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April 2020 Moms

Product Spotlight- Baby Carriers

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Each week we'll spotlight a new category of product. Feel free to comment on threads like these throughout your time at the board, not just when they're in their week in the spotlight, if you discover something new OR are new to the board. This week it's.... Baby Carriers!

FTMs are encouraged to ask questions & STM/+s encouraged to share their knowledge based on experience. You can use any or all the prompts relevant to you below to share info in an easy-to-read format. Pictures/screen grabs, if put in spoilers, are welcome!

For STMs....
What carrier did you use last time? What did you like or not like about it?
Are you considering a different one this time?
For FTMs....
Any carriers you're interested in?

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Re: Product Spotlight- Baby Carriers

  • For DS, I had the Infantino multi pocket carrier. I got it because I was cheap and didnt want to spend a ton on a carrier. It was ok, but after wearing it for awhile my back ached.
    I'm considering getting a lillebaby this baby. Love that it has lumbar support and those Disney designs are so nice. Also love that you don't need a newborn insert. Anyone have one and have any feedback on the original vs all seasons vs air flow?
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  • We started out with a ring sling, but I was never totally comfortable with it. I know logically that he was tucked in there safe, but I always felt like he was going to slide out of the bottom.
    When he was 8 weeks we visited with family and my aunt gave me a wrap and we both loved it. He spent so much time snuggled up to me sleeping, he felt more secure for me, and I could still get stuff done when he was being clingy.
    Eventually I bought a secondhand Tula which we're still using. Whenever he wants to be close I put him up on my back and he usually falls asleep. I love the Tula for front and back wear because it's so easy to put on yourself, although it is annoying that you need an infant insert with the classic (what I have)
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  • We used the Ergo baby carrier and the Infantino Mei Tai wrap. I found the Mei Tai wrap more comfortable, but the Ergo was definitely easier to put on by myself. 
  • I had an Ergo baby carrier as well. We also got the Ergo 360 when he got bigger and I love that one. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ring sling. It just wasn’t comfortable for me. Plus, DH was able to use the 360, so it definitely got the most wear. 

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    DS1 born September 2017
  • I used the K'Tan since I was afraid of getting something I had to wrap myself.  I still felt like I needed to practice and never really felt super comfortable getting LO in and out.  I also worried about her position in it all the time and if she was squashed.  The instructions said to order your prepregnancy size and I think maybe I should have gone a size up.  
  • With DD I used the Ergo 360 and the Moby  wrap. I loved both for different reasons. The wrap was ideal for the newborn phase and I liked the structure of the Ergo as she got older. I used the Ergo up until 18ish months.

    I plan to use both carriers again and may get a Tula as well. I feel like I’ll be baby wearing a ton this time around.

  • I will say I hated the moby wrap! Anyone else try to wrap a million yards of fabric around you? Lol 

    And I have heard a lot of mamas don’t like the ring sling- that it never felt right. But I love mine! My 1 year lived in that. 

    I found that the infantino type carriers dug into my babies’ chunky thighs. 
  • I should add that FTMs should check if any baby stores near you let you try on different carriers. We have a store here that does and you can even rent them for a period of time to make sure it’s the right carrier for you before investing.

  • @ruby_love I think the carrier we had with DD1 was the infantino and it did the same thing to her legs
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  • I used a boba wrap and a lillebaby carrier with DS. I liked the boba when he was in the newborn stage for doing things around the house, but I tried using it on a walk outside and it felt like he was going to fall out. I liked the lillebaby for walks, but it wasn't as comfy for around the house and I think it's going to get really hot since I'll be using it during the summer this time. I've been looking into the k'tan active as it seems to be the best of both worlds, but I'll probably wait until #2 arrives to decide for sure.
  • @mamasloth which lillebaby did you have - the original, all seasons, or air flow? I was worried about being hot, so I was leaning towards the all seasons or air flow.
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  • i see a lot of folks used wraps for the newborn stage which makes sense, but are there carriers for the newborn stage that can transition to the infant stages as well? sorry if i sound stupid, FTM here.
  • @sanpelligrino some of the carriers can transition from newborn to infant to toddler even. Some do require you to purchase a newborn insert, though.
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  • thank you for explaining @Kathryn0903 . When did you ladies purchase your carriers and wraps as a FTM? did you try them on before buying? and it did it then feel the same when you carried your baby in it?
  • Look around to see if there's a baby wearing group in your area. Some of those groups have gatherings where you can learn about safe baby wearing and try different styles of carriers. The cloth diaper store near us also does this.
    sanpelligrino
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    Our Target has all the carriers out so you can try them on too
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  • mercury94mercury94
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    @sanpelligrino SIL gave me her Ergo, so I had it before he was born. It included an infant insert until 12 pounds. I got the Ring Sling as a gift at my shower. I bought the Ergo 360 when he was about 8 months, because it was more breathable and I was worried he was getting too hot in the Ergo. 

    Edit: typo

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    DS1 born September 2017
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  • @sanpelligrino I got my carrier at my baby shower, so somewhere around 33 weeks.
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    sanpelligrino
  • FTM here! I have already decided that I will not be carrying baby, but DH is interested. I'm interested to hear about carriers that worked well for Dads.
    sanpelligrino
  • @danibean19 One of the reasons we got the Ergo 360 was that it was recommended for dads. DH used it a few times and liked it. He wore it for a whole day at the zoo once. 

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    DS1 born September 2017
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  • @Kathryn0903 I'm pretty sure it's the original. I wish I had bought the air flow!
  • I loved the K'tan when he was little and the Ergo 360 when he got bigger. My husband was pretty comfortable with the Ergo too. I found I could easily nurse him in the Ergo and usually no one could tell!

    I'll probably get the K'tan active for a warm weather baby.

    I also eventually got a Kelty-style (can't remember the brand) hiking backpack and loved it for longer walks once he was big enough.
  • @sanpelligrino we have the newborn insert for the Ergo and DH used it with DD from day one. I preferred the softness of the Moby, but you could definitely get away with having just one carrier.

    @danibean19 DH loved the Ergo 360 and used it from newborn stage until DD was a toddler. It was adjustable and worked great for both of us. 

    sanpelligrino
  • I loved the k'tan for when DS was little. He was so snuggly in there. My SIL found the brand Konny Baby, which seems similar to the k'tan, but cuter.

    DH picked the Mountain Buggy Juno carrier for himself, because it was the only one with a guy on the box. But the mountain Buggy is so comfortable to wear! And it comes with the infant insert. 

    We also have a Disney lillebaby that I got for use on our first Disney trip. All seasons I think? The one with the zip mesh back. I feel like it has great lumbar support and it's the one we use in the warm weather because of the mesh.
  • @babybison I have me eyes on the disney lillebaby this time!
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  • We have both a Beluga Baby wrap (a soft stretchy style) and a Lillebaby All Seasons Complete. I really like the Beluga during the newborn stage, but find it's not great for my back once they get a bit bigger. Both DH and I love the Lillebaby though. We hardly use a stroller, we wear DS pretty much everywhere. DH has a bad back, and finds the lumbar support really great, and the mesh helps keep the baby cool in the summer. We go hiking and everything with it. 
    Me: 33 DH: 33
    Married: June 2016
    TTC: Oct 2016
    Dx: PCOS
    Nov. 2017: 2.5 mg Letrozole + TI = BFN
    Dec. 2017: 2.5 mg Letrozole + TI = BFP Jan.25, EDD Oct. 10


  • I have the ktan I loved that it was like a wrap but I didn’t have to fumble with it. It was great while I needed to walk the dog or had people coming to the house for estimates and such. I would load her up and she was instantly asleep. Being a June baby it was hot but I would assume all bearing wearing in the summer is hot. After she a few months old I stopped using it. I took it back out for an excursion through the pumpkin patch at a year+ old. I did a hip carry and it helped vs just carrying a heavy child alone since she wasn’t walking at that point. 
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  • I tried several different kinds and ultimately loved ring slings with my infant for their versatility, comfort, portability, and attractiveness.  I had a number of different slings, but my favorite were from Wildbird.  They were affordable and beautiful and held up well, plus they have great customer service.  Many more brands have popped up since I had my first, and I'm friends with the girl who owns Poppet Slings, and I have heard amazing things about their pre softened linen!  There is a learning curve to slinging, but once you get the hang of it, it's WAY easier than using a structured carrier.  Plus they're lightweight and super easy to roll up and toss in a bag.  And pretty!  I had SO many at one point.  It's an addiction.

    When my dude got a bit bigger, he preferred an onbuhimo (please don't say "onbu" - it's considered culturally insensitive!).  We have a Sakura Bloom, and I ADORE it.
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