02/11/2013 at 22:13
02/11/2013 at 22:35
The general consensus amongst babywearers is that the BabyBjorn carriers aren't the best, they don't distribute the weight evenly across the adult as the baby just hangs off the front and also they don't support the baby in the "knee to knee" position that is best for them. Additionally it is not recommended to carry babies facing outwards as they are unable to turn away from the stimulation as well as not being good for them ergonomically - you basically want a sling that will hold them as if they are in a cuddle.
The difficult thing is that the high street doesn't really have much choice and there are so many options that what suits one person won't necessarily suit another. Most people, with a baby your age, I would suggest to try a connecta first. They are one of the cheaper slings on the market and will last under baby is a toddler, as well as being very easy to put on/off. Personally though I have never got on with them and prefer a mei tai such as a BabyHawk. We have also used a Beco Butterfly which is good as it has a waist support and looks more conventional. It could be worth looking at somewhere like Petit Poppet (ex Hitcher) or Slumber-roo who both hire out slings so you could see what works best for you.
Oh, and as for your H being able to wear it, MrJB (at 6ft and 16stones) wears any of my slings - including the very pink flowery mei tai. The only thing is that if he is out on his own he has to take a buckle carrier (his choice is always the Beco Butterfly) as he isn't able to tie the others himself but then he is a bit clumsy.
02/11/2013 at 22:57
Just had a look at what Mothercare stocks and they have Manduca which is a good sling, I haven't used one personally but know lots of people who love theirs and use them a lot.
02/11/2013 at 23:16
I second what JB says. I've a Manduca and I use it a LOT. I've even carried S, when she was a good 20lb over a whole weekend away as I didn't want to take the buggy. I struggle to carry her in my arms, but in the Manduca I hardly feel her weight at all. H also uses it (when I let him as I hate him rearranging the straps). I also have a Connecta, but personally prefer the structure of the Manduca. I had a Tomy carrier (similar to a baby bjorn) for C, but couldn't carry her in it at all as it hurt my back and she hung in it, so I'd personally avoid those types of carriers. Before you rush out to buy one, if there's a baby wearing group around you, it would be worthwhile popping along to a meet to try out some different types for yourself. There are also sling libraries that will loan one temporarily for you to try.
02/11/2013 at 23:53
03/11/2013 at 00:33
I've just looked on line for you and can't see a single sling that M&P stock that I would be happy using. When you say your H has seen BB slings reviewed, which specific ones ? They are very popular for people to buy for newborns (because they are easily available) and people often think they are good as don't realise how much better a proper sling would be. So for example I have friends who raved about their BBs but then had to stop slinging at 5 mths because baby was too heavy, I kept being told that the reason i could still carry Zoe was as she wasn't as big. Doesn't really equate when i could still easily carry her at 3 yrs old !
I really do think that the high street is not the place to be buying a decent baby carrier. Sorry.
03/11/2013 at 00:36
The Beco and Boba slings on here would be a good starting point, and also look more traditional than the mei tai (like a babyhawk).
03/11/2013 at 01:18
Just had a look at it, for that price, no way would I buy it and I'm fairly certain it wouldn't be comfortable for any length of time. Call Slumber-roo and see which of the hire carrier they have in stock, it's £10.99 for 2 weeks hire. Much much better way of doing it in my mind and they will be able to advise you too. They are really quick, or at least they were a few years ago when I hired a ring sling to wear for a wedding.
03/11/2013 at 01:19
John Lewis (who stock that BB Miracle) also sell Ergobaby which is a fantastic sling.
03/11/2013 at 07:59
I got a Baby Bjorn on ebay to try and there is no way I could carry F (19lb) for a whole weekend in it. Aside from him feeling very heavy, I don't even think he feels very secure. He also hates it. I use it solely for in the house when he is crying and I need to make a bottle. Thankfully I only paid a few pounds for it, they are very expensive new!
03/11/2013 at 08:05
JB has given you some very good advice. I wouldn't get a baby bjorn anyway knowing what I do, but I definitely wouldn't get one for an 8 month old as you'll likely find it too uncomfortable to use. When I was pregnant with J I told my sister a sling was on my to-get list, and she advised against, saying they were a waste of money and so uncomfortable. She'd used a bb. I have a boba 3G and I couldn't recommend it more, it's fabulously comfortable even with my dodgy back, dead easy to use, and I'm still slinging my hefty 17 month old in it with room to spare.
If you can get hold of a boba, manduca, ergo, tula, beco or connecta those would be my top picks, and if you're short on time a postal hire would be a gat way of seeing how you get on with one before spending too much money.
03/11/2013 at 08:13
Oh, also apparently tkmaxx are selling MobyGo carriers fairly cheaply at the moment, it wouldn't be my top pick a you can't do a back carry in one (I'm not sure why, it looks like you should be able to) but they're ergonomically correct which should make carrying in one a lot comfier for you and bubba than a Bb.
03/11/2013 at 08:20
I'd echo what JB, LWO and SG said.
I don't know what part of the country you're in, but if you're surrey way, Connecta have opened their own shop in Godalming. Or you could visit your local sling library.
03/11/2013 at 08:22
03/11/2013 at 08:47
My sister in law swears by her ergo baby carrier www.amazon.co.uk/.../B001JZU8O8
03/11/2013 at 08:49
I find all these sling threads really so helpful as I really want to sling but my H is nervous about it and had his heart on a BB due to the straps and manliness of it!! He is unfortunately resisting the wrap style and anything patterned looking (don't want to blame the fact he's a west of Scotland male...but!!) I just read some of your info out to him JB esp around weight distribution as he suffers from bad backs. He looked kinda convinced although worried about his other options! We do have a local sling library so I'll be linking into it!
03/11/2013 at 08:54
I too were told BB were the best, by a high street store, so we paid the £92... Then I read about hip dyspraxia caused by such slings, and also, about 3 months old, found I couldn't carry E whatsoever as it hurt me so much, even short term. So I invested in a second hand connecta and it's been great, distributes her weight great, keeps her knee to knee and both me and H can wear E.
03/11/2013 at 09:09
If you don't mind secondhand, you'll get a bargain here:
Anything describes as a SSC (soft structured carrier) would be worth considering. Make it clear it must be posted tomorrow? I'll google high street options for you too.
My friend highly recommends this:
These style are popular but I'd say more for short term use (clingy aby wanting up when you are cooking étc)
I've never head of this brand, but might be worth trying
Also the manduca asabove
there is also the caboo close carrier, I personally wouldn't use it in my 10 months old as don't think it'd be supportive enough to stop her wiggles, but it's available on the high street so worth a try
03/11/2013 at 09:16
Is it next weekend you're going away? You've still time to order a decent carrier online or as JB has suggested (and even done the leg work for you) is to hire one and see how you get on. As there's not one person who's replied to this thread saying they found a high st carrier any good, then it should make you realise that you'd be wasting your money getting one. I read all the fab reviews online of the BB, but not known anyone on real life who have used one, or a similar structure carrier, past the first few months. I guess the reviews were from parents who posted them in the first few weeks of using. Are there any that say they used them for 1yr +? The age of your baby, i would be wanting something, for that money, that would last a few years to make it worthwhile. That's without going into the potential hip problems ....
03/11/2013 at 09:20
That kiddicare link for the manduca would be a great idea. It's a bargain price and they will deliver the next day. It's very similar to wear to a BB, but much better at distributing the weight. You'd just have to fiddle to get the straps right the first time. Thanks LM, i'm going to post that link on my local baby wearers page.
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