Monday, January 12, 2009
I've been doing research for this post and getting advice from friends, whose expertise I will now share.
Brie says: "Really, the only one you need is a soft structured carrier like a Beco Butterfly II or an Ergo Baby Carrier. They are super expensive though--the Ergo is cheaper but not as pretty."
Ok, well pretty is worth the extra $35, so I think I'll get a Beco.
She continues: "I love having a pouch sling like Hotslings Baby Carrier brand because it is soo easy to use and the baby loves it and it is relatively cheap. You can not use it all day though because it doesn't balance a baby's weight so well but it's great for cooking dinner if the baby is fussy or walking to a neighbors or just when a baby needs to be held but you actually need your hands free."
Hmmm...ok, maybe I'll also get a Hotsling.
The baby carrier guru speaks on: "I have the Moby Wrap and my baby LOVES it. It is great for grocery shopping, the park, even taking walks--it is very comfortable. The only down side is that there is a definite learning curve and you don't just slip the baby in and out, you have to actually take time to wrap it properly."
So I need a Moby, too, huh? Ok!
And in case you were wondering what Brie has to say about the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier: "Oh, don't bother with Baby Bjorns even though they are so popular. you can not nurse in them, they don't support the baby well and when you wear it, you feel like you are still pregnant and, they are expensive."
Ok, so I won't get a Bjorn. Also, I see that they don't have a hip harness like the Ergo and Becos do, and from backpack experience, that's what really relieves back pain the most.
So far, I need a Beco, a Hotsling, and a Moby.
But that's not all! Rahel (someone who own five different carriers) says that HER #1 favorite is the Parents of Invention Ultimate Baby Wrap. She says it's the best for your back and the most comfortable. It looks rather similar to the Moby, though, so I think I'll have to choose between the two.
Any other "must haves" out there?