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As I sat down to write this post, I was reminded of the ridiculousness that was ME when I was preggers. I was not the ‘wait & buy it later’ kind of gal. I was the ‘got to have it NOW and might as well have FIVE in case I need them all’ kind…jeez. If only I knew then what I know now…and that is that baby carriers are not perfect. You have to try before you buy. And just because Angelina used one, that doesn’t mean it’s the perfect one for me. And good grief, you sure as heck don’t need five. Even if they are half price on babysteals.com.

Below you’ll find pictures I dug up of four of them. The only one I bought & never used was the Petunia Pickle Bottom Sojourn Sling. I forgot I had it. [shocker] And, of course, just because my experience is good or bad doesn’t mean one I did not like won’t work for you.

What you should know is that I am 5’3″ and I am busty, so right from the start, that affects how these fit me. I am broad shouldered (thank you years of swimming) and I have fairly small hips. So, that most certainly factors into how these fit my body. It’s important to know that your figure does make a huge difference in how they function.

Peanut Shell

  • used ages: newborn-8 mos
  • used to: walk down the street to get the mail, both in the position above & as a hip carrier
  • dislikes: not comfortable for more than 10 minutes. my baby did not like it.
  • likes: easy to put on. cute fabric.
  • picture above: caroline @ 3wks old. :) I carried her down to the mailbox.

Moby Wrap

  • used ages: newborn-8 mos
  • used to: fly & get through airport security, run quick errands
  • dislikes: hot, particularly in our south Texas weather. not the easiest to get on quickly, at first. (there are a bunch of youtube videos that help you get the hang of it & once you do, it’s like riding a bike. but it is still not a quick thing to get on.) I also found it difficult to get it on in public without fabric touching the floor.
  • likes: this is my preferred carrier for a child up to 6 months. very easy to get both me & baby comfortable. can wear for long periods of time with no back discomfort. perfect for flying, as I did not have to remove it, or baby, when going through security. I did have to remove her for take-off, but then I put her back in & she snuggled up & slept, covered, while flying at 5 mos.
  • picture above: caroline @ 5mos, flying back to CA

Belle Baby Carrier

  • used ages: 3-6 mos
  • used to: run quick errands & at doctors appointments
  • dislikes: not comfortable on my back for more than 45 minutes.
  • likes: very easy on/off. compact.
  • picture above: caroline @ 4mos, visiting daddy at the hospital

ERGObaby Performance

  • used: 1yr+
  • used to: fly (did not even bring stroller) & for all other everyday activities where a stroller was not appropriate
  • dislikes: did not have it positioned correctly on my hips at first, so be sure positioning is low NOT high (on waist). I have the “performance” model which is lighter weight (great for our heat) and less bulky than the others. The straps lay flat on the shoulders as opposed to the other models that have somewhat bulky straps that I found bothersome when testing out in stores. So read this as “like” the performance model, “dislike” the other bulkier models.
  • likes: I love the ergo. My daughter likes it. It is extremely comfortable for me. I just recently purchased (after asking a question about it on facebook & getting over 30 positive votes of confidence) and will use it much earlier next time, as there is an infant insert that will allow me to use it when she is tiny.
  • picture above: caroline @ 13mos, strolling around downtown Walnut Creek.

I am sure there are a quite a few other carriers out there that you may have has good & not so good experiences with. Would you share? Do you love any of the ones above? Is there another I should know about? I’d love your feedback. :)

Also, I am going to be ebay-ing my Peanut Shell, PPB Sojourn & Belle Carriers. They are all in perfect condition & I think I even have the original packaging for all of them. If you are interested, let me know & we’ll chat before I list them.

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  • Lacie - I liked the hotsling. Not flashy and no bells and whistles, but when it fit right (took a little sizing on me) it worked great. The problem I found with most carriers was the weight limit. My son weighed 22 lbs at 4 months which put him out of most of the ranges. I also have a baby bjorn that I used when he was tiny and I could wear it front facing…it was ok. worked for short errands, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Drea - Great post. Ive been meaning to do a post soon answering some readers questions on baby carriers. I like how you did likes/dislikes :)

    For me my fav carriers are

    THE BECO
    THE BOBA Classic (for my husband) – prefer it over the ergo.
    A Didymos Woven Wrap
    Gypsy Mama Gauze Wrap
    Sleepywrap (fav for newborns)
    http://www.kimzkreation.com – ring sling – the best sling Ive ever tried, and ive tried a ton!
    and the Babyhawk Mei Tai.

    Mei Tais are prob my favorite for age 6 mo and up…ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - Oh the things I wish I’d known about while living in Montana and having kids… further proof that we were in such a bubble out there. I got a Bjorn because those were supposed to be the cool thing three years ago (for mom’s that weren’t on the list of all up and comming cool things – aparently living in Great Falls automatically kept you off that list). The bjorn was great for two things, vacuuming (automatically put Haley right to sleep) and when I didn’t have a double stroller and could put Haley in the single and Kale in the Bjorn. To look at him now, it’s a wonder he ever fit in that little tiny contraption. Purpose served. Would I have paid the $65 for it were it not a shower gift? NO WAY!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Our babyhawk mei tai is our absolute favorite. From birth until they basically are too heavy (my three-year-old can still fit). While this carrier is similar to an ergo, I love the fact that it has no buckles or plastic and is super easy to throw in the washer. You start wearing smaller babies in the front and can move to your back as they get older. You can also do a hip carry and for front/back carry you have several tying options for your specific comfort (ie. backpack style, criss-cross style, higher or lower on hips). You can order a carrier with padded shoulder straps for extra comfort and customize your fabric patterns/colors. And even in the middle of a Central Texas July you will not be sweating and dying to get it off :)ReplyCancel

  • kelli - My favorite was the Maya Wrap- mayawrap.com. Easy to use ring-sling. Comfortable and great for travel. You do have to take it off when you go through airport security because the ring is metal, but other than that it is great. Both of my boys loved it and it was adjustable to fit their different sizes and carrying positions.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Great post! I love the concept and comfort of baby carrying, so I went similarly over the top in this area! So far, a borrowed Beco Butterfly2 is my fave. My babe is only 4 weeks old, and pretty tiny, so that obviously factors in. I have 2 slings–a Moby and an Etsy find–and I find both too difficult to get tight enough to hold her high and secure without having a second person help me with adjusting. We also have an older model Bjorn that we picked up on Craigslist for $5. She slumps down in the wraps and the Bjorn, and all leave my lower back aching after a half hour or so. The Beco has an infant insert so she sits high and snug, and a waist belt so it distributes her weight and keeps me comfortable. Long story short, I love the Beco so far and will highly recommend it to friends. I think it’s a pretty similar design to the Ergo, but sometimes I think it looks a little less bulky than the Ergo (tho maybe the Ergo will be better for bigger babes??)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I’ve heard great things about the Beco and want to give that a try! I’m also interested in looking at the Mei Tai carriers because they look similar to what my mom used when we were babies. There’s a store in Columbus that will let you “rent” them for a couple weeks. Would definitely love to see them in person before buying because I would like to only have to buy one!

    Oh, and you’re right — someone in an online forum equated them to bras because they fit each person differently! ;)ReplyCancel

  • jaime - Love this post. I love to see how other’s wear their babies.
    I have:

    a BECO Butterfly
    a Moby Wrap
    a Lucky pouch sling Just like the peanut shell
    a another pouch sling someone made for me Just like the peanut shell

    and
    a SleepyWrap

    My fav is the sleepwrap right now for my 3 month old.
    I also do love the BECO.

    I really really want a Mei Tai and a ring sling….Soon!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Kersey - The Moby Wrap shouldn’t be used once it starts sagging, which for most people is when baby reaches around 15-18lbs.
    I got a Natibaby wrap… it’s AMAZING! If you can figure out wrapping, which it’s not that difficult… you would want to get a real woven wrap instead of a stretchy wrap… then you could keep using it for years.
    I also love my Babyhawk.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - if you like the moby but not the fabric you need to get a baby k’tan. same idea and holds but it is two loops of fabric and SUPER easy to get on and off. we used it daily for the first 7ish months. we stopped using it when my son was too heavy and big (he was >99% for everything!) and moved to the boba organic. love love love the boba organic. tried the ergo sport and pikkolo as well but liked the boba best. we also tried a ring sling – not for me AT ALL. not comfy. babyhawks are great too.ReplyCancel

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