V.L. asks from San Jose, CA on June 21, 2010
Baby Carrier? - San Jose,CA
I'm expecting my second child in September so I'm looking for a good baby carrier. I still have my Peanut Shell <3 but not all newborns seem to like it even though my daughter did. It can't be too complicated since she'll still be 20 months by then. Please me give some suggestions but keep in mind I have a toddler too. Oh & money isn't really a problem..
Edit: Yes by baby carrier I mean slings, wraps, etc..
G.K. answers from San Francisco on June 22, 2010
I tried a lot of different thing, but the Ergo is the only one that was really comfortable. I carried my son until he was 2 when he started to prefer to walk everywhere :) I now carry my 7mo daughter and have since she was about a month old (with the insert). It's awesome!
A.R. answers from San Francisco on June 22, 2010
I also have to say go with the ERGO! I researched baby carriers like crazy and tried a few different ones, but could not deny what so many parents have known before me - the Ergo is amazing. I recommend the organic one - the fabric is not canvas, so it's less bulky and is softer.
Also, for your newborn try the new infant insert. I think it might be called heart 2 heart or something like that. It's the one that lets your baby sit in the ergo froggy style rather than like a taco. :)
R.C. answers from Sacramento on June 23, 2010
I vote for and LOVE my BECO butterfly 2!
My husband has the Ergo Sport and he absolutely loves it, me not so much. I'm very petite, only 5' and my husband is 6'1", so the Ergo wouldn't fit me properly around my waste or adjust to my torso. I searched like you, far and wide and researched like crazy with money as no issue to find the PERFECT carrier....and I did. The BECO adjusts to as little as a 23" waist and even has a removable infant insert. The BECO is a little bulkier than the Ergo because of the fabric, but it still folds/rolls up quite small. The straps are more padded than the Ergo too. Our 9 month old son is more comfortable with me in my BECO vs my husband's Ergo. (I got this when he was 5 months)
I feel like it hugs his body more securely plus I get tons of compliments whenever I wear it. Another one of my favorite things about the BECO design that's different from the Ergo is that you can pass your baby to your spouse, mother, or friend, and not have to take them out, and adjust again, etc. When you insert your baby they're in a separate "compartment" and not right against your body, so you can pass them over like a backpack. (I may not have explained that clearly, check for a video on you tube). It's been useful many times when I'm out shopping with my Mom and want to run into the fitting room real quick.
I think it's the way to go instead of a sling - especially with all those scary recalls. If you want sling advice (I know this is already long, sorry) I have a BALBOA and only use it when our son's asleep ...restaurants, relatives house, etc and this week I'm going to use it to cradle him on a red eye flight to Canada so I know he's secure in my arms and on my lap. I wasn't too comfortable using it for him when he was an infant, probably again because I'm so tiny, so I always ended up cradling him in my arms while wearing the sling - so much for hands free! They sell inexpensive slings with leg inserts (similar to your baby being strapped into a bouncer chair) which I thought was a brilliant idea and I wished I had that when he was younger. I've seen them at Target and Babies R Us.
Ergo is great too, my husband absolutely loves his...just curses the day I got mine since our son likes it better LOL
Hope that helps and congratulations on baby #2. My son was born in September, so I had to endure the hot California summer last year too :) Best of luck staying cool, and best wishes for a safe and happy delivery!
C.D. answers from San Francisco on June 22, 2010
I loved the New Native sling, I also had a 20 month old when my second was born. It is a great sling, easy to put on over your head and place baby in. Newborn baby can sleep easily in it, and as baby grows he can sit up in it and look out. I would put the sling on my hip and my arm around the outside to hold baby's head and put my toddler in the grocery store cart and easily go grocery shopping. The sling comes in small, med or large depending on the size of your torso- very helpful in my life with 2. Also love the Moby wrap for longer adventures and walks, great for fussy babies to sleep in and have your arms free, but is harder to put on in a parking lot or quickly.
Good luck to you, 2 is tiring at times but totally fun!
I.G. answers from Seattle on June 21, 2010
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Ergo. My daughter is 2.5 and I will still carry her on my back. Find a store near you that carries them and they will let you try it out before you buy.
J.C. answers from San Francisco on June 22, 2010
Both my daughters loved being carried in my BabyHawk. I also recommend the ergo, never owned one but got to borrow one and it was awesome. Congratulations on your second child 8-)
A.C. answers from Cincinnati on June 21, 2010
Check out thebabywearer.org. It's a forum much like this one, so you do have to give an email and pick a username, but they don't spam you or sell your information. The people on there can give you ALL SORTS of different advice about baby carriers. I personally LOVE my Beco Butterfly (A carrier similar to an Ergo - I bought it at this site because of their awesome return policy: http://www.frogmama.com/) and I have also had luck with ringslings. With my new baby, due in September, I'm going to try out a Moby Wrap, but I've never used it before so I cannot really recommend it yet. In any case, good luck!
M.W. answers from St. Cloud on June 21, 2010
We love the ERGO as well! Used it for our son from newborn (with infant insert) till he was 2! Comfortable to wear and easy to put on and off. You can even do it YOURSELF once you get the hang of it!
M.D. answers from San Francisco on June 22, 2010
Mine girls are 17 months apart. It is so supportive and so comfy.