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Baby Sling Smackdown, Part II

Oct21

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Hi Amy!
So I had the question about slings a few months ago and thought I’d follow up. You know in case any of the commentors wanted to know if I put their excellent suggestions to good use.
After carefully reading all the comments and finding out that huh, it sort of depends on your preference…I ordered another over the shoulder baby holder sling (in red, my favorite color). Since I knew it worked on my body and it is reasonably…well not inexpensive exactly but not break the bank expensive either. Which worked great for the baby and he loves being in it. Baby experienced his first Day Out with Famous Tank Engine with big brother, first walk in the mountains to see the fall leaves and numerous outings to the park to wear big brother out in the OSBH. The only problem is that said baby was 10 pounds at birth and now weighs in at 12.5 pounds at 2 months so for longer-term babywearing, I was going to need another option sooner than I planned. Someone in the comments suggested the Belle Baby carrier. I liked the look of it so I got one off e-bay (still in the box) for 50% of retail. I think it is going to work fabulously. We’ll see as the baby gets bigger but for now, I really like it. And my husband much prefers it to the sling…he gets all nervous that the baby is going to fall out of the sling and likes the more strapped to his body style of this carrier.
Several comments raved about the wrap type carriers and I really considered them. Particularly given that I have an ACTIVE 3 yr old to chase after. But I tend to be hot-natured and apparently give birth to little radiators so I knew this option would just make both me and the baby way too hot. Pouch-type slings were also considered and rejected given my large bosoms and long-torso. And despite all the raves about the Ergo (brilliant advice columnist included) I just didn’t think it looked comfortable and frankly thought it was sort of fugly.
I personally didn’t have much luck looking on Craigslist as most of the baby carriers there were the REI hardcore hiking backpack type (we live in CO) or the useless Infantino or NoJo slings. But as I said, E-Bay worked out great. I got a new carrier (the seller bought it to try with her son, never got around to it and now he’s too big) for a steal!
And finally, we didn’t get a double stroller and haven’t needed one yet. Mostly I pop the carseat into the stroller frame (best invention ever!) and my 3 yr walks along with us.
Thanks for posting the sling smackdown as the comments were very helpful!
Michelle

Yep, personal preference is definitely first and foremost when it comes to slings and carriers. What worked for one person may not work for another. In fact, it very most likely won’t, which is why there are 400 bajillion options out there.
And yet it’s SO hard not to get overly-passionate about what worked for you — even I let out an involuntary squawk at the idea of the Ergo being UNCOMFORTABLE, OMG, I wore Ezra in that thing (front and back) for up to 10 hours a day at the BlogHer conference, whereas I haven’t been able to keep him in one of the over-the-shoulder slings for more than an hour or two since we switched from cradle hold to hip carry. (This again, is a personal thing, as I have TERRIBLE problems with my neck and shoulder muscles even without babywearing — I clench a lot, so I absolutely need a carrier that soundly keeps the weight on my back and hips and doesn’t shift and tug at my shoulder.)
bella_baby_carrier.pngAs for the not-super-prettiness of it, it is indeed a rather utilitarian take on the Mei Tai style. But for us that’s been a benefit, since both my husband and I can take turns while we’re out and about. It fits us both, we both swear by the comfort of it, and while Jason would use my reversible pouch sling, he could never get used to the hip carry position and — like your husband — was always paranoid that Ezra was about to fall out. I totally love the look of the Belle Baby carrier…but not being able to use it as a back carrier is another big personal negative. (Ezra loves being on our backs, it’s super comfortable and allows our arms to have total freedom to wrangle Noah or carry a cup of coffee without fear of Ezra’s grabby hands or spilling something on his giant head.)
But! I swear! I did not decide to publish your question just so I could ramble on about the Ergo some more. I actually recently picked up a whole new sling at a maternity/baby consignment store. THAT’S what I really intended to ramble about.
Since I like to fancy myself to be such a hardcore babywearer now, determined to use some form of carrier or another until Ezra heads to junior high, I figured I’d try one of those formerly-intimidating ring slings. I found a practically new Maya wrap, complete with original packaging and the instructional DVD, for over 50% off the regular price. In my size and everything! In a funky striped pattern that totally matched what I was wearing RIGHT THEN AND THERE. Clearly, I had to buy it, even though Jason rolled his eyes and pointed at the looooong flowy fabric tail on the package and stated that there was No Way He Was Wearing That.
Men! They’re just so close-minded to us superior, Earth-Mother types, right?
I figured the padded shoulder of the Maya was the solution to my current sling issue — Ezra is perfectly content in our Rockin’ Baby Sling, but as he gets bigger and more wiggly I’ve had problems keeping it properly positioned on my shoulder, so after awhile, I feel like Ezra’s pretty much completely hanging from my lower neck. This…um…hurts. (Don’t tell Motrin!)
And indeed, I brought the Maya home and looped it up and plopped Ezra in and spent five minutes crowing about how comfortable it was! Oh, yes, this is so much better! And so pretty! Hooray! Then I pulled it off and tossed it in the wash, because original packaging aside, it totally reeked of cardboard-box-in-the-attic.
The next day was my first trial run — a quick trip to the farmer’s market. I carefully re-threaded it and put Ezra in. And started having issues less than 10 minutes later. Ezra fussed and twisted in protest like I’ve NEVER seen him do before, and with every twist, the fabric kept slipping from the rings and loosening up and pretty soon I had to take him out and start all over. Re-thread. Double-check the edges of the fabric, make sure they aren’t folded over, carefully spread over the ring, carefully position on shoulder. Put baby in, attempt to tighten and adjust the sling again…WTF, how did it get all twisted over on itself again? 10 minutes later, Ezra was slipping down my torso again and the padded shoulder part was hanging down somewhere over my boob.
MAN, did I look like a rookie. Also, an idiot.
I’ve tried it…oh, twice since then. I’ve watched the DVD. I’ve studied the website. I swear I’m not doing anything obviously wrong. Despite the instructions’ assurance that you shouldn’t have to re-thread that often, I have to re-loop it through the rings every time, especially if I’ve tossed it on the backseat of the car or into a diaper bag — the fabric never seems to stay untwisted, so the rings can’t do their job of keep the sling tight enough. And of course, the biggest problem is that Ezra really doesn’t seem to like it, and I’m guessing it’s because the Maya doesn’t have a padded rail like our pouch sling. The fabric digs behind his knees and he kicks and bounces around, thus putting more strain on the rings and pulling it out of position and off my shoulder.
So. I am bummed. A combination of baby preference and mother stupidity has left me with a lovely but mostly useless sling that will likely end up right back at the consignment store. And right now I’m sure there’s somebody who LOVES their Maya wrap with the heat of a thousand suns and can’t believe I am saying such terrible things about their preshussssss. I know! I am clearly a bush-league babywearer. I’ll be over here with my stupid black Ergo, awkwardly bending backwards over this here couch to get my baby on my back so I avoid vacuuming graham-cracker crumbs out of my cleavage at the end of the day.

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36 Responses to “Baby Sling Smackdown, Part II”

  1. Katie Oct 21 at 12:31 pm Reply Reply

    I’m pondering sling choices right now. Based on your (and many others) recommendation, Amy, I’m going to get the Rockin’ Baby for the infant stage. But I’m torn on a more “structured” carrier. Have any other commenters used the Ergo and the Beco Butterfly? I’m leaning towards the Beco, but I completely admit that that choice is wholly guided by looks. Oooh! Pretty fabrics! But I would love to hear practical advice from anyone with experience.

  2. Bitts Oct 21 at 12:45 pm Reply Reply

    Maya Wrap lover, right here!
    It sounds like your prob is the type of fabric, Amy. Perhaps the super sexy stripes required a cotton blend that is more slippery through the rings than 100% cotton or a coarser weave? Mine is a very rough linen-ish type of texture and I have never had to rethread it — only once when I bought it. It even stays threaded through the wash. Also, my rings are not polished — they’re kind of brushed metal? Might that make a difference too?
    Also, make sure you are wearing the rings in front of your shoulder, kind of on your upper chest, and then really pulling the fabric down over your shoulder and upper arm to distribute the weight. You probably already know that.
    And maybe you could deliberately twist it right below the rings so the fabric doesn’t slide through so easily?
    You can also wear Ez on your back with the Maya like you do with the Ergo — the instructions are on the DVD, so you’ve probably seen it. Maybe he would prefer that since he’s used to that perspective form being on your back in the Ergo.

  3. Danielle Oct 21 at 12:48 pm Reply Reply

    I have a Mei Tai Baby and I’ve used it for a newborn (faced in on the front both with legs froggied and then with legs dangling), faced out on the front, and now that my son is approaching his first birthday, as a backpack. We like it because my husband and I take turns being the stay-at-home parent and there’s nothing to adjust on the mei tai — you just tie it around your waist and then once you’ve got the shoulder straps in place tie them. Completely adjustable and completely one-size-fits-all. Also, LOTS of pretty fabrics!

  4. Elizabeth Oct 21 at 12:58 pm Reply Reply

    You can avoid the awkward backbend by putting the baby on your front first with the Ergo fastened just around your waist, pull the back up behind him,hold the shoulder straps together in one hand and then scootch him around under your opposite arm onto your back. Practice it over the bed the first couple of times to reassure yourself that it’s safe, but we’ve never had any problems. (And it’s always been kind of fun to watch my mother-in-law’s look of panic as she sees me do it with her precious granddaughter.)

  5. Heidi Oct 21 at 1:05 pm Reply Reply

    I got a baby sling about a week after my daughter was born because OH MAI GAWD that baby liked to be carried. She’d be in a sound sleep and you’d lay her down and she’d FREAK THE HELL OUT.
    I bought a $35 sling from Wally World. It was the savior of ye olde sanity. I had it positioned so it was near my chest and she could hear my heartbeat. She would finally sleep and I could walk around and y’know…DO STUFF.
    The only thing was the strap would dig into my neck. I would take it off and there was this weird hickey looking thing on my neck. We were pretty much broke as a joke at this point, so I found an old pretty towel, cut it up, and wrapped it around the strap. Hello, sanity! Nice to see you again!
    I would reccoment to ANYONE who has a sling that doesn’t just quite *do* it for them, and if they’re as broke as I was, to tweak it a little. I did and lemme tell ya….It saved my life those first few weeks.

  6. eva Oct 21 at 1:18 pm Reply Reply

    We love our Ergo and my daughter is (gulp) 22 months old. She’ll still ride around in it on my back quite happily. I am planning on a mei tei though if I have a second baby, just because of the “pretty fabric!” thing.

  7. heels Oct 21 at 1:21 pm Reply Reply

    I love the Ergo (so comfy!), but I must say that I found the infant insert to be worse than useless. Also, in the heat of our California summer, the Ergo was WAY too hot. Our OSBH sling worked much better for summer and tiny newborn stage.

  8. CG Oct 21 at 2:25 pm Reply Reply

    I have the Beco Butterfly and absolutely love it! As far as I can tell it is just like the Ergo, but is way prettier. I can carry my 18 lbs. baby boy for hours. Another plus is there is more of a “pocket” for the baby to sit in, so you can change from front to back carry easily and can even give the baby to another person to carry without taking him out of the carrier! The Beco totally rocks!

  9. Jenny Oct 21 at 2:51 pm Reply Reply

    I don’t have kids yet, but I have been around lots and lots, so I can kind of follow most of the baby discussions and stuff. But man, I do not understand anything about these baby slings/carriers…….they totally confuse me :) I think I’ll be the only mom who is stupid to figure them out!

  10. Taylor Oct 21 at 3:22 pm Reply Reply

    Oh no! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Maya wrap. I also have the Ergo, which is great, but the Maya wrap is still my go-to carrier for my almost 12 month old. I’ve washed it a number of times and have never had to rethread it or had any trouble with it coming loose. Have you tried contacting the Maya Wrap customer support folks?

  11. Lucy Oct 21 at 3:30 pm Reply Reply

    I third the love for the Beco. Cute fabrics, LOVE the ‘pocket’ for ease of use and transfer of wearers. I carry my 25 pound 18 month old in it, mostly on my back, and we’re loving it!

  12. rkmama Oct 21 at 4:09 pm Reply Reply

    My son was only ever happy in a Bjorn from newbornish until he turned one when he outgrew it. At that point we got a mei tai (pretty! fabrics!) which turned out to be useless for long walks because no matter how I knotted it, the ties would slip within 10 minutes so I was constantly hiking the sucker up.
    I talked to the lady at our local hippie baby shop and she suggested the Ergo as one of the top rated carriers for toddlers. I was skeptical because how could something so boring looking possibly work? There are so many beautiful, fun looking carriers out there and I wanted one of them, but man, the Ergo has been awesome. My son (now 22 months) loves riding on my back (and pulling my hair!) and it has been nothing but comfortable.

  13. Anonymous Oct 21 at 4:09 pm Reply Reply

    omg, DITTO. I hate the ring sling. I have tried just about every variety of sling. My first two kids hated hated hated being in slings, no matter what kind. With the third kid, she has no choice. With three kids under four I NEED MY HANDS. I love the new native, but at 4 months she’s getting too big for it. I have a moby wrap that works well but I can only seem to get it on by having another person tie me and the kid into it. The Ergo seems so expensive, but i will probably get it so that hubby and I can both wear her.
    But! I also have neck/upper back issues (sprained my neck 3 times in 5 years). I have found a fantastic solution to the child-hanging-from-neck thing. Out of desperation one day, I used a sarong that I used at the beach, so its about four feet high and about five or six feet long? Sit on the sofa, put baby on your back, high up, with legs draped to either side. Put the sarong over your back and baby (so that sarong is covering all but baby’s head), bring sarong to the front under your arms, and tie in front. Make sure baby’s legs are around your waist and the sarong covers under baby’s bottom and legs. Bring sarong around front, tie around your waist. Sit up, make sure the top is tight enough (retie if its not), and voila, carrying baby on your torso, not your neck.
    there’s a video under back torso carries on mamtoto.org that shows this carry. http://wearyourbaby.com/Default.aspx?tabid=188

  14. Laziza Oct 21 at 5:46 pm Reply Reply

    FreeHand! FreeHand! FreeHand! I could not have LIVED without that thing for the first few months. The baby is now 27 pounds, and it’s STILL comfortable.

  15. Jamie Oct 21 at 6:52 pm Reply Reply

    Ugh! I can’t believe it! My husband and I both LOVE using the Maya Wrap! I agree with Bitts, I’ve never had any slippage or had to rethread, sounds like it might be your fancy striped fabric. We have a Moby Wrap also but we’re both a little intimidated by all the instructions and it seems so hard to breastfeed in.

  16. Anonymous Oct 21 at 7:20 pm Reply Reply

    I have a Didymos wrap. It’s made of a non-stretchy fabric unlike the Maya wrap, and it doesn’t slip. It is super expensive, but also made of very beautiful fabric, and we don’t get heated wearing it, even in the summer. It’s also good for bigger kids.

  17. Alex Oct 21 at 8:28 pm Reply Reply

    I, too, am a Beco lover. It has all the qualities people love about the Ergo and then some, as the PPs have already said. If the pretty fabrics aren’t enough to convince you, go to a retailer that has both, and try them on with your baby in it. I guarantee the deeper “bucket” in the Beco will make you feel your baby is more secure than the Ergo.

  18. Alex Oct 21 at 8:30 pm Reply Reply

    Plus, I forgot to mention that the Beco is made in the US, not in Asia like the others.

  19. Olivia Oct 22 at 8:32 am Reply Reply

    My daughter is 16 lbs right now and my ring sling (Secondwomb slings) is sill my favorite for its ease of use. The fabric can get twisted in the rings, but I just make sure to fold or lay it carefully when I take it off. I also make sure they are straight before I leave.
    My husband prefers the Bjorn ($15 at a yard sale) because he feels she is more secure and likes to face her out to see the world.
    We just got the Ergo a couple of weeks ago and I am loving it. The sling limits my range of motion on the shoulder it is on, but with the Ergo I have full range. I still need help getting her on my back, but I can get her into the front with ease. It is so comfortable. My husband is still clinging to the Bjorn, but I think he’ll get the hang of the Ergo soon.

  20. Olivia Oct 22 at 8:45 am Reply Reply

    @Anonymous 16:09: I wanted so badly to be able to carry my baby like you did with the sarong. My husband has done this using fabric from Nigeria (where he’s from). He doesn’t tie, he twists the edge under like a bath towl (this is how women in Nigeria do it). But I could never get my baby to feel secure. I think my boobs are too big :(

  21. jessie Oct 22 at 9:55 am Reply Reply

    I could not live without the Moby Wrap when my baby was a newborn. Now that he is a little older we still use the Moby wrap, but use the Ergo for more quick trips to the store etc. or long hikes. The moby is easy to nurse in and very versatile. Once you learn it.. and it’s not THAT hard, it’s a godsend. Don’t rely on the web to learn how to nurse in the Moby either.. there’s no special positioning needed.. just nurse in the cradle hold like you would any other sling, just loosen the straps.

  22. Heather Oct 22 at 11:36 am Reply Reply

    I love the Ergo. I’ve used it since my son was 5 months old and we still use it on hikes – and he’s 3 and a half years now. I’ve carried him on my front, back, and hip, and the Ergo adjusts easily for both me and my husband to use it.

  23. Joanne Oct 22 at 11:51 am Reply Reply

    When pregnant I bought a ring sling and an Ergo and figured that covered my bases. The ring sling was okay for the first couple of months (my husband even wore it) but as my daughter got bigger having the weight on one side aggravated an old back injury so that was the end of that.
    We used the Ergo after that but she hated the insert (aka burrito). Enter the Moby Wrap. I love and adore that thing, I highly recommend it. My best friend was intimidated by all the wrapping and layers but I promised her she would be able to handle it and after a bit of practice she was won over. The flexibility and comfort are unmatched.
    Once the kiddo got big enough to skip the insert the Ergo became magnificent. Uber. Fantastic. Indescribably wonderful. We hiked with it, flew with it, went to zoos, museums, family reunions, you name it. And I’ve probably nursed with the carrier at all of them as well. The kiddo is looking at her second birthday soon and we still use it on a daily basis.
    We eventually wound up getting a Mei Tai so that next time I’ll have a structured carrier early on that won’t require an insert. It’s much prettier than the Ergo which means I haven’t been able to get my husband to wear it but that’s okay, this one can be just for me!
    Long story short I will agree with every one else. PERSONAL PREFERENCE! It depends on what you like and what your baby likes. Try things out beforehand if possible but be willing to keep trying if at first you don’t succeed. I’m a firm believer that there’s a baby carrier out there for everyone.

  24. MsKrieger Oct 22 at 12:02 pm Reply Reply

    Maya Wraps! Yes, so beautiful – but yes, so slippy. My newborn daughter fit beautifully into a Maya Wrap (a nice striped one, v. stylish with my outfits)throughout her newbornhood and it was a godsend.
    Then I got distracted by the joys of wrapping. But then one day -disaster – I forgot my wrap somewhere and needed to wear my daughter!
    She was easy to pop into the trusty old Maya. She liked the hip-hold – but oy! did that wrap ever slip. I would get her into a comfy position high on my torso and within five minutes she had slid down to my thigh and the wrap had migrated over my shoulder and I would have to re-adjust over and over again. V. frustrating.
    Maybe it’s because she’s almost 19 pounds now? Maybe the wrap fabric has gotten smooth from washings? Hhmmmm…
    At any rate, I got my Neobulle wrap back and went straight back to wrapping, which is more comfortable (you can put the weight on your shoulders or hips) and secure – the kid does not slip in my Neobulle, oh no no.
    And by the way, I am one of those toasty people, and my daughter is a hot sweaty little thing, and wrapping her on was never uncomfortable even in humid DC summer weather. I highly recommend trying a wrap out before you write it off as “too hot”. (Of course, go for a light-weight fabric ;)
    I also second Anonymous’s technique of using a sarong to tie your baby to your back. Very comfy, especially if you’re doing housework that requires a lot of bending over.

  25. Lori Oct 22 at 12:10 pm Reply Reply

    I had several mai tais (the patterns are so pretty) which I loved and then “graduated” to wraps when I was brave enough (I had a didymos as well, which although expensive I was able to resell at almost the same price as what I bought it) — and these saved me with the second kid! Amy, get yourself to a babywearer’s meeting to help with the maya wrap — that’s what I needed to do with the didymos.

  26. Katie Oct 22 at 12:25 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks, everyone! I think I’m going to go for the Beco. Now I just need to decide if I’m going to tell my husband exactly how much it costs, or use “mad money” for it :)

  27. Roberta Oct 22 at 12:30 pm Reply Reply

    Another Ergo lover here. We used the infant insert, but had a winter baby, so it actually helped keep her warm, like a cozy taco. I have seen lots of others put newborns in the Ergo w/o the insert, just tucking the baby’s legs in “frog style.” The Ergo was best once our baby got to be about 4 mos. and big enough for the front carry with legs straddling you. We just started doing the back carry, and are still working out the kinks on getting the thing on – I put her in on my hip and bounce her around to the back – saw it on the Ergo website.
    I did also really like my slings when she was littler – we were given an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder and a Maya wrap, and I used both quite a bit, but found them not as useful once she got bigger and preferred the Ergo.

  28. Nancy Oct 22 at 1:56 pm Reply Reply

    Just weighing in here to say that I have the Ergo and the Mayawrap. My mayawrap is the linen kind and we don’t have too much of a slippage problem, and I loved it when Alice was teeny-tiny, then we graduated to the ergo and even though it did weird things to my boobs, I loved that, too. Then one day, Alice decided she hated being carried and would much rather walk, so that was the end of that! Good thing I have another baby coming, cuz I miss those snuggly days!

  29. Tara Oct 22 at 4:09 pm Reply Reply

    Currently expecting and still doing some research on all these slings and other baby carrier devices! What about the Kangaroo Korner sling? I’ve heard good things – has anyone ever used one of those?

  30. Michael Oct 23 at 6:13 am Reply Reply

    Having tried a few carrying devices, I hope you don’t mind some input from a doting dad.
    The back carrier we had was comfy for me, but there was way too much motion up there for my little girl and I never got to see her!
    The front carriers all gave my back immense amounts of strain, so a sling was the way forward. Settled on a Premaxx, but used only in the hip carrying position, she looked like it had swallowed her up when she was a newborn.
    Although not entirely hands free (you always have one hand ready – just in case), she has the freedom to cuddle up or look around as she wants to. Important to spend a bit of time getting the set up right. So good for her and good for me.

  31. Kate Oct 23 at 9:44 am Reply Reply

    No time to read all the responses but I fiercely loved pouches for birth-4 months and mei tais for after that. Can be used front or back up to around 35 lbs. (gasp)
    I loaned my Freehand MT to my SIL and still love my custom double sided BabyHawk with a white hot passion even though carrying my 3 yo in it would probably cripple me. Carrying another human being close to me does make me hot, but I got used to wearing one fewer layer…

  32. Michelle Oct 23 at 11:02 am Reply Reply

    Dude, I didn’t mean to offend by saying the Ergo looked uncomfortable but I’m …um, going to guess a good 50 pounds heavier than you and wore a DD cup pre-baby; post-partum they are enormous. So yeah, diffent strokes and all that.
    But the Maya wrap looks like a ring sling which is pretty similar to my OSBH, except my sling has padded rails. Love my OSBH for the tiny newborn stage and then late for the hip carry.
    I personally am not a big fan of wearing babies on my back. Admittedly my own issue so not being able to use a carrier to do that is obviously not a deal-breaker for me.
    But I have worn the Bella Carrier with the giant baby several times now and LOVE it. Seriously awesome! And it is made here in CO.
    Another bonus of slings or pouches when the baby is tiny? Keeps random strangers out in public from reaching out with their grubby hands and touchy your precious snowflake.

  33. heels Oct 23 at 12:37 pm Reply Reply

    Michelle- I hear you about the Ergo size. I’m normally only about a size 10-12 (not that big!), but in the weeks before I started to lose some of the baby-weight, the Ergo was awfully snug around my midsection and wouldn’t fit around my hips at all. They really don’t seem to be made for larger people, which is a shame. Certainly something to take into consideration before purchase.

  34. Kari Weber Oct 25 at 6:45 pm Reply Reply

    I started out with the Bjorn with baby Version 1. It was OK when he was twee and tiny. Which wasn’t long considering he was born at 9 pounds. But soon became the bane of my existence because of the back pain and such. With Version 2 I intended to be better prepared. I have a Sleepy Wrap (similar to the Moby) that is great if you like the wrap style carrier. The nice thing is that there is only ONE way you have to tie it, and it can do all these different holds. You don’t have to learn all kinds of different ties. It is a bit warmer and what I really didn’t like is that it is so LONG and trailing (I am 5′ 10″) when you tie it, that if you are out in public, you have to be really creative to keep the ends from trailing on the ground while you get it tied. If you have someone help you, not a problem. Tie it at home, not a problem. Tying it in the grocery store parking lot… um. eww. It does wash easy, and is comfortable, but I just wanted something that went on super fast and easy, and was comfortable. Enter Ergo. Saved. My. Life. It is great. I got the sort of camel- canvas colored one and I like it because it is not a dark- hot color in the sun, and it is neutral so goes with all I wear. Baby loves it. Oh. And I should mention… this one was even heavier at birth (9 pounds 11 ounces) and is JUST 6 months (2 days ago) and weighs 21 pounds. So yeah. My chiropractor agrees. Ergo is much better for back!

  35. Quinn Oct 25 at 10:43 pm Reply Reply

    Huh! I have the Maya (stripey fabric and all) and while it gets twisted sometimes I’ve never had a problem with it slipping. I’m in Baltimore, so if you want to meet somewhere and try mine, I’m game.
    My baby and I hated the Ergo. Hated. It. He can’t look around, he’s uncomfortable, and we’re both burning up hot. I haven’t tried putting him on my back because it’s enough of a struggle getting him into it the front way, but I don’t think he’ll like it much more. I might have to try though; he insists on being carried almost constantly and I’m going out of my mind. The maya just doesn’t always cut it.
    I’m thinking of getting a Mei Tai or something similar–somewhat structured (not nearly as structured as the Ergo) but that the baby can face out in. Anyone have any ideas (if people are still checking this)?

  36. Olivia Oct 26 at 11:20 am Reply Reply

    For those who found the Ergo to be snug, Ergo has a Sport carrier that has longer straps and lighter weight fabric. There is also a waist strap extension for $8.00. I wear size 20 and have DDDs, and the Ergo with the waist extension works well for me.

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