A good carrier will take you from infancy through toddlerhood. My Mei Tai was $75 from Etsy, but I've been using it since Peepers was about 10 pounds and she's over 20 pounds now. It is so comfortable that I will no doubt still be wearing her when she's 2.
I also have a simple pouch sling that I bought from Etsy on clearance for $12. I used it a lot when she was a newborn, and started using it again recently as a hip carrier. I use it for quick trips to the store, or into my son's school to pick him up, and the Mei Tai for longer wears like at the zoo or grocery shopping.
I don't want to belittle your carrier choice, but I started out with a bjorn and grew to hate it. It dug into my shoulders, the baby swung around every time I bent over, difficult for my husband and I to share. The TBW website has a lot of reviews about various carriers. You might also check if Craigslist has any good deals.
I even saw in target that Infantino came out with a Wrap and Tie or something just like a Mei Tai for aroound $50 maybe...I don't know a whole lot about it, but could be worth looking into. Mei tais are similar to bjorns as well, except they tie, not buckle basically.
It can be confusing and overwhelming, but I guarentee that if you take some time to look into your options you will find something that both you and baby will LOVE.
Feel free to post more questions in this forum or even PM me if you'd like, I'd be happy to help. I found babywearing when my second DD was about 6 months old and don't know what I'd do now without it!
Holy cow! I just looked at Buy Buy Baby's website and you're right, OP. The Bjorn is ridiculously expensive! I can't imagine spending that much on a carrier that only can be used in one way. I've never used an Ergo but have heard so many fans rave about it, and it's quite a bit less. And, as a PP mentioned, a Mei Tai will be even less expensive if you can handle the learning curve.
(I just noticed that you're in Philly... there's got to be a babywearers meeting. I know there's on in Wilmington. Or, I'm sure some of the mamas around here would be willing to have a playdate/carrier tutorial. I have a Mei Tai you could try if you want... you just would have to wait a few weeks since I'm sitting around twiddling my thumbs waiting to give birth!)
If you're set on something that buckles... I'm in complete love with my buckle tai from Two Mommas Designs (www.twomommasdesigns.com)
the evenflo is good enough, though, that I turned down a $3 bjorn at a thrift shop.
Mei Tai's are also AMAZING - I have a Kozy that I'll be selling soon I hope, and I've LOVED it. DS is just getting super hard to put on my back in it, hence the Beco.
I had a HotSling for a while too, that was great, and I have a Moby but DS hated it - my friends baby was in love with his though.
Is there a babywearing store in your area that you can go to and get some help to figure out what you like, and then you can look online to find used versions? (Not BRU or buy buy baby - a store devoted to babywearing will have knowledgeable sales people who can help you fit things properly and find something you and baby love).
AP Mom to 5
Crinkle cotton is amazing for ring slings and wraps. You'll need 2.5 yards to double over for a ring sling and about 5-6 yards for a a wrap. Refer to Jan's instructions...they're simple.
Etsy is full of WAHMs who will make you something for little.
Also, do you have anything to trade? You can post an ISO on thebabywearer.com or diaperswappers.com
FTR, Bjorns are dreadful on your back. Your best bet for a low price is a wrap or a pod.
Have you looked on your local craigslist? I live in a podunk town and there are baby hawks popping up all the time.
Monica - single mama to DS and DD
Once people get hooked on babywearing, it's really easy to have more carriers than you'll ever use. You can check out some babywearing fsot boards or craigslist for used carriers.
trottin', pole dancing, Norway and Sweden lovin' , ,WOHM Kiddos born 12/11/06 and 08/09/08
with #3 EDD:01/2013 So in love with my sweet Swede and my bonus-son 10/25/98
I am sure all of the issues everyone has with the Bjorn are valid, it just is not the case for us...yet.
If you do still want a Bjorn or any other carrier mentioned try a re-sale store. We have a Children's Orchard here and they have Bjorns for $35.00, I bought my Moby there for $20.00 brand new and my Hot Sling for $13.00.
Mama to Madelynn 8/16/2009 and awaiting buggy #2 March/2011 , partner to DH
i would deffonately reccomend.
Becky, sahm to 25/04/2000 Chloe 12/04/2002 Cameron 19/02/2004 Caitlin 28/06/2005 24/07/2006 and Caden 14/03/2008
19.05.2012 18.08.2012 24.05.2013 25.6.2013 04.09.2014
i just bought 5 yds of jersey (t-shirt) and cut it in half long ways so that i had 2 pieces 23" wide and 5 yards long. no sewing involved.
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11