Adventures in Babywearing
This afternoon after work the lady I contacted about babywearing came over to my house. She is one of the leaders of a local babywearing group and she also had training at the big babywearing group (I forget where it is). I could have also gone to one of their meetings, but they are during my work day. She was totally nice and I am really glad that I had her come over. I had always wondered about the different types of carriers and what would work best for me and feel the most comfortable. She brought over one of each kind of carrier so I could try them out. She brought an ergo that I had always wanted to try, a mei-tai (I keep wanting to call it a mai-tai, but I know that is an alcoholic drink lol), a ring sling, and a wrap. LM was really good during the whole thing and kept asking to be held and enjoyed being in the carriers. Towards the end he got tired and just wanted to be done though.
I tried the ergo first because I have always wondered about them. It is very like the carrier I already own – the beco gemini in it’s a soft structured carrier. I learned that I am just no good at soft structured carriers. I like that they are secure with their buckles, but I have the worst time with buckling, unbuckling, and adjusting the different straps. Maybe that’s why LM and I never did much with our beco. Next, we tried the mei-tai and I really liked that one. It’s like an apron. You double knot it behind your back, stick your baby on your chest, pull up the front, criss cross the straps on your back, and then tie it under your kids bum. I found this easiest for me because there were no buckles to deal with and I could get in and out easy. I could see myself throwing it on quick when LM is fussing and wants to be carried home from somewhere.
Next we tried the ring sling. I didn’t like how the ring sat on my shoulder and when LM was in it he leaned forward so that he was almost horizontal. I was like uh no. The last one I tried one was the wrap. I knew I wasn’t going to like it because I didn’t do that well when I tried the moby way back when. She helped me get in it, but by this point LM was tired and cranky so he fused through most of it and she had to help me out of it quick to soothe him.
So overall I like the mei-tai. I think I’m going to sell/trade in my beco and get a mei tai. She recommended to me two brands – the toddlerhawk (I tried on the babyhawk and liked it) and she also said the brand cozy was good. I read some reviews of people who really liked the cozy, but I think I’m going to go with the toddlerhawk. Anyone have any experience with either?
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