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#1 LoveMySnuggles

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:50 PM

I am currently using a sleepy wrap for 5 month old DD, I love it wish I had of been game enough to try a wrap with DS! DH has noticed how awesome it is for settling her too, however hes reluctant to try wrapping it & worried he will do something wrong & she will fall out. I've been looking at getting a carrier for an older bub without the hassle of tying but am really lost on what would be better, also I'm guessing more for DH than myself as I'm happy to still use my sleepy wrap. I know of a couple but I'm curious as to how comfortable they actually are compared to a wrap? Have they just got bag like straps on them? Do they hurt your shoulders after a certain period of time, I struggle to see how they could spread the weight as good as wraps do? I'm hesitant to spend so much money on one without knowing how they feel, the nearest baby shop is about 2hrs away & even then I dont know what they would stock. Any advice on brands/types would be very appreciated.

Edited by LoveMySnuggles, 19 February 2013 - 09:55 PM.


#2 chickenpants

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:09 PM

I've been considering one of these Baby K'Tan wraps after my little dude thoroughly enjoyed being carted around in a hug-a-bub by a friend of mine the other day.
http://www.babyktan.com/

They look a lot easier than the many variations of wrapped carriers because I just know I would be like your husband and worry about wrapping/tying something the wrong way.

#3 Feral Alpacas

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:29 PM

I have an Ergo and it is very DH friendly. Ring the baby shop, lots have carriers that you can try before you buy.

#4 jo074

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:36 PM

chicken pants - the K'tan is OK, and good in that you can adapt it for a hip carry later, but I found it very limiting as it was sized for me, so DH could never use it. And when DS/DS2 got bigger, it didn't work for them, Instead I got a "Close" baby carrier, which was pretty much as easy as the K'tan (or maybe even easier), but more flexible as DH could use it too and I still use it for DS2 occassionally at 18 months. Only problem is no hip carry option.

Edited by jo074, 19 February 2013 - 10:37 PM.


#5 Cranky Kitten

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Depending on the weight of your baby, you may find the stretchy starts to sag before long. Soft structured carriers include brands such as Ergo, Manduca, Olives and Applesauce, Boba and Tula (plus many others) - they're very user friendly and spread the weight quite well over via the waist-belt. Especially once baby is a bit older and you can swap to back carrying, my DH loves carrying our DS and both of us have done full day trips with no problems at all. DS is now 15 months and over 12kg and still really easy and comfortable to carry him this way.



#6 tick

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:46 PM

If you love the sleepy wrap then maybe you should look into woven wraps .... Stretchy wras start to lose their appeal as babies get older because they can't be used for back carries and aren't so supportive for heavier weights either.

For your DH an Ergo would probably be great, other options though could be a Beco (Gemini or butterfly) or the catbirdbaby piccolo, or I've heard lots of great things about the Boba 3G. A nice Mei tei might work too. All have padded straps and all that jazz so are very comfy, particularly in back carries!

Where abouts are you OP? Getting along to a local sling meet might be a good idea to try some carriers on before buying! There's a Facebook group for buying and selling second hand carriers too ....

#7 bailee

Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:53 PM

I use an Ergo after also having used a ring sling and a hug a bub and i find the ergo the most comfortable and easy to use. I find the weight distribution really good as it is spread across your hips not your shoulders like another popular carrier I have tried. DD is 2.5 years old now and we still use the Ergo - mostly in back carry mode now but still on the front on days when I need to take her out of the car into the shops and she is asleep.

#8 sedawson

Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

Ergo, I got mine online new for about eighty dollars. For me it was hopeless with a younger baby but now that he's six months he's starting to get used to it more. Anyway he's going to have to get used to it because it's the most comfortable way for me to get him around.

You can't have babies outward-facing in the Ergo I've got though, which is kind of a bummer. If that matters to you maybe see if they make outward-facing ones. I don't think they do.

#9 tilley1019

Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:18 AM

We have an ergo, but I found that only fit bub from 6-12 months. I didn't realise when I bought it, but it has a really low back. Bub is a leaner and there just wasn't the support there.
I have heard great things about the boba 3g.
I now exclusively use woven wraps, and I just love them. They are so pretty, but there is a bit of a learning curve. We do both front and back carries with them, and they are faster to adjust than putting bub in the pram.

Just be careful buying your ssc online. Make sure you buy from an authorised dealer. There are lots of counterfeit ergos doing the rounds (especially on ebay).
The facebook buy sell swap group is fabulous, and there are lots of photos of different carriers there too.

Some helpful links:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/bwbss/
http://nannyviews.blogspot.com.au/ (she reviews lots of different carriers, katie is based in the US).

#10 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

I have been looking into a style of carrier called Mei Tai.  They look comfortable and can be used with bub on the hip or back too.  I just have to look into where I will get one.

Here's a link to a website that sells them.

https://www.togetherbe.com/freehand-mei-tai-2



#11 Feral timtam

Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

I have a Boba 2G and it is fantastic!
I find it is actually more comfortable with a heavier child, it used to drive me insane with DS2 before he hit the 6 month mark. I usually end up putting DS2 in the pram and putting DD in the Boba as she's more comfortable to carry. It's got a nice high back on it, she's a fairly tall 23 month old and it comes up to just below the top of her shoulders. It's dead easy to put on, easy to adjust and very comfortable. My one gripe with it is that it seems to be designed for someone with fairly broad shoulders as both DH and I have to pull the shoulder buckle as tight as possible or it tends to slide off our shoulders.

With the 3G they've supposedly made it more small child friendly with the addition of a built in infant insert like the Manducca has. From memory they've also increased the height of the back.



#12 Cranky Kitten

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (Dylan's Mummy @ 20/02/2013, 09:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been looking into a style of carrier called Mei Tai.  They look comfortable and can be used with bub on the hip or back too.  I just have to look into where I will get one.

Here's a link to a website that sells them.

https://www.togetherbe.com/freehand-mei-tai-2


Mei Tais are also good, be careful with Freehand though, they like Ergos and Becos are known for having issues with cheap fakes being sold online. Good brands to look at are ones like Maya Tie, Melkaj, Mysol, Didytai. The last 2 are made from the same material as woven wraps, so super supportive and loads of gorgeous colour options.

Can definitely also recommend looking at the FB group Baby Wearing Buy Sell Swap - it's not just second hand, there is also a vendor document and many of the local Aussie vendors are active members of the babywearing community, so available to ask questions of.

#13 Clever Clogs

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:52 PM

We have a manduca, olive and applesauce, baby hawk mei tie and a girasol wrap. I love all of them and use them all too.

I think the baby hawk is excellent for a pre-toddler. It was my first choice.

#14 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:26 AM

QUOTE (Cranky Kitten @ 20/02/2013, 06:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mei Tais are also good, be careful with Freehand though, they like Ergos and Becos are known for having issues with cheap fakes being sold online. Good brands to look at are ones like Maya Tie, Melkaj, Mysol, Didytai. The last 2 are made from the same material as woven wraps, so super supportive and loads of gorgeous colour options.

Can definitely also recommend looking at the FB group Baby Wearing Buy Sell Swap - it's not just second hand, there is also a vendor document and many of the local Aussie vendors are active members of the babywearing community, so available to ask questions of.


I have seen the cheapie eBay ones and have wondered if they are fakes because they are Just low quality copies. Does anyone know if the ones in my link are the genuine ones? The eBay ones are about half the price of the ones on the link. I like that these can be worn on the hip too which is what I want it for. I've google lots of Mei Tai ones and a lot are front and back only.

#15 Cranky Kitten

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

From what I can see here the togetherbe site is the legit retailer of Freehand. Mind you, if you have a quick search on youtube there's some good videos showing how to do a hip carry with any mei tai except maybe those with very cupped shoulders.




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