Post # 1
We registered a little more today, but when we came to the baby carrier section…well, we got a little lost. What a huge price range!! They went from like $22 to $150!
Do you have one? Do you love it/hate it? What do you use it for mostly?
Post # 3
It will pay off in the long run to do your research. Some of the cheaper ones, even the baby Bjorn, aren’t dessigned well for baby hip/spine development. I recently read that the way baby is just “hanging” in there can cause poor hip and spine development if you plan to babywear a significant amount. This includes the infantino, bjorn and a few others.
wraps/slings are generally a better option as far as development goes. Ring slings and the moby wrap are great, I’ve heard, but then again you’re paying upwards of $40 for just a long piece of cloth. It is incredibly easy to make your own, no sewing required (except for maybe the edges to prevent frays). Just google it 🙂
I personally had really liked the infantino and was disappointed to hear it’s not so good for baby, but the Baby Hawk is really good I’ve heard, as well as the Beco Butterfly II.
I plan to almost exclusively babywear, and my sister ended up with a baby who’s only happy being held, so her baby is in the carrier nearly the whole day, and she is able to do a lot with him in there – cook, clean, shop, walk, etc.
As a nanny, I did baby carrying mostly while outside, going for walks. But I’ve started doing it a lot more the last year with my nanny family since it really helped calm the baby, especially if I needed to pay attention to the other child.
Good luck with your research!
Post # 4
I had a moby with my youngest and LOVED it! I got mine given to me but I would have made my own if I did get it as a gift I have made them for friends they are VERY easy!
Post # 5
I think what I plan to use it for is mostly if we are going somewhere and “wearing” is easier than taking the carseat/stroller. Maybe I don’t even need one? Gah! I am so confused. Do people get them just to like, grocery shop?
Post # 6
I have the baby bjorn and love it. I have a sling to but cant figure out how to use it or get my son in it comfortablely. As for using it, so far I have used it at home when little man is fussy and needs some extra cuddling and/or everything else fails for getting him to go to sleep. He tends to fall asleep in it.
I have seen them really so far at the mall nothing at a grocery store. I know we will use ours more often when it gets to be summer out.
Post # 7
We have a Bjorn Air that I got on craigslist. It’s easy and fast for quick trips into the grocery store and such. We also have an Ergo. It’s ok (my hubby uses it with our daughter), but I LOVE my Beco Gemini a lot more. I can wear the baby for hours in that one….verson the Bjorn which hurts my back after a while. The Gemini faces in or out and is so comfy! I think Bjorn makes a Comfort version too, with a belt that takes some of the weight off your shoulders. That’s the key. Distributing the weight!
Post # 8
My sister has been a Nanny for 15 years (caring for 5 newborns) as also has 2 of her own. She used to swear by the bjorn, but she just bought an ErgoBaby and said that it’s the best money she ever spent. Obviously, she’s my sister so I value her opinion, but I think you should too 😉
Post # 9
I have an Ergo on my registry, but now that I am reading about the Beco I am interested in checking that one out too. As a nanny, I have only used the Bjorn as a carrier and it killed my back!
Post # 10
We like the Ergo, but my daughter gets restless facing inward (though she does ok in the back/side positions). The Beco has the comfort of the Ergo, but with slightly less bulk…and baby can face out in the Gemini model (but not in the Butterfly model.) You can also make the leg openings narrower or wider to suit the baby’s age. I think you can use it for longer than the Bjorn as well (not positive). The only advantage to the Bjorn for me was that it’s suuuuuper easy to put on. The Beco is a tad tougher at first (esp bc of the safety clasps) but still easier than the Ergo for me. I learned about it from another blogger and found one on craigslist for less than half price. Which is good bc we are practically a showroom for baby carriers at this point.
Post # 11
We decided on the Moby. A lot of my friends use it and they all LOVE it.
Post # 12
Honestly, I’m still on the fence of using one. Not sure if I will or not. For now it won’t be on the registry.
Post # 13
Definitely do your research because like mrs-spunkin said, carriers that face the baby out aren’t good for the babies hip/spine development and are also over stimulating since the baby can’t turn away from stimuli. The ERGO and the Beco Butterfly II are both great choices, but will fit you differently, so it just depends on what fits you most comfortably. I have both and the Beco has a nicer newborn insert compared the the Ergo. The Ergo will last you along time and you can use it to carry your toddler. We use ours everywhere and almost never use a stroller.. great for the grocery store, long walks, airports, etc.
Post # 14
My best advice is to go into a store and try them on, if you have a chance. Different carriers fit different ways, and some are more complicated than others. You especially need to try them on if multiple people (e.g. you and your husband) will be using the same carriers.
We have three: the Moby, the Baby Bjorn, and the Ergo. I liked all of them for different reasosn.
- The Moby is great for infants; you can use it in multiple positions, so it’s really comfortable for long periods of babywearing. However, some people find wraps difficult to use, and because of the fabric used, a lot of people find them hot/uncomfortable in the summer. I would say the Moby started getting uncomfortable when Addie hit about 15 pounds, but I’m also very short with a very tall kid.
- The Baby Bjorn is easy to use and fits a wide range of body types. My doctor said the Baby Bjorn was fine to use for short periods of time or for infrequent use, which is what we did. We mostly used it for short hikes or walks on the beach after Addie hit 3 months. By about 6 months, I couldn’t wear her in the Bjorn anymore, but my husband used it occasionally until she hit about 9 months. Some people find the Bjorn uncomfortable to wear or that it strains their back.
- I bought my husband the Ergo, and it’s been our go-to carrier since Addie hit about 9 months. It’s easy to use and comfortable for long babywearing sessions. We use it all the time for walks and hikes, and Addie still falls asleep in it, it’s that comfortable. It is on the more expensive side, though, and buying the infant insert will put you up to $150-$200, depending on the model. It can also get hot in the summer, and the material is not warm enough to use on it’s on in the winter, meaning it can be kinda hot/sweaty in the winter, too. Also, babies can’t face out in the Ergo, so some kids really hate it. Others don’t seem to mind much.
Post # 15
I have a moby and I liked it when Dear Daughter was brand new, although it was sometimes a hassle to get it folded while juggling her. I have an ergo and both my husband and I LOVE it! It is pricy, but the way that the babies legs are held in it (in “natural sitting postion, more info on their website) is better for baby, not a “crotch hugger” like some of the other brands. It is also SO comfortable! My back doesn’t hurt a bit when wearing it. We got the infant insert so that we could use it when Dear Daughter was younger, but we only needed it until she was about 4 months. I wear my ergo ALL. THE. TIME! You asked about shopping in it? Oh yes! Especially going downtown shopping, outdoor events where strollers are a challenge, etc. I also use it almost daily around the house, if Dear Daughter gets fussy I can put her in the ergo and continue working on household chores or dinner and comfort her at the same time. I don’t have experience with any other carriers, but I really love the ergo and feel it was worth the price tag. Good luck 🙂
Post # 16
We got a hand me down bjorn, moby and a sling, but we are definitely going to get an Ergo. I use the carriers all day long. My son will only take long naps if I am holding/carrying him, and it’s also really good for getting stuff done around the house to have him in a sling/carrier. So for us, it’s worth the investment to get something comfortable. Some infants like to be held all the time (literally, all the time), so it’s good to have a good carrier that you like.