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adinal 10-09-2012 12:13 PM

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This week is International Babywearing Week, and in honor of that, I have a question!


So, I have many carriers, a bit of a problem really. lol.gif Most of the babywearing mamas I know have the same problem. 


I'm curious if you have multiple carriers, and if there are different favorites for different situations, different ages, etc.


My top 3 are:


Moby Wrap - newborn stage, haven't found anything better

KKAFP - favorite quick winter carrier, once baby has head control. I was so sad when they went out of business, because 

i couldn't replace my pumpkin colored pouch that I lost.

#3 is a tie right now: Ergo/Patapum.  I love them both. but love the toddler Patapum for my big kids, more support.



Honorable Mention: all Mei Tei style carriers - this is me and my older daughter after learning how to do a side carry with a Mei Tei at the International Babywearing Conference in 2006.




What are everyone's 3 favorite carriers?

jlmschirm 10-09-2012 02:37 PM

I love stretchy/moby wraps for those early weeks. I am
A huge ring sling fan for older babies/toddlers. I also enjoy my mai tai - but got hooked on ring slings and it didn't get as much love after that. Baby #2 is due in Feb and I'm hoping to learn more about/use my woven wrap with the new little one!

cobberkathleen 10-09-2012 02:39 PM


CDGAL 10-09-2012 02:46 PM

1.Ergo is my favorite by far!

2.Moby for the early weeks:) 

3.and I want to try a Beco or Boba:)

Jess DMS 10-09-2012 03:35 PM

I too love the Moby for teeny babies, but I LOVE my Manduca for everything else, and also my ring slings.  

Carhootel 10-09-2012 03:50 PM

1. Didymos hemp Indio
2. Kozy Mei Tai
3. Kinderpack

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letitiah81 10-09-2012 04:49 PM

Moby is the only one I've tried that feels secure, but I've only tried a few.  Wish I could try others out just to see if I would like anything else more.  That being said, I love my moby to keep my baby close enough to kiss while I work.

porcelina 10-10-2012 07:25 AM

Newborn stage: 1. Hands down, Moby for calming baby, getting things done around the house, or working. It is such a versatile carrier, and learning the nursing tie is an awesome help when there is an older toddler around who doesn't want you to nurse!

2. Mei Tai for trips to the store (quicker to get on than the Moby, don't have to worry as much about calming)

After head support has developed:

3. Tie! Ergo and Beco Gemini. Ergo is a classic, and has a better sleep hood, which is great for covering up while nursing at the grocery store and also provides perfect support for a sleeping head. However, Gemini is more comfortable by far (more padding in the right places), and more versatile with the forward facing out option. It has more padding, the body comes up higher, and is more trim/narrow as well. It has a couple of not so great features, though, including "safety" clips requiring two hands to remove, a chest strap that comes disconnected, and awkward/uncomfortable sleeping flap where the ties to hold it up dig into baby's head. If they put on regular clips, added a longer strap on the left side, used a chest strap that is firmly connected, and changed the sleeping hood, it would be the perfect carrier.

I have to say I absolutely despise ring slings. It is not a great idea to have weight on only one side. I can see them working for getting a few things done around the house, but it is just so uncomfortable to not have weight evenly distributed!

sweetpeppers 10-10-2012 07:27 AM

Storchenweige Leo

Any mei tai with padded shoulder straps

a pouch-style sling for little ones and quick up and downs

gardenersuz 10-10-2012 07:31 AM

Now that I have mastered the Moby I love it and so does my 11 week old.

I can't get seem to get a handle on the ring sling yet.

My husband likes the Baby Bjorn the best.

FYI I bought 3 slings/wraps used off Craig's List for less than the cost of the Bjorn that I bought 5 years ago when my son was born. I haven't even tried the 3rd yet!

TooManyDogs 10-10-2012 08:06 AM

Moby is my favorite for hands-free with the little babies. A ring sling for quick trips with babes of all sizes. Ergo for hikes, walks, or longer carries. I have a Kozy and wish it got as much use as the ring sling and Ergo...maybe now that I'm pregnant w/ #2 and the Ergo isn't as comfy I'll use it more!

Autumnshades 10-10-2012 08:14 AM

Good question!


As a new Mamma I found the Moby wrap to be awesome!  Used it until my little man got too heavy for it - he had colic and cried a lot, the Moby was a lifesaver!  And besides who doesn't love that teensy tiny squishy baby snuggle the moby provides?

And I love my BOBA!  Just love it ... best decision I ever made!

Interested in trying the new Boba Air (very lightweight version) because you can store it in a little bag and it is super portable! 




CheriK 10-10-2012 08:33 AM

No question about it, for me it's a good ring sling. I wore out my Maya with my twins and am now on my second sling for DD2 (our Zolowear disintegrated & we are now using a Rockin' Baby) . I haven't found anything else as easy to put on or take off without disturbing baby, as versatile with positioning, or as comfortable for nursing as a ring sling. And easy to stuff into a diaper bag or backpack! DH likes the Ergo and I'll use it for hiking or back carry. Moby wraps are nice for brand new babes. But if I could choose only one carrier I'd get a ring sling.

adinal 10-10-2012 09:19 AM

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The Boba Air looks really interesting!


I've heard from some plus sized moms that they have a tough time finding carriers they are comfy in, and that feel secure.  Anyone have any input?

HopefulJo 10-10-2012 10:18 AM

Moby for the early weeks.


Ergo for Dad, and quick trips, or a potentially napping babe.


Maya Tie (discontinued) for longer wearing of my toddler. The tall back will allow him to fit this for a long time, the wrap-like straps spread the weight over my shoulders and chest evenly, making it very comfortable. The fact that I can tie it to the desired tightness is great- I feel like I get a better fit than the Ergo.

greenthumb3 10-10-2012 10:23 AM

Yes. Plus sized mamas, I am interested to hear your experiences, as well.


I am a size 16/1x and 5' 9" and have the original version of the Boba. It feels too tight and the shoulder pads do not come all the way around under my arms, like the Ergo does. I have readjusted and readjusted and it is the carrier, not me or the baby (smallish for 5 months). I want to love the Boba, with it's higher fabric piece for the baby's back, stirrups for toddler's feet, etc, but it is designed a tad smaller than the Ergo.


The Ergo is still working for me for front baby carries very well and is so comfortable and the sleeping hood is perfect but for toddler back carry, I prefer the Boba because it feels more secure for the child than the Ergo did, although the chest strap is almost right on my collar bone and can't be lowered because it is sewn in the webbing. (They need to fix this issue! So irritating!)


My carrier picks: (10 years of wearing my 5 babies/toddlers in various carriers)


1. Newborn: Fleece pouch sling--love the easy-in-and-out, they fall asleep so well and then I slide it off and they continue to sleep in it on the bed. They also can curl up, just like in utero.

2. 2-5 months: Ring sling-- good for church, grocery store, discreet nursing and can be used as a changing pad or blanket or cover carseat in a pinch. Better when baby weighs less than 20 lbs.

3. 6 months-3 years: Soft structured carrier or wrap, like Ergo for front carries/ Boba for back carries / Moby-style carrier for front /back {Made my own....easy!!!!!}

philothea 10-10-2012 10:30 AM

Wondering if there is a good forward facing carrier??

I've heard that the Bjorn isn't good for baby's hips/pelvis development because the baby should be 'sitting' not 'hanging' so-to-speak. My DD loved the moby for the first 3 months but now she hates it cuz she wants to see everything I'm doing. We also have the ergo which has been great for errands but again, same problem. Anyway, I'm desperate bc she loves being held (facing outward) constantly but no longer accepts going in our carriers. greensad.gif

AmandaT 10-10-2012 10:33 AM

1. Ergo, with or w/o infant insert (I didn't mind it)

2. Maya Wrap ring sling (great for errands with lots of in and out of the car or quick jaunts)

3. Moby for newborn


These are the only 3 I own, but I love them all and have not been tempted to branch out!

Justmee 10-10-2012 11:17 AM

1. Mei Tai. Number one, no question.

2. I have a wrap I use for the newborn stage, but I didn't really use it this time around because of the heat, also by the time he got out of the hospital he was big enough for the MT.

3. Ergo, but I only use it for back carries for older babies. I can do the MT as fast as the ergo now,and I find it much more flexible and comfortable. I usually leave the ergo in the car just in case I forget my carrier.

LamisDove 10-10-2012 11:57 AM

1) Moby

2) ring-sling

3) Mei Tei-style sash carrier


I haven't found any sling to be good for the early weeks. I had a ring sling with my first and the Moby with my second. Both babies didn't like being swallowed up by their slings. "Just carry me in your arms, Mama!" After a little while, with second baby, I tried the sash carrier. He liked it better because he could rest his head on my chest or rest it back on the carrier and look up and around. Then he got too heavy for the infant hold. He was putting too much pressure on his legs and feet, but his hips weren't developed enough to open out, monkey-style. Back out comes the Moby, where he could hang his legs out because the cloth conforms to the size of his little behind. He's loving it for walks around the neighborhood and running errands.


I am looking forward to getting a ring sling when LO is a bit older for the convenience of easy in and out.

gardenmommy 10-10-2012 11:59 AM

I love my Maya Wrap ring sling for little babies.  I find it especially useful for quick trips into the store, PO, etc..   For older babies with head control, I prefer my Ergo, as the weight is distributed across my hips better, and doesn't pull on my shoulder when they wiggle.  I esp. like my Ergo for back carries; my 2 yr. old will still (occasionally, she really likes to run or ride her bike) ride on my back in the Ergo.  I have a mei tai, but that doesn't get as much love, as I can't seem to get as comfortable in it.

JuliaGoodie 10-10-2012 06:19 PM

1. Ergo for newborn and up

2. Ring sling for newborn to about 6 months

3. Moby(I only got to use it once my baby was bigger but I'm sure it's great for newborns, just a lot of work)

ann_of_loxley 10-11-2012 05:15 AM

I do have a lot as well and yes, I have different favourites for different ages and situations which is really why I would struggle to just pick one!  I have a lot of people come to me for advice on a sling and I really struggle to help them pick out ONE because in their mind, one is all they need - like one pushchair or something! lmao....




I find for newborns I either reach for a ring sling or a stretchy wrap.  I then don't really like ring slings until they are toddlers and walkinga and wanting up and down and up and down - rings slings are handy then as they are light weight, easy to pack away and easy to slip a toddler in and out of with little faff!  I really like silk ring slings.  Linen is great for the summer when its hot!

Stretchies are great for newborns but are limiting because once they get to a certain weight, they don't offer enough support and so around 6ish months (mind - I have big babies! lol) I prefer a nice woven wrap!  My Didymos indios are my favourite - love love love them!  I do use wovens sometimes for newborn espeically if I am putting them on my back.  I didn't do that much with my first son but it was a must when I had my second as sometimes they need to be in a 'safer' area when you are handling other things and theres not much more a safe place than high up on my back! hehe

Between 1 and 2 years of age I either reach for a woven wrap or a soft structured carrier.  I got on with an Ergo for my first but it didn't seem to suit my second son (they have very different builds!).  So for him I got one made for me from a wrap and I LOVED it!  So much I pretty much reached for that most of the time and it was the last sling I used! 


I have pretty much tried every type of sling and owned them as well.  Every type of material from wool to linen and cotton and silk and a mix of the lot and so far the only ones I have not gotten on with as much as I had hoped have been my pods!  Which is a shame really.  I probably won't learn my lesson and still get another podegi if I ever have another baby though! haha


So if I had to choose a top 3 my list would be:


1).  A silk ring sling

2).  An indio Didymos (woven wrap)

3).  A SSC made from a wrap (straps of your choice but I prefer buckle waist and wrap shoulder straps!)

katelove 10-11-2012 05:33 AM

In no particular order...

1. Moby for newborns. We used ours from when she was a couple of days old.

2. Beco Gemini. If I could only have one carrier this may well be my choice. Haven't tried it with a newborn yet but by far my favourite from about 6 months to 2+ years.

3. A woven of some sort but I'm still trying to find the right one. I love the support and flexibility but it's hard to find one light enough for our hot climate.

I strongly disliked the ergo and anything one-shouldered.

Autumnshades 10-11-2012 08:31 AM

I am a plus size mamma (size 18) and I found the Boba 3G to be wonderful!  No need to get the belt extender (like with the Ergo) because the Boba is longer.  I also have big boobs Sheepish.gif and the research I did before I bought, all pointed to the Boba as being the best - and yes it is!  The chest strap on the new Boba slides, so you can adjust it.  I love the sleepytime hood, and the foot straps (I haven't used those yet!).


I love the idea of the Boba Air, and the price is good - I am going to look into getting one when the next baby comes, because for summer I can see it being wayyyy cooler than the original.

greenthumb3 10-11-2012 11:17 AM

Okay, then, got some questions for ya! PMing ;-)

adinal 10-11-2012 11:27 AM

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I was given a woven wrap, but i haven't used it yet.  I am not sure how I feel about it being not stretchy. Seems like it would be harder??

katelove 10-11-2012 03:54 PM

Originally Posted by AdinaL View Post

I was given a woven wrap, but i haven't used it yet.  I am not sure how I feel about it being not stretchy. Seems like it would be harder??

They are a little bit harder, they need a bit more adjusting to get a good fit but, if you're used to a stretchy wrap, I doubt you'll have much trouble with the woven.

I don't tie mine before I put the baby in. I just wrap it around me and leave the tails hanging. Then I can adjust it easily. Obviously you need to be mindful of the babe's security while you do this.

rebbecky 10-12-2012 09:27 PM

In the beginning I loved my Boba wrap more than my Moby. It had just enough stretch to were I could tie it on tight, and felt baby was secure but not squished. After he got heavier I started using the Ergo and love it also. I use it mostly while out doing errands, but find it not as easy to use around the house like the wraps were when he was smaller. I bought a Hava sling, but decided to return it after not being able to put it on correctly and because I have scoliosis and it doesn't take much to throw my back out of whack. I figured it wouldn't be good to use one that puts the weight only on one side. 


I plan to get something else soon that I can use around the house again, but I also think the older he gets using the Ergo with him on my back will make it more suitable for using in the house. 

rebbecky 10-13-2012 02:05 PM

Just ordered a Boba Air after seeing it mentioned on here; I'm so excited!! :D

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