back, and put my arms back in. I never had to worry about dropping her.

 

That being said, given you have all the options in the world, I have no idea what the right decision for you is. I'm strongly considering getting a Boba, I've heard so many rave reviews about it.

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