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Re: baby carrier

100% baby bjorn. One of the best things you will buy. We tried a sling bit it was a right faff.
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Re: baby carrier

I think the best thing to do is to try out several different baby carriers to see which one suits you best.
I personally prefer a wrap or tie sling for young babies (under 1 year) because you can breastfeed easily (hands-free and discretely). There are a lot of different brands available (Didymos, Storchenwiege, Dolcino, Hoppediz) and they are pretty much equivalent (except for the price!) Dolcino is made in Switzerland. Learning to tie a sling is actually easier than it looks.
For older babies (1-3 years) I prefer a soft baby carrier like the Ergobaby or Manduca because kids this age want to get in and out of the carrier frequently. These carriers are extremely easy to put on, even on your back. Both the Ergo and Manduca distribute the weight evenly between your shoulders and hips, so you can carry your baby for several hours without any back pain.
I don't think there is one perfect baby carrier out there for everyone. Test a few and see what you like!
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Re: baby carrier

My friend use the Ergo Baby Carrier and she is very happy. I work as a Maternity Nanny and I bought the Beco Butterfly 2. You can use it with a Newborn and it fits perfectly. It is also organic. Take a look to Amazon co.uk and I think they deliver also to Switzerland. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beco-Butterf...d_sim_sbs_by_4
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Re: baby carrier

I vote ergobaby. I have used it for both daughters (still am, for number 2) and it is great-plus both me and my husband can easily use it. I do like the cloth carriers for really young babies (less than three months) but they take some practice (which your midwife will help you with )

You can buy both carriers in Switzerland now as well, online.
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Re: baby carrier

We have an ergobaby together with the extra 'infant insert' for newborn use, and still use it from time to time now with my 14kg toddler if he gets tired walking. I would have to say it is probably the best investment we made when buying baby equipment. Quick and easy to put on, take off, versatile, comfortable for both the carrier and baby, washable.

To be honest, we'd been warned off baby bjorns - though I don't know how valid this is - we were told it doesn't do the baby's hip development any good to have them hanging in there, with the pressure point on the pubic bone (apparently it's better for the hips to be in a 'sitting squat' position, like in the ergo). I know there's already too much of the 'should do this, shouldn't do that' where parenting choices are concerned, but as someone who was born with 'clicky hips' where the hip joint clicks out and doesn't sit properly (and the treatment was to enforce a sitting squat position), this was a real concern for me. Turned out my son had it too in one hip, but it corrected itself in the first few weeks.

During my pre-baby 'nesting' phase (i.e. bored at home on bed rest, with a laptop and credit card too close to hand ), I also bought a sleepy wrap on a friend's recommendation, which I did really love the idea and feel of for a newborn baby - lovely and close and cosy. Three negatives I can think of:

1. in summer we both got incredibly hot very quickly, and would then need to get it off very quickly to avoid melting. I think I would have used it much more had I had a winter baby;

2. it was a lot more effort than the ergobaby to get on (so in a hurry we'd just grab the ergo instead), and I'd just get myself in a tangled mess getting it off (usually as I had to do that very quickly, see point 1 ).

3. it's lovely and stretchy and flexible and as I said felt lovely and cosy, but my bub grew into a heavy lump so quickly that the stretchiness soon turned into a feeling of too much bouncing while walking. If I were to buy one of these type of wrap-around carriers again, I would buy a woven one with less 'give' in the fabric, rather than one made from stretchy jersey fabric.
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Re: baby carrier

I have used two baby carriers since our daughter was born 7 months ago, and both have been a godsend.

In the first couple of months a fabric sling that kept my daughter close to me worked wonders at getting her to sleep. And it was also so much more practical and convenient to get around town etc.

We moved up to the baby bjorn active when she was about 3 months old, and I use it every day. I can't recommend it enough.

Both were easy to use, and I haven't experienced any back pain from either. More importantly my daughter loves them - especially now she is front facing and is able to wave at everyone on the tram.

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Old 17.01.2011, 23:12
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Re: baby carrier

As someone has previously commented, to have one baby sling fit all your needs from birth to 3+ is unlikely.

We used the Baby Bjorn active from birth - really liking the way you could see/feel the baby's head easily as you do often have to slightly adjust things to check that their little nose is clear ...

At about 5 months we moved onto Ergo carrier .. at first on the front and inward facing and then when closer to 1 year, gradually moved over to carrying him more on the back. Fabulous fabulous in terms of comfortableness for baby and adult, but admittedly rather tricky with a younger age baby when you are learning how to get them on your back. On the front, easy peasy!

I also for short trips used a babasling .. but also after 6 months or so. I had it from birth but never really got into it at that early stage .. the baby just seemed too bendy and got all in a tangle! But after 6 months or so, it was great for helping distribute the weight when you otherwise would be holding the baby on your hip and was also really useful for feeding your older baby .. who can be prone to suddenly sit up, pull away etc leaving you rather exposed!! Also at this age, they hold their heads really confidently and can sit up and hold their bodies better .. so I personally never had any concern about suffocation in this type of sling.

We still now use the Ergo carrier for walks etc; as although our now 3 year old (but only 12kg) loves walking, and walks far (5km or so!!) he likes a break from time to time and loves snoozing in the carrier on our back. We have a proper hiking back carrier as well (Bushbaby) but both me and my husband think the Ergo is easier as the baby is held much closer into your core strength muscle area, so making it easy to balance the extra weight. I am only 1m 52 and find the back pack carriers hold the child's weight too far from my body so much so that I have visions of falling over backwards with the weight of the thing if I ever try to put it on.

So there we are .. we were a 4 types of carrier family!! But as someone said, still cheaper than a baby buggy ..... don't ask me how many of those we had ...but I stray off post!
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Re: baby carrier

I'm with riehenlynne, used a moby sling from birth when she was tiny and curled up easily and snugly into the sling, then moved onto a baby bjorn when she was a month old.

The baby bjorn is only suitable when they reach a certain height/weight (i think 8.5 or 9lb but not certain) but by that point I didn't like the way my daughter was squashed into the moby anyway. I preferred that her body be held straight in the baby bjorn. Both were easy to put on to be honest, you have to learn how to put the sling on but do it once and thats it. It's not difficult!

My friend found that after a while her baby was too heavy in the baby bjorn so I envisage that at some point we will switch to a back carrier.

With any of these things I don't think it's a good idea to have your baby in it for hours on end. I'm no expert but I think babies have to move around and stretch, so I make sure I frequently take my daughter out of the carrier for breaks.

I borrowed the baby bjorn from a friend and bought a moby second hand for chf7. Check the forums and egroups for second hand stuff, or if you do invest in something new if you keep it in good condition you should be able to recoup some of your costs when your baby grows out of it.
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Re: baby carrier

We bought a didymos and used it for the first month or so. I must admit that I never found it very comfortable and ended up with back ache after 10-15 mins. I also found it a bit annoying as I never managed to tie it twice the same! There was always something a bit not quite right. DH however, found it ok, but then he never carried the munchkin for very long usually only half an hour max. and never when he was older than 3 months.

I started to look for something that could take the weight on my hips rather than on my shoulders. When he was a month old we got an ergo carrier with the baby insert and it was a life saver. Basically every day for 6 months I had to carry my baby around for 4 or 5 hours as he was only happy in my arms. Cooking, eating, cleaning etc always had him on my front. He's now 14 months and weighs 13kg. At New Year I ended up carrying him on my front as he would not settle (we were at friends) and can still manage an hour or so. On my back I can carry him for longer (usually when we're out and don't want to take the buggy).

I find it much easier to use than a wrap, the buckles can be adjusted once then you don't need to again, you don't have the problem of the wrap dragging over the ground when you're trying to tie it on outside and you have the flexibility of a front, back or side carry position.

Accessories we have are

pouch (for wallet etc) - very useful, can be used in all positions, just velcros over the strap/front of carrier

pads which wrap round the straps - v.v useful as when teething he likes to chew the straps and this saves me having wash the whole carrier

rucksack - absolutely useless and unusable as intended since as soon as you put anything in the bag it pulls down the back of the carrier to make it (in my opinion) unsafe and a real pain to get on your back. I have however found it useful if I've been carrying him on my back and carry the bag clipped around the straps on my front.
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Re: baby carrier

All this information was also important for me, thanks
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Accessories we have are

pouch (for wallet etc) - very useful, can be used in all positions, just velcros over the strap/front of carrier

pads which wrap round the straps - v.v useful as when teething he likes to chew the straps and this saves me having wash the whole carrier

rucksack - absolutely useless and unusable as intended since as soon as you put anything in the bag it pulls down the back of the carrier to make it (in my opinion) unsafe and a real pain to get on your back. I have however found it useful if I've been carrying him on my back and carry the bag clipped around the straps on my front.
I just wanted to add that if you end up using a carrier, you're probably the sort of person who chooses to travel light with a baby. In general, I found that the pouch on the ergobaby itself will hold my wallet and keys as well as a spare pacifier, which is good enough for short trips. For longer trips, I stuff a bottle, a nappies, and wipes in my purse (or a smallish diaper bag-the skiphop one is good because it has a handle that you can grab rather than put over your shoulder) and I'm good to go.

Also, one thing I don't think was mentioned is that the baby can actually see out of the ergobaby carrier pretty well once the infant insert is removed (when facing you, over the sides of the carrier), so you get the security of having the baby close to your body and well protected against cold and crowds without there being something right in front of the baby's face blocking his or her view. At least my two girls were much happier being able to see the world go by.
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Re: baby carrier

If you decide to go for the Ergo, I'm about to sale mine and I live in Bern, ( I don't have the new born protection though), i'll be able to even lend it to you as i have not used it for over a year, it 's just been siting in a closet and as we're moving next JUly, I will probably give it to a second hand shop...
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Re: baby carrier

I'd recommend trying the baby carriers before you buy one. My kids liked the baby bjorn but it hurt my back. My son was too small for it from birth, but from 3.5kgs (around 2 months old) it was better. It also fits under a normal coat, so I still use mine with a 15 month old to catch the bus.

The Ergo was better on my back but my daughter hated not being face forward ad would keep twisting around or pulled my hair. I could carry my heavier son on my back with it but I needed someone to get him in it and he needed to hold on tight or he would tip backwards, so I couldn't walk with him in it alone. The carrier also sits on the shoulders, making it difficult to get a coat on over it. Doing up the carrier alone was fiddly (needed to rest the baby against a wall or my car and then use two hands) and every time I needed to get something from the floor it I had to watch my baby didn't fall out the top

My vote goes to the baby bjorn - that's what i'll be keeping.
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The Ergo was better on my back but my daughter hated not being face forward ad would keep twisting around or pulled my hair. I could carry my heavier son on my back with it but I needed someone to get him in it and he needed to hold on tight or he would tip backwards, so I couldn't walk with him in it alone. The carrier also sits on the shoulders, making it difficult to get a coat on over it. Doing up the carrier alone was fiddly (needed to rest the baby against a wall or my car and then use two hands) and every time I needed to get something from the floor it I had to watch my baby didn't fall out the top
The Beco Carrier has all the advantages of the Ergo but I find it much easier to use as you first put it on (shoulder straps and all) and then the kid in it (similar to the baby bjoern) so there is none of that balancing an infant whilst trying to do up the shoulfer straps.

Same for putting the child on your back: you first put the child in the carrier and then on your back a bit like a backpack, I am a fan

tried the Baby Bjoern but personally as soon as she turned 2 months I could not do it anymore as it was way too painful

Sonnenkind.ch lets you try carriers.

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