(Also, I think I’ll format this one a little differently than the previous blogs. I believe I will post as soon as I have one product --or two or three-- reviewed, instead of waiting until I have them all done. This way, you can have instant gratification and not so much content that it overwhelms you.)
The Baby Carrier. The thing that struck up my conversations with the future mamas today was the Baby Bjorn. A lot of mamas you see out and about like strollers, and don’t get me wrong, I think there’s a time and place for them, but I LOVE wearing Lydia! My carrier is comfortable, user-friendly, super easy to toss in the car, doesn’t take up much room, and I know she is safe and secure b/c she is RIGHT there. It’s got the closeness of carrying her in my arms, but my back doesn’t hurt after I take her off, and I have free use of both hands! As afore mentioned, the brand we have is a Baby Bjorn Active.
This is the third carrying device I’ve used. The first was a sling (there are many brands – Hot Slings, Jelly Beans, etc.) which was perfect for her when she was newborn. I had a Jelly Bean (a Target Brand) that I bought for $25 at the children’s consignment store (more on the importance & amazingness of consignment stores later). The sling carries them very similarly to how they rode in the womb, and though they may look wadded up, it is comfy for them b/c it reminds them of the warm, cramped way life was before they were born. She quickly outgrew that, though, and that’s saying something b/c she was only 6 lbs. 10 oz. when she came out.
James with the Bjorn and my sister-in-law, Ashley, with her newborn, in my sling
(Sorry, that's the best pic I have of the sling.)
I had originally wanted an ErgoBaby (new, over $100) b/c of all the great things I have heard about them. I am glad that we didn’t have the money for one before she was born b/c she wouldn’t have liked it much anyway, and then we would have been out a lot of money! My suggestion to you is to get a cheap carrier (or start with a sling, like me) and figure out if they prefer facing you or the world. If they like seeing Mama and Daddy, go with the Ergo! Check Ebay! There’re great deals on those things on Ebay. I’ve only seen one used in all my visits to the consignment stores, but check there, anyway. However, if they prefer watching the world, there are many other options – my preference is, obviously, the Baby Bjorn Active. They have another top-of-the-line carrier, called the Baby Bjorn Comfort, which, like the Ergo, has a comfy hip strap that provides extra support.
Here is a webpage that tells about reasons why it’s great to wear your baby. It talks about convenience, physical development, communication, bonding, safety (I wear her when I go down the steps of our upstairs condo, for example, b/c I have no fear of dropping her, and I can grab the rails) economy, etc.
Anyhow, that’s my first one! Look for more to come.
Mamas: do/did you wear your babies? Experiences?