How's it going, what are you using and what do you love/hate?
We have a few basic cotton ring slings borrowed from friends (both the same kind from a local person, taylormade). Some days I like them and other days I just can't get comfortable/get Lyle comfortable. Definitely not mastered it. DH uses one every night now though to calm him down.
We have a boba/sleepy wrap which I like a lot except it's hot. I put him in it just with a diaper and he still gets pretty sweaty.
Overall with both of these things I don't feel confident enough to put him in them without a mirror, which limits their usefulness out in the world.
I just ordered a Boba 3G in Dusk and I'm SO excited. I'm thinking it'll still be pretty warm but more comfy and hopefully it will keep cooling off here!
I have three but don't love any of them right now.
I would love to learn how to nurse in a carrier or wrap. That would make life a lot easier.
We have a sling and a moby that we use right now. I have an Ergo for later, but I'm not wasting money on the infant insert since I don't need another carrier that's super hot right now.
The sling is the Balboa Baby/Dr. Sears sling, and reading the Dr. Sears Baby Book really helped me with fit. For newborns, you actually wear it backward, which I didn't know at first. We've tried a couple different holds in it, but usually she ends up sort of squashed in there. She likes it a lot though, so squashed or not we're sticking with it. DH likes the Moby, but I've only tried it a handful of times and it always feels like she's going to fall out. We got a slightly better fit today, so I might start using it more. But putting it on while out and about would still be a pain. I like the sling for just stuffing her in and heading out. I do think the Moby will be better for nursing in than the sling -- we've nursed in the sling a few times, but it's not really terribly discreet. We also got some no-name slings and carriers from people, but we haven't needed to try them yet.
I anticipate that the sling might be less comfortable as she gets older, though the hip carry might be answer to that.
- Beco Butterfly II: Great for out and about! He's really secure in it and usually just falls asleep. It is pretty sweaty and too much of a hassle for at home.
- Ring sling: (Cotton twill from http://sleepingbaby.net - highly recommended) Just got it yesterday and it's the poppable carrier I wish I'd had all along! I need to work on making it more comfortable for me (the lower/outer rail was too tight on my shoulder/lower back) but it's easy to get him secure in it (tummy to tummy). I actually made and ate dinner when I got hungry last night! It's pretty lightweight so it's less sweaty than the beco.
- Infantino Sync: Tried it but it will work better when he has better head control and can have his legs out.
- Baby K'tan: A bit too big on me so I'm waiting til he's bigger to try it. I wanted my sister to alter it for me but we didn't get to while she was here.
- Peanut shell pouch: Returned it. I couldn't make cradle carry work - maybe it's my big boobs? His chin was tucked against his chest and he hated it (I did too).
- Over the shoulder baby holder: My mom gave this to me (she used it with my 16yr old sister) and holy cow it is PADDED which makes it too freaking hot. Plus it has the same problems as the peanut shell pouch.
Right now I only use my Moby wrap. I put it on before I can go anywhere, so I just pop Baby M in and out. I would never try to put it on while out and about! That would be a pain!
I have an Ergo for later as well and I absolutely loved it with my son.
That's all I have and I never had a need for anything else with my son, so I don't see any reason to get another one this time around!
I'm using the Moby and the Beco Gemini. I love both. The Gemini has more structure so it's better for long walks, whereas the Moby keeps him more cuddly so it's better for when he's fussy or just needs to be closer to me.
I have my old standby for out and about, a pouch/peanut shell sling. I'm so happy that baby G. likes it as much as the other babies have because I love it. I made it after the Hotsling pattern (before they were adjustable).
Then for around the house/barn I have a Mei Tei that I made, same concept as all the wraps but so much easier to get on and off. I love that I can nurse on the go with both of these carriers, funny thing is I just finally figured out how to nurse on the opposite side with the sling now LOL
I used to awkwardly take baby out, switch the shoulder the sling goes on (if I need to nurse on my right side) and make it work, but now I just slide baby and sling around into a football carry and voila! easy access :)
For later on we have a framed backpack which gets a LOT of use around the farm, we don't usually start using it until they are 4-5 months old.
We've tried a Sakura Bloom ring sling, the Ergo Sport, and a homemade carrier that's sort of like a mei tai or SSC.
-I CANNOT get the ring sling to work in any way that seems comfortable and secure for Baby Bird. The fabric seems to slide through the rings, so it doesn't stay tight, and I can't get him in it in a way that gives him decent head support without seeming to smother him. I was so excited for this sling - I thought it would be easy in and out, but it isn't. Luckily, I rented it, so I will be returning it this weekend.
-Baby Bird really likes the homemade carrier, but since his head isn't above the top of it, and his neck gets bent a lot, and it seems like he could fall out the side, I'm not sure it's safe and I've vetoed using it, even though both dh and Baby Bird like it. My mom says I must be doing something wrong, since she used this type of carrier with her itty-bitty babies, but we haven't had a chance for her to check out that theory yet. Maybe next week.
-The Ergo is a decent but not perfect option, and we haven't used it much yet. We don't have the infant insert, because we tried it out, and it seems like Baby Bird doesn't really need it. (He was 22" tall at birth, so that may be part of it.) Plus it seems obscenely hot for using in Houston at this time of year. It's somewhat quick, and somewhat easy to use, but not as quick/easy as I would hope. I will say I think it will get faster with time, and be easier once he is bigger. It is fairly warm even without the insert, especially considering how warm Baby Bird and I are all by ourselves! We don't use it a lot because it is hot and kind of cumbersome, but I expect it will get more use as the weather cools down and he gets bigger. dh also likes this one.
I have to say - I have not found a babywearing solution that meets with my expectations/needs at this point, and that is frustrating!