S.J. asks from Cherryville, MO on September 24, 2010
Baby Carrier - Cherryville,MO
What type of baby carrier do you recommend? I am looking for something I can carry baby around in at home while doing housework, tending to the other kids, etc, and also something to take baby on walks with me. Also, I'd like one that the baby can face forward to see the world or face toward me to snuggle and sleep. Is baby bjorn the best? I found one at Target that runs about $80. I don't mind the price, just want to be sure it works well!
A.P. answers from Kansas City on September 25, 2010
I loved the Bjorn and I also loved my sling- peanut shell!
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K.A. answers from San Diego on September 24, 2010
I hated the more traditional front pack baby packs. I used one maybe 4 times with my first and got rid of it. I love my ring slings! I have used them now through 3 kids. There are so many ways you can carry your child and it doesn't take much to change them around when they get tired of one position. All you have to do is loosen it a bit, move your baby around and tighten it back up. Never even have to remove it. My favorite one is by Maya Wrap that I bought at a resale shop. I have a couple mama made ones I bought from http://www.etsy.com and I love those as well. I've carried my children well into toddlerhood. I carried my first when I was pregnant with my second and it had plenty of room to go around all 3 of us. They are super easy to nurse a child in. I've also used them to tighten around my toddler's waist as a "leash" when they are little and they won't stay out of trouble and it's getting dangerous.
We regularly go to Disneyland and I can get on and off rides with my kids sound asleep and it doesn't phase them at all.
They are the best thing I have ever tried using with my kids!
T.M. answers from Chicago on September 24, 2010
I reallly like the bjorn and have been using it for my 8 week old. It is very useful when I take my 2 year old to the park and I am able to push him on the swing and follow him around the park. I hope my baby continues to like it when his neck\head is strong enough to face forward!
L.R. answers from Wausau on September 24, 2010
I have three kids, baby carrier have all been a bust for me. I love, love my moby wrap. My daughter can't get enough of the seated forward facing position!
A.C. answers from Houston on September 24, 2010
I second the Moby Wrap...best piece of baby stuff I bought and used the longest! Takes a day or two to get it wrapped right but it was smooth sailing and easy to care for.
P.L. answers from Chicago on September 24, 2010
I absolutely hated the baby bjorn! I also really didn't like my baby's arms and legs so exposed and "floppy". I ended up just using a piece of material my mom brought me from Africa to "tie my baby to me" in a sling fashion. I also learned to tie her to my front with her facing in or out, tie her on my side, on my back, have her recline and sleep, or sit up and be alert. I did this until she was four.
With baby #2, I was given an ergo (and loved it) but still went back to just "tying my baby to me" with material. You can find websites about it. I think the moby is based on just tying your baby to you.
E.E. answers from New York on September 24, 2010
Baby Bjorns are actually not very good for baby. If you look at them, the baby kind of hangs from their crotch which is bad for their hips.
The Moby wrap is very nice, but it has a bit of a learning curve to it (it's a long piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself).
I really like a Mai Tai (I have a Babyhawk).
I think my top suggestion though would be an Ergo. When baby is little, you'll need an infant insert. It's expensive but my 30 lb 2 1/2 year old can still use it so you'll get years out of it.