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Is BabyBjorn babywearing??

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
I have a BabyBjorn carrier. I never see anyone commenting regarding the BabyBjorn. Is the use of this product considered baby wearing??
post #2 of 38
Well, yes. I don't like them, personally. I think the babies look funny with their arms and legs flapping while mama walks. And I worry about the impact of a new baby carrying it's weight on it's pelvis like that. And I often see them with blankets thrown over their heads to protect them from the elements, whereas with a sling that's not a problem. They just don't look very comfortable, compared to a baby curled up in fetal position with his body pressed against mama's, and his head on her heart!

But yes, it is babywearing and I am at least grateful that the BBs are so popular these days. There also do seem to be some babies who prefer them over slings.
post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 
I know what you are saying. I like seeing the babies reclining against their mamas - But it doesn't seem like the one shoulder carriers have enough support for the mamas and the papas. They don't seem to hold the baby as securely. I used the BabyBjorn when I did housework and other chores and so I needed to feel secure on all sides of my body and equal on both shoulders and hips. Do the one shoulder carriers provide this??
post #4 of 38
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Originally Posted by Piglet68
Well, yes. I don't like them, personally. I think the babies look funny with their arms and legs flapping while mama walks. And I worry about the impact of a new baby carrying it's weight on it's pelvis like that. And I often see them with blankets thrown over their heads to protect them from the elements, whereas with a sling that's not a problem. They just don't look very comfortable, compared to a baby curled up in fetal position with his body pressed against mama's, and his head on her heart!

But yes, it is babywearing and I am at least grateful that the BBs are so popular these days. There also do seem to be some babies who prefer them over slings.
Everything she said! I had a Baby Bjorn when DS was a nb and just didn't like it. The sling was MUCH better.
post #5 of 38
Slings, when used and fitted properly, are very snug and secure and comfortable for both wearer and baby. Unfortunately, a lot of times when you see the rare sling, it is a crappy Nojo, or the Mom has no one to show her how to wear the sling properly, so it doesn't look so great. I don't have a huge bias against the Bjorn type carriers, but I find them uncomfortable with a baby with any weight to it, and I just think the babies look uncomfortable with their legs hanging straight down and all the weight resting on their crotch. It took me a while at first to realize that the difference between something like the Bjorn and something like an Ergo or ABC is how wide the seat is. The wider seat holds the babies' thighs up in a seated position. So there are 2-shouldered alternatives to the Bjorn that are more comfy for parents and babies, and they generally can be worn for much longer, too (both at a stretch and longer in terms of baby's age). Even the Baby Trekker, which has better acceptance among the AP crowd because it's more supportive and comfy, has a fairly narrow seat.
post #6 of 38
Absolutely, yes.
post #7 of 38
I LOVED our bjorn when ds was a baby. I used that way more than a stroller. I didn't have any good sling help, but I always felt more secure with him in the bjorn. And ds never really took to the sling - he much preferred to be facing outward, and I always felt like I had to have a hand on him if I had him facing outward in the sling. Plus, he nursed constantly, and taking him in and out or readjusting the sling all the time was a pain. I wore him in there almost daily until he was a year old.

I do plan on trying some other slings with this new baby, and seeing if I can find one that I really like, but my bjorn will be standing by!
post #8 of 38
It is babywearing to me!
post #9 of 38
For sure!! Not everyone is going to like every carrier. Some people love the Bjorn, some people hate the Maya Wrap It's all good as long as the wearer and baby are comfortable IMO.
post #10 of 38
I don't know why it wouldn't be babywearing! It's umm, wearing your baby, isn't it??
post #11 of 38
I'd say yes to the Baby Bjorn. We started with an OTSBH and did NOT like it. We ended up getting a Bjorn after hearing lots of friends and even strangers tell us how much they liked it. DD really didn't like OTSBH when she was a baby but she would almost always chill out and enjoy her time in the Bjorn. Now we have a Maya Sling and a KK solarveil and we love these. I find the BB hurts my back now that she is 14lbs but dh still uses it with her if he's going to do yard work. I think baby wearing is more about simply wearing your baby than which product you choose to do that with. Use what works for you.
post #12 of 38
I just said when dd was a baby but really she's STILL a baby-only 5mos. I meant when she was a little infant baby! lol!
post #13 of 38
my kids all prefered front packs to slings. even in a sling they were only happy when plastered to me like in a front pack. none of them liked to be down inthe cradled position in the sling. I didn't have a bjorn but if I had knownn how much they wanted to be upright i would have just gotten a bjorn from the beginning. My SIL has it and wears her baby constantly in it. And he s such a peanut he will probably be in it until he is two :LOL
post #14 of 38
Loved the Bjorn!

Slings never worked for us. Should count as you're wearing your baby on your front
post #15 of 38
Of course it's babywearing! You are wearing your baby, snuggled against your belly/chest!

We (dh and me) LOVED the Bjorns - we used them with dd and ds until they were about 6 months old, when I switched to the Maya sling in hip-carry mode. The kangaroo snuggle style was familiar to us and them since the newborn days in the NICU -- plus they almost always slept on one of us during those days, so the Bjorn kept them in that same position, but enabled me to get up and walk around!

I just got an Ergo, and I used the chest-facing position nonstop for about a week when ds (followed by dd) were sick. Felt like the old days!!
post #16 of 38
It's baby-wearing to me. I bought a maya sling when I was pg, but I could never get the hang of it. My friend helped me once, and it felt right. But I was never able to put it on myself and have it feel right. It always felt insecure and awkward. So I couldn't use it.

But my daughter was (and still is) a clingy baby, so I had to do SOMETHING. I bought a Baby Bjorn after reading how easy it is to put on. I carried my daughter in it every time we went out somewhere until she was about 10 months old (she was quite heavy by then and it was getting uncomfortable to carry her that way). But by then, she became comfortable with sitting in the cart or the stroller.

I do hope I can figure out the sling if I have another baby though. It seems more versatile and more comfortable for longer (like when the baby gets heavier).
post #17 of 38
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Originally Posted by oceanbaby
Plus, he nursed constantly, and taking him in and out or readjusting the sling all the time was a pain. I wore him in there almost daily until he was a year old.
Were you able to nurse in the Bjorn? It seems like getting him in and out of that with the buckles and all would be more of a pain than just adjusting a pice of fabric. It's a shame you didn't have anyone who could help you learn to nurse in the sling. It's so handy to be able to do!
post #18 of 38
Of course it's babywearing! To me a sling is much more comfortable, but if a BB works for you, then it's a great way to keep your baby safe and secure.
post #19 of 38
Yes!

My son felt so safe and secure in there. Not to mention how much I loved it. Ds even came to dd's school when I was the "Mommy Helper." I had two hands free and he loved watching the kids.

I loved my Bjorn so much that I'm not ready to share it with anyone else. Even though ds has grown out of it. Does that sound crazy?
post #20 of 38
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Originally Posted by Tupelo Honey
Were you able to nurse in the Bjorn? It seems like getting him in and out of that with the buckles and all would be more of a pain than just adjusting a pice of fabric.

It's possible to nurse without taking the Baby Bjorn ALL the way off. But you have to unbuckle one side. Total pita imo!!
The literature on the Bjorn say that you can bf while wearing it, but I find this seriously misleading.
And yes, I wrote them and told them my opinion!

On the other hand, I haven't mastered nursing an infant in a sling either......
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