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apelsinnka Sat 01-Oct-11 14:48:53

Anyone experienced the same? My babydaughter feets turn blue in it in 10-15 min. The thing is that I never noticed it before this heat. She always had something on before... But now I am worried to use it. I did try different setting. Always the same. Any tips?

AnnieLobeseder Sat 01-Oct-11 14:55:41

Ditch the BabyBjorn. Babies in them dangle by their crotch which can cut off circulation to their legs. They will also do your back damage. Whenever I see any with one I just want to scream "Noooooo, what are you dooooooing?!?!" to them!!!

Get a wrap sling instead, they support baby's bottom and hold them in a much more natural position, and they are also far more comfortable and gentle on your back.

There aresome good examples here.

apelsinnka Sat 01-Oct-11 15:06:00

I tried a "moby" sling. Didnt work for us. It takes ages to put on and my daughter didn't like it. She is happy in bababjörn. I am sure there are some tips how to adjust it.

belgo Sat 01-Oct-11 15:10:16

Totally agree with Annie, this is one of the reasons why so many people hate the babybjorn. Other types of slings take more practise but once you have the hang of them and are confident using them, you will find your baby is happy too.

welliesandpyjamas Sat 01-Oct-11 15:16:09

Good advice there, OP. The Moby isn't your only alterenative btw. There is a type of sling which is a Soft Structured Carrier, many brands available, which is a more natural shape for baby, more comfy for baby and you, easy to use (same idea as babybjorn types) and which isn't too 'different', if that worries you. Blue feet would scare the hell out of me.

belgo Sat 01-Oct-11 15:18:32

blue feet aren't a good sign at all, it means your baby isn't getting enough oxygen, thank God you've seen it now and can find an alternative.

It worries me that this is happening to other babies and their parents are not aware.

welliesandpyjamas Sat 01-Oct-11 15:26:05

just one example just to give you an idea of the shape - the legs are sitting moree naturally than with the babybjorn types, see? And you use buckles n straps, quick and easy to pop on.

apelsinnka Sat 01-Oct-11 15:51:30

Thank you welliesandpyjamas I like that one and the boy in it looks big. My daughter is 4.5 already. I assume one can turn the babies forward in them. I will check it out!!

welliesandpyjamas Sat 01-Oct-11 15:55:58

Yes, with a lot of them. Lots and lots of different brands, and you can get them used in good condition too. Good luck smile

sparklytoes Sat 01-Oct-11 15:59:22

We use the close baby carrier and the baby bjorn and so far i like both of them. After reading this though, I'm worried about the positioning. Does the same thing apply to the close sling re circulation, as when she is in the upright position her feet are out the bottom? She is supported by the cross that the fabric makes under her bum.

CinderellaSweepsUp Sat 01-Oct-11 18:19:01

I think that it's better for their hips and circulation if the seat of the sling supports behind their knees and keeps them higher than their bottoms. I've just got an ergo for my rather large 5 month old and find it really comfortable but don't think it faces forward so might not be what you want. The bjorn style really killed my back as he got bigger.

Octaviapink Sat 01-Oct-11 18:48:22

Yes, they should be sitting in a kangaroo position, not dangling all their weight on their pelvises. The Close Baby carrier is good.

RitaMorgan Sat 01-Oct-11 18:54:13

The Close or Mei Tei/Soft Structured types are fine because the baby is held in a seated position - with the Close make sure you pull the fabric up to the backs of the baby's knees.

I agree with others about the BabyBjorn - uncomfortable for the parent and hate the crotch dangling for the baby. Don't understand why they are so popular when they are pretty much the worst carrier on the market!

Mishy1234 Sat 01-Oct-11 20:18:58

Another vote against the BabyBjorn I'm afraid.

I would give a wrap sling a go. I had a Moby which was fantastic. You can pre-tie it so you can put it on before you leave the house and not wrestle with it in car parks etc. It stretches, so you can just pop them in and out.

Later on I found an Ergo the best. You can get a newborn insert for them, which is kind of like a seat. I did like the Moby the most for up to around 4 months though.

sparklytoes Sat 01-Oct-11 21:30:59

I'm loving the look of the ergo - how come there is so much variation in price on the net though? I'm a bit confused in case some of them are imitations of it. Where is the best value place to get them?! I'm put off the baby bjorn after reading some more reviews, there seems to be concern over sore backs which I had simply put down to having a c section when carrying dd in it. Easier just now when she is very little but maybe harder as she grows and I do feel worried about her position in it now...

AnnieLobeseder Sat 01-Oct-11 22:14:17

I loved my Hug-a-bub (same as a Moby) when velcro baby DD2 came along. A friend gave it to me, I hadn't thought of using one, though I did already have an Ergo. When DD2 got bigger though, I found she stretched it too much (might have been poor technique on my part!!) so I got a non-stretchy Calin Bleu. She practically lived in it until she was 1 or so, when I moved her into the Ergo on my back.

Ergos are great for bigger babies, I've walked the dogs daily with my DD's in it (well, in succession, not at the same time!!!) up to age 3.5, no problem.

sparkly - our Ergo cost about £70 5 years ago. I probably wouldn't entirely trust one costing any less.

tiddlerslate Sat 01-Oct-11 22:24:00

Ergos are fantastic. Still carry DD2 in ours for school run when she is tired. She is 2. Also last year carried DH carried our friends 4 year old after she hurt her leg while we were out for a walk! You'll get your money's worth for sure.

welliesandpyjamas Sat 01-Oct-11 23:15:10

Reeeespect to you, tiddlerstate, carrying your DH grin

Janoschi Sun 02-Oct-11 02:50:50

We used an Ergo with a newborn cushiony thing. Brilliant, and now she's a lump of a 5 month old, it's still doing us proud. It's pricey but still way cheaper than a stroller, and it's not worth cutting costs when the results can be blue feet and bad backs. You can get seconds on eBay too. I'm actually selling a Didymos wrap on there now and there are definitely bargains to be found.

Octaviapink Sun 02-Oct-11 06:46:31

I'm planning to check out the Ergo next time. Had a Storchenwiege wrap for DD, but got a bit frustrated with working with miles of fabric, so got a Close for DS. It was great until he was about 3 months old but then because it was so stretchy and he was such a giant lump it started to get really uncomfortable and I just couldn't get it to stay tight enough (he nearly fell out one day). EBay is good if you don't want to spend on a new one, or an NCT Nearly New sale, or see if there are slingmeets near you (check out Yahoo groups).

Iggly Sun 02-Oct-11 07:02:08

Baby Bjorne are popular because some people really get on with them. We did until DS got to 5 months. Then it was uncomfortable.

Second time around I'd like an ergo - already have a close which was useless once DS got big or even if I walked in it for any length of time as it started to sag hmm plus flappy bits of material everywhere. Might check out some other soft wraps as I prefer them for wearing around the house.

MysteriousHamster Sun 02-Oct-11 07:21:11

There's no need to put a baby forward-facing, honestly. They are largely just as happy if not more facing mum and dad where they can still have a good look around. When they're older they can go on your back and face forward then.

BabyBjorns are good for introducing people to slings but they don't last long as most people experience lower back pain with a forward-facing carrier as their baby gets heavier (or as in this case, the carrier cuts of circulation!).

There's a sling section of this forum or there's plenty of places online where you can find out more about them.

The Ergo is good (though it doesn't always work for petite women), though there are lots of fakes on eBay that look very good, but who knows what their safety record is like? The Pognae on eBay is a cheap one that's good for a young (3months+) baby.

My son is 15 months and I use an Olives and Applesauce buckle carrier and an Oh Snap buckle carrier. Also have couple of mei tais. My husband has an Ergo he likes a lot. Would definitely recommend reading up on it if you like carrying smile

Iggly Sun 02-Oct-11 07:30:36

Agree Hamster - I've seen forward facing babies and they look uncomfy and seems a bit odd to me.

Octaviapink Sun 02-Oct-11 12:06:06

Can you back-carry a newish baby in an Ergo? I love babywearing but I hate that blind spot you get underneath them when they're on your front. It makes dealing with a toddler/cooking/making a cup of tea/entering your chip & pin quite tricky! It's fine most of the time but there are times when it would be great just to have them nestled against your back rather than front!

NinkyNonker Sun 02-Oct-11 20:57:21

I came on to say what Annie said. I heart my wovens even with my heavy 14 month old, tried a friend's BB for fun when she was a small 8 wk old and had a sore back within 10 mins whereas I can carry her for hours in a proper wrap. In fact, she slept strapped to my front for 4 hours last night while we had a BBQ with friends...in October!! Madness!!

Anyway, I really would persevere with a Moby style, or perhaps a soft structured carrier like a Mei Tai. I am 99.9% sure you and she will get used to it and prefer it.

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