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My baby is just under 20 lbs and I would like to continue front carrying her for a little while longer. After that, I am happy to move her to my back.<br><br>
Can anyone share their experiences or opinions on my getting a Baby Bjorn Active (I know that is front wearing only), and Ergo, or a Baby Trekker? Or another I don't know of?<br><br>
If I am looking at the type of carrier above, would I be as happy with a Maya wrap?<br><br>
I have a Bjorn original now, and it hurts my back now that my baby is bigger. I also have a frame backpack, which I love, but want something I can front or back carry my baby in and I have a New Native style sling, which I prefer for when she is napping only.<br><br>
Thanks in advance for the input! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/slinggirl.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Slinggirl">
 

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Well, I'm not sure how helpful this is, but....:LOL I don't have the BB active (just the reg) and I was able to use it somewhat comfortably until about 24#. But, the real issue was that as my son got more proficient with his hands, Baby Bjorn was not so safe. Also, I was worried (and still worry a little w/the framepack) about all if his weight being on his crotch. I really preferred the kangaroo carry w/pouch, once I got it down.<br><br>
My friend who has an ergo was only able to use hers until her baby got really wiggly- after that she felt it wasn't "sturdy enough". Another friend has the hip hammock and got uncomfortable w/it at about the same weight (20+#).<br><br>
My little guy is almost 30# now, and my most comfortable way to wear him is in the hip carry or cuddle carry with my hotsling pouch. A close second is the frame back pack- but the straps tend to dig after a while, and there is currently a hair pulling issue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I can't imagine the Bjorn Active would be that much more comfortable. I think it only has an extra back support. I haven't tried any of those but I'd consider a Mei Tai or Wrap carrier if I were you. I carry Aly in Mei Tai's all the time and we both love them! Wraps can also be used for front carries but have a much harder learning curve. Good Luck!
 

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Dh and I both <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> our ergo! I don't have the others you mentioned, but I do have a homemade MT that I like, but didn't pad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> , so I just bought an angelpack MT b/c it was lightly padded <span style="font-size:xx-small;">and it was on sale at attachedtobaby.com and the fabric was too gorgeous [brocade] to pass it up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"></span> So, I can't comment on that either, b/c it isn't here yet. Kinda makes you wonder why I replied...... :LOL<br><br>
Seriously, the ergo is like a backpack w/out a frame, and all the waist and shoulder padding makes it comfy for heavier babies, so if you like a frame backpack then you'll probably like these too. I like pouches for quick trips/hip carry. My mayas hurt my shoulders but I loved the tail for NIP (he's 28 lbs at 12 mos), and the guat fabric breathes better in hot weather than a big ol' ergo or even a 2 layer MT (depending on fabrics used). Every carrier has a place with me for different reasons, lol. I don't think a maya is anything like a more backpacky type carrier as far as construction goes, but you can do similar carries in both. As of right now, I'd much rather have Zach's weight distributed over both of my shoulders (ergo/mt) than over just one (sling/pouch). I'm still scared of wraps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
If you don't mind trying more than one, then I'd say try an ergo that is on sale and definitely try a padded MT for when you want pretty fabrics and less bulk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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A vote for the Ergo here!<br>
I've got a wiggly 22-23 lb 7 month old who goes everywhere with me in the Ergo. I almost always put him on the front (it's very quick to put him on the front, and I don't have to worry about putting my hair up). I also have used it as a backpack carrier,and either way it's quite comfortable. Dh likes it too, and it's easy for him to use it as a backpack, he's got short hair so ds can't reach it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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