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#31 of 35 Old 07-18-2007, 04:43 PM
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Actually, there are alternate ways to do back carries right from newborn. And a good, properly worn ring sling is really quite good on some mamas. It's really individual.

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a RS was the only carrier i had for DD until she was about 20 months old and I was pregnant. it certainly can be done, and is very quick and convenient. but at that point i bought a MT to get her on my back more comfortably (her knees were poking my belly in a hip carry), and after that i was sold on the MT, used it with DS from birth. i still do love my RS's though, can't beat them for the quick in and out to a store, or for that early toddler period when they want to be up and down constantly.

every carrier really has its pros and cons, and as someone mentioned earlier in the thread, it might take some experimenting till you decide which one is right for you. i mean, even in the realm of MT's - there are a zillion different kinds... longer bodied, shorter bodied, shoulders with light padding, heavy padding, no padding, wrap style... sleeping hoods, head rests... and everyone has different preferences. the same is true for RS's - there are like 5 different ways (at least) to make the shoulder! do you want a long tail or a short one, or a closed one for that matter... padding or not, on the shoulder, on the body of the carrier... pocket in the tail? aluminum rings or nylon? what kind of fabric?

the choices are virtually endless, and pretty exhaustive really. ultimately you just have to pick something that sounds like something you'd like and try it. if it isn't for you, try something else.

and yes, a babywearing/NINO meeting is really really helpful, especially once the baby is born and you can try out the different carriers with your LO.
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A few weeks ago i posted a similar thread and got some great advice. I thought I had my options narrowed down to a ringsling or a wrap and eventually liked the idea of the mei tai. It was really important to me to get a "do all" carrier because I don't want to spend lots of money right now either. Also, we are taking the carrier on a trip out of country next week and I needed to have a carrier that I can nurse in and that DD can fall asleep in since we'll be doing a lot of sightseeing and it won't always be convenient to sit down and nurse. I ordered a Lovey Mei Tai and I love it. I can't stress that enough. I LOVE it. I was worried about the nursing and napping, but it has been surprisingly easy. I have nursed in it in several places and nobody had any idea that's what I was doing. They couldn't see anything. A mei tai allows you to do front, back, and hip carries and distributes the weight very evenly across your shoulders AND hips so there is less strain. And the bonus is that the mei tai is reverisble, so one side has a really cute pattern for me to show off and the other side is black which is more DH friendly! He would NEVER wear a wrap or a ringsling and I like a little help every now and then
Good luck making your choice. I certainly know how hard it can be!

Oh, and I also liked that the mei tai has a shorter learning curve than some other carriers since I only had a couple weeks to practice with it before our big trip.
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I was looking for a one time solution, too. I started really researching it and have decided to branch out. I figure if I buy quality brands, I can sell them later. I am determined to wear this one CONSTANTLY and I want to be sure I always have something that will work.
I have a pouch and a MobyD for now. My wish list is also a MT and a ring sling. And maybe a Storch wrap this winter. OK, maybe I'm out of control. Maybe it is better to stick with one.:

I know that there are a lot of DIY patterns for all the different carriers that keep prices down. My friend carried her babes constantly (for YEARS) and she used homemade pouches and wraps.
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ring sling definitely! you can use rolled up receiving blankets to stuff in it to support a tiny baby, and by the time you are carrying them on your hip, the sling is perfect for a hip carry too! I sew my own with a Elizabeth Lee pattern, and I love it!

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