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hi mamas! i recently purchased a <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2667897&cat=132769&type=1&dept=5427&path=0%3A5427%3A86323%3A132769" target="_blank">Playtex Hip Hammock</a> to help me lug ds (9 months 20+lbs) around the stores when he gets tired of sitting in the cart. much to my surprise i've found that when he's not-quite-ready-for-a-nap-cranky, if i put him in the hip hammock and do a little bit of housework, he lays his head on my chest and settles down. double bonus!! baby settles down AND i can get housework done!! WOOHOO!!<br><br>
my problem is that i'm not finding the hip hammock to be very comfortable for me. i love the padded shoulder strap and it's REALLY easy to put on and take off. but i can feel the weight of him straining my upper back between my shoulders and in my lower back on the side he's sitting on. with so many carriers available, i was wondering if someone might be able to recommend something more comfortable for me.
 

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nak<br><br><a href="http://www.freewebs.com/freehand/" target="_blank">http://www.freewebs.com/freehand/</a><br><br>
I just bought a mei tai and can't wait to get it. It was a second because of imperfect stitching, so I got a good price. They are so versatile because you can wear them on the front, back or hip.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.meihipcarrier.com/" target="_blank">http://www.meihipcarrier.com/</a><br><br>
This is just for hip carries and I've heard it's pretty great. Do a search on the Trading Post thread 'cuz I think I've seen a few for sale for a good price (around $35ppd)<br><br><a href="http://www.babyfairies.com/" target="_blank">http://www.babyfairies.com/</a><br><br>
Here is another mei tai maker. She's an MDC mama, too!!<br><br><a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com" target="_blank">www.thebabywearer.com</a><br><a href="http://www.peppermint.com" target="_blank">www.peppermint.com</a><br><a href="http://www.mamatoto.org" target="_blank">www.mamatoto.org</a><br><a href="http://www.kangarookorner.com" target="_blank">www.kangarookorner.com</a><br><br>
These are all great resource websites for babywearing. Actually peppermint sells them as well, but they have great charts for comparison!<br><br>
Happy shopping! I think you'll find these that I've mentioned *much* more comfortable than the hip hammock!<br><br>
I want to get (or make) a wrap now too! Beware...you might find yourself addicted to carriers!<br><br>
If you can sew...go to <a href="http://webpages.charter.net/dshiel0742/FrankenKozy.htm" target="_blank">http://webpages.charter.net/dshiel0742/FrankenKozy.htm</a> for instructions on making your own mei tai!!<br><br>
PM me and I'll give you my ideas of ways to tweak the pattern to make it even better (IMO!)<br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.babyfairies.com/" target="_blank">http://www.babyfairies.com/</a>
 

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I second the mei hip carrier-if you like the concept of the hip carrier then you'll love this. It has better support with a nice wide shoulder strap and bigger seat for baby. I have one and it's great!<br>
Some of the other 2 shoulder carriers (called ABCs-asian baby carrier or mei teis)like the "freehand" mentioned above would be great too-look at the above reviews for ideas too. These are great for long shopping trips or doing housework since you have both hands free and it evenly distributes weight.<br>
Good luck<br>
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<span style="color:#000000;">undefined</span>If you want to only carry your child in the hip position then the meihip is the way to go. It is very wide over your shoulder and back and very comfy. If you want to try a back position which you'll be able to get even more stuff done then a mei tei or an ergo is the way to go. For mei tai I like <a href="http://www.sachicarriers.com" target="_blank">www.sachicarriers.com</a> <a href="http://www.doodlebugboutique" target="_blank">www.doodlebugboutique</a>. I haven't tried the freehand or babyfaires ones but they are on my to get list since the fabrics are so great.<br><br>
Kim Ann
 
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