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SSC for taller people (and probably a giant baby :-/)

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TheReluctantIncubator Wed 30-Apr-14 15:23:53

Hello everyone,
Can anyone help me with a suitable ssc for myself (5'9") and hubby (6'6"). We had a baby bjorn first time round which was just awful but OH bought it cos it was supposed to be the best and he was throwing money around. It didn't fit my hubby at all whilst it was OK on me.
This time I want a 'proper' carrier that supports legs etc and that Imight be able to wear a little bit longer than the 5 months I could carry my daughter in the Bjorn.
My daughter was 3.95kg/8Lbs11oz at birth, so this one is likely to be the same if not larger, and I'd like to use it more or less from the off if possible.
An NCT buddy has a Beco Gemini she used that she would sell on to me, and I remember trying it on and thinking it was fab when my lo was a baby - does anyone have any experience of using one from birth, or using one and being a giant??
Thanks in advance!

CMOTDibbler Wed 30-Apr-14 15:39:14

I'm 5'9 and dh is 6'3 (and a 50" chest when ds was little) and we both preferred a Mei Tai or half buckle to an SSC as DH found the straps just too short and it was a pain swapping an ssc as you had to reset it all.

We had a babyhawk, then a toddlerhawk with xl straps, plus a dreamcarrier half buckle in preschooler, after starting with a ring sling, then an Ergo smile

DS was born 6lb5oz at 35 weeks, over 10lb by his due date, and stayed on the 98th percentile. We stopped carrying him when he was 3.5

HamAndPlaques Wed 30-Apr-14 21:53:42

I am 6' and get on very well with a Connecta. It has much less padding and a less structured waist than the Beco Gemini, so if you loved the BG it might not be for you. You will need an infant insert for the BG for the first few months.

IdaClair Wed 30-Apr-14 21:58:13

You don't need an insert for a Gemini. It is suitable from birth without insert. The beco Soleil weds an insert.

Op, anywhere near you you can try some on? Check out the uk sling library network.

TheReluctantIncubator Thu 01-May-14 13:26:37

Thanks everyone, I did read that a Connecta might be good as the back rest bit comes up long so good for longer babies. I'll go and try the Beco on again and drag OH with me to see if he likes it. I guess as its me that is going to be wearing it more, it matters more whether its comfortable for me, but I'd like him to have the option of wearing too. We changed the Bjorn each time, is a ssc more difficult to alter each time?

HamAndPlaques Thu 01-May-14 23:42:30

Sorry, got my Becos mixed up!

OP, you will probably have to adjust the straps between users but this would be true of any buckled carrier. It's no harder than doing on a bjorn.

AnythingNotEverything Fri 02-May-14 00:01:33

It's not an SSC (and I'm not a sling expert and never post here so please be gentle!) but I'm still carrying DD (6 months and 19lb 5oz) in a caboo/close NCT sling and I'm 5 foot 10.

schlafenfreude Fri 02-May-14 01:08:49

I'm 5ft7 and DH is 6ft6, we have long babies - Ergo is our SSC of choice but wraps beat all of them hands down tbh. I'm pondering a half buckle because then DH might be able to back carry comfortably.

TheReluctantIncubator Fri 09-May-14 12:08:18

I picked up the Gemini from my mate and will try it on the Oh this weekend. I have to say I found it really easy to get on and off in comparison to the Bjorn, so will update this once we see how it fits him. Thanks for all the advice so far!

LondonLancashireRose Sun 01-Jun-14 14:10:53

We have a Beco Soleil and love it. DH and I are not tall (both 5' 7") but DS IS tall (98th percentile) and there is room for him to grow still at 13 months. DH is much broader and wider round the waist than me and we find it easy to adjust quickly so we can swap who carries when we're out and about. We chose it over similar carriers because the straps can cross over at the back so you don't have to stretch to do up the little clip between your shoulder blades. We have a newborn insert ready for next DC, but no experience with it as didn't buy this carrier until DS was 10 months old.

Linguaphile Mon 02-Jun-14 15:24:58

DH and I are both over 6'0 and we got on famously with our Connectas--they were also afab for tandem carries with our twins as they are so low on bulk. I cannot praise them enough as they made baby carrying feel un-cumbersome and easy (quite a feat, I've discovered, since switching to more structure!).

Now that our girls are older we've moved on to Manduca carriers which are also v comfy--highly recommend if you want something with more structure or padding than the Connecta. Will be switching to Toddler Connectas when they're a bit nigger, though, as I don't think Connectas can be beaten for ease and comfort.

Linguaphile Mon 02-Jun-14 15:26:31

Eek, bigger, definitely meant to write bigger!! blush

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