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Which do you have and love? If it matters, I'm kind of short (5'1"). Thanks.
I have an Ergo, still use it for my 17 month old and love it. In warmer weather, my daughter can't stay in it for long...we both get hot now that she is so big. If this is for your toddler, you may want to look at a toddler carrier unless you're pregant and this is for baby #2. NC Belle has some toddler carrier recs on her blog. You can find her on the AP board. I think the recs for toddlers are the Boba and Oh Snap which you could rent before you buy from
I do not have experience with either of these carriers, but you can check reviews at thebabywearer.com. I use linen ring slings when it's warmer outside. Good luck!
I'm 5'3". Which one I use depends on why I'm using it and on whom. My torso is short, so not everything is comfortable on me, and my LOs definitely have preferences - how does your LO like to be held?
My first was cranky & needed to be carried a/o swaddled to calm down, and he liked the security of being snugged in a cradle carry across my chest in a sling. He got big fast but still wanted to be carried so I switched the sling to a hip carry & he loved it. I own a Hot Sling & a Slingling in slightly different styles & sizes - fit is very important for a sling but its so easy to use & keep with you in a diaper bag, etc. DS didn't like dangling out front with an ergo/bjorn style carrier and I had a hard time getting those adjusted comfortably and taking him off without waking him. I tried a moby wrap but preferred the on/off ease of a sling.
With my newborn DD I have used the sling mostly so I can breastfeed but still move around w my toddler. For knocking her out & handsfree carrying she relaxes best in my mei tai carrier. She likes to be held upright & lay her head near my heart & it works well for that- plus I can see her face to check her breathing, etc. To save $ I sewed my own from McCalls pattern 5678.
The carriers can be pricey & I hate to spend alot when I dont know if LO or I will like it. If you are the same way you may want to see if there is a babywearing group near you that has a carrier library you can borrow from or check out a children's resale shop - I have found all types including the pricey brands for less than $20 at the resales near me - good luck!