The ability to nurse in the Oh Snap because there's nothing between mom and baby is what's making me think it's the better buy. It seems nursing is difficult if not impossible in the Beco (Butterfly 2 model). I've read that you can unclip one side of the Beco and move it over around the "v" and then sort of nurse, but that sounds complicated.
So, how often do you nurse in the carrier? Like, all the time and I should definitely buy the Oh Snap? Or rarely, so go ahead and buy the Beco?
There are a lot of Beco users here though and they may have some tips about nursing in it for you.
Good luck and congratulations!
Mama to Madelynn 8/16/2009 and awaiting buggy #2 March/2011 , partner to DH
About nursing in a carrier, I never have and my dd is almost 3 and still nursing. I always prefered to sit down to nurse as I would leak horribly and had to absorb it with receiving blankets/hand towels the first few months, and found it awkward to nurse her without supporting her head with my arm. Nursing in a carrier never appealed to me. It wasn't necessary as she was the only child I was looking after. I may feel differently if I have a second as I'll have to keep up with my first. I know lots of people like nursing in carriers though, just wanted to give a different perspective.
just remember that you will not be able to wear a newborn in the Oh Snap. IIRC, the Oh Snap is only for babies 6+ months.
As for nursing, I nursed my DD all the time in a SSC!!!! Especially when she was older and a busy toddler. It actually worked much better for us because she could nurse on and off like so many nosy babies do and I didn't have to stop constantly. Also, she could nurse to sleep and then be in the carrier for her nap. It was great and we did it all the time. Not so much now, but she's 2+ now and only nurses before nap and bed.
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the Oh Snap is cool but not for small babies. the gemini isn't out for a while longer, and the Butterfly is so ideal for newborns and first-timer back carries, I think you'd be happiest with that.
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Erica, mama to DS1 (02/2010) DS2 (01/2012) and DS3 (04/2014)
I would get the one that you think you will like to carry the baby in!
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07
Besides, I love an excuse to sit and enjoy the view. Sweet cuddly babe, people watching, scenic view, whatever.
For me, I didn't think I'd probably babywear all that much... and then ended up wearing my son for literally upwards of 8 hours a day every day when he was younger.
Nursing in a carrier has been essential for us. We spend many hours out of the house every day and I can't really imagine nursing him in public without the carrier to help support him.
So, based on that alone, I'd want the Oh Snap! But... the Beco IS really easy on the eyes. I think you'd probably learn how to do the snap/unsnap thing if you got the Beco, it just might take longer.
Mother of two great little guys, G (9/28/09) and W (1/20/12)
Julie Married to my sweetheart
Mama to DD (8) DS (7) & DS (1)
Full disclosure, I nursed maybe once in a carrier. Huge boobs make it hard!
1.) it is difficult for ME anyway tp nurse a little (under 3 month) babe in an upright carrier
2.) it's really hard to say until you try the carrier
3.)oh snap is for bigger babies. I found the stretchy wraps fine until about 13-15 lbs (3.5 months for us) especially as I wore dd to sleep on me. they ARE hot in summer though, so I have started using a light cotton woven wrap.
I have just begun nursing ina carrier...I use the ergo and just loosen it so her head is lower. It really depends on your LO and you how much you nurse in the carrier...some mamas are more on the go, have more than one kid etc. and need to, some babes will preferr to be moving while nursing or could be very fussy and need some sort of sucking, movement simultaneously to settle (my babe), but even with a babe like this I barely nursed in the carrier until over 4 months. I wouldn;t worry a huge amount about it unles you think you won't have time to sit down and nurse.
Is there any way to borrow one from a friend when your lo is born to see what you like? I was able to try many carriers this way. In the end you have to just try one, you can always trade/resell etc.