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Old 11-02-2007, 05:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DD loves to face forward so she can see what I'm doing. She's only 8 weeks, but she gets bored facing my chest all the time... I have been using a Moby wrap mostly, but I'd love to try something a little less cumbersome and HOT. I like the Mei Tai's, but they don't seem very good for forward facing, nor do the Ergos... The Kozy Carrier site has instructions for a front-facing, but it's not recommended.

Any suggestions???
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Have you tried a kangaroo carry in a regular ring sling or pouch? I used that a ton and found it very comfy for us both. He didn't like his legs dangling out at all till he was over a year, so that was actually a nice solution!

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At that age dd did well in a pouch facing out. Didn't last long- she was soon too big to be comfortable that way.

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I have - she seems to get tired of having her legs bunched up pretty quickly. Even in utero she stretched her legs out constantly! Thanks for the replies - any other ideas?
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i would try doing backcarries, forward facing carries are really not that comfortable for both baby and mom

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I don't FF DD in a wrap, but I do use a pouch for forward (or side) facing carries.
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I never found facing out comfortable.
I heard good things about the new Pikkolo carrier. The bottom adjustable for forward facing.
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The Beco's new Butterfly and Obi will be able to forward face safely and comfortably. But it won't be out until January.
What about a light woven wrap?
Edit to clarify: The Obi is already out. But the Butterfly won't be until January, which was the "it" I was referring to.
Typed too fast and glossed over details. Sorry!
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I've also heard good things about the Pikkolo, including the fact that there's a wide seat for baby so it's less Bjorn like and more Moby like in terms of seating position.

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www.babytrekker.com

I've had one since 1995 and it worked great for all three of my 10+ lb babies all the way into 4 yrs old.
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You can find great reviews about the Pikkolo here.
It seems there's an adjustable seat, I believe.
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I'm really looking forward to the new becos. My little guy wants to face out all the time. He'll do it in my pouches, but I also have a Pikkolo and a Belle Baby Carrier. Both are nice, but I think the Belle is more comfy for both of us. I really love my beco though, so I want one of the new ones!

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Thanks all! I'm thinking now of the Catbird Mei Tai, since I really want to try a Mei Tai. Maybe the Pikkolo or the Connecta also, for DH to use since he really wants something more like a Bjorn (not into all the ties)... I don't know that I'd like the unpadded waist strap in the Pikkolo...
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The Beco's new Butterfly and Obi will be able to forward face safely and comfortably. But it won't be out until January.
The Beco Obi is out and available!! It's gorgeous. Check it out at their website:
Beco. Looks like a great carrier for forward facing.

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i second the rec for a high back carry in a mei tai. it's a great view from over your shoulder, and when they are sleepy, they can lay their head on your shoulder so there's no floppy head/air constriction to worry about.
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Body Glove makes a nice forward facing easy to strap carrier. I have one but DD isn't quite big enough for it. So I use a ring sling for now especailly for nursing in.

You can get the ring sling for $25 w/shipping @ this site:
http://islandfamilies.tripod.com/id24.html
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Old 11-21-2007, 02:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks so much!!! I think I've settled on the Mei Tai Baby, since it cinches and has a headrest option... Wish that the Catbird Mei Tai's had a headrest, but oh well! I agree with those that said a headrest that flips up and down is easier than a hood. Once DD has better head control I'll try to get the high back carry down. She still likes to headbutt my shoulder and chest, so I wouldn't trust her not to hurt herself yet.
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