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post #21 of 38
Yes!!! You are wearing your baby and that is babywearing....what you use is a detail....

That said I understand your confusion as in babywearing circles it seems like the BB is often looked down on - maybe cause its mass-marketed??? I'm not sure. But I have made peace with the fact that if it works for you and baby then that is all that matters.

As far as the BB goes for my ds once he passed about 5 months it became our favorite carrier and replaced our Rebozo and NN as most used. He is comfy and so am I even with him now at 11 months and 20 pounds. In addition I have absolutely no trouble nursing in it and never have. I just lower him down a bit by loosening the shoulder straps which is quite convienient. I have never had to unbunckle either side or take it off at all. In fact I think one reason I am a fan is that it is so easy for me to nurse while on the move. The more I talk to friends that have used the BB I think how easy it is to nurse depends on your body type more than the design of carrier.

Anyway, thats the long answer to your short question!
post #22 of 38
I loved my BB. Used it with three kids. Tried Maya Wrap but never got the hang of it. Didn't like baby trekker. Just got Kozy carrier and am set!!!
post #23 of 38
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That said I understand your confusion as in babywearing circles it seems like the BB is often looked down on - maybe cause its mass-marketed???
I think it's because a lot of people have found the BB to be uncomfortable or even downright painful to use after short periods of time. Then many of these folks (especially ones hanging out at places like this!) went on to a sling (pouch, wrap, etc.) and had much better experiences. So they share their stories, and those of us who have never used a BB say "no thanks" right off the hop, and go on to tell other people "I never used one, but I heard...". It's true what they say, bad news travels!

For what it's worth... I think the BB folks have heard the news too. Haven't they changed the carriers recently to add more lower back support?
post #24 of 38
I was able to nurse in the Bjorn when he was very small. When he was bigger, I had to take him out, but I always found it easier taking him in and out of the bjorn than the sling. I only had a ring sling, and had to readjust it every time, move his head away from the rings, etc. etc. Of course I found out much later that the sling I had was too big for me.

I plan on trying a few other slings this time around. Having the babe tight against my body and a quick in and out are very important to me, as I will have an active 3yo to be chasing after. I have a KKAFP, and plan on ordering a hotsling and maybe another one to try.

I like the idea of a sling better, but in my very limited sling experience, the bjorn always felt more secure - I could bend over and not have to worry about him falling out, didn't have to worry about bumping his head when I went through doorways, etc. But again, I hope to find a sling this time that works for us.
post #25 of 38
I think the mass marketing of the Bjorn is a good thing - anything to let people know there is an alternative to strollers!

I just personally think slings are more comfy and nicer all around, but hey - if you and your baby like the Bjorn then go for it!
post #26 of 38
i had a BB with my first DD. i LOVED It, she LOVED it. it was soo convienent! i nursed her all of the time in that thing she really liked facing out and i like the fact that i could kiss her head and get that thing off without waking her up. we now have a kissasling, a kozy carrier and an ergo and so i sold my baby bjorn. i still love wearing my kids on my front and being able to kiss the tops of their heads

definately baby wearing to me
post #27 of 38
Yes, of course it is still babywearing.

I think slings are better for most everything. But, for exercise/walking with baby, I found a sling (even a good one) just didn't cut it. Now, I know that there are wraps and other better two-shouldered carriers that are better than the Bjorn. But I didn't know that when my son was smaller, and I really liked the Bjorn for going walking.

I know some people talk like they are horrible, but I am just glad to see women out there wearing their babies.
post #28 of 38
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Originally Posted by slightly crunchy
I know some people talk like they are horrible, but I am just glad to see women out there wearing their babies.
I totally agree! I saw a woman at the park with her two kids, a 3 or so year old and I'd say a 9 month old. The 9 month old was in a stroller, so occasionally mom had to walk away and leave him there, or stay in one place and yell to the 3 year old from far away. I kept thinking how much easier her life would be with some kid of carrier!
post #29 of 38
I like the sling better

but my baby has reflux

so he likes the bjorn better so he remains upright
post #30 of 38
oh, he's one month old
post #31 of 38
to the OP ~ my belief in this is that if you're wearing your baby, then you're babywearing. (duh?)

i don't know why using a Baby Bjorn would be any different.

i have a Snugli, and would like the Baby Bjorn active style (the one w/ extra back and shoulder supports for really active parents). i also just ordered a Maya wrap, which should be coming soon.

also... i'm very glad baby carriers like the BB are becoming so popular. anything that gets good parenting practices into the mainstream should be commended.
post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by klothos
also... i'm very glad baby carriers like the BB are becoming so popular. anything that gets good parenting practices into the mainstream should be commended.
Couldn't agree more!!
post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by PumpkinSeeds
I like the sling better but my baby has reflux so he likes the bjorn better so he remains upright
OT: This is so true! Both my dd and ds had reflux, and the Bjorn was a godsend, as it allowed me to keep them upright without scrunching their bellies over (which obviously makes reflux worse).
post #34 of 38
I used the BB sometimes. It was great for a few things in particular: steep hiking with the baby (I don't think I would do it with a sling) going to airports when you are juggling lots of bags (I can't sling and carry a backpack at the same time) and taking quick jaunts through the mall when your baby wants to be facing out...


Didn't I read somewhere that they can be damaging to babies' pelvises, and to little boy babies' testicles? Because their whole body weight is resting there?
post #35 of 38
There is one article by a pair of chiros with no particular qualifications that is very weakly researched. Bjorn style front backs have been popular since the mid 70's (snugli, etc.) so if it caused such a prevalent condition, we'd be seeing a lot of it by now. More extensive discussion of this in prior threads

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=116019

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=105885

the article we're talking about

http://www.continuum-concept.org/rea...nalStress.html
post #36 of 38
I've never had a BB, but I do have a Baby Trekker and I had a Fisher-Price Safe Embrace front pack. That was not all that comfy for me, so I got rid of it.
I recently got a Moby Wrap, and I have to say for me it compares more to a front pack carrier than a sling. When I wear it, she is sitting in it with her back arched more, and her arms waving and legs dangling. Now she happens to like that, but sometimes I am in the mood for the upright free arms and legs, and sometimes I like to have her suggled up against me. I could sort of do that in the Moby Wrap, but I have found it is easier in my slings.
post #37 of 38
Definitely! It's the only carrier DH will use.

Ours is a year old and does have adjustments to reduce strain on your back. I never use it anymore but was carrying DS through the airport in it (DH was going to be taking care of DS during the days while I was at a conference, so we chose the Bjorn over another carrier) and it was killing me at first until DH remarked that the adjustment on the back was off and once that was fixed, we were very comfy. DS is 20ish pounds, btw.

Some babies don't like the confinement of slings. DS to this day only likes positions where his arms and legs are free and he can look around, though he now tolerates ones where he is snuggled up closer.

Also, I researched the article about the dangers to baby's spine -- all the references cited are generic articles about back strain and do not support the hypothesis. I did a Medline search and couldn't find any published articles linking those types of carriers to any sort of back or hip problems. So, pick the one that works best for you.
post #38 of 38
comparing Baby Bjorn to Baby trekker: trekker has much more padding on the shoulders so can carry heavier babies in front with much greater ease. I carried my dd at 9 months on a long walk using a BB and by the end my back felt like an accordian. dd weighted 17 lb
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