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For mamas that have other children, what baby carriers do you recommend?<br><br>
I've heard good things about ERGO. What other brands are comfortable and work well?
 

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I love my ergo, although didn't have it early enough to use with a newborn so this time I need to buy the separate newborn insert.<br>
I had a MT but sold it, I could never figure out how to wrap the thing and I always felt like a Jedi in it (it was brown).<br>
I have 2 ring slings which I bought from a WAHM on another site that I lOVE! So easy, i like carrying my toddler now on my hip with them.<br>
I have a pouch sling that I like as well, can still hip carry, OK for newborns.<br>
I have a bjorn that I got as a hand me down that my husband likes to use (not anymore, DS is too big) He would not be caught dead in my floral ring slings. :)<br>
I also have a structured hip hammock that I keep in the car, it's easy and it fits my husband well.<br><br>
If I were to only have 2 - I would pick the ergo and the ring sling. I really like how I can wear my son on my back now with the Ergo... that was one of the reasons I bought it.
 

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I tried the New Native with ds. I did use it for several months, but the small was too small and the medium to big. I got a Kozy later and really loved it. This time I am thinking about trying some kind of wrap and also getting an abc like the Kozy.
 

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I'm definitely getting an Ergo with this baby. I have had people telling me since my 4 year old was a baby that I really should get one, but I was eh, whatever, my old Maya Wrap is fine and I made myself a mei tai. But my sister had a baby in June and she got an Ergo and I wore my now 2 year old and her newborn in it while I was there and it was AMAZING! Totally worth the price. I'm getting one.<br><br>
I also am sure I will still use my other baby carriers. I have a ring sling, a wrap, and a mei tai. I made them all myself.
 

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My FAVORITE for newborns is the Moby wrap. <a href="http://www.mobywrap.com/" target="_blank">http://www.mobywrap.com/</a> It's a very cost effective carrier as it goes all the way up to toddlerhood. One size fits EVERYONE. I love mine. The material is a soft stretchy cotton & it comes in a variety of colors. Downside: Learning curve to learn how to tie it (easily overcome).<br><br>
I love having a well-fitting (measure yourself NOW) stretchy pouch for my diaper bag. <a href="http://www.hotslings.com" target="_blank">www.hotslings.com</a> is nice. Target sells hotslings, too but their fabrics aren't as nice as from an actual hotslings dealer. You HAVE got to make sure it fits you well though. If a non-adjustable pouch doesn't fit you... it's worthless.<br><br>
Beco - I like the Beco better than the Ergo. <a href="http://www.becobabycarrier.com/" target="_blank">http://www.becobabycarrier.com/</a> I think it fits littler babies better & fits my body better. Even my preschooler loves it. I like the padding & it's just ohhhh so comfy. Plus, I LOVE how cute the prints are! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch. <a href="http://www.kangarookorner.com/p-26-adjustable-fleece-pouch.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.kangarookorner.com/p-26-a...ece-pouch.aspx</a> This is WONDERFUL for cooler climates. It's stretchy and fits a huge range of folks because of the adjustability. I can't wear it in the summer, but spring/fall/winter it's awesome! You can even skip a jacket for the baby when they are in this.<br><br>
Things I would just totally skip:<br>
New Native<br>
Baby Bjorn<br>
Ring Sling (this is personal preference, I just don't find them as comfortable on my back for bigger babies and little babies seem to get lost in the fabric)<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=706769" target="_blank">FOR OUR TWIN MAMAS</a>
 

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Id get a wrap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
A ring sling for a tiny baby though
 

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I adore my Ergo but I too need to buy the newborn insert. I also liked my hotsling although my little guy wasn't too partial to it. He wanted something that he could see out of.
 

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I love my plain cotton/hemp ring sling. I own 3 slings, but the plainer the better IMO.<br><br>
And I actually LOVE our old Baby Bjorn. It's a hand-me-down from when I was a nanny and it's still in perfect shape despite lots of use. There's an age in between infancy and age 1 when it just works better than anything else for us--that age when they like to throw themselves backwards and I like the security and adjustability of the Bjorn.<br><br>
I also love my Kelty backpack. Great for hikes and walks to the brook. But I haven't tried an Ergo yet so I don't know how it would compare.<br><br>
I have a BabyHawk toddlerhawk (mei tai) and it's very comfy, just a PITA to do a back carry by yourself in public IMO. I usually have to sit in the car to do it safely--I have never mastered flinging a toddler onto my back singlehanded!<br><br>
I guess the most bang for your buck would be a simple ring sling. Versatile for newborns through a 30 pound toddler.
 

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My ds pracatically lived in his KK fleece pouch for his first year. We lived in a big city for his first six months, and EVERY SINGLE DAY somebody stopped me on the street to comment on how wonderful it was.<br><br>
Now he's almost 2 and we usually have him in a ring sling, which works ok. I borrowed a friend's ergo for a few weeks and LOVED it; I wish I had bought one. Instead I bought a storchenweige (sp?) which I like, and will use for future kids, but I wish I had an ergo.<br><br>
I also tried, but did not like, hotsling, and a MT.
 

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I heart Slings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My favs are <b>Pouch</b> style slings. Simple, versatile, portable, awesome.<br><a href="http://www.babe-a-gogo.com" target="_blank">www.babe-a-gogo.com</a>, or hotslings.com make good ones.<br><br>
but I really prefer to make my own, so that I know it wqill fit *me*. It;s actually very simple. You can get the basic pattern from<a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html" target="_blank">Jan Andrea</a>, and adjust it to your preferance. (ex: I like 6.5 inches diff between top and bottom rail) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I DO NOT like non-strechable pouch slings liek the New Native brand. they are notourisly hard to fit, and for a simple peice of fabric sure do seem inflexible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
my 2nd favs are <b>Wraps</b>. Great for newborns, long hikes, and nursing on the go. Only downside, is if you are hot natured, or live in a hot climate - they can get uncomfortable.<br><a href="http://www.mobywrap.com/" target="_blank">http://www.mobywrap.com/</a> , <a href="http://www.kangarookorner.com/c-14-wrap-slings.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.kangarookorner.com/c-14-wrap-slings.aspx</a> , and <a href="http://www.babyktan.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.babyktan.com/index.html</a> are my rec's.<br><br>
my 3rd fav is the MaiTai. firm, secure, can hold a sleeping toddler for hours.the most likely to be used by male family members sling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
cons - bigger, bulkier.<br>
I LOVe WAHM's for this product. Or once again make your own from the variety of patterns at jan Andrea.<br>
otherwise I would reccomend <a href="http://www.babyhawk.com" target="_blank">www.babyhawk.com</a><br><br>
last (but certainly not least! since i HEART them too!) are ringSlings. Which I just abotu always buy WAHM made, or DIY.<br>
My only con with them is I have yet to find a fabric/ring yupe combo that doesn't losen up too often.<br>
*note* be sire to buy one where the fabric sewn onto the rings is sewn in stiched down pleats so that it cups your shoulder and doesn;t bunch up*<br><br><br>
and as far as the ERGO... I'll be most likely one of the lone voices of decent.<br>
I don't like them. they are huge. And kinda ugly. And not all that versatile or convienant. the newborn insert feels liek I am wraping my child in a air restricting comforter and sandwhiching him in. Then it still seems astho the whole infant insert/baby combo is gonna come flying out the side. I don;t liek it for nursing either.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My FAVORITE for newborns is the Moby wrap. <a href="http://www.mobywrap.com/" target="_blank">http://www.mobywrap.com/</a> It's a very cost effective carrier as it goes all the way up to toddlerhood. One size fits EVERYONE. I love mine. The material is a soft stretchy cotton & it comes in a variety of colors. Downside: Learning curve to learn how to tie it (easily overcome).<br><br>
I love having a well-fitting (measure yourself NOW) stretchy pouch for my diaper bag. <a href="http://www.hotslings.com" target="_blank">www.hotslings.com</a> is nice. Target sells hotslings, too but their fabrics aren't as nice as from an actual hotslings dealer. You HAVE got to make sure it fits you well though. If a non-adjustable pouch doesn't fit you... it's worthless.<br><br>
Beco - I like the Beco better than the Ergo. <a href="http://www.becobabycarrier.com/" target="_blank">http://www.becobabycarrier.com/</a> I think it fits littler babies better & fits my body better. Even my preschooler loves it. I like the padding & it's just ohhhh so comfy. Plus, I LOVE how cute the prints are! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch. <a href="http://www.kangarookorner.com/p-26-adjustable-fleece-pouch.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.kangarookorner.com/p-26-a...ece-pouch.aspx</a> This is WONDERFUL for cooler climates. It's stretchy and fits a huge range of folks because of the adjustability. I can't wear it in the summer, but spring/fall/winter it's awesome! You can even skip a jacket for the baby when they are in this.<br><br>
Things I would just totally skip:<br>
New Native<br>
Baby Bjorn<br>
Ring Sling (this is personal preference, I just don't find them as comfortable on my back for bigger babies and little babies seem to get lost in the fabric)<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=706769" target="_blank">FOR OUR TWIN MAMAS</a></div>
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We may be the same person. I would recommend all of these EXCEPT I could never get the Beco to work for me (I think it's another personal preference), so I went with an Angelpack lx (also called aplx). I also use mei tais and woven wraps when my kids are bigger. Love baby carriers. Have way too many. Slightly addicted.
 

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I like slings. I really liked my HotSling when my babe was older, for a hip carry; it's really a size too small for me so it was not so good for other carries (babe was too high up). I think for this baby I will make one for me based on my measurements. (I am a plus size mama and the size 4 hotsling was not really right for me!)<br><br>
I do have a ring sling too but I really like the added security of the pouch. I always felt like the baby was really "in there" with the pouch.
 

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i am a fan of the pouch sling. i am thinking of getting a hotsling for this babe. and maybe an ergo for when they are older. nursing ds in the pouch sling was super easy right from the start. and hands free, which i'm going to need since i have my two other dudes to look after.
 

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With DS I almost exclusively used my cotton Zolo sling. LOVED it, even hiked Chimney Rock in NC with him in it. He ate, slept, and just had a grand ol' time. I was even - gasp! - comfortable the whole time. I really liked my Zolo, I hope it's still wearable this time!<br><br>
I already have a little BWing stash going for this one - a Moby, a HotSling, and a BabyHawk. I also have a few yards of solarveil to make something and some silk brocade for a fancy-schmancy sling. I love the Zolo and Oopa Baby silk slings, but yowza, that'll hurt the wallet! Somewhere, I also have a Maya pouch that's hardly been used. I probably ought to sell that one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We may be the same person. I would recommend all of these EXCEPT I could never get the Beco to work for me (I think it's another personal preference), so I went with an Angelpack lx (also called aplx). I also use mei tais and woven wraps when my kids are bigger. Love baby carriers. Have way too many. Slightly addicted.</div>
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What if we're dopplegangers?!?! That means one of us is evil... You want to be good one & I'll be the evil one? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/demon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="demon"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angel"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/demon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="demon"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angel"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/demon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="demon"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angel"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/demon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="demon"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angel"><br><br>
I've heard REALLY good things about the Angelpack lx. I like MTs in general, I think so much depends on the padding & preferences. Angelpack has such CUTE prints! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I DO NOT like non-strechable pouch slings liek the New Native brand. they are notourisly hard to fit, and for a simple peice of fabric sure do seem inflexible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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I could NOT agree more!<br><br>
My favorite is the Sling Set... but alas they don't make them anymore. I have one in post-partum size & one in regular size for me. And, I'm thinking of getting them insured!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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The Beco looks like an overpriced mei tai with clips instead of ties to me.<br><br>
I HATE pouches.<br><br>
The Ergo may not be worth it for carrying a newborn, it's OK for that, not terrible, I much prefer a ringsling or a wrap for carrying a newborn, but it is DEFINITELY the most comfortable carrier I have ever used for a toddler.
 

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i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my mei tai, seriously i could NOT live my life without it. i got it when DS was 4 months old and we have used it every day since then. cooking dinner, taking walks, everything.<br><br>
now, even folded up it barely fits in my diaper bag so i have a hotsling that i keep in my diaper bag. i can still cram my 18 month old in there using the hip carry.<br><br>
i hate, despise a ring sling, i hate all the fabric flowing around, just not for me at all.<br><br>
also all those mainstream brands that are making slings (Infantino and the like) IMHO, suck they have all these 'added safety features' like straps for the baby and stuff and they are no good.
 

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I'm getting an ERGO with the infant insert. I like the idea of one carrier that will last through toddlerhood.
 
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