N.N. asks from Dayton, OH on June 09, 2009
Moby Wrap or Baby Bjorn
I did not use a carrier with my first baby, but with a 2-yr old and newborn, I would really like to be able to use a carrier. I have heard good things about the Moby Wrap and Baby Bjorn, but would like your opinions!
K.P. answers from Cincinnati on June 10, 2009
I have a wrap from gypsy mama/wrapsody that I never got to use because my daughter was and is too huge! google them to find their website and see if you can find the one that you can use in the shower/water. It would be great for the summer. If you are interested I would be totally willing to send it to you in the mail for free. It is just sitting in a drawer in my house!
J.T. answers from Cincinnati on June 10, 2009
I LOVE my Maya sling. It kept my newborn close, safe and when I wanted, hidden from all those germy hands who just wanted to touch my little one. It was great for anytime use, but especially helpful when we were travelling by plane. There's just something about people and babies, which is great, but doesn't help when you're trying to protect little ones from germs. My sling is super convenient, can be used with many different positions and can be easily traded with daddy. I could go on with many other benefits, but I'll suffice it to say that it was a huge help for me (especially since I have two other small children). Good luck and congratulations!
J.V. answers from Kokomo on June 10, 2009
Congrats on baby! I swear by carriers. My little guy is 20 months and I still wear him. He loves it! Personally I've tried both. My opinion is that Bjorn's are great, but as mentioned in a few of the others, a bit tough on baby's hips. Not to mention, I had some back pain with it. I wore a sling for awhile. I swear by the maya wrap (actually sling) They are very handy. You can wear them 5 different ways. It is great if you are breast feeding. Plus, I didn't notice the back strain.
But I actually was doing some research and found a cool way to do the Moby style without the Moby price. I went to Walmart and purchased 5 yards of fabric ( the article recommended 5-6 yards) of jersey T-shirt material. Then I went on Youtube and typed in " how to moby wrap". They give you instructions on how to put it on. Its very easy and LOTS cheaper. I spent $15 dollars on fabric. Those Moby wraps can be quite salty. Fantastic alternative. Very comfortable for both baby and Mama. Although it still wraps between baby's legs, it is more stretchy so there is less pressure on the hip joints. Hope it helps! Enjoy... nothing like bonding with your child by holding them.
A.C. answers from Cincinnati on June 10, 2009
First of all I want to commend you on your decision to wear your baby! Research shows that babies who are "worn" cry less, are able to calm self better, develop good postural control, and are exposed (in a very good way) to variety of sensory experiences :)
While I don't have personal experience (yet) with baby wearing, I've being doing a lot of research on the topic. Thought this info may be useful...
here is a site that compares various brands of wraps and slings and tells you which one is meant for newborns or older babies/toddlers, etc:
This site tells you how to make your own wrap, and give info to people who are new to baby wearing:
Here is another site that has some basic info on baby wearing including safety tips :)
here is a site with ring slings/pouches. It has a lot of great video tips (e.g. shifting your baby's weight in the sling:
M.S. answers from Bloomington on June 09, 2009
i am going to try a mei tai, which is kind of similar to a moby wrap except without all the complicated twisting and tying. i would go for a moby if i was choosing between the two!
S.W. answers from Cincinnati on June 09, 2009
I like baby wraps the best. Check out premiumslings.com
D.S. answers from Columbus on June 10, 2009
I was like you...I never really had a carrier with my kids, but with my second, I got a baby bjorn and loved it! I felt like my baby was always really safe and secure in it (I started using it when he was a few weeks old). I also bought a slingling for my third (who's now 8 months) and loved it even more (I think the website is slingling.com). It allowed me to carry my baby on my hip (it can accommodate newborns as well, I just hadn't purchased it until my baby was about 4 months) and be hands-free. My son would always fall asleep in it!
R.S. answers from Indianapolis on June 10, 2009
My favorite carrier was a sling. I highly recommend one and wish I had gotten it sooner with my son. We had the Bjorn but barely used it. I also got a wrap similar to the Moby and it was too much work to put on, I just wanted something easier I could put over my head and quickly get my baby in. I loved the peanut shell sling, but there are many others on the market. Babies love the closeness they bring and I used mine as a side carrier on my hip until he was a little over a year which was great for traveling and quick trips in the store. Good luck!
A.L. answers from Toledo on June 10, 2009
S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on June 09, 2009
I used a Snuglie and a Baby Bjorn with my first. Well, I should say I TRIED to use them. I HATED them! HATED! They were both terribly uncomfortable for me to wear and my daughter just seemed to dangle. Her feet would even turn purple if we put her in it for too long. I bought a Moby and a Hotsling to try with our new baby, due in August. I know people that use the Moby and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. My thinking is that the sling will be perfect when the baby is a newborn and the Moby will work better when the baby gets a little bigger. Personally, I would stay away from anything like the Snuglie and Bjorn, at least at first. Also, I don't think the Bjorn can be used with a newborn.