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I have been looking at the babyhawk for a while now - actually ever since I tried it on at a babywearing meeting. My daughter is 14 weeks but already taller and heavier than average. She is 25 inches and weighs 14.6 pounds. So I am wondering if it still makes sense to go for the babyhawk??? I mostly want something for going into a store, doing errands. We do have a hand me down baby björn which I don't like to use bc of the little support but she prefers as she can face outward. She fuzzes facing inward when she is just with me on a walk or around the house but when there are other people she seems to be comfortable. My question is if she is already not liking it to face inward and being so heavy if it still makes sense to get the babyhawk just because I love them? How hard is it to tie a Meitai with older, heavier kids? She was 9 weeks when we tried it. Does it make sense to order an oh snap babyhawk bc she is almost there with the weight? How long have you used your babyhawks? Thanks so much!!
 

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I have a Babyhawk-style WAHM Mei Tai, and use it on a regular basis with my 22lb. 1yo. I wear her inward-facing. It's a bit cumbersome with the long straps, but it's so comfortable!
 

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Love our babyhawk. DS is 3 months,14.5lbs and he fits in it great already-much earlier than DD did. I prefer the straight straps on the bottom and I like the stiffer headrest on the babyhawk.
 

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3.5 months is not too old/big to get a babyhawk, you'll get plenty of use from it still. I could wear my petite almost 3 year old in a babyhawk, it's still comfortable, but she wouldn't have head support when sleeping at this point. You obviously don't need to worry about that for awhile.<br><br>
I think your lo would swim in an Oh Snap!, they are better for older babies and toddlers really. I say go for a babyhawk, it's so much fun designing them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
And, if your lo doesn't like facing you on your front you could always try a high back carry so she could see more.
 

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I disagree with ElaynesMom, my dd has been in mei tais since she was 2 weeks old and in the Oh Snap! since she was about 2 months old, not swimming (you do froggie legs, not putting them through the leg holes when they're under 15ish pounds). And she's 95th percentile in weight so probably comparable to your little one.<br><br>
My dd was the same with fussing when in the carrier at first - however, I realised this was because she couldn't see much. As soon as she got big enough (3ish months) I would fold the head support down and she could look right and left and see everything around her. No fussing. If your baby has been used to facing forward a lot it's going to be an adjustment for her to face you, but soooo much better for your back and when she's used to it she'll find it more comforting (as long as she can see out the sides a bit).<br><br>
If you're choosing between the mei tai and the oh snap, the mei tai is more comfy for you and baby for long periods of wearing (say, 40+ min) but the oh snap is so much faster to put on and no worries of ties draping on the parking lot so for shopping etc, oh snap is great.<br><br>
Her being too heavy or big is not a concern, for either the mei tai or oh snap. The bigger and heavier she gets, the easier it will be to wear her versus carrying her in arms, big-time!!!<br><br>
And as pp said, as soon as she's holding her head up well, you can do back carries quite easily.<br><br>
I've actually been thinking of selling my oh snap to move on to woven wraps. If you're interested, pm me.
 

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One more thing, if you place the waist/hip strap higher up your waist before you put baby in, you'll find that baby sits on more of the fabric and so it does not go so high up her back, so she can see out more = not fussing. This works for mei tai or buckle carriers.<br>
Make sure you're on the move, mine doesn't like me to stand still in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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