I'm not so much a pro as man ohters here (I've only used a Moby, ring sling and a Boba) but I would recommend the Boba with infant insert. The Moby was GREAT. I loved it, really, but it has a bit of a learning curve and then by the time I had it down it was really hard to wear my daughter for long (by 18 lbs I was like "erg, there has to be a better way..."). It is approved for a higher weight than what I used it for, it just got too hard. The Boba has been fantastic, is way easier to get on and off (and her into and out of), we both love it, but I never used the infant bit so I can't "review" that.
If you think you'll be able to buy a second one after the first year then I think a Moby will get you through, though, and has a lower price point.
Good luck!!! :)
Moby was great for the first 3 or 4 mos and til about 18lbs and then it just wasn't practical. Too much adjusting to get them in an out, esp as they get older and want to move more, and the stretchy fabric gets loose while you wear it. DD was also never a fan of her head being tucked into the fabric like they recommend (hated hats too) and since she had unusually good head control from birth, I didn't tuck her in fully unless she fell asleep so I looked a bit awkward with all this fabric doing nothing. I got my ring sling (sakura) when DD was about 5 mos and I absolutely love it - wish I'd just spent the money from the beginning and not asked for a bjorn on my registry (hated that thing). I actually have 2 now, a double and single linen, and love them both equally. DD is 20mos, 30+ lbs now (haven't weighed her in a while but I'd guess she's between 30-35lbs) and I can still carry her in it no problem - hip, back, tummy if tired, she's never fussed and I love that I can easily nurse her in it. Super easy in/out, plus when we are with friends or family at events they can use the sling as well.
babyhawk mei tei!!!! I LOVED mine. I can't rememeber when I started wearing ds in it- I mean not at newborn, I think when he was tiny I just held him. but at least by six months he was in the mei tei up until about 2 and a 1/2 and I found it so mich more comfy than the ergo- even though it seems a bit complicated to tie on it really isn't- once you do it a couple of times, and the baby is snug up against you- facing you so you can see their face- I loved my baby hawk mei tei
If you want an SSC I have used my Beco Gemini from birth to 3 years so far and found it excellent. I have used several different carriers and it is by far my favourite. I hardly wear my 3yo anymore as she wants to walk all the time but occasionally she wants a ride and it works well.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
If you want it to last until toddlerhood i'd seggust a woven wrap if you want to get just one and have the money for it the didymos is supposed to be fairly good as I seem to be broke and have a sewing machine that will do a rolled hem well you can find nice cotton weave fabric everywhere from walmart to Hobby lobby or a specialty fabric store it shouldn't stretch should be slightly see through and should be fairly sturdy... and then i can get two wraps as i only want them half as wide as the bolt is for about 30-35 dollars and i can cut them to different lengths to make myself a size 6/7 and a size 3 with enough for a pouch sling.... but i digress.
I definitely don't recommend a sling that puts all the weight on only one shoulder. I have to have the weight evenly distributed, with big heavy babies like I have.
I would think that the Tula baby carrier is the soft structured carrier you would be most happy with, it looks so comfy but I have only tried the Ergo, which i loved, but all the negatives were addressed with the Tula and it seems perfect, used with an insert for an infant. I'm planning to use it with the new baby. Moby wraps are great in the beginning and you can get them very cheap second hand, and if it had to be ONE thing, I would say a woven wrap like a Didymos, because you get the support, almost as much as a soft structured carrier, but it can be easily used for a small baby.
They are all online vendors. Wraps can be overwhelming with different sizes and fabric content. Just find one that you like- if you want it to be super versatile get a longer length not shorter. I'm looking for a link to a page that helps mamas size wraps
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