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SnowWhite12
01-16-2010, 11:19 PM
for Disney? We'll be taking our then-to-be 10 month old son in April. He'll probably be around 22 pounds by then. I've never used any kind of sling or carrier before, because our 4 year old daughter has always loved a stroller. But he doesn't. And I don't really want to be holding him in my arms waiting in lines. I have no idea what kind to buy. Want something safe, easy to use, and not expensive. Thanks.

Desiree1972
01-16-2010, 11:32 PM
When my DD was 10 months old she lived in her Babyhawk - it is a mei tei (sp?) carrier - easy to put on and take off (even repeatedly). You can wear them in the front or the back too.

we also had a sling that we used more for when she was younger but it makes for a nice hip carry
maya wrap

good luck

try baby wearers websites and you can find one used and get advice from the experts

Iggipolka
01-16-2010, 11:36 PM
I have sooooo many types of babycarriers. I currently love the Mei Tai because it is cool and can be used up to toddlers. An Ergo or Becco are also good options if you are looking for something more structured.
I love babywearing and it makes so much sense in crowded environments. Safer for the baby and they get less over stimulated.
There is a great baby wearing site that you'll find if you Google for it. There is also a site that rents different types of carriers so you can try them before buying them. I don't have access to that link right now ( on e-ticket ) but I will post it tomorrow when I am on my real computer.

patchchild
01-17-2010, 11:00 AM
I adore my Baby Hawk Mei Tai. Hands down my favorite. It's great when you're going to be carrying for a while, like walks to the bus stop, if you stand on the bus you don't even have to take them out to ride. Another one to look into is a ring sling, it's easier to get on and off quickly.

AKADrea
01-17-2010, 01:25 PM
I like MT's but I hate that the straps drag on the ground....

I think you're best bet is going to be a SSC (soft structured carrier) like a Beco or Ergo (the 2 best know, there are others out there that are great too - if not better, LOL!)


I posted a video of me putting my 6 month old on my back in another thread....lemme see if I can find it....

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2364462

stacy6552
01-17-2010, 04:03 PM
Our Baby Bjorn went to WDW twice. The first time our son was 11 mos old. The second he was 20 mos old. Its comfortable for mom and dad. Baby can ride forwards or backwards and you can switch parents without taking baby out of the carrier. Two thumbs way up!

dr&momto2boys
01-17-2010, 04:46 PM
I like the pouch kind (my faves were Maya wrap pouch--but I don't think they make them anymore.) They are super easy to use. Just adjust to the right size (once--until they grow again), from then on just slip the baby in and you're good to go. I could even do it all myself easily. All the weight is on your shoulders, not your neck if you do it right. We toured parks for a week with an 8 month old and again when he was 15mos old and it was great. He took naps in there and I could just go about my business. PLUS--it folds quite small to tuck in a diaper bag. Perfect.

two-foxes
01-17-2010, 05:22 PM
I have had them all....Bjorn Active (only liked for the ity bity phase), Baby Hawk (liked it alot), Belle (over priced crap), Hotsling (good for short periods of time), Zolo (ditto), Maya (best for snuggling) and Ergo (gets a gold medal!). The only one I would take to WDW would be the Ergo. The Babyhawk is great, but the straps actually become annoying. The Ergo can be worn hip, back or front and is the most comfortable by far (IMO....of course!) Not a cheap carrier, but the best!

dumbo_buddy
01-17-2010, 05:42 PM
I like MT's but I hate that the straps drag on the ground....

I think you're best bet is going to be a SSC (soft structured carrier) like a Beco or Ergo (the 2 best know, there are others out there that are great too - if not better, LOL!)


I posted a video of me putting my 6 month old on my back in another thread....lemme see if I can find it....

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2364462

your little guy and my guy have the same birthday!! my guy is way smaller though, only 15.5 lbs! i liked your video and i'm wondering if my guy could fit in an ergo on the back now at his size. we are leaving on sunday (1 week!!!) and i'm considering buying an ergo tomorrow.

we currently have the bjorn and DS really likes to face out. i wonder if he will like the ergo since he has to face in??

OP, i have a moby too that i like but i find it a little confusing sometimes. it was really good when DS was tiny (5.5 lbs at birth) because he could nap right up next to me aka his food source.

rootbeer momma
01-17-2010, 06:24 PM
I absolutely loved having my maya wrap (homemade maya wrap...ALOT cheaper!) for hip carrying dd in Disney, she was 10 months at the time. I think she spent more time in the sling than she did in the stroller.

AKADrea
01-17-2010, 08:35 PM
your little guy and my guy have the same birthday!! my guy is way smaller though, only 15.5 lbs! i liked your video and i'm wondering if my guy could fit in an ergo on the back now at his size. we are leaving on sunday (1 week!!!) and i'm considering buying an ergo tomorrow.

we currently have the bjorn and DS really likes to face out. i wonder if he will like the ergo since he has to face in??

OP, i have a moby too that i like but i find it a little confusing sometimes. it was really good when DS was tiny (5.5 lbs at birth) because he could nap right up next to me aka his food source.


awww, how cute!!! I do have a porker on my hands!
he's most definitely big enough to go on your back! Just start practicing now before you get to the parks! And it's never bothered any of my kids to face in! They can still look around and they have the option to bury into you if things are overstimulating ;)

AKADrea
01-17-2010, 08:36 PM
awww, how cute!!! I do have a porker on my hands!
he's most definitely big enough to go on your back! Just start practicing now before you get to the parks! And it's never bothered any of my kids to face in! They can still look around and they have the option to bury into you if things are overstimulating ;)


ETA: I carried around my 3 month old last time in a ring sling for the majority of the trip and my shoulder was KILLING me by the end of the trip - I wish I had used the Ergo more, but the sling was cooler (solarveil)

mykidslovesdisney
01-17-2010, 09:03 PM
I love my Cat bird Baby Pikkolo carrier. It is a soft structure carrier. Like the MI but w/o the ties that drag. It is all buckle carrier. I can carry ds on my hip, facing in and on my back. We have been using it since he has been 8 months old. It is very easy to use. Definitely try out all the different kinds. I was orginally going to purchase an Ergo but it didn't fit me right. I am bigger on the top and the ergo is worn like a backward backpack. It kept slipping off my shoulder. The Pikkolo criss crosses in the back for front carry.

We have used it alot for the last 2 yrs at WDW.

HTH

SnowWhite12
01-17-2010, 09:27 PM
Thanks to all for your suggestions! Keep 'em coming. I have a VERY bad back so I have to have something that won't put added strain. And thanks for the video! Although, I'm scared I wouldn't be able to twist like that right now with my back. I know people have suggested a ring sling, and others. I'm just scared I could never figure out how to use them. When you buy any kind of carrier, do they come with videos for instruction?

Iggipolka
01-17-2010, 10:57 PM
If you have a bad back, I would not recommend a Ring Sling. You'll need something that distributes the weight equally across both shoulders. The Mei Tai, a woven wrap, the Ergo or Beco would be much more comfortable for you.

It is actually better physiologically for the baby to face inwards, than outwards. They feel safer and if they get over stimulated from all of life's activitiy they can hide a bit by focusing on their favorite, safe person for awhile.

Do be careful with the Bjorn as the baby dangles from their crotch, rather than sitting on their bum. This puts pressure on several major nerves and can cause spinal compression.

I really want to try the Ergo for our next trip. I think my daughter would get a kick out of the back carry!

Nicole&Becker
01-17-2010, 11:11 PM
I used a sling from this site: http://www.slinglings.com/ with my second son. It was the best thing I had tried. There are so many ways to do it that it worked no matter what my son was doing (sitting up, sleeping, on my hip, on my back, right in front, anything!). It was great. The lady that owns the place is really great. You get a sling that is custom fitted to you and your body. You get to pick the print as well. It was super comfortable for me and my son. I had a Maya Wrap with my first son, and it realy caused me a lot of issues and was hard for me to do up. So this pocket sling was much easier for me and much more comfortable.

Hope that helps!

Cinbride
01-17-2010, 11:24 PM
for my first we had a cheap evenflo carrier. Even my DH got tired of carrying her bec/ she was heavy and the support was not good. Now w/ my second and tons of research, I debated between the ergo and beco. They are very similar. I know you said not expensive. Quite frankly I don't know if you will be happy w/ something cheap because it won't distribute the weight properly and your shoulders will hurt. You can try it though and take it back if you don't like it.

Between the ergo and beco. The ergo is a little more bulky. However, they both can be used into toddler or I believe it is around 40lbs. So you will get your money back over the years. You can also resell it if you decide you are done with it. Resell is high on them. I couldn't touch one cheap used. So I just bought a new one. I am currently waiting on it. Thanks to previous posters who helped me out. I went to frogmama. Becos run around $139. There are some baby wearing sites and even frogmama that sell used. You can check them out. Either of those brand rests the weight on your hips making it more comfortable to carry. They are back and front carrying. Ergo is also a hip carry. It is recommended not to foward face. However, beco is coming out w/ a carrier that you can do that w/ I think as long as you don't carry baby forward facing for extended periods you would be okay.

lizzyb
01-18-2010, 08:45 AM
Love my mei tai babyhawk. I will be using that for our 9mth old.

dumbo_buddy
01-18-2010, 09:49 AM
awww, how cute!!! I do have a porker on my hands!
he's most definitely big enough to go on your back! Just start practicing now before you get to the parks! And it's never bothered any of my kids to face in! They can still look around and they have the option to bury into you if things are overstimulating ;)

well, i caved and bought the ergo from buy buy baby today! it's the "organic" one. it was priced at $119.99. the non-organic one was $104.99. i really wanted the green one though and noticed the box said, "non dvd" and looked like it had been opened. so the manager cut me a deal and gave it to me for $99.99! yahoo! and i don't need the dvd because i have AKADrea's video to help me out :)

love the dis!

OP- i'll let you know about the ergo!

SnowWhite12
01-18-2010, 11:40 AM
For the mei tai's, which place do ya'll order from? I saw 3 major producers when I did an online search.

dumbo_buddy
01-18-2010, 12:57 PM
I like MT's but I hate that the straps drag on the ground....

I think you're best bet is going to be a SSC (soft structured carrier) like a Beco or Ergo (the 2 best know, there are others out there that are great too - if not better, LOL!)


I posted a video of me putting my 6 month old on my back in another thread....lemme see if I can find it....

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2364462

hey, andrea, does this look right??

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4285758534_e3d5d54cd2.jpg

DS seems to like it! only problem is that he's a BIG time spitter (as in 30 barfs a day) and now the barf goes down my back! haha!

OP - this thing is COMFY! the bjorn KILLS my back but this thing feels great!

lizzyb
01-18-2010, 03:17 PM
For the mei tai's, which place do ya'll order from? I saw 3 major producers when I did an online search.

www.babyhawk..com

Iggipolka
01-18-2010, 04:35 PM
hey, andrea, does this look right??

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4285758534_e3d5d54cd2.jpg

DS seems to like it! only problem is that he's a BIG time spitter (as in 30 barfs a day) and now the barf goes down my back! haha!

OP - this thing is COMFY! the bjorn KILLS my back but this thing feels great!

OMG! What a cutie! :) Love that smile!

You may want to see if you can get him a bit higher up on your back. It will help with your comfort.
Still chuckling over the puke down your back. Not fun for you, I'm sure!

dumbo_buddy
01-18-2010, 04:39 PM
OMG! What a cutie! :) Love that smile!

You may want to see if you can get him a bit higher up on your back. It will help with your comfort.
Still chuckling over the puke down your back. Not fun for you, I'm sure!

i tightened the straps and he seemed a little higher. we just got back from an hour long walk and he fell asleep back there! and my back felt totally fine the whole time! it's great and i can't wait to take it with me to disney in SIX days!!!

monkey30
01-18-2010, 10:29 PM
i tightened the straps and he seemed a little higher. we just got back from an hour long walk and he fell asleep back there! and my back felt totally fine the whole time! it's great and i can't wait to take it with me to disney in SIX days!!!

Awesome I am glad to see u got it figured it out!We will be watching for u!!!LOL:rotfl:

dumbo_buddy
01-19-2010, 06:04 AM
Awesome I am glad to see u got it figured it out!We will be watching for u!!!LOL:rotfl:

i'll be looking for that boy with the gorgeous red hair! i'll ask every bf'ing mama if she is a monkey! :rotfl2:

dislvr74
01-19-2010, 01:19 PM
DS seems to like it! only problem is that he's a BIG time spitter (as in 30 barfs a day) and now the barf goes down my back! haha!


I remember those days! Both of my DDs had severe GERD and I felt like I was constantly covered in spit up! When I carried them on my back, I used to stuff a towel into the back of my shrt collar and would let it hang down my back. It helped a lot. It might have looked weird, but I figured that I could look weird or I could smell like sour milk all day.

dumbo_buddy
01-19-2010, 01:23 PM
I remember those days! Both of my DDs had severe GERD and I felt like I was constantly covered in spit up! When I carried them on my back, I used to stuff a towel into the back of my shrt collar and would let it hang down my back. It helped a lot. It might have looked weird, but I figured that I could look weird or I could smell like sour milk all day.

EXCELLENT IDEA! THANK YOU!

tell me, when did the spitting up stop? he's 7 months tomorrow and it's not getting any better! we had every test possible and he just needs to grow ou of it.

i bet the resort hand towels would come in handy for the barf! i'll just wash them and return them!

dislvr74
01-19-2010, 01:34 PM
Hand towels are the perfect size. Tuck a few extra into your diaper bag.

Both of my girls were on liquid Zantac because they were in so much pain. But, that doesn't really help prevent the spitting up. I introduced cereal mixed with breastmilk when they were fairly young - around 6 months or so I think. That really helped to keep the milk down. They totally grew out of it by 9 months, thank goodness!

I'm sure you've already figured out that regular bibs just don't cut it. I made several out of smallish hand towels and they were so much better! They cover the shoulders and most of the front of the baby. You can find instructions for making them here: http://www.mormonchic.com/crafty/dsh_twl_bibs.asp. The pattern suggests using collars from old t-shirts, but I just bought ribbing at the fabric store.

dumbo_buddy
01-19-2010, 01:46 PM
Hand towels are the perfect size. Tuck a few extra into your diaper bag.

Both of my girls were on liquid Zantac because they were in so much pain. But, that doesn't really help prevent the spitting up. I introduced cereal mixed with breastmilk when they were fairly young - around 6 months or so I think. That really helped to keep the milk down. They totally grew out of it by 9 months, thank goodness!

I'm sure you've already figured out that regular bibs just don't cut it. I made several out of smallish hand towels and they were so much better! They cover the shoulders and most of the front of the baby. You can find instructions for making them here: http://www.mormonchic.com/crafty/dsh_twl_bibs.asp. The pattern suggests using collars from old t-shirts, but I just bought ribbing at the fabric store.

no bib can compete with my guy! in fact i fully expect to have video of thomas barfing on mickey!

thanks for that link! i bet they will help!

Shleedogg
01-19-2010, 03:24 PM
I love my Moby, so does DD. She no longer tolerates her stroller; I think in part because she likes to face us. She was content to stay for longer periods of time in her stroller when we still used the infant seat and she was facing us.

We've used the Moby for 3 WDW trips and it has worked really well. It's very comfortable to wear, keeps DD secure and comfy, can wear DD in many positions and it's inexpensive, around $35.

Iggipolka
01-19-2010, 09:32 PM
I love my Moby too. My only problem with it is that like most stretchy wraps, it gets too stretchy! It's fine when the babies are little, but it doesn't work as well with bigger babies and it is really hot.
I'm going to get a woven wrap, which is a non-stretchy wrap. I've seem some really light ones like the ones Gypsy Mama makes. http://http://www.gypsymama.com/shop/breeze.htm

AKADrea
01-21-2010, 10:26 AM
hey, andrea, does this look right??

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4285758534_e3d5d54cd2.jpg

DS seems to like it! only problem is that he's a BIG time spitter (as in 30 barfs a day) and now the barf goes down my back! haha!

OP - this thing is COMFY! the bjorn KILLS my back but this thing feels great!

that looks AWESOME!!! :banana: Another thing I do is slide babylegs onto the straps since my DS is a chewer and slobberer to keep the straps semi clean :lmao: I think they have them or knockoffs at Target nowadays -see here...

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/mommy2maren/pics%20for%20siggies/Disney%202009/IMG_0504.jpg

dumbo_buddy
01-21-2010, 11:34 AM
that looks AWESOME!!! :banana: Another thing I do is slide babylegs onto the straps since my DS is a chewer and slobberer to keep the straps semi clean :lmao: I think they have them or knockoffs at Target nowadays -see here...

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/mommy2maren/pics%20for%20siggies/Disney%202009/IMG_0504.jpg

so cute! ergo sells these chew pads to put on the straps. i bought them and should have waited til i read your post. oh well! he is so cute sleeping on your dh!

mom2maggie
01-21-2010, 11:42 AM
Ack! Babylegs! Genius! I was just about to drop $15 on the suck pads - WOOHOO!

dumbo_buddy
01-21-2010, 11:43 AM
Ack! Babylegs! Genius! I was just about to drop $15 on the suck pads - WOOHOO!

jealous! i opened mine so i can't take them back. grrr!

Iggipolka
01-21-2010, 08:56 PM
Ya all are making me want to get an Ergo! I love the Mei Tai, but the Ergo looks great for back carries.

AKADrea
01-22-2010, 09:57 PM
Ya all are making me want to get an Ergo! I love the Mei Tai, but the Ergo looks great for back carries.



you can use the MT for back carries too!

Iggipolka
01-22-2010, 10:01 PM
you can use the MT for back carries too!

I'm just not sure if it would be as secure as an Ergo. Although, it may be just baby wearing equipment lust. :banana:

hippiemama76
01-22-2010, 10:15 PM
I love my Moby too. My only problem with it is that like most stretchy wraps, it gets too stretchy! It's fine when the babies are little, but it doesn't work as well with bigger babies and it is really hot.
I'm going to get a woven wrap, which is a non-stretchy wrap. I've seem some really light ones like the ones Gypsy Mama makes. http://http://www.gypsymama.com/shop/breeze.htm

I'm a FL girl and LOVE my GM wrap - it is so light, but so sturdy. Although now that HippieBabe prefers walking to riding, I am getting a lot more use out of the Ergo. It's so much faster popping her in and out. I definitely miss the days where she would just hang out in her wrap and nurse all day! I still use a RS on occasion, but at 20 pounds she's getting a little too heavy for my bad back to handle.

The Ergo is phenomenal for a back carry, especially if you're nervous about it. It's fast and so secure!

Cinbride
01-22-2010, 11:17 PM
I got my beco and def. recomend. I'm still trying to get the hang of it but wow. I like the back carry, I didn't think I would. Although I would have to plan my outfit for that. Makes my belly stick out...sigh. The one thing I am finding is I dont know what to do w/ her arms. When she has them out it looks like the strap is smothering her arm. And the shoulder straps are not fitting flat on the front of my shoulders. I have more adjusting to do yet. It is ALOT more comfortable than the cheapo carriers. AND OMG your genius. Babylegs, I got those! Never would have thought of it.thanks!

Iggipolka
01-23-2010, 03:45 PM
What is the difference between the Beco and the Ergo? They look pretty much identical. :confused3

AKADrea
01-23-2010, 04:02 PM
What is the difference between the Beco and the Ergo? They look pretty much identical. :confused3


The concept is the same - I find the Ergo to be bulkier, but sturdier. The back is lower than the beco, it has a pocket.

The Beco - comes in pretty colors, the Butterfly version has an infant seat installed in it, so it's easier to get on your back (I don't like this version, personally - as I don't like the fabric that falls between my body and baby - makes it harder to nurse!) It has a higher back than the Ergo.


I have both and like them about the same - though recently I've been reaching for my ergo more.

SnowWhite12
02-11-2010, 10:27 AM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I ended up finding a Babyhawk Mei Tai at a huge consignment sale yesterday! More than I wanted to spend for used ($45), but it was cheaper than I see them going for on ebay right now. I really wanted a Beco or Ergo (just looked quicker to take on and off at the rides), but found a Mei Tai (luckily with boy colors). And everyone on here seemed really pleased with them. So we'll give it a try:)

DrummerBoy523
02-11-2010, 11:47 AM
for Disney? We'll be taking our then-to-be 10 month old son in April. He'll probably be around 22 pounds by then. I've never used any kind of sling or carrier before, because our 4 year old daughter has always loved a stroller. But he doesn't. And I don't really want to be holding him in my arms waiting in lines. I have no idea what kind to buy. Want something safe, easy to use, and not expensive. Thanks.

We have a gently used Baby Bjorn that we absolutely love and might be willing to part with - noticed you are in TN and not sure where Arlington is though? We are outside of Nashville.

Happiest mommy
02-11-2010, 01:51 PM
Ergo:thumbsup2 love it!!!! I have a TERRIBLE back and this is the only carrier I can use.

scrapquitler
02-11-2010, 01:55 PM
I loved the Maya wrap when my son was little. I used it until he was about 4.

DrMomof3
02-11-2010, 04:44 PM
I carried my son throughout Disney for 2 trips in an Ergo. I'm 5'2' and on the small side. He weighed 24 lbs for the 1st trip (and it was 95+ degrees the whole time) and 28 lbs for the second. I love, love, love my Ergo.
I had a Baby Bjorn for the older 2 and it was awful. The Ergo rocks!!!

Amanda

caegan
02-11-2010, 09:20 PM
I just started a new thread on this, but then I found this one on baby wearing! Lots of good info. on here so far.

Has anyone tried a Slingling? I like how compact and versitale it looks. It would be for my DD who will be 2 1/2 and about 24 lbs. when we go.

Iggipolka
02-11-2010, 10:09 PM
Woo! I got a never-used, Organic Ergo off of FreeCycle! Yeay! :cool1: I love it and Lil is super happy on my back.

I'm 5'2" and on the small frame side, so I do find it difficult to tighten the Ergo down enough to feel secure. The shoulder straps feel too loose to me, but I think that could be because I'm more used to wraps and the MT. Both wraps and the MT are tied very tightly around my body. The Ergo seems to be ok with more give.

I had a Bjorn, but after reading all of the negative things about it (spinal compression & nerve damage due to the baby hanging by their crotch) and that they can only be used for front carry's, I switched to wraps and the MT.

I still want to get a solerveil wrap. They just sound so nice and cool!

LilSweetPeaPhoto
02-12-2010, 10:19 AM
I just bought an Ergo for our trip at the end of the month w/ my DS. He's 22lbs and it kills my back to hold/carry him. The Ergo feels great! Love the babylegs idea! I'll have to put ours on there.

FYI- If you have a Buy Buy Baby, they took 20% off my Ergo w/ a Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon ;)

SnowWhite12
02-12-2010, 04:39 PM
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