Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hampshire County, WV
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.