I was compelled to write this because just last week I was lugging around my two year old, W. in his sling and I was wondering what the heck I would do without it. With my first child I was the parent who had to have and try everything. Only the latest and best Peg Perego stroller and latest fashion styles for 3 month olds for me. If it was on a “best of” list I had to have it. I was insane – I think it had more to do with looking to external “things” to prop up my self-esteem and overcome insecurities as a new mother., But that’s another post. Suffice to say I did a complete turn around and things are very different now! I mention this explain why in the world one mother would have or need so many baby carriers. I used a Baby Trekker- this was hot item in late 90’s, Baby Bjorn which I believe is still hot now , a fisher price snugli ( for a day) and a hip Carrier call Tote-A-Tot.
I know exclusively use a Heart2Heart Baby Sling and give this is “my” standard new baby gift. It is truly outstanding.
Baby Trekker Baby Carrier:
PROS: VERY comfortable. Great if you are prone to back aches. Also good for long periods. It can go in wash and fits most sizes and is dad friendly. Baby also very snug and cosy and can face towards you and away when around 4 months old. It is portable- but not so portable you could just throw in diaper bag.
Cons: Lots of straps and buckles hanging. Feels quite octopus-like and takes a bit of practice to get it on. I tried to lend to a few people and they gave up trying to figure out. Nursing is close to impossible in this. The marketing says you can where several different ways and can nurse- but need to be Houdini to accomplish this!
Cost: Then it was about 80.00 – now they are 110.00. Bonus- Canadian conceived and made!
Baby Bjorn: I admit I only used this a few times- I had the baby trekker since my daughter was a newborn and got this when she was about 4 months old. It felt very comfortable but I could only use til she was about 5 months old- and she wasn’t;t particularly large or heavy baby. For the price tag- at the time I paid around 110.00- I wouldn’t bother- a sling much better or baby trekker if you can borrow.
Cons- limited use, expensive, cannot nurse easily.
Cost: approx 125.00
Baby Sling: Heart2Heart Baby Sling:
Pros: Simply amazing. I can’t comment enough on how great this product is. It was a life save with newborn son who was born prematurely and pretty much slept the 2 months after we brought him home. The colours and designs suit any personality. Easy enough to throw into a diaper bag- can take on and off to lay sleeping baby down without waking. Many different positions and VERY comfortable. It does take a bit of practise to use- but well worth it. I still use with my 2+ year old- work very well as a hip carrier. By far the easiest to nurse in- and for more modest mom easy to cover up with out tossing blanket over babies head. This was a lifesaver when my son had reflux and cried for 2 hours solid every night
Cons: Made my back bit sore when he was older. I found it hard on long walks when the was about 18-20lbs.
Cost: Approx. 65.00 CAD. In some cases you can by discontinued patterns through Le Leche League for discounted price. Best price I have found for Heart2Heart Baby sling is 53.96 CAD for Le Leche League members- you can buy on LLL web site.
Special Note; This sling- hailed by attachment parents , midwives and LLL was designed by Canadian AP homeschooling mom of 4. The company is still family owned and operated.