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I'm looking for a new carrier since our pouches and wrap aren't working for us anymore. I'm considering a Babyhawk but wanted to ask here what everyone's favorite soft structured carrier is. My babe is 8 months old. He weighs 22 lbs. and has HUGE thighs. He sits up well. He pretty much has to be able to see my face to be happy, so a back carry would probably not work for us at this point. I am 5'2" and 130 lbs., average build.<br><br>
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I was just faced with this exact question (my babe is smaller, tho). It came down to a beco or calyx. I chose the calyx based on photos I saw on thebabywearer.com.<br><br>
I haven't recieved mine, yet, so don't have any real BTDT advice.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
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I love my Ergo. My DS is 23lbs and I still front-carry him in the Ergo. I have a terribly bad back but he's still pretty comfortable to front carry.
 

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I've been looking for a back carrier for a couple days and after seeing the calyx- i've gotta have it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Check out <a href="http://activemomcarriers.com/" target="_blank">http://activemomcarriers.com/</a><br>
I have two and LOVE them<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
I have three dd's ages 6.5, 4 and 16 months and they all fight to get in AMC and be close to mama.
 

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A BabyHawk is actually a mei tai and not a soft structured carrier. The differences are that the MT has soft straps that tie on, and the SSC has very firm/supportive waist belt and shoulder straps that are well-padded and buckle rather than tie.<br><br>
A soft structured carrier does a better job IME at transferring baby's weight to your lower body, like a hiking backpack does. So with a chunky monkey, you may find that the SSC works better than the MT.<br><br>
That said, there are lots of great SSCs out there. I like the Ergo, but the Patapum is also very good and well-made.
 

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Some SSC's don't have waist bands, like the Connecta. IMO the real defining feature is buckles instead of straps. Quirky have you heard the controversy about Ergo's business practices? I'd choose a Patapum over an Ergo simply based on that.<br><br>
Oops, just saw that you sell Ergos!
 

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I have a Beco, and I can't speak for the others, but I am HIGHLY satisfied. It's very comfortable ( I'm 5'8" and my little chunk was 20 lbs at 5 months).
 

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It's a discussion for another thread, but I think there are a lot of pot/kettle issues on this particular subject....for example, there's a good deal of evidence that the Patapum was *directly* copied from the Ergo. If you look at the Ergo when it first came out, and the Patapum when it first came out, and you learn a little about the history of the players involved....it ain't pretty.<br><br>
Just sayin' there's more than meets the eye, and just because a carrier company is not-Ergo doesn't mean that its past is squeaky-clean. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My olives & applesauce is my fave SSC. <a href="http://www.olivesandapplesauce.com" target="_blank">www.olivesandapplesauce.com</a>
 

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I'd choose either the Angelpack LX or the Beco. Probably Angelpack LX first as I like the softer straps and taller body but becos are definitely comfy, too!
 

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Oh, and if it's a mei tai you're actually wanting (that is what a Babyhawk is), I'd recommend either Kozy or Babyhawk. I probably find Kozy more comfy than Babyhawk although I really LOVE all the fabric choices at Babyhawk & they work well for our body type as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm really loving the Ergo for front carries. I like the Beco too, but it's taller, so I think it'll work better for a back carry. The Ergo makes my 16 pound ckunka-baby feel weightless.
 

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my DS was close to the age/size/build as your DS when we bought our Beco. I went with it b/c I knew it had a longer body than the Ergo and DS has a long torso. It so happens that I do too, so that's another reason I picked the Beco. I read a lot of info about it at TBW and people were saying that it really depeds on your body type and some said it doesn't fit shorter mamas as well. So while I do love it and I recommend it all the time, I see that you are a few inches shorter than me so I'm hesitant to fully recommend it to you. Obviously, it would be best if you could try one first. I have a toddler patapum on the way b/c I've heard great things, but I can't comment on that yet seeing as how I'm starting to think it's lost in the mail.
 
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