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Hi Everyone! I had a sling for Kaitlyn when she was real young (dr sears sling) but didn't like it. It was too bulky for us. So, since then I just carry her everywhere. Ouch! Anyways she is 2 years old about around 30-32 lbs (I think, not sure, she is a 2T in size). She loves to be carried and it is getting too much for me. I started a home business and I need to make phone calls and keep her quiet while I am on the phone. I thought a sling would be good. Also, we are leaving a month for a very long camping trip (at least 3 months to 6 months). So, I would love to have something for when we are camping and I need to carry her. We will be doing a lot of hiking.<br><br>
Any advice on a good sling? A friend offered me a ring sling for an amazing price, would that be good? Or should I go for something else? I want to not waste money and find something I can use for a while. DH thinks getting a carrier now is a waste, but I sure don't want to carry her all the time while we are hiking in the redwoods!<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
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Have you checked out an Ergo?They are expensive but once you wear one you understand why they are worth it.My 2 yr old also finds it very comfortable.<br><br>
I have a Wise Woman sling that is great.It's a combination of a pouch and a ring sling.
 

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Along the same lines as an Ergo - you might consider a mei tai. My favorite is the Babyhawk.<br><br>
At any rate, I think a two-shouldered option would be most comfortable for a 30-lb 2 y/o.
 

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Definitely agree that you should get a 2 shouldered carrier. I don't think I'd want to use a ring sling for a 2 year old for more than a few minutes.<br><br>
I would go for a mei tai or an ssc (soft structured carrier) like an Ergo or Beco. These will distribute her weight much better than a ring sling or pouch will. You could also get a woven wrap.
 

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Well- I used a ring sling (maya wrap) with DS until he stopped wanting to be worn frequently- at around 2 1/2. He rode on my hip, and it worked out really well. He was around 33 pounds-ish.
 

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I really don't recommend a ringsling for what you need. I love ringslings, but for younger babies. I personally love my BabyHawk meitai (or any other meitai), and I have a friend that wears her 26lb 14 month old or her small 3 year old in her Ergo and swears by it. BabyHawk has a carrier made just for toddlers called a ToddlerHawk, which I will definitely be investing in when my 13 mo gets bigger. I can carry my 30lb 3yo in the regular BH just fine though, and its actually pretty comfortable with the padded straps and weight distrubution.
 

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Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Originally we were looking for cheap, but we decided why waste money and get something that will hurt my back or not be comfortable for long hiking. After researching everything mentioned here,we decided to go with the ergo. It is pricey, but it looks like it will be great for us. Thank you soooo much! I have never even heard of Ergo before and I think it will be good for us.
 

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Definitely a structured carrier is the way to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Although I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> the Ergo, you might also want to check out the Toddler Patapum given your dd's weight/size.
 
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