I figured out quickly that this was not a good carrier. Not because I read on a parenting forum that XYZ was better than ABC, but because my husband was in chiropractic school when our first child was born.
In chiropractic school, as you would imagine, correct spinal development is of utmost importance.
One day of wearing an infant in an Infantino, Baby Bjorn, Chico, Britax or any other front carrier that allows your baby to dangle with all weight in their crotch proves to be a shoulder and back killer.
That was proof to me and my husband that something wasn’t right.
After the “dingle danglers” or “crotch killers”, as we lovingly call them, we tried out pouch slings.
I wasn’t horribly disappointed with my Hotsling. I thought it was cute and if all the stars aligned just right I (and baby) could get a comfortable fit.
I do remember times where I’d look down at Haley, Haven or Paisley (all were worn a little in a pouch sling) and wonder if they could breathe…
Then, all the warnings sounded over the dangers of bag slings. While a pouch sling differs from a bag sling the danger still exists for baby to slip down, tuck their head in and cut off breathing. A bag sling is infinitely worse though because the only way a baby lays is in a position that inhibits a clear breathing airway.
After that I experimented with mei tei baby carriers. First was the Kozy Carrier. Owner, Kelley Mason, was a fellow mom on a Yahoo group I was on and I couldn’t resist the rave reviews everyone had for her carriers.
I remember the ASTONISHINGLY GORGEOUS black velvet strapped, silk bodied mei tei she made for me. Sure, it wasn’t the most practical fabrics for Texas but it was beautiful. And finally I could wear my baby without discomfort.
Aside from the wrapping and tieing of the long straps, the mei tei was a good carrier choice. Yet, I wasn’t fully satisfied.
My true baby wearing bliss began when I bought my first soft-structured carrier (SSC) I think in 2006/7. It was a brown strapped Pony Express Beco 4th Generation. Oh how I loved it.
My sweet Paisley loved it so much that she always fell asleep on my back every time she was in it!
The Beco combined what I loved about the mei tei — body and straps — yet took away the long straps and gave me buckles. Click, click.
I’ve gone through a few Beco Carriers over the years. I now have 2 Beco Butterfly IIs that will probably be with me forever. I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to sell my orange strapped Echino Scooters so I’m happily keeping it.
I love the convenience of wearing my babies and the portability but I’m also a stroller packin’ mama. I’ve yet to find a stroller that lasts as long as a carrier though!
What is your dream carrier? Are you a wrapper? Here’s my one and only picture of the one and only time I wrapped outside my house:
That’s me, Sterling and a Moby at the Renaissance Festival in 2009. Sterling was about 4 weeks old. I probably wore the Moby for a couple of hours that day then I was done. Maybe one day I’ll try wraps again.
If you are looking for baby carriers I implore you to check out PAXBaby on Facebook! You’ll be sucked into the gorgeousness of all the rainbows, weaves, Obis, conversions, Tulas, Girasols…and a whole bunch of other terms that I know nothing about! But, I sure love the pictures.
All I need is another few months of drooling over PAXBaby photos and I’m sure I’ll cave.
Are you a babywearer?? Tell me your FAVORITE baby carrier!