Hey Kaelynn The onbuhimo looks pretty neat.....but I'd probably want it in a more unique fabric. Also...I'm not real keen on the urethane batting. Natural fabrics are really important to me in a baby carrier. I bet Zane would look awfully cute in it though!
My neighbor has one that she brought back from Japan. It doesn't look that comfortable to me. There's a lot of padding and stiff pieces on hers. Hers is also plain black, those ones on Peppermint are much nicer looking.
I have one but have not used it yet. I am in Japan, and my fabric is not as nice as what peppermint has, go figure. Mine was a hand-me-down. From what I have heard the straps are thin, so your baby can feel heavy. Also the way you wear it gives you the wonderwoman breast effect. No breast compression, LOL. My DCP thinks a ring sling is more comfortable, and likes my wrap sling the most. She had never seen either, wore ombuhimo with both her kids and others she cared for.
I got it in the mail today....fast shipping peppermint And I love it!! Both my dh and I wore ds around in it for awhile. Ds seemed to like it and it was comfortable for both me and my dh. I the padded shoulders. It does make your boobs really stick out, but I decided..."I am woman, I have boobs" It is really comfortable in a front carry too. A little tricky to get on, , but do able .
So yes they are great! Everyone should buy one. :LOL Much more comfortable than my mei tai.
I have this red Mei Tai http://www.mamasmith.com/products.asp?ID=1
~Straps come over shoulders and either tie to the straps around your waist, or go back under your shoulders and tie under babies bottom
~For some reason it doesn't work as well for me in a front position, it is harder to tie.
~Dh is a bigger guy so this carrier doesn't work as well for him
~Straps cross in front of your chest, then goes through rings at your waist and ties in front
~Easy, comfortable front carry
~has removeable padded head support
~Dh was able to comfortably wear ds in this carrier
Hope all of this made sense and was what you were looking for.