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Baby carrier recommendations?

(19 Posts)
MogTheForgetfulCat Sat 09-Aug-08 21:52:56

I currently have a Kari-Me sling that I used for both my DSs from birth. With DS1, I then went on to a buggy, and he was fine. DS2 is delightful but much prefers being carried, which I am very happy to do smile

However, he is now nearly 6 months and over 18lb <chubster emoticon> so I need a non-stretchy carrier for him. What I like about the Kari-Me is that it is very comfy for him (he often falls asleep in it) and I can pull the fabric over his wee head when he does or if it's a bit cold or raining etc. So I don't want anything too rigid, and it would ideally allow me to cover his head (although if I need to use a muslin or whatever for that - not a problem).

I'd like it to be as hands-free as possible, and ideally comfy enough to wear for longish walks.

Any recommendations? Or should I post this in Products?

laura325630 Sat 09-Aug-08 22:15:58

I would recommend going into a large Mothercare and trying them out to see what suits you and him. It may be worth going for a back pack style carrier as it may be quite trying on your back if he is already 18lb.

thisisyesterday Sat 09-Aug-08 22:20:31

yes yes get a lovely woven wrap.
I have a beautiful storchenwiege one that I am really enjoying with 9 month old ds2

Trafficcone Sat 09-Aug-08 22:23:37 and DONT go to Mothercare and buy a conventional carrier shudders
Go for a Mei Tai, or a non stretchy wrap. Or maybe an ergo if you fancy something structured. From what you've said it sounds like you like wraps so a Storch like thisisyestersay suggested is a great idea.

thisisyesterday Sat 09-Aug-08 22:23:40

I have this one in inka

sa sa slings is also a great place. you can hire slings to try out too if you need to

MogTheForgetfulCat Sat 09-Aug-08 22:44:25

Thanks - will check all that out!

youcannotbeserious Sat 09-Aug-08 22:46:25

I have a baby bjotn with a lumbar support. It's great and I walk around 6 miles a day with DS - weighs a stone now.

mymblemummy Sun 10-Aug-08 00:09:26

I'd echo what trafficcone says about mainstream shop carriers. They aren't much use with larger babies, no matter what the manufacturers claim. Go to a specialist dealer instead.

SleepyNico soft carriers are comfortable, very easy to use and have a sleep hood. They're available from

If you're planning on back carries, the Calyx soft carrier is great because you fix the baby in it before putting it on. That's available from

I also love BabyHawk mei tais. Available from and various British dealers.

Have a look at for other specialist dealers and advice from babywearers. You are sure to find something to suit you whether it be a soft carrier, mei tai or woven wrap.

The only problem is they are so gorgeous it can be a bit addictive....

charchargabor Sun 10-Aug-08 08:29:34

I have a storchenweige as well. It looks lovely on, and is so comportable! I've also got a mei tai, which is very comfortable as well, but you can really feel the weight of the baby being taken off your shoulders in the storch. DD loves it too. We have Inka from this store

domesticslattern Sun 10-Aug-08 09:02:18

You want an Ergo. Trust me, you want an Ergo, they rock. They even have the little hood thing so your DS can "close the curtains" to go to sleep. Best thing I ever bought. Don't go to Mothercare, their selection is shite.

Also- stop people in the street if they are wearing an interesting sling, and ask their opinion. That is how I ended up with an Ergo-three people seperately recommending to me.

Look at the reviews section on MN for more!

kazbeth Sun 10-Aug-08 14:08:55

Babyhawks are great. I can easily carry my 2 stone toddler in one for ages so will last for quite a while and is very comfy. I would avoid anything that only goes over one shoulder though - I tried using a babasling but it used to make my shoulder ache and was too much of a faff to keep swapping round. I used to love my wilkinet but think that only lasts till about a year (might be wrong about that though).

MogTheForgetfulCat Sun 10-Aug-08 21:34:53

Blimey - a whole new world of retail indulgence has opened up to me, yay!

Badgermoose Mon 11-Aug-08 11:33:44

Second the ergo or similar. I ended up with an ergo in black for DP and a beco in a really nice pattern for me. Both v comfy, hood for snoozing, front or back, and pack away fairly small.

DS spent most of his fist six months in stretchy sling. I have got a calin bleu woven but never got the hang of back carries and found the Ergo easier when he was a bit bigger.

Always fancied a mai-tai but with 4 wraps, 2 soft carriers and a little life backpack couldn't get another one past DP wink

Wisknit Mon 11-Aug-08 13:21:42

I have a didymos woven wrap. I carry ds1 -2,5 and ds2 2 - 14 months in it. One at a time obviously wink.
It doesn't stretch and is reall comfy and - best bit - really funky colours.

babyOcho Tue 12-Aug-08 06:04:07

The ERGO is great, the hood thing is brilliant, like domesticslattern says, it's just like a curtain. It's very comfy and your LO is also carried in the correct position as her weight is correctly distributed. And its quite unisex looking. And its really easy to put your LO in and out.

Look at [] and [] for info.

My sister recommended the ERGO and I also met a mum with one who let me try her's - she was another big fan.

mangolassi Tue 12-Aug-08 06:40:31

I remember being pregnant and wondering if all the ergo recommendations on message boards came from some man in the ergo factory...

dd is 21 months, not massive but well over 10kilos, I'm little (5"1) and can carry her around for ages in it - really well worth the money, and dead simple to use.

And I'm not from the ergo factory, I promise

LostGirl Tue 12-Aug-08 13:52:13

I had the same problem as you recently and needed to upgrade from my Moby as dd2 was too heavy. I opted for a mei tai but REALLY REALLY wish I had gone for the woven wrap option as I am not finding it nearly as comfortable as a wrap.

MatNanPlus Tue 12-Aug-08 14:14:29

I swear by my Ring Sling,h have used it with many charges ranging from a 5lb/6wk premmie to a 30lb toddler for extended periods and find it brill tho i have i positioned around my shoulder rather than over it, it is a NoJo from the States as couldn't find a comfy one here (UK) when i needed to replace the first one when it gave up the ghost, (did 10 yrs mind you) 5yrs ago - so hit and voila 3 for the price of 1 new one

MatNanPlus Tue 12-Aug-08 14:16:00

I can't use ones that go over the shoulder as give me awful headaches tried B.Bjorn, Wilkinet,Tomy and some back packs.

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