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#361 of 510 Old 01-27-2012, 06:21 AM
 
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Theres a site you can rent carriers from to try them out...what is it called????

 

This is it!!

 

http://paxbaby.com/zen/paxbabys-sling-exchange-c-44.html?zenid=4501d70c1acb8800a4fef0d2e3036aa0

 

 

I've never used a mei tai so I can't compare, but I've wrapped, used a sling, and a Boba, and the Boba wins hands down for ease of getting baby (when bigger) in and out and off you go.  Tho -- I'm still trying to figure out the whole back carry with it, so I can't comment on that ease.  

Tenley seems small(er) than my beast, so I think if you want something 2 shouldered, something padded and easy is the way to go, whichever way you choose.  There's no right or wrong, just what you like and what she likes.

 

 


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Someone showed me this site to compare different SSCs: http://www.theportablebaby.com/carrierfeatures.html It doesn't compare me tais, though.

This one has a short comparison of wraps, mei tais and slings but no SSCs: http://wrapyourbaby.com/kinds.htm The Resources link has links to other babywearing websites where you can get reviews and find used ones for sale.

Here's a site that has patterns for making your own baby carriers, among other things: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html

I have never used a SSC. I considered one but they are expensive and I had already bought a ring sling, pouch, wrap. My mei tai cost a lot less. It is Sean's favorite of all my carriers. Other than the wrap, it is the most comfortable for carrying baby for long shopping trips and hikes and that sort of thing. Sean carried Ethan in it while we hiked all over the Big Island, Hawaii. Back carries are relatively easy. The only thing about mine that I wish were different is that the shoulder straps were a bit longer so that I could bring them through the straps across my chest when in a back rucksack back carry so the straps wouldn't feel like they were pulling my shoulders back and slipping off.

I think baby carriers are like cloth diapers. You may have to try several before finding the one that works best for you. That can be difficult because of the cost. I like that rental site. That's a great idea. Plus, using the patterns from sleepingbaby.net if you can sew would save a lot of money, I'm sure.

What a great night of sleep for us! D slept for 4-5 hours for the first stretch! Maybe now that that 4th tooth finally broke through, he'll sleep better. Now if I could just get him to go down at 10 instead of midnight or 1 am. Ugh! Hopefully, when basketball is over, we can go back to a more reasonable schedule.

It's Friday and I have nowhere to go. I'm going to hang at home and try to get some cleaning done. My back feels better but still a little twingy so I'll have to be careful about what and how much I do and I how I move.

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Carrie ~ I've been meaning to show you pics of Dylan in his OS dipes forever now and am finally getting around to it. I especially wanted to show you pics of him in the Wonderoos OS pockets that I use for night. They are very bulky, which is why I use them only at night. I didn't use one of those last night so all I have for now is him in one of my larger, thicker OS fitted dipes. To put it in perspective, he can wear this fitted dipe all night without any leaks. Actually, it barely feels wet.

Here's the front (obviously):

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And here's the back:

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I want to get a pic of him in one of his trimmer OS fitteds so you can see the difference. In general, though, OS dipes are going to be bulkier just by nature of their design and purpose. If you want a cloth diaper comparable in size to a sposie (which is getting harder and harder since the sposies are getting smaller and smaller), you'll have to get a sized diaper.

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Oh how adorable he is!

 

What OS dipe do you use at night?  I'm still skeptical of all mine, I don't think I could get away with any of the ones I currently have at night, especially not the blueberry or the FB.   Those are damp on the outside after a long nap!!  I think I'd need to break out some big guns to get through 9-10 hours.  His morning 'sposie is HEAVILY soaked.

 

One of my new mama friends, who came for a playdate the other morning, gave me a GroVia OS and two Flip diapers, with a bunch of disposable liners, and a few regular inserts.  The one I posted is the GroVia.  My goodness, super trim.  Awesome.  I want to see though how these biodegradable liners are.  I wonder how much they hold.  He's down for a nap now with it on, so we shall see.

 

My new diapers that I ordered should arrive today!!  I added 5 dipes to my stash this week, it is really going to help me keep up with the laundry.  Now I should have plenty to get through more than 2 days of CD'ing before switching back to sposies while they wash/dry.


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the one he has on in that pick is from Piper's Closet http://hyenacart.com/stores/pipers-closet/index.php?info=677. The store is inactive now. shrug.gif. She's on FB, though.

I usually use a Wonderoos stuffed with a premium PF with a hemp insert wrapped in it. That's the nice thing about using OS pockets at night, you can stuff them with as many layers as you need. You can always add a soaker or two to a fitted for extra absorbency as well. They are bulky but I'm able to get a 9 month sleeper on him if it's cold. when it's warm, he's just in the dipe and a shirt. since we bedshare, that's usually all he needs. it gets pretty warm under the covers with 4 bodies. I could probably use my other OS pockets as long as they are stuffed enough but I use those with just one Joey Bunz hemp insert when we go out. Those are pretty trim with just that.

I don't know if anyone makes Wonderoos anymore. Mine are really old and the elastic is pretty much shot in all of them but they still work great. Never had a leak or blow out or wicking. They are lined with microsuede instead of whatever the fuzzibunz are lined with. is it microfleece? i like the microsuede better. seems to stay drier.

How do those biodegradable liners work? Do you flush them or throw them in the trash?

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Yeah! on the checking how biodegradable they actually are. We had the kushies liners, which are flushable and biodegradable. We accidently sent one through the washer and the dryer one day-- and it came out intact! 

 

We haven't used them since. No way you should be flushing something that will come outo f the washer/dryer intact!

 

Thanks for the comparison website, I'm going to go over it with DH. We're ideally looking for a carrier that both of us can use, so I guess that's a point against buckles etc. 

 

Our local babywearing group has a lending library, so I want to take out a mei tai, but there's waiting lists, and I thikn you can only take 2 at a time, so obviously I want to make sure I choose wisely!

 

Anyways, I only have like a minute left, but I wanted to share that we had the BEST day ever yesterday! It's the only day in two months we've had where it was a good day all day long. She slept well night before last, then woke up, we nursed, played for a bit, and then got bundled and went out for a walk with the new stroller (I'm soooo out of shape, but the ride on that thing is so awesome!), where she napped for about 30-45 minutes, came home, had lunch and nursed, played lots, and then she napped again from  315 until 615, and I got to sleep for the last two hours as well. Then she got up, nursed, and we played again for a long time, put her in the sling and she walked around with me while I did some little tidying, she also played by herself for a while on the bed, and on her tummy mat, nursed, then from 9 until midnight she kind of nursed/played/dozed off and on, starting to get more fussy, finally fell asleep at about midnight, and slept so well all night. She woke up at 430, nursed (being flooded...) for FOUR minutes, and then fell back asleep right away, slept until 7, woke up and nursed, changed, went back to sleep, and slept again until like 930. It was glorious!  We're going to be positive and hopeful for today as well. The key will be getting her a good nap- she's so much nicer when she's not tired, even though she fights it,. 


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Depending on you and your DH, buckles are actually the only thing DH wil use. He isn't too keen on wrapping. And we both use the Boba with a little adjusting.

 

Gabe let's me wrap him! Doesn't like the Boba, but tolerates wrapping! I am really happy about that, because he us a beast to carry. 

 

Yay for good days and nights. I have no complaints about either. 

 

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We have a wrap and a homemade sling (I used the link you posted MW- turned out great!), but I want something that's just a bit easier and mostly, that I can do the back carry with. DH will use both of ours now, though he doesn't see the point of buying a new carrier. I like the fact that with the SSC's they seem easier to put her in/ take her out, because that's often the problem with her and carriers, is that by the time I have it on and ready for her, and then have to do all the shuffling to get her in, she's usually angry and screaming and then won't calm. I have been trying the kangaroo hold in the sling lately though, and she's a much bigger fan of that, but I can't seem to get the top rail tight enough to actually hold her in safely. I keep a hand in that area, and I've been stuffing her teddy bear in to help her from shifting! lol Not the best option, but it's working for now. 


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JJ: with a ring sling I found it really helped to pull the top rail towards you (like horizontally) and up to tighten. the bottom rail down and away.

 

After going to some meetings and seeing the stash others have, I think DH doesn't mind the few I have, and understands a bit better about why you might want more than one or two (or 4) LOL

 

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JJ ~ Yay for a good day!

Men seem to like SSCs with buckles best. I think some may think the slings and wraps are too feminine. You can get SSCs that are quite adjustable so that, if there isn't too much difference in size, two people can use the same one. Of course, many of the SSCs except the Ergo have very feminine prints, which men may not like so much.

After pulling the ring sling tail as tight as I can, I pull each end/rail to tighten them up separately. I do sometimes have to do a bit of shifting and pulling with the top rail to get it tight enough for my comfort.

I found my menus and recipes from years ago. I have several weeks worth so I don't really need any more right now. The website is savingdinner.com. It has changed a lot, though, and doesn't seem to have the same options as before. I couldn't find any choices for types of menus, like meat, vegetarian, vegan, etc. I think the person only sells books now. I was excited because there was a banner for gluten free, paleo meals but I couldn't find a sample. I'm not going to pay for something before I know what it consists of.

Oh, and I think I got all the cat urine smell out of my bed. I threw the comforter away, by the way. It's way too big to get clean enough in my machine and I hate dry cleaning. I zipped off the mattress cover and cleaned both sides and the inside of the mattress with vinegar.

Back to mopping that we were discussing a while ago. I've tried just about every mopping system there is, sponge mop and bucket, that vacuum/mop flip-it thingie, steam mops and a mop like the Swiffer but with reusable pads and a bottle that I can fill with anything. I use the Swiffer wet jet sometimes but I like the reusable mop the best right now. I fill the bottle with vinegar water and I think it does a better job that Swiffer without having to worry about nasty chemicals. I use vinegar to clean just about everything.

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Oh JJ, yay for a good day!!

These liners are grovia, they say compostable and biodegradable, but the elastic hasn't been tested. Eh. Better than a pain old Huggies, at least.

I don't know, there's a, learning curve I'm sure, but lining up the insert is tricky with the flip diapers. I like the grovia shell better so far.

Agreed, men like buckles and structure.



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I use gDiaper disposable inserts inside my flips. there is no elastic, it's just a big rectangle.

 

I was not a grovia fan, esp their velcro.

 

Mop: w/ swiffer wet jet or similiar is probably done once a week or so. With an actual mop? that's like a couple times a year.


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Ooh, I like the Velcro on the grovia so far. gDiapers, yes, those inserts were good, and flushable. I don't have any of those, but I'd buy those again.

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Mop: w/ swiffer wet jet or similiar is probably done once a week or so. With an actual mop? that's like a couple times a year.

Yeah, I can't remember the last time I used a mop and bucket now. I just mop with sprayer one, take the pad off and throw it in the washing machine. It's so quick and easy that I can do it almost every day.

Here's Dylan in one of his fitted OS diapers.

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I don't know if you can tell the difference. It's hard to get the same perspective with photos. This one is more trim. I have no idea what size regular pants would fit over it, though, since I only use my knit longies that stretch a lot.

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Once you aren't snapping down anymore, OS diapers fit pretty trim :)

 

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These (Muttaqins) fit really trim even when on the smallest setting and they start at 8 lbs. I still have it snapped down one time. I don't snap the Wonderoos down at all anymore because when he sits up in them I see crack. lol.gif They are still quit bulky. They are pretty big diapers. But then, I stuff those pretty full for nighttime. Oh, the Piper's Closet and Wonderoos start at 10 lbs., I believe.

I don't recommend Muttaqins anymore, though, because of the trouble I've had with them. They were some of the ones that disintegrated within a few months. I talked to a friend of mine who makes diapers and she said there was a bad batch of bamboo going around a while ago. Some people wouldn't use but I guess others did because it was cheaper. Once she told me that I decided to contact the maker and ask if she would replace the snap-in soakers since that's what disintegrated. I also asked if she could make some more for some used diapers I bought and offered to pay for those. I never got a response. irked.gif

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look what i found! http://glutenfreesoyfreevegan.wordpress.com/

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Once you aren't snapping down anymore, OS diapers fit pretty trim :)

 


Agreed!

 

I have the two Flip dipes, one velcro and one snaps.  On the snap one, I need to snap down one row for the rise.  For the velcro, I don't.  Strange, huh?

 

 

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look what i found! http://glutenfreesoyfreevegan.wordpress.com/


Oh how awesome!!  Nice!!

 

Chris's flight home was delayed.  UGH.

Honestly, this was the longest week of my life.  Idk how you mamas do it w/o your DH's or partners home at least some of the time.  

I took a short nap with Finn while Nora was at school and I'm pouring myself a nice glass of wine now with my dinner.  

 

I got my BG Freetime and it's SO CUTE. And my FB OS in black?  If a diaper can be sexy, this is it!!  It's fantastic looking.  I cannot wait to put in on Finn.  I also got one more Bumkins AIO b/c it was on sale.  I'll post pics when/if I can.  


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All this diaper talk has me missing Ava's fluff! Can't wait to get home and back to her big cloth booty! I love our snap Flips but when I take them off in the morning, there is definitely the microfiber stink. I usually let her air out a few minutes before putting a new dipe on her.

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With something like the Flip, how well do they work if you double the liner?  I changed Finn after his nap, and the cover was damp, but I only had one liner in.  I think he's just a heavy wetter.

 

Ok - I put together two pics:

 

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Annie, how is Ava recovering?  Any idea when she will be strong enough to go home? Hopefully soon!


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Annie ~ I was going to ask the same thing.

Carrie ~ They look very similar but I can see much more of a difference at this age than when they were younger.

How do you get those photos together like that? I'd like to do that with my 4 boys. Do you use a program on your computer?

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Baby_Cakes, the Flip liners do feel damp if DD has been in them many hours like at night but all my covers feel that way if she has soaked through the insert/PF. I have 5 Flip covers so I just lay the damp one aside and it is dry before the next diaper change. Has anyone tried the Infantino mei tei that is sold at like BRU and Target? Wonder how it compares to less mainstream ones? Oh Baby_Cakes, what do you think of the Freetime? AFM, looks like we're going home today! Haven't put anything on FB yet because I don't want to jinx it but one of her cardiologists came in this morning and said she looked great and we should leave! Discharge is a slow process though so probably won't be home until this afternoon.

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ABCs are pretty basic. The construction and how they work are the same. I think it's pretty cool that BRU sells that. I haven't seen it in the store, but our local store is pretty small and doesn't carry a lot of things. I checked it out online. I like the padded straps (mine has padded straps) but some people don't because it's less adjustable. It says it has lumbar support but I couldn't see what that was. It looked like maybe there was a pad that goes across your belly in between you and baby. Maybe that's it. that sounds nice but i don't think it's necessary. i have low back problems but have not had a problem with my ABC without specific lumbar support.

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They are definitely looking less and less alike as Finn grows!!

 

I use photobucket, and make a collage.  You can do it with as many pictures as you want, in different shapes and sizes.

 

Ok, gtk that most covers feel damp.  I just thought maybe I was doing something incorrectly.

 

joy.gifI hope she does come home today!  That's wonderful news!

 

AFUs - Finn is sleeping horrible lately.  Wah.  Where is my good sleeper?  I want him baaaack.  DH is at least home now (yay) and can help.  I'm tired and need more coffee!


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Ok, gtk that most covers feel damp.  I just thought maybe I was doing something incorrectly.

yeah, none of them are waterproof, only water resistant. the only way to avoid that is to stuff a lot and/or change often. my wonderoos don't usually feel damp on the outside in the morning aven when the dipe is soaked but i really stuff those things. i got pics of D wearing one this morning so you can see how big it is. i'll get them up asap.

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Here they are. They came in pairs.

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D in a Wonderoo

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They all look so different! Amazing!!

Did you all know baby sleep positioners were recalled? I went to Buy Buy Baby with the goal of finding something to keep finnley from moving sideways in his cosleeper and getting stuck. The guy working there said they can't carry them any more bc they were recalled. I was bummed. I had something from when Nora was a baby, but I must have gotten rid of it. I'll have to rig something. I did buy him a sleep sack tho. Maybe he just doesn't like the swaddle anymore.

My new dipes are drying, but as soon as I use them I'll report back. I can't wait!!

Chris watched the kids this afternoon and I went and got Starbucks and did that shopping. It felt so good to be out by myself!

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Carrie-- we have a sleep positioner, but we also use magic bags against her back/tummy sometimes and that works too! And the weight of it makes her feel like there's someone there with her, or at least I think that's why she sleeps better with them!


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You think, Carrie? I think Kellen looks like Ryan (although not too much since they have different fathers) and Dylan looks like Ethan. Sometimes I look at Dylan and get a little freaked at how much he looks like Ethan. It's like I'm not looking at a new baby but just Ethan again. I can't explain it. Kellen's personality is very much like Ryan's, too. I hope that means Dylan's will be more like Ethan's because I don't know if I can handle another high energy child. fingersx.gif He already seems like it because he's more of a high needs baby like Ethan whereas Kellen was much more independent.

Yeah, I read those sleep positioners had been recalled a while ago. We had one for Ethan but never used it since he ended up in our bed all the time.

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You think, Carrie? I think Kellen looks like Ryan (although not too much since they have different fathers) and Dylan looks like Ethan. 


That's what I see!

 

I should post photos of DH and I and Tenley. Family keeps fighting over who she looks more like. 


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