Baby Wearing Mamas...I Need Your Help
This is a post where I'd love your input. You see, as we're approaching the birth of our fifth child, we've been so blessed to accumulate everything we've needed for our babies. We've been given clothing, shoes, hats, toys, furniture and much more. We've had baby showers for the first three and with having our fourth, Isaac, we didn't need anything really. Occasional disposable diapers, wipes, a baby monitor I picked up at a thrift store, etc.
With this sweet babe, I've slowly been checking through things we might need and there's not much. I've checked through my nursing supplies, baby clothes (oh, so cute to look at again) and have come to the conclusion that we don't need much. One thing I would like to accumulate for this wee one though is a baby carrier for newborns specifically.
We have the following three carriers...
This one was given to me by my sister after her baby. Although it does fit a newer baby in it, I've tried putting a newborn in it and am not crazy about it, neck support-wise. A big thing I'm looking at in our future carrier is a nursing hands-free ability. With 4 little ones to tend to, it's nice being hands-free, especially out and about. I've always recommended this carrier for ages 3 months to about 1 year.
The Mei Tai was also a gift and I love using it. It's VERY handy and quite stylish if I may add. Again, I hesitate to use a newborn in it though as you have to bundle up their little legs inside (not dangling out) and I always wonder if they're being crushed as I go about my duties. It's a very snugly carrier though. I recommend it for babies 4 months to about 1 year as well.
This is the third carrier that we splurged on when Norah was born. This is my favorite and although I can't wear it pregnant (won't fit around my expanding waistline), it fits our babes the longest. You can supposedly wear a newborn in it (with an insert), but when I tried this with Norah, it was a hot day out and we had quite the scary moment as I thought she had suffocated in it. Praise God, she was fine, but the carrier was pretty hot and we decided to wait a bit longer until wearing her in it again. The support in this carrier is amazing, placing it all on your lower back and not upper back/neck (like the Baby Bjorn does...always have to have Rob adjust and pull down the cross in the back). When baby hits about 7-8 months and you feel comfortable, you can place baby on your back and that's the age when I can really get things done. My favorite carrier to garden in and baby stays very entertained! Plus, Rob will wear it since it's not a girly, frilly color. (We have the black one.)
Here are the two carriers I'm contemplating and would love your advice on...
This carrier is a long piece of breathable cloth that has multiple ways of carrying. Supposedly, you can nurse baby in it as a newborn. Anyone tried this one?
This one intrigues me as it has extra cloth to cover while nursing. What makes me nervous is that I've heard you have to do some adjusting to find a good fit and get comfortable while holding baby, but that it's great for newborns laying in the sleeping sideways position.
If you've tried either of these two carriers and have a preference, or you've heard good/bad things about them, please leave a comment and help a fellow mama out.