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I'm 5'...well, technically 4'11", but don't tell
I love the look of the Ergo, but I'm thinking it might be a bit too much for me? Would the Beco Gemini be better?
Thoughts appreciated! =)
I'm 5' and a 1/2" (those 1/2 inches are important you know.)
I have an ergo and I found that it works for me. Pretty much everything is as small as it can go though.
In terms of soft-structured carriers, a Beco tends to be preferred among people under 5'2 over an Ergo (me, included). That said, woven wraps give a custom fit every time, so they can work for any body size and shape. There is an initial steep learning curve, but it pays off in versatility. Mei Tais and ring slings also have more versatility, though not as much as a woven wrap. So much is about personal preference and wearing goals that trying out a babywearing meeting is a great option: http://www.granolababies.com/pages/babywearing-groups, http://babywearinginternational.org/pages/chapters.php
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A mei tai or a woven wrap. Absolutely can be for any size size. No buckles to dig in anywhere.
I recommend the Kozy mei tai. It will work for all ages newborn to as big as you want to carry.
OR the didymos wrap. Also for all ages. I like the long ones. You can find them on sale sometimes. They are thinner than some others and the knot is smaller.
Hey Mama! I am 4'11" too! I found that our Ergo was way to big for us and he sat to low on my back for my liking. I had better luck with a Boba, but I found Tulas pretty late in the game and got a Toddler size Tula for DS and we love it! If I had to buy a soft structure for this next LO I would look into a standard size Tula before purchasing a Boba again. DH and I both found that it wasn't as diggy as our Boba. However, I found that I could always get a custom fit with a woven wrap, but there is a learning curve. I ended up wrapping my DS most of the time instead of using our SSC. Now since it is so large I do used our Tula and LOVE it!
Do you have a local babywearing group or natural parenting store that carries the brand in your area where you try on SSC? It really is a good idea to try on the carrier before purchasing.