I am in the market to buy a Bjorn. I have been looking on Ebay, and there are several different kinds. I have a 2 week old, who is about 8lbs. I am fairly small (5'), but have a large chest, which has proven to make the other carrier I was given a big pain!
Does anyone have any advice on which one to look for? I would also consider a Moby, if I found one that didn't cost an arm and a leg.
The Sleepy Wrap is more elastic, easier to start wearing your baby and taking your baby out of the Bjorn.
I have three Bjorns at home, Baby Bjorn, Moby Wrap and a Sleepy Wrap. I really like my Sleepy Wrap. My daughter is almost 7 months old and I am always using my bjorn more and more.
I was given the wrap when my daughter was like 10 days old and during evenings she cried a little. When I wore her on my stomach she stopped crying and fall asleep.
We bought a bjorn and just hated it - it's really uncomfortable. They are popular because they are well-marketed, but they are a big rip-off for the money in my opinion.
The other carrier we used a lot when I didn't want to use the moby wrap was a mei tai. Babyhawk was my favorite brand.
I did this for the first 10 months and it cost me 10 dollars for two wraps. It worked great and was much much more comfy than my bjorn which dug into my shoulders.
I think a stretchy wrap, whether you make it yourself or buy it, would be a great option. I also really like a mei tai, both for a newborn and for moms of different shapes/sizes, because a) with the straps it's easy to accommodate your size, and b) it's versatile enough to wear on front or on back so you'll be able to get a couple years' use out of it, which is much longer than you'd be able to use a Bjorn.
I would recommend a tried and true brand, though, and not just something you can find on ebay, as I have seen some really poor quality carriers on there. Kozy, BabyHawk, Sachi, CatBird Baby, MOM Tai, Freehand, Mei Tai Baby are all well-made brands.
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I have to second the recommendation for a wrap - they are totally not as complicated as they seem at first glance, and they are the most multifunctional baby item on the planet.
I learned with a Girasol - super flannely soft, easy to learn with and I am still using a Gira with my 23# dd. If you have a really chunky babe, you might look into a Storch after they get heavier. I had one that was great, and they do get floppy & soft with use.
You won't find many of us here who prefer Bjorns to other carriers. Other carriers are a better value, imo, because they last longer. The Bjorn lasts 5-7 months usually, while other similar carriers. can be used for years.
Some other carriers you might like: Beco and Pikkolo, which can both be used with newborns on into toddlerhood.