I am looking for something that will work from newborn through toddlerhood.....I am already planning on buying a wrap and a ring sling....and originally was planning on a mei tai as well.....
now I am seeing all these rave reviews for the beco butterfly and that you can carry a newborn with it as well....
would anyone be able to help me sort out the differences....might I still want a mei tai AND a soft structured carrier (beco/ergo etc)....or would one suffice?
TIA girls Nikki
But either one is totally fabulous.
How hot are you talking for hot summer months? When dd was born it was 110 degrees here. Obviously we didn't go out much but I used mainly the baby hawk (I really like it for front carries) and a gypsymama wrap that is very light weight.
You are so awesome with all your research you are doing...that is going to be one LOVED baby you've got cooking!
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Babywearing, stay-at-home Mama to Anna, born at home November 2, 2006
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I think the Butterfly will really start coming into its own around the 3-4 month mark. It's great to be able to buckle baby in and get the carrier on and then switch it from front to back and back again, but baby needs to have some ability to straddle her legs and that's just not going to be there until 3-4 months or older.
The big difference IMO is that in a mei tai you can froggy a baby's legs up and tie them on securely and comfortably, but I don't see that even with the infant insert you can really do that with the Butterfly. Rather than a froggy legged position that keeps the legs up and closer to the body it's more of a seated straddle position which is just not appropriate for newborns. Also, you can't adjust the height on a Butterfly in terms of ensuring good airflow, whereas with the mei tai you can position the baby and tie the carrier such that baby's body is supported and her face is at the top of the carrier without getting obstructed by fabric.
That said, as much as I love mei tais in the first year, I love SSCs too when baby gets big enough to use them, but I just don't think they're that great for the newborn period.
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Rachel, thank you. since you have all of them, are any best suited for the newborn stage? and did you use the babyhawk in the summer specifically b/c it was cooler than the other two? or did you just have that one at the time? TIA!!
the wrap was the best for hot weather but the baby hawk was easier to use so I usually did that. Here's a pic of me using the baby hawk when we went out to the pumpkin patch in October...I think it was about 85-90 degrees that day. She was about 2 mos old in this pic: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../Alexia151.jpg
and a shameless pic of us at the zoo with her in the beco a few days ago (she is 6 mos old) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/Shelsi/1094.jpg
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