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Monday, April 03, 2006

Need a New Baby Carrier

I need suggestions on baby carriers. Please help.

I am still using the bjorn sometimes, and that is just silly with my 20 pound bundle of backache. I have seen ads for the hip hammock and wondering if anyone has experience with this, or has a better suggestion. Anybody?


  • I was introduced to the sling with my first daughter when she was old enough to ride in it on the hip. I really liked using it that way. Your link didn't work, but I bet it's a similar product. I also saw a product called the "peanut shell" which is a sling-like contraption. Really cool patterns and fabrics. Cooler than my grandma plaid sling. Let me know if you and dh want to take our sling for a spin and see if you like it.
    posted by Blogger Katie at 4/05/2006 09:45:00 AM  

  • There's also some pretty cool baby backpacks that are made with lots of padding and a hip belt, similar to a full size backpack for a hiker. Kelty even makes a baby pack. I find that they take a lot of the pressure off the back and distribute through the whole body. And baby gets a new vantage point being up high.
    posted by Blogger Michelle at 4/05/2006 10:06:00 AM  

  • there are many good slings out there, and some wimpy ones, check the reveiws... but I got lots of use from my .

    what I *love* is the
    ergo baby carrier. It's mainly a backpack, but also can go on the front. It's all soft- no frame, so it's easy to stuff in a diaper bag and baby rides touching you. It distruibutes the wheight so gently over your hips and whole back, no pulling on your poor shoulders anymore :)
    posted by Blogger cchrissyy at 4/05/2006 10:16:00 AM  

  • I have tried a couple of ZInone's hip contraptions and I have also used a sling and the Bjorn. THe great thing about the Bjorn is your hands are completely free--all of the time (unless you do a handstand or something) and you have a big range of motion. . The hip carriers seem less secure to me. But they do take some of the weight off your arm if you are used to "hipping" your baby around and you can have some use of both your hands. Backpacks I think are great for longer journeys but I think the "in-and-out" is a little trickier and it takes a little time to remember you need more head clearance (because the baby is higher than your). IT doesn't seem like a great option for you because it would be harder to take a seat on the subway too.

    The bottom line is that nothing is going to be that comfortable because 20lbs is a lot of weight to be carrying around. If I were you, I would raid Zinone's stash of carriers and test a few out before committing. She will be a great resource to have around again. Wah for me.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 4/05/2006 10:18:00 AM  

  • I love carriers and have bought a few, so here's my take on Baby Carriers (I hope my husband never sees the post because that could be the end of the baby carrier buying)-

    I bought the hip hammock but never got to use it because it got recalled.

    Baby Bjorn.
    My husbands favorite
    Pros:Hands free movement, easy transitions
    Cons:Hard to nurse in and have to adjust for every new user

    Native Carrier
    Pros: Easy to use and my babies love it, Great for nursing
    Cons: Not a one size fits all baby carrier

    Rockin' Baby Sling
    Pros:Great Colors and Patterns, Versatile
    Cons: What do I do with the extra fabric hanging off everywhere? You need directions to wear this sling

    Kelty Adventure Baby Carrier
    Pros:Functional and even toddlers feel light using this carrier. Both parents can use this carrier with ease.
    Cons: Not great for everyday use, high price

    And finally my favorite (which was mentioned by Katie) is the
    Peanut Shell
    Pros:Stretchable fabric that makes it roomy for baby and comforable for mom. Great patterns and colors.
    Cons: I wish they were cheaper, so I could get a variety of colors and patterns

    Enjoy and let me know if there are any other great carriers that I have yet to try.....
    posted by Blogger Tri Mama at 4/05/2006 03:24:00 PM  

  • cc-you and chloe need to hook up b/c she could do a post like yours only about strollers. I love the rockin baby sling except for the price and fabric. I am scared of the kelti with the subway and such. I think the ergo looks a little like a small baby...mine will be 1 in a few weeks. Glad to know the hip hammock has been recalled (at least certain models). Right now I am leaning towards peanut shell..something about the colors too...it might just be what I need to get through summer... and my baby very rarely cuddles, so this would force that.

    If you have anything more to add, please do, but I am feeling good about a purchase very soon
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/05/2006 04:21:00 PM  

  • ummm teaming up with Chloe...that could be dangerous because I have my fair share of strollers too...Last piece of advice, my first sling was black and I thought fashionable, but dark colors attract heat and make it miserable for the baby.
    posted by Blogger Tri Mama at 4/05/2006 04:35:00 PM  

  • CC, it would be totally dangerous if we teamed up because as I have stated before, I am a stroller whore. But, I know my stuff...

    As for carriers, I can only recommend one I DIDN'T like - the JJ Cole Premaxx. I tried and tried to make it work for DD but in the end I felt like it just wasn't made properly for a baby older than 6 months who is now sitting on your hip.

    I still love the Bjorn and forced DD into it until she hit 1 (and she was 23 pounds...yikes). Sorry I can't be more helpful with this - I truly feel like I've failed since I am a (self-proclaimed) goddess of baby gear.
    posted by Blogger chloe at 4/05/2006 04:57:00 PM  

  • I use the New Native sling- my babies are big, and I couldn't get them in the Baby Bjorn past about 2 months. (Big $$ down the drain) The NN Sling is easy, no straps, no buckles, nothing to loose and accomodates bigger babies. Also a plus for nursing easily.

    We also have the Kelty/REI full-on backpack- which was good for my husband to use, but never fit me right. We used it a lot when we moved, to keep the 8 month old off the floor and out of the way.

    Unfortunaley, trial and error seems to be the only way to get one that works for your body and your baby's temperment. Have fun.
    posted by Blogger Tracy M at 4/05/2006 08:32:00 PM  

  • Chloe, Goddess of Baby Gear:

    You have my curiousity. Will you post about strollers? What are your favorites? I love the maclaren as a single and Phil and Teds as a double....I hope I don't end up with stroller envy after this because there is only one cure....
    posted by Blogger Tri Mama at 4/06/2006 09:21:00 AM  

  • Chloe, please post about strollers. I'm going to be buying one soon for my one-month-old and would love to get your take on them first.
    posted by Anonymous Jen in MI at 4/06/2006 09:40:00 AM  

  • Guys, stopped by buy buy baby today to check out the carriers. They had the hip hammock. Two other moms were with a saleslady with that same desperate look in their eye as I had (they had 20 lb 9 and 10 month olds), and I told them it had been recalled. I think the saleslady might have been a little ticked at me. And I did say: maybe just a certain BATCH was recalled. This box had a whole new person on it. Anyway...

    I saw something interesting..."designer" slip covers for the bjorns.
    www.babybellamaya.com has a wide selection...just thought I'd share.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/06/2006 01:46:00 PM  

  • Okay, today I got an email from
    daily candy
    about peanut shell and I took it as as sign. I just ordered this one as a b-day present to me...I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for all the great ideas.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/06/2006 02:41:00 PM  

  • I got my peanut shell today. I ordered according to the size chart and I think it's too big. My baby is "secure" but her body is about 6 inches from mine, I feel that I need a smaller size...anyone have a comment on that?
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/10/2006 01:22:00 PM  

  • Kage:
    The fit should be snug, so you may want to get the smaller size. There are sizing guidelines on the peanut shell website with pictures.
    posted by Blogger Tri Mama at 4/10/2006 09:29:00 PM  

  • cc-I am a little frustrated b/c I read those carefully and measured myself and everything. I figured since I am tall the medium would work, but also have really narrow shoulders...and the fit is not snug...so I bought a small and when it gets here I will compare the two and then return whichever one I don't like...they seemed cool about it on the phone.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/11/2006 03:07:00 AM  

  • I see up above I recommended the Ergo, but in the year since this post was new I've opened a store selling some really fun and stylish carriers and slings
    posted by Blogger cchrissyy at 3/23/2007 08:00:00 PM  

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