Babywearing Woes

21 10 2009

As many people have probably guessed, given my penchant for Attachment Parenting, I am a big fan of babywearing. Since Azita’s first day at home, she’s spent a lot of time in a sling. Thus far, I’ve relied on the Kangaroo Korner adjustable pouch. I could go on and on about how great this sling is, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that mothers ask me where I got it nearly every time I go out with Azita.

Well, as much as I love my sling it looks like it’s days are numbered. Azita is in a big hurry to walk. She actually took her first couple steps yesterday at daycare. And, when Azita wants to learn something, that’s all she wants to do. So, I now have a dilemma. I can’t seem to carry Azita in the sling any more unless she’s sleeping. When she’s awake, she pushes herself up to standing and starts thrashing her legs around in the sling in an attempt to practice walking. It’s definitely not a safe situation — doubly so considering my accident-proneness.

Now what? I’d say the Baby Bjorn is the solution, but I’ve tried Roger’s and it’s just not comfortable for me. I’ve tried the hip carry position with the Kangaroo Korner and a Scootababy carrier, and Azita just isn’t having it. She wants what she wants, and what she wants is to be facing her maman.

I’m debating buying a MeiTaiBaby carrier, but I’ve already spent so much money on slings — I have 3 Kangaroo Korners (one for any climate), a Scootababy, and Roger’s Baby Bjorn. I’m willing to spend more money though if I find something that works. I spend a lot of time walking everywhere with Azita — whether to the park or to the grocery store. Our little family has definitely embraced that aspect of the urban lifestyle, and we need a carrier to support it.

Any recommendations? Anyone use the MeiTaiBaby or another similar carrier and love it? Any suggestions are welcome.




2 responses

22 10 2009

There is one more thing to try with the Scootababy before you give up: You can do a front carry wth it. You will have to adjust the straps — make one really short and one really long so that the fleece part sits on your shoulder with the body of the carrier in front. Totally worth 10-15 minutes to see if this works! I have not tried a Mei Tai Baby, but I have tried many mei tais, and I think a mei tai is a babywearing essential for many people because of the versatility. In general, I think a good mei tai is a good investment (and again, worth a serious try). Mei Tai Baby has a good reputation, and some others off the top of my head include BabyHawk, Kozy Carrier, Ellaroo Mei Tai, Maya Tie, and FreeHand. You might also consider a soft structured carrier such as an Ergo. They are a bit more spendy than a mei tai, and I think if you’re strictly a front carrier, I’d go the mei tai route, but they are super quick because there are buckles rather than knots, and I love mine for quick back carries while out and about.

So that’s my two cents (or more, lol!).

22 10 2009

Thanks for the recommendations, Susie. I’m definitely trying the front carry with the Scootababy tonight when I go for a walk with my little sweetie pie. You convinced me on the Mei Tai carrier also. I decided it couldn’t hurt to have one more way to stay close to my baby. 🙂

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