What is the best type of carrier for an almost 2 year old? He's of average size and weight. I'd rather carry him instead of using a stroller or letting him free everywhere. Any recommendations? Thanks!
I think your best bet is a soft structured carrier (SSC) like a Papatum, a Yamo, an Ergo, or a Beco. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy to get your kiddo in and out of, and when you don't need it at all, most of those carriers can still stay on your body or be folded pretty small to be put in a bag.
Well, you have lots of options. First hop on <a href="http://www.theslingconnection.com" target="_blank">www.theslingconnection.com</a> for photos of different types of carriers and positions. Look at styles and see what appeals to you. Then think about how long you usually end up carrying your DS.<br><br>
Short carries or if your DS wants up and down a lot:<br>
Pouches or ring slings will be very poppable and less bulky to fold up while your DS is walking. I like Hotsling stretch twill or double layer pouches because they are more supportive. Ring slings I prefer silks because they are easy to adjust and supportive. (<a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net" target="_blank">www.sleepingbaby.net</a> or <a href="http://www.oopababy.com" target="_blank">www.oopababy.com</a>)<br><br>
For longer carries: the Ergo is very comfy and has a short learning curve however, it is sometimes not a good fit for busty and/or petite mamas.<br>
Mei tais take a bit more time to learn but are more adaptable to different body types. (Kozy - <a href="http://www.kozycarrier.com" target="_blank">www.kozycarrier.com</a> - is my fav because they are made of supportive canvas and tall bodied enough for a sleeping toddler.)<br>
Wraps are the most adaptable but the steepest learning curve. They can also be tied around a toddler's waist with the other end around mama. Gives the child the freedom to run - but not into the street. (I like German Style Woven wraps like Didymos.)<br><br>
Just make sure whatever carrier you buy is name brand and made of a supportive fabric - when carrying a heavy 2 year-old it doesn't pay to buy a bargain carrier. Have fun shopping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I use a Kozy when I know she'll be up there for a bit (taking her brother for a bike ride, while I'm cooking dinner, grocery shopping, etc.). I use a sling (maya or sleeping baby productions) for the hip carry when I know she'll be up and down (zoo, playground, parties, etc.).
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I like the Kozy too! And the Ergo! And having a ring sling as well! I am still trying to learn wrapping though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> Babywearing is lots of fun! I agree with a PP to buy only good, well known name brands--that way if it doesn't work for you it can be sold for a decent price! Have fun! Check out Thebabywearer.com it is a great place to go for more info and there is a FSOT board there too!
With the caveat of the learning curve ... but they are the most versatile with so many variations on positions ... perfect.<br><br><br><br>
And if the German ones are too expensive (and they are hugely expensive) gypsymama and others findable on the review board are a fraction of the price of the Didymos & Storchenweige.
Thanks everyone! I do have a Kozy and love it. I use that when he will be up there for a long time. But when we are at the mall or some place like that he likes to be up and down so I need something that I can get him in and out of easily. I will look at the websites that you all recommended!