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Re: Baby Gear Questions and Recommendations

  • nikkiandchrisnikkiandchris member
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    edited February 14
    @Twinkiedoll I have a maya wrap ring sling that I like for when it's hot. I also have the ktan in black but that does get pretty warm. I had 2 August babies that I used it with though, and they we're ok.
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  • Thanks, @nikkiandchris.  Target had the Moby evolution wrap on sale so I ordered it to check it out.  I was eyeing the maya wrap ring sling too.  Is it difficult to use?  I'm super paranoid that my baby will slip out and fall, or I put the baby in wrong and cause neck/head issues. 
  • @Twinkiedoll there's a learning curve and I practiced with dolls before my daughter was born, but it's very secure once you get the hang of it. I never tried the hold where the baby lays in the sling, if that makes sense. Just the one where they are on your chest with their feet tucked into the pouch. I felt very comfortable with that one. 
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  • edited February 15
    +1 who loves her Ergo 360. The side carry is great in hot weather. 

    @Twinkiedoll I am someone who lives without A/C so I can stand heat...but with our first, the Moby was very difficult for 85-100+ degrees. Both we and the baby would sweat a lot. It was a gift, and we were very poor so we just didn't go out with the baby as much because it was just too hot and we had no alternative. If you plan to use the carrier outside, I would stay away from the Moby (maybe the bamboo version is better, dunno...but it's a LOT of fabric). 

    ETA: we used the Moby indoors and loved it for a newborn. We bought the Ergo 360 when he was ~4 months old and wish we'd bought it sooner. This time, I bought the newborn insert, but have heard mixed reviews about it. 
  • Does anyone have a k'tan?  I am looking at the active for this baby.  DS HATED to be worn, but with a toddler and newborn, I feel like baby wearing will be a must.  It's already in the high 70s in Georgia so I'm dreading summer and the k'tan active looks like a good choice.  Any opinions?  I already have a Becco Gemini that I got for DS that he literally was in once because he hated being worn so much so I was looking for a sling type carrier that would be cool for the newborn/summer stage.

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  • nikkiandchrisnikkiandchris member
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    edited February 15
    Does anyone have a k'tan?  I am looking at the active for this baby.  DS HATED to be worn, but with a toddler and newborn, I feel like baby wearing will be a must.  It's already in the high 70s in Georgia so I'm dreading summer and the k'tan active looks like a good choice.  Any opinions?  I already have a Becco Gemini that I got for DS that he literally was in once because he hated being worn so much so I was looking for a sling type carrier that would be cool for the newborn/summer stage.
    I don't have the active, but I love my ktan. I've used it for 2 babies now. I find it easy to use. The only thing that I didn't love about it was that my husband couldn't use it because it's sized for the wearer. But I don't like sharing my baby wearing time much anyway lol.

    ETA it's not really a sling, more like a modified moby. Takes somewhere between the time a moby takes to put on and the time a ring sling does.
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  • @nikkiandchris thanks! I tried one on with a display baby at Buy Buy Baby and it didn't seem too hard to get on so hopefully I can figure it out when there's not a salesperson standing there helping me haha.  My biggest fear is ordering the wrong size.  Not that I can't send it back but that can be a pain to deal with and I'm lazy haha! Also, MH and I definitely wouldn't be the same size but I can't see him using the k'tan anyway.  The becco, maybe.  I think I may just go for it! 

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  • For those of you with diono car seats. Do you have the radian rxt or the rainier? I'm having a hard time deciding. They're about the same price on Amazon if I get the cheapest colors in each. I have a Nissan Pathfinder (so decent room) and will buy two of these and then have a chicco keyfit in the middle.
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  • @GeorgiaWife6912 it's my favorite carrier it's gotten so so much use and it's still in great shape. I don't think you can go wrong. This is the best and easiest carry for a newborn I think: https://www.babyktan.com/kangaroo

    Their videos are great.

    For reference I'm 5'4" and about 160 / size 8-10 before babies and I ordered a small. It's snug but loosens up a bit with use.
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  • @nikkiandchris did you go by the size chart? I've heard some people say to definitely go by it and I've heard some people say to size down.  

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  • @GeorgiaWife6912 I was on the border between S and M so I sized down, but if I was more firmly in M I would have gone by the chart. 
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  • @GeorgiaWife6912 I got the small (4/6 in tops) and I found it stretched out after the first wear until I washed it and dried it again. I'm going to get a moby I think this time around so I can control the tightness. Not ready to dive into the woven wrap world yet even though I've tried them and loved them. 
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  • @virginiaunicorn11 The bamboo one is intended to be a lighter fabric so we'll see.  I'll just return it if it seems like it will be too hot.

    I think the other carrier I will get will be the Lillebaby Complete mesh one.  Though I waffle sometimes between the Lillebaby and Ergo 360.
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    For those of you with diono car seats. Do you have the radian rxt or the rainier? I'm having a hard time deciding. They're about the same price on Amazon if I get the cheapest colors in each. I have a Nissan Pathfinder (so decent room) and will buy two of these and then have a chicco keyfit in the middle.
    I have 2 RXTs right now, one RF and one FF.  Can't compare to the Rainier, but they've served us well.  I was hoping that it would be the only seat I'd need for DS1, but he's getting tall enough that his shoulders are hitting the headrest thing at the highest setting.  It's a great RF/FF convertible and fantastic for 3-across, but you'll probably want to get a different HIgh Back Booster down the road (DS1 is 5.5 so we still got years out of it).  
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  • @virginiaunicorn11 We have the newborn insert for the Ergo! It worked well, but was hot! I wore it while walking the dog and dd slept that first summer. You do have to find your sweet spot on you so that you are comfortable and don't feel like the baby is falling. Worked well but I didn't use it for the entire six months that's recommended. I think I switched to a rolled up receiving blanket due to the heat around 4.5-5 months. 
  • megandchasemegandchase member
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    edited February 16
    Another question: how hot is the Moby wrap in summer?  I'm having a summer baby in Hawaii so I'm worried that doing a baby wrap is impractical. I know they make a lighter bamboo version. 

    I watched the video for the Tula ring sling. It seemed too complicated for me. It seems like a huge hassle especially for that price tag. 

    What are the benefits of the Tula wrap/slings over the others?  Is it worth it? (Sorry if I missed someone answering this already. I didn't see it but having scrolling issues on mobile)
    I had a k'Tan with my son which was a great beginner wrap (similar to moby) then I found Tula as he got older and started getting into woven wraps and ring slings. My lo 2 lives in the Tula ring sling, hands down my favorite baby carrier (doesn't have to be Tula just ring slings in general!) With 2 littles the ring sling was the quickest to put on, baby was snuggled in close so strangers don't touch baby and the best part was it was extremely easy and discrete to nurse in. There is a small learning curve but I promise it is so easy once you get it down!

    @LoveLee85 we have the Chicco nextfit and I do love it but now that my son is forward facing at 3 1/2 years old he struggles to climb in and out of it alone because of the deep seat. He can get in and out of our graco that we keep in my husband's car so much easier. We will be switching him to a Diono because I want all 3 kiddos in the second row together.

     My one year old is rear facing in the Graco 4ever and I love the seat! 
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  • Has anyone taken a diono on a plane?
  • I didn't want to bump the dumb questions thread.  Does anyone know a reliable website I can go to look at car seat reviews (safety related only)?  I have one picked out and am pretty dead-set on it but I'd like to look that up, just not sure which website I should trust the most?  TIA! 
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  • I use babygearlab.com religiously. They have really detailed reviews and explain their testing methods. 
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  • @stokesm21 I used csftl.org to research, supplemented by carseatblog.com.  The first is run by certified child seat technicians.  The second purport themselves to be "experts" of various types, but I never took the time to really dig into their actual expertise.  NHTSA has an "ease of use" rating system, but I didn't find it very helpful.


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  • @stokesm21 car seats are rated for safety on a pass/fail system so reliable safety comparisons don't really exist. That said the safety issues really come down to proper use and installation.  Car Seats for the littles is an awesome site and FB page where you can get questions answered by certified techs.
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