I love wearing my baby. I’m actually not sure how there are mothers out there who never do! I can have T1 close and keep him from spending the entire day in his swing or wiggling on his back in the floor and still have two hands free to get things done. Even TH likes to wear T1! He was caught on camera doing so on my 25th birthday (Please note that it is dangerous to wear your baby down around your hips that way, and we hate that carrier and only used it two or three times. It’s called the K’Tan and we never could figure out how to use it correctly).
One of the carriers that I use frequently is the Bjron. I’m going to have people asking in the comments, so I’ll say outright that I haven’t read anything convincing about the Bjorn being dangerous or harmful when used correctly. There are models that have been recalled due to safety issues, the biggest happened in 1999 on models manufactured from 1991 through 1998 due to infants slipping out because the leg holes were too large. I hear lots of people talking about it being awful because of the way baby sits in it, but I’ve never seen any scientific data to back up the claims. I’m just not big on the “would you want to dangle this way” argument, because the majority of the things I do to T1 I would not want to have done to myself (would you want a big giant person to lift you up by your armpits and carry you around on their hip while holding you by the crotch?).
I was previously borrowing a Bjorn from a friend, then another was selling hers for super cheap so I bought it. I wear it when we go for walks because it gives him more air flow, but I won’t be wearing it once he gets really heavy because heavy babies in the Bjorn = really sore back. My next carrier purchase will probably be an Ergo. I’ve only heard good things about it, and all of my friends who used to have Bjorn carrier have sold theirs and switched to the Ergo. Again, I own it because it’s cheap, and because I only wear it for at most an hour a day a few times a week. If this is how you plan to use yours and you can find a good deal, I say go for it. Otherwise look into the Ergo or the Mei Tai.
The carrier I love most is the Moby. I did indeed pay $40 for a piece of black fabric that I wrap around my body in a criss-cross pattern but I don’t regret the choice to do so. It allows T1 to snuggle in nice and close, and gives me two hands to get things done around the house. I can wash the dishes, fold laundry, and of course, write posts for That Wife. The photos below were taken when he was something like 4 weeks old.
I have a knock-off Moby that someone gave me, and I don’t like it as much.
Awww. I like how old he is now, but I do kind of miss these snuggly moments.
A shot from the back to give you an idea how it wraps in back.
The way the Moby works can be a bit confusing, so I made a video to show you how it works. And yes I’m wearing the same dress in both the photos from many weeks ago and the video I made this week. Ralph Lauren, $20 at TJMaxx! I realize the intro is awesomely awkward and a bit cheesy. I still need to work on feeling a bit more comfortable in front of the video camera.
Are you using a carrier? What kind and why did you choose that one?