I am actually out of the babywearing phase, but I just wandered into the forum and am amazed.
As for me, I had a new native, OTSBH and a backpack. My, how times have changed
When he got a little older, I got a stroller/backpack combo(can't remember the name), that was'nt too bad, when I got too sore from him being on my back, I just put him in the stroller(this was before I discovered AP)
I recently got a gauze type fabric from MamaToto. That was such an awesome difference from all the above.
Oh, I almost forgot, I did once try a Nojo? I think thats what it was, and I hated that one too. Not really into pouches and slings,I'm large breasted and anything over them plus the babe in it,just made me look even bigger!!!
Today, I just got my Ultimate Baby Wrap, I've had her in it, its glorious!!!!!
The fabric so soft and stretchy!!
Well, this has been my experiences so far....
My criteria for choosing when to wear any of them? First is ease of use, or how long I'll be carrying my baby. If we're only out for a bit, then I'll choose a ring sling because they're the easiest to slip over the head and plop baby in. Then, for choosing a ring sling, it's all about color. I like my black one with metal rings for a nice, classy look
As for the other two styles, I just got my ABC carriers earlier this week and haven't really tried them out a ton, but I can see myself using them for longer carries which will be nice to have the weight distributed over two shoulders. And the gauze wrap? Ooh, it's very nice, but again, I just got it earlier this week, so I need to play with it some more
Judy, wife to my Catholic deacon husband ... homeschooling mother to my four girls and now a BOY!!! Forever remembering our loss (8/11) .
i'm sure i'll be getting more - i told dh that for me, slings are the "new" shoes
lb (a former shoe addict)
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
BUT.... I have A KOZY KARRIER on the way!!! I am most excited about this one as DS is getting kinda heavy to carry in the one shoulder slings. I also plan on getting a Moby (wanna try out the wrap) and I would also like a stretchy pouch from Hotslings for using around the house and quick pop ins and outs
Jenn<>< crunchy conservative mama to 6
and my way through my stash.
1 olive green Maya Wrap, bought before dd was born because everyone raved about them, but never got the hang of and hope to re-selll someday.
2 Wise Woman slings, pink stipes and leopard print, I loooove these slings they are so easy to adjust and comfy, I use them everyday. They are so easy to nurse in!
1 blue silk Zolo ring sling, it is so beautiful, I figured since I wear my dd 2-3 hours a day and she is my last I deserved a silk sling, it makes me feel stylish and beautiful again.
1 black OTSBH, the only sling I used with my first dd, there wasn't really much to choose from back then, and it was very easy to use, just hot sometimes.
1 black Ergo, I have really big kids and needed a two shoulder carrier, I have tried both an ABC and a wrap but am too lazy to use them, I like more quick on and off carriers.
Umm thats it
Hug-a-Bub - Loved this since he was just born. I use this when I am going to be wearing him for long periods or when I'm doing anything which requires me to bend over and be completely hands free.
2 Hotslings with padding: khaki & Mendhi - love the pouches for around the house or shorter errand runs
KKAFP - use when its cold
Maya sling - I'm ring sling impaired and want to sell this one
Wise Woman Sling: Earthy cord - bought out of frustration with the Maya; love it, so easy to adjust
Girasol - haven't used this one yet - seems so overwhelming and I'm loving my other carriers right now; probably will when DS is bigger
Sachi Mei Tai - just received so I haven't used it yet
Baby Bjorn - husband likes this one as he's used to it from DS1 (he'll use other carriers if I'm there to help him)
Ergo - on the way for DH to use when DS outgrows his Bjorn
On Kelley's list for a silk Kozy - hopefully, it will be my turn in January (the silk Kozy on Ebay is so tempting though)
There's so many other carriers out there that I would love to see in real life and try out.
-Heart2Heart - longterm loaned to a friend coz it doesn't fit me nad i hate the padding
-MayaWrap - loaned to a friend who isn't using it! And sorely missed... I'm gonna grab it back at Xmas if she doesn't make a commitment to it by then! :LOL
-crappy old Jolly Jumper (Babytrekker style but more cheaply made and less padded) - used it a lot when seh was brand new actually, and really liked it, but it has since been left in the dust
-Babytrekker - dd's papa's fave carrier, used daily and going strong
-Purple Penguin gauze style wrap (see www.purplepenguin.ca) - a little overpriced IMO (and even more since I bought mine) but this was my intro to wraps and it is very functional
- and my new , an artist-Mama-made wrap (by bikruca) made with polyester knit fabric purchased from Walmart's $2 bin, with a beautiful silk butterfly on a very functional pocket marking the centre of the wrap.
The only carrier I would buy at this point is another wrap, or maybe something like the mamababy slings/wrap by Mayawrap. Once I got into wraps, I can't go back! :LOL I'm wrap crazy!
Originally Posted by guerrillamama
geez, i feel like such a minimalist! i have a maya, a wise woman, a kkafp, and a kozy. and i thougth that was so extravagant!!
an OTSBH and a made by me Frakenkozy. However...the frankenkozy is beautiful, but the fabric I used makes it kind of heavy and bulky. So..I'm going to make me another one w/ different fabric. In the meantime though I'm on the hunt for something new!!
a Maya wrap
a Baby Bjorn (my husband used it alot)
a Kozy (I use it as a back carrier, mostly)
a pouch carrier that I never liked
a frame backpack (best for hiking with a toddler)
I think that is all of them...
I have 2 OTSBHs. I had one until I had my second child (who wanted to be near me all the time ), then a friend gave me another. Having 2 was wonderful, and very nice for if the baby spit up on it/I spilled food on it/the cat layed in it and one had to be in the wash. Where on earth do you keep more than that? Doesn't it get $$? I mean, perhaps the price of slings has gone down in the 8 years since I bought the first one (it was $35 bought new then, which I thought was a lot but worth it), but STILL! MAybe if I made them it would be more affordable, but still the rings alone cost like $10, don;t they?
the expense factor is totally relative. what's spendy to one isn't to another. i received a sling for my birthday, i'll get one for christmas and i'll probably ask for another for mother's day. it's just what i'm into.
Eventually when I get more $, I would like to either get more or experiment with some different types.
My OTSBH is on loan to somebody else. I hated the Nojo & I gave away the snugli when DD got too big for it.
I'd really like an Ergo backpack, though.
Originally Posted by binxsmom
i really enjoy carrying my baby and do so every day. i have several styles of carriers generally use at least 2 different ones a day, depending on what i'm doing. i also like having carriers coordinate with my ouftit or my mood. maybe that's kinda wacky, i don't know.
I also enjoy carrying my baby and do it every day (most of the day). It's like shoes... most women own more than 4 pair, because you "need" it to go with different outfits. It's not wacky at all.
Everyone has their own "obsession." A lot of people on MDC are obsessed about cloth diapers (buying their own stash and washing it themselves.) I just don't get that. I use a cloth diaper service.
I found a mainstream board once where the women were nuts about strollers. They felt compelled to own every brand (and you know how expensive strollers are - way more expensive than slings.) That was an amusing board to read and a great source of feedback if you were looking for a specific stroller.
2 OTSBH: Leopard and Tie-Dye
My Leopard (makes me feel stylish and beautiful) is what I use most days and Tie-Dye (which I'm sure screams hippie to people :LOL ) is the back-up. I love the padding. The Tie-Dye is a "Extravagant Love Sling" and a size Regular. : So it's more snug fitting than my roomier Medium. Had I realized that at the store, I would not have purchased it.
3 Maya Wraps: Solid Denim (my only purchase this time), # 44 (gift to new baby), # 63 (had from last time). I lost my favorite # 39 (I left it at my sister's fiance's apt 2.5 years ago and they have yet to return it. : ) and # 51 (from the first time).
I use a stroller for naps only. I put the OTSBH inside the stroller for comfy padding and then cover the stroller with an open MW.
1 Silk Zolo: Green Silk
I bought it used once for $100. I'm not in love with it (it's hard to adjust and I like to nurse, walk and talk and do stuff while I babywear ) and will sell it.
2 Kozy's: Wall Flower and Meadow
I just got these two. I'm probably going to return (or sell) the Meadow (sold out) because I'm not in love with it. I am in love with the WF, which I did not expect, since that one was going to be the back-up. However, my baby is just hating the back carry! But I'm going to give it some more time.
1 Gauze Wrap: lime green
I purchased this 2 months ago, eager to learn the back carry. I've been so busy, I just haven't made time to learn it. I just had a babywearing party and a friend showed me how to do it (carrying her 3 yr old) and it was so easy! I'll probably use this at some point later.
1 Kelty back metal frame carrier
Used 10-13 months the last time. When I'm done with babywearing, I'll sell it.
Well, it's not expensive for me. And I do save on other things! I buy used items (clothes/gear for kids) when I can and I save a lot that way.
I am pretty happy with my stash. I don't feel the need to buy anymore.
5.5 - girl
Mom & Me Creations PIP
stretch twill pouch (homemade)
New Native (too big, probably will sell/trade)
Taylormade Treasures organic cotton mesh
Maya Wrap (may sell/trade b/c I prefer my TMT)
Geez, that's more than I thought I had! I also have an Ellaroo Podegi on the way. I don't use most of these much (mostly just the KKAFP and PIP), since ds is rather independent now, but I'm stocking up for the baby on the way
Red cotton wilkinet
Leopard print fleece hotsling pouch
Cammo print fleece coorie pouch
Black microfleece coorie pouch
Purple cotton batik coorie pouch
Maya Wrap ring sling - Just sold as we didn't get on with it at all
Red Solarveil ring sling
Freehand Mei Tai
And i've got a Doodlebug carrier on order and am contamplating putting my name on the waiting list for a kozy
Think i've got most bases covered there :-) Although, i'm wanting a
solarveil abc right now, but getting my bathroom installed takes
priority for the moment, lol.
I am not rich at all. I am babycarrier lucky! I have come by most of mine without spending.
Heart2Heart and MAya: both gifted to me second hand from mamas
Babytrekker: $15 at a garage sale. Woohoo!
PurplePenguin wrap: only one I paid full price for - $50 plus tax at the time
Newest wrap: Bought 6 yards of fabric for $12, and that was enough to make a wrap for myself and my best friend. Paid an artist mama for her labour to make them beautiful.
My babycarriers are the most important baby-related things I have, and are dear dear dear to my heart. They represent for me my connection to my daughter, our closeness, her infancy and toddlerhood, and the way I have chosen to parent her, which I am very proud of. I am getting all teary as I write this!
Often I think I only want one child, but when I think of NEVER AGAIN carrying somebody in my babycarriers, I think again!