I'm not a wrap or sling type of mama. I like to feel the security of my little one right in front of me or eventually on my back, so that's why I've chosen to go with the full buckle carriers. He's currently being carried in a Mei Tai which is working okay for the moment, but I'm really wanting a buckle and not a tie.
What I always recommend when one can't play with them in person before purchasing, is to find a retailer that either carries the ones you're trying to decide between and has an exchange policy, or at least a retailer with a return policy. I've found that babywearing retailers want you to be happy with your babywearing, even if that means you don't end up sticking with what you purchased from them, iykwim?
Have you tried to buy used on thebabywearer.com? I have bought used from the FSOT section and I actually prefer used bc the price is lower and bc the carriers are broken in but very well taken care of.
I agree w/the suggestion to try and find a store near you that sells some different kinds of carriers so you can try them on (if that's possible). Or maybe try a babywearing group in your area. At the meetings they usually have all types of carriers to try, or even borrow sometimes.
Have fun carrier shopping!
pro's -It's very comfortable- my son's only 13 pounds, but I can and do carry for hours at a time with not the slightest ache.
- it's very lightweight.. doesn't get hot
-has a sleeping hood that supports his head and can fully cover to get out of the sun/rain
con's- the buckles are right next to the main carrier part- not further back on the straps, so sometimes the buckle rubs against an arm or leg, and we need to adjust
-most of the prints (when I was buying) were feminine, so dh won't wear it.
Katie, sahm to two wild and crazy guys (8/07) and (3/10) and their sweet new baby sister (4-1-13)
and a babywearing meeting would be a great way to try ones in person.
i am currently loving our 1/2 buckle right now-but dd2 is only 14 lbs. i have a full buckle kanga xt that we still love for dd1 too. i have pretty much retired my BH to being a loaner for friends who are just getting into babywearing.
the padded/structured waist has become something i absolutely must have. but i do like the ease of the MT shoulder straps. some makers do a 1/2 buckle but with some nice padding on the shoulder straps, which to me-is the best of both worlds.
i am hearing amazing feedback on the BH Oh Snap over on tbw.
Action Baby Carrier would be my best option,..comfortable, lightweight and pocket-friendly very affordable. I was waiting for my ABC and got it for a good price. How much was your budget? I had seen in ABC facebook that they offer discounts that drop their price to $50-$75. Goodluck.
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