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<p>Hi,</p>
<p>I'm having my first in April and am trying to figure out all the carrier options. At first I was sure I wanted a structure carrier, but I was just looking at the Kozy site and think they look cool.</p>
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<p>Anyway, here's my question: with carriers that you tie on, especially since I would think you'd need to tie them pretty firmly, doesn't the weight of the baby make the knots tighten? I'm thinking it must be a pain to untie them, especially with cotton/canvas carriers like the Kozy.</p>
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<p>I've never had a hard time untying them. While you do double knot the straps you don't have to go through any extreme measures to make sure they are tight. HTH! </p>
 

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<p>I tie mine in a tight shoelace type knot where I can pull the ends and undo the loop part. Holds fine and releases when I need it to. Sometimes I just lift the kid out first before undoing things though, makes it easier.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>JamieCatheryn</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285452/possibly-dumb-question-about-mai-tais-and-other-tying-carriers#post_16116114"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I tie mine in a tight shoelace type knot where I can pull the ends and undo the loop part. Holds fine and releases when I need it to.</p>
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<br><br><p>Duh, why didn't I think of that?</p>
 

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<p><span style="font-size:12px;">I'm new to the wrap world but I've been doing a lot of reading up on it and I know that Storchenweige wraps are "popable" which means you can easily get the baby in and out while the wrap stays on the wearer. I have a Moby and it IS a pain to have to untie it and loosen everything to get DD in and out. I'm looking forward to a woven wrap!</span></p>
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<p>Just to add my two cents on structured carriers, I L O V E mine! I have the Beco Gemini and it is fantabulous! I initially thought I would just get one carrier and that would be it, but I now realize that different carriers meet different needs and it's great to have more than one. $$ permitting, I think you could get a lot of use out of both a wrap and a soft structured carrier.</p>
 

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Thanks! The Beco Gemini is probably now at the top of my list--I was reading reviews of it elsewhere and thought it looked great. Wraps are best for newborns/younger babies, right?</p>
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<p>There's a place near my house that offers carrier rental so you can try out different models. I might check it out. But you confirmed my hunch that it would probably be a pain to tie/untie. I will definitely check out the Storchenweige--I haven't heard of that brand.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>stellamia</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285452/possibly-dumb-question-about-mai-tais-and-other-tying-carriers#post_16128173"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><span style="font-size:12px;">I'm new to the wrap world but I've been doing a lot of reading up on it and I know that Storchenweige wraps are "popable" which means you can easily get the baby in and out while the wrap stays on the wearer. I have a Moby and it IS a pain to have to untie it and loosen everything to get DD in and out. I'm looking forward to a woven wrap!</span></p>
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<p>Just to add my two cents on structured carriers, I L O V E mine! I have the Beco Gemini and it is fantabulous! I initially thought I would just get one carrier and that would be it, but I now realize that different carriers meet different needs and it's great to have more than one. $$ permitting, I think you could get a lot of use out of both a wrap and a soft structured carrier.</p>
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Stretchy wraps are best for newborn/lighter babies, but woven wraps work for any age. I know people who carry their 5 or 6 yos in woven wraps.<br><br>
And wraps are some of the comfiest carriers for older kids - the bands that go over the shoulders are spreadable, so the weight is evenly distributed. (I made myself a mei tai with spreadable shoulder bands, and it is so much more comfortable than my Ergo!
 

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<p>I would suggest finding a local babywearing group and taking the time to see what they have you and touch, try and think about before investing.</p>
<p>Try thebabywearer.com for local groups and information on all sorts of carriers.</p>
 

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Stretchy wraps are best for newborn/lighter babies, but woven wraps work for any age. I know people who carry their 5 or 6 yos in woven wraps.<br><br>
And wraps are some of the comfiest carriers for older kids - the bands that go over the shoulders are spreadable, so the weight is evenly distributed. (I made myself a mei tai with spreadable shoulder bands, and it is so much more comfortable than my Ergo!</div>
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Yup I second this. I wear my two-year-old in woven wraps on a daily basis. I have a soft structured carrier also (Kanga XT) because I find it to be convenient for quick ups and downs on days when I don't feel like wrapping, or if my shoulders are sore and I need a wrap break.</p>
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<p>I also second the PP's suggestion to find a local BWing group to see and try on carriers in person.. If you can swing both a buckle carrier or mei tai (which I really loved when A was under a year) and a woven wrap, that would be my recommendation.</p>
 
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