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I'm about to buy an MT to wear my 6month old. Is a 19-inch (in length) panel too long, do you think?And what's the difference between an MT from the major makers (e.g., BH, Kozy) and something from a smaller WAHM? Is it really just a matter of style (I so covet a Freehand or a BH!) or is there some quality/workmomship issue I should consider? I really want to get something affordable but I also don't want to buy something that turns out to be uncomfortable or falls apart.<br><br>
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i'm also ISO a mt and was kinda wonder that as well. whats up the sizing for this particular baby carrier? thanks all you momma and experienced baby wearers!<br>
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Excellent! I wouldn't worry for a second that 19 inches would be too long. Compared to others, I would guess that would be a "medium" length. I personally prefer longer bodied MTs and my favorites are around 21". There is a good chance that your babe will end up sleeping on your back (mine was DD's favorite place to nap when she was younger <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">) and you'll likely appreciate the extra support.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">And what's the difference between an MT from the major makers (e.g., BH, Kozy) and something from a smaller WAHM? Is it really just a matter of style (I so covet a Freehand or a BH!) or is there some quality/workmomship issue I should consider?</td>
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I've only had MTs made by the "major makers." While I'm sure there are many smaller WAHMs who make high quality carriers, going with a well known brand is pretty much a sure thing. The workmomship of the ones I've oned (including Sachi, BH, FH, and Kozy) has been impeccable and I've always felt like my DD was secure.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I would recommend buying a gently used carrier. You can find great deals both at the TP here, on the babywearingswap yahoo group, and the for sale or trade board at thebabywearer.com.<br><br>
Good luck finding the MT love! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Sizing is really a personal preference. I would say body lengths vary from between the mid teens to the low twenties. If you have a longer bodied MT, you can usually roll the bottom before putting it on to shorten the length a bit.<br><br>
If you have a baby that will be sleeping in the MT, a longer body (such as Kozy or BH XT) will provide better head support. If your baby prefers having their arms out, it may be more convenient to have a shorter body (such as FH or regular BH).<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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I love both my Kozy and my BH XT (both bigger bodies). Ds sleeps a lot on my back, and the longer length gives him some head support. You can fold the bottom once to make it shorter.<br><br>
And I second finding a used carrier--the FSOT boards here or at <a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com" target="_blank">www.thebabywearer.com</a> are good places to start. Lots of people sell carriers after wearing them for a week or two. Also, is there a NINO group where you are? It's really helpful to get to try on different carriers and see what feels right to you.<br><br>
Have fun choosing!
 

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Thanks mamas! The carrier I want is actually on the TBW FSOT forum. I did some more research there tonight and discovered that I could shorten the body (boy, that Kozy site has awesome instructions!), which clinched the decision for me. Hopefully the mama who's selling it didn't sell it to someone else today--it's a pretty CatBird Baby toile MT for only $27.<br><br>
I'm so excited, I'm really needing this right now. Jules is going through a MAJOR separation anxiety phase. If someone else even looks at her, she bursts into tears and lunges for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> This will be my first carrier I can do a decent back carry in.<br><br>
Thanks again, I fear I am completely hooked now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I own 3 or 4 different kinds!
 
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