Thursday, March 1, 2012

Recommend Your Baby Carrier!

Thank you all for the kind words about Harper's nursery... we love the way it turned out & I am so happy you all love it as well! I promise to update with where everything is from. Also, I am creating a Pinterest board containing all pictures from my blog for repinning. I was able to add a code to keep personal pictures from being pinned of my sweet baby girl.. but will do my best to make them available to everyone another way. Link to come soon!

In the mean time, I need your help! Baby girl is becoming much more awake during the day & I love to hold her and carry her around the house. I would love to get a baby carrier but can't decide which would be best. She is a tiny little thing, but I would love something that will grow with her. I have been debating between the Moby & the K'Tan.



The reviews that I have read are very positive for both, but it sounds like the K'Tan is a bit easier to put on by yourself. Or do you prefer the Baby Bjorn or Ergo? I have heard great things about those as well, but might not be as well suited for a newborn. Any advice or thoughts would be MUCH appreciated! :)

110 comments:

  1. I have twin boys, and one of my friends made us two mei tai baby carriers. It's great for newborns as well as bigger babies. My babies are almost 5 months and they love it.

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  2. I have had the BJorn and the Moby and I would do the Moby for sure:) After you put it on a few times you will get the hang of it--at first I would get it situated and wear it in the car all ready to go and then when I got to where I was going add the baby and tighten--but you wouldn't have to do that for long...

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  3. I have a moby, but it's pretty intense and I was always a little worried that if I didn't tie it correctly that Everett might fall out! I LOVE our baby bjorn. It's so so easy to use and I had my son in it from a few weeks old until he got to heavy at like 9 months!

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  4. You should check out happy baby, cosy mommy (http://www.cosybabyhappymommy.com/)
    Not only is there a huge selection of wraps, but the owner has youtube videos of how to wrap them!

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  5. The Baby Bjorn worked really well for us! He tried it at about a month and loved it. I did come across this blog post and love the colors of her baby carrier! http://anwjohnston.blogspot.com/2012/02/our-sponsor-lulu-wrap.html

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  6. I liked the Moby, but only used it until like 2 months old. We live in San Diego and it was too hot to be wearing all those extra layers and a baby. I didn't love the bjorn. I now have an ergo and still use it (at 11 months old and 24 pounds!). This carrier was most comfortable on my shoulders and back and I love that he can ride on my back as well. I haven't quite figured out the hip hold yet. The only thing is that the babies typically need to be a little older to ride in that one. At 9 weeks, Jameson's hips weren't as flexible as they needed to be (although they have a newborn insert too). Hope that helped. good luck! Harper is SO cute!

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  7. My friend's blog talks a lot about her baby boy and she has a great resource for baby wearing 101: http://homefor3.blogspot.com/p/wear-your-baby.html. Good luck!

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  8. I have had a Baby Bjorn and an Ergo and while I liked the Bjorn, I LOVED the Ergo!!

    As far as wraps go, I used the Sleepy Wrap (now called the Boba Wrap) and LOVED it as well!

    Good luck with the new baby :)

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  9. I have the K'Tan, Emmy was born on Feb 14th and it so far is wonderful! =) Good luck w/ your choice.

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  10. We have the Beco Gemini and we love it. Makes it easy for my husband to wear the baby sometimes too.

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  11. We have the Tricot-Slen, which I believe is pretty similar to the Moby....
    Things I love:
    1. both hubby and I can wear it;
    2. it grows with baby (he's been in it since a few weeks old and is now almost 7 months old and still fits--at 19 lbs!);
    3. easily washable;
    4. easy on the back.;
    5. The baby can be worn cradled, facing out, facing in, etc--very versatile!
    6. He LOVES to sleep in it!
    ..the only drawback is that it's a little complicated to get on, but to be honest after a few times you get the hang of it quickly--and for as much as I use it, the first five times of putting it on make up for the next hundred that he slept in it!
    Good luck!

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  12. We tried the Moby and hated it. It was so difficult to get baby wrapped up in. We bought an Ergo (and love it) although we didn't use it when he was a newborn.

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    1. There is a newborn insert, we loved our ergo and plan on using it again with baby girl! Although a have looked at the Ktan bc many friends of mine have bought it and raved about the ease of use!

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  13. I don't have kids yet, but my sister has two under two... her babies were both 5lbs when born so they were tiny and she would wrap them up in the Moby all snug and go about her daily routine. She swears by it! Love your blog and your little family!!!

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    1. Have you looked into the baby carriers by seven slings? They're really cute, portable, can be used for babies of all ages and if you use the code FAMILY2012 at checkout you can get one free and just pay the shipping. Here's the link if you want to check it out! https://www.sevenslings.com/index.php/cart

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  14. I had both the K'tan and the Moby. The K'tan I bought was too small, so it didn't end up working for me. I LOVED my moby. After a few tries, you get the hang of it. I would wrap it before going out of the house and then put my daughter in it when I got her out of the carseat for errands.

    I also have the Ergo, but I didn't get it until she was older, so I didn't use the infant insert. I love the Ergo too. I will be getting the infant insert for the next kiddo!

    I would not recommend getting a carrier that the baby is facing out when wearing them though.

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  15. I had a K'tan for my 2nd and 3rd and absolutely loved it. After a couple times of having to look the directions it becomes very easy to put on and my babies have always felt really secure in it. It was a lifesaver on shopping trips, when I had my 2nd, he could be in the carrier and my 1st could sit in the cart seat, and I still had 2 hands free.

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  16. Sydney from the Daybook blog bought hers from Etsy & she loves it! Can choose a bunch of different colours as well!

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  17. I have a Zolowear ring sling and an Ergo. Love both of them! The ring sling was great for the newborn stage. My LO slept in it all the time and you can use different carries as she gets older.

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  18. check out lu lu wraps! Www.ellekeepsmoving.com. They come in such cute colors

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  19. get a rucksack. its a wrap and you can use it even when shes older

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  20. Have two girls and my youngest just turned one last week. She is still not walking and I still ocassionally put her in the Moby. I couldn't have lived without it the first few months. It is a bit difficult to put on first but after the first few times it is easy. She would fall asleep in it every time! I never used my stroller or carrier/car seat when I went out. I would just put the Moby on before I left the house and put her in when I got to my destination. I couldn't have lived without it and I loved it and recommend to all moms! Congrats on baby Harper!!!

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  21. Ergo worked great for him when he was younger because of the infant insert and now he's almost 8 and I can wear it without the insert and even on my back. It can be hard to get on by yourself though. Many blessings to you an your sweet girl.

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  22. I have a Moby and LOVE it! I also love the Ergo, it's so comfy and with the newborn insert it definitely makes it newborn appropriate :) The Sakura Bloom ring sling is also really nice! If you like the Moby you might also like the Lulu wrap. Happy shopping!!

    http://www.sakurabloom.com/
    http://www.ellemnopshop.com/

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  23. Go with whats easier- you will be thankful you did when you are in a hurry or she needs to be taken out for a change then back in. You can also buy jersey material and make your own mobey wrap :)

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  24. LOVED the Moby for Em's first month. They are great videos on YouTube that help you a ton ... I had no problem getting it on/off alone once I watched them.

    As she got bigger I got the Lillebaby Everywear. I LOVE IT. The reason I don't like the Ergo is that "facing forward" is not an option. Now that Em is 5 months old and has solid head control she only wants to face out and see the world. Just food for thought.

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  25. I use te Moby wrap when my little man was a newborn and it was amazing. It only took me a few practices to get it and then I could do it on my own just fine.

    Now I have a Boba and adore it! It can be used for a newborn too.

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  26. I liked the Moby wrap, but we weren't able to use it for long because it is A LOT of material for summertime (just looking forward). It's also somewhat unwieldy to put on in public. We do have a Baby Bjorn that has grown with us, but I do not have any experience with a newborn in it. And even though it does have a newborn insert it's not as cozy a carrier as you'd like for a newborn. I'd recommend looking into a sling-type wrap (the best of both worlds -- womb-like hold with minimal fabric).

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  27. I have only used the moby, but I will say that I didn't use it often. It is VERY hard to not only wrap but also hold/wrap baby in it by yourself and I can imagine it's just you during the week so you'd be experiencing the same thing. Very frustrating :/

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  28. I had both a moby wrap and baby infantino carrier... The moby wrap I really didn't like much. I never felt like I could get it tight enough (even with the help of others) to truly be "hands free". I'm a smaller framed skinny person so I'm not sure if there was too much fabric or what? Also, it made me nervous that In some positions it was dangerous for an infant to be in if there chin got tucked under their neck too much and they could stop breathing. The infantino carrier I started using at 3-4 weeks and se faced towards me, there was enough support to keep her head upright and I always had full visibility of her. As well it rarely got loose and if it did it took all of 2 seconds to tighten compared to the moby where sometimes I'd have to wrap all over again. Plus, I got more back support with the infantino especially once Cadence started packing on the lbs!! And once she was able to hold her head up she faed outward And loved it especially since her legs were hanging free she could kick!! Hope this helps!!!

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  29. I had both a moby wrap and baby infantino carrier... The moby wrap I really didn't like much. I never felt like I could get it tight enough (even with the help of others) to truly be "hands free". I'm a smaller framed skinny person so I'm not sure if there was too much fabric or what? Also, it made me nervous that In some positions it was dangerous for an infant to be in if there chin got tucked under their neck too much and they could stop breathing. The infantino carrier I started using at 3-4 weeks and se faced towards me, there was enough support to keep her head upright and I always had full visibility of her. As well it rarely got loose and if it did it took all of 2 seconds to tighten compared to the moby where sometimes I'd have to wrap all over again. Plus, I got more back support with the infantino especially once Cadence started packing on the lbs!! And once she was able to hold her head up she faed outward And loved it especially since her legs were hanging free she could kick!! Hope this helps!!!

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  30. I have all sorts of baby carriers but my favorite is the Boba 3g. I used the Moby when my baby was a newborn and loved it but as soon as he hit the 12lb mark, he would slide down after 15 minutes. It was strange. No matter how tight I got it, he still fell down. So, once he was 8lbs, I rotated the Moby and baby Bjorne. The baby Bjorne was great but it hurt my lower back. So, after tons of research and debating, I purchased a Boba 3g. I love it! The Boba is better for the baby(the way they are carried) and more comfortable for you(how the weight is distributed) which makes it super comfortable. My son is 6 months old and almost 14lbs and I could wear him all day! Plus, the Boba has super cute patterns. Good luck in your search!

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  31. Take a peak at this comparison chart of all the gazillion carriers out there. It was the most helpful to me by I changed my mind from the Moby to the Boba 3G.
    Hope this helps :)

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  32. What code did you add to do that? I'd love to keep pictures of my babe from being pinned too, haha. We used an infantino carrier when we went on trips or hiking. For my next infant I plan on purchasing the sakura bloom

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  33. although, just a tip, you can right click on your pictures to bring them up in a new window and pin them that way. There is another code that you can add to prevent right clicks.

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  34. I teach at a studio where we have mom & baby dance classes, where baby is worn in a carrier. The best ones, in terms of support for a newborn are the soft carriers, like the K'Tan, but they max out at about 20 pounds, so they don't always last very long. If you want a carrier that will grow with baby, get an Ergo with an infant insert. She can go in there as a newborn with the insert, and then once she's about 4 months, you can take that out. It's rated up to about 45 pounds so you can pretty much wear her until she's in preschool! They are amazingly comfortable, and so supportive for mom & baby.
    Good luck!

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  35. I have an almost 4 month old little man -- boba baby wrap is our favorite, there are so many different holds. Your little lady would love it. :)

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  36. We have the Moby and the Ergo. I used the Moby for the first few months because she was so tiny, and I felt comfortable with it. But it is a lot of fabric and takes some practice, and it definitely wasn't something I took out in public because it was harder to put on. My husband and I both use the Ergo now that she is bigger, and we love it. It's very supportive and so easy to just clip on and go.

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  37. Amber M (Redding, CA)March 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I carried my little girl around in a Moby wrap from birth till 10 months and she loved it! I only rarely needed help putting it on and once I got it done it was easy! And as she grew the different folds were great! Good luck and congrats again! Shes beautiful!!

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  38. I used the Moby when my boys were infants b/c the Bjorn doesn't support their heads so I wasn't really "hands free" with the Bjorn. The Moby is great b/c there are so many ways to wrap them you are bound to find one she (and you) love! Plus you can be hands free! But the Moby can be difficult to wrap you just have to practice! When my boys got bigger and could really hold their heads up I switched to the Bjorn b/c the bigger they got the harder it got to wrap them in the Moby!

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  39. i can't say too much about the K'tan but we have a moby and I love it! it isn't the easiest to get on and i had to watch you tube videos for the first 5 or so times, but then you figure it out. there are different ways you can wrap it as well...for the newborn and when she gets bigger. it's so nice to have the babe snuggle and have 2 free hands...life changing really :) we also have the ergo and i love that as well...we've gone on quite a few walks in it already. we have the infant insert which i'm glad i decided to get because my little one is on the smaller side. from what i understand the baby will most likely outgrow the bjorn pretty quickly, that's why we went with the ergo! good luck!

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  40. Honestly, I used both my moby and ergo equally. The Ergo is much more functional for grocery shopping, laundry, yard work and it works wonderfully front, back and side. I carried 'baby O' on my back with the Ergo until she was 32lbs.

    But the moby was soft and comfy (especially 3 weeks to 7months). I loved it to go to the book store, write at my desk, have tea with a friend. Also, I brought O to work for 3 weeks during the early stages and liked the moby b/c it was more comfy at a desk, and for meetings and such.

    They really are different carriers and both proved to be very useful.

    Daddy is saying he liked the Ergo the best, he wore her on his back frequently.

    Hope that helps. Oh I forgot the Moby is easier to nurse with when they are young and the ergo is easier to nurse the baby when they are older.

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  41. Oh my goodness, the ergo is amazing! You can by a newborn insert for it that adds some extra support. Used mine from when my little guy was brand new to now, and he is 18 months! Amazing product! :)

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  42. The ergo is the best baby carrier out there! I have tried other carriers and as they get bigger it starts to hurt your back. With the ergo I have used it since my little guy was brand new and still use it and he is 18 months old! He isn't a little guy either! The ergo is amazing and I highly recommend it! You can buy newborn insert for it that adds tons of extra support and it is so soft and snugly! :)

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  43. I had a Moby style wrap (got it from Etsy, it had an adorable patterned section), and could never quite get comfortable wrapping it, although around the house it was nice. I also have a Becco Gemini which was great when she got a little bit bigger. It can be worn in a variety of positions and is a little easier to get on than I Moby. If I had to pick just one I'd pick the Becco (or an Ergo or something like that). But if you can swing both, the Moby is really nice when the babe is little and wants to be snuggled close.

    I tend to stray away from the Bjorn carrier, just because it doesn't seem as secure to me, and I hear that it is more uncomfortable to wear. The Becco is incredibly comfortable. Good luck!

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  44. The Maya Ring is amazing! It is a sling type carrier and is much easier to use than an of the other carriers.

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  45. How did you get it so people cant take your'e personal photos and use them for there selves? I'd love to do that to my baby girls pics! Its very smart...as for the carrier goes, I hear moby's are great, I had a sling and loved it until she got to big, now I use the baby b'jorn which is always a win win!

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  46. Moby and Beco or Ergo!!! Bjorns are HORRIBLE on babies hips, but the Beco Butterfly and Gemini, as well as the Ergo hold the babies hips in the correct position. I have a Beco Butterfly and a Moby and LOVE both. They're both good for separate things, but both a must in my book!

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  47. i am pregnant with baby number two and i am ordering the ergo carrier. i have heard such great things from my friends who have them. the moby looks cool but i am not sure i like just fabric i pretty much tie in a knot holding my baby. makes me nervous. the ergo can hold up to 45 lbs. i could actually put my 4 year old in it if i wanted too. to me thats awesome. happy picking..

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  48. I have an Ergo and LOVE it. My daughter is 8 weeks old, so we bought the insert to use while she is so small. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a baby carrier :)

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  49. I have an Ergo, but I don't think I started using it (with the infant insert) until my daughter was around eight weeks old. She's thirteen months now and will still go in it! I couldn't get the Moby to work for us. I have a ring sling too, but rarely use it.

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  50. My girlfriend makes Moby-esque wraps that are soooooo comfortable. She uses a stretch fabric and allows you to customize it however you want. You can choose color, pockets, embellishments, etc. They are really cute, and I still use mine (I have two) with my 11-month old. I love them! She sells them on Etsy...Rockin' Wraps is the shop name. I highly recommend them.

    Here is the link to her Etsy shop...
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/RockinWraps

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  51. I had the bjorn with my first baby, and it was super uncomfortable. With #2 I got the ergo and I LOVE it. My daughter is over 20 pounds and it's still comfortable to wear. She's always so content in it too! They have a newborn insert for when they're little, but I didn't even bother with it.

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  52. We started out with a Ktan and it was great when our daughter was little. She loved being snuggled up in there. It was extremely easy to put on by myself. However, after a few months she began to hate it. It was too warm for her and I think she felt too constricted. We switched to the Ergo and still love it at 19 months. It's comfy and can be adjusted for either me or my husband. Easy to put on after watching some YouTube videos. We ended up selling our Ktan and if we have another baby down the road, I'll just use the Ergo from day one!

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  53. We have the Moby and the Ergo, and I love them both! The Moby was great for when Claire was a newborn but now that she's bigger I prefer the Ergo. The Moby looks really intimidating at first but after you wrap it once or twice it's really easy! I used to wrap it before we got in the car, and then just easily stick her in it when we got to the store, that way its all ready to go!

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  54. Moby while she's little and sleepy and Ergo once she's more functional!!

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  55. I LOVE my Moby...it was a little intimidating at first but seriously after a bit of practice it is great. There are different ways to wrap them up as they grow..and I never felt like my son was going to fall out. It's wonderful because they get to be close to you and hear your heartbeat as you do things around the house. It is great bonding time :) There are also different colors to choose from and you can just toss it in the wash to clean :)

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  56. FYI, I think people may be able to just save the image and upload to Pinterest (not sure though) so you may want to disable "right click, save image" on the certain pics you don't want repinned.
    Btw, LOVE your blog! The chalkboard is just precious,it's inspired me to do something that creative when my moment comes :)

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  57. I HIGHLY recommend the ergo baby carrier! First if all, the baby ktan is great and my baby loved it, but once she gets bigger (2 months) she won't fit as well in it unless you buy a bigger size. So this wrap isn't in it for the long haul. I also had the baby bjorn and I loved it, but only for short times. It is killer on your back unless you buy the one with the extra support. Also, studies have shown that these type of carriers are bad for little baby's hips. The dangling legs put strain on baby's hips. It is better to have baby straddle you. That's why the ergo baby with the infant insert is a great option. Once Harper grows enough you can just pop out in infant insert and you're good to go . Plus it is great on your back as well. They are a little pricey , but sooooooo worth it!

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  58. Congratulations on your little girl! (I've been reading along for months, but this is my first comment!) My son was born on Halloween, so we're just a hop and a skip ahead of you. My advice would be to get a SLING! My son LOVED the sling (I have a Dr. Sears one) and it's dark, cozy, and womb-like. He always fell asleep in there. When he got a little longer around 3 months he stopped fitting in there comfortably, so we got a Beco Gemini and have been using it ever since - it's the perfect grow-with-baby carrier. He can face in and close to my chest now and when he gets bigger, he can face out - then bigger he can be worn on the back in/out and the Beco even has a "hip-carrying" position that props the kid up on your hip - finding that really useful right now!!

    I also had the Moby, and liked it. BUT - wish I would have just made my own! There are tutorials on Pinterest and Google for how to make your own Moby wrap for a third of the price!!!!!

    Good luck and I look forward to more posts!!

    xo
    Bridget
    (@BridgetForney)

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  59. Hey! I just read through all of the comments and had a few more thoughts that might be helpful to you -- I read a lot of K'Tan and Ergo recommendations. The K'Tan is in the same family as the Moby - but comes in sizes, I think. With the Moby, it's only ONE SIZE, so your mom, husband, sister - anyone can fit it and wear the baby - you have to be careful about sizing with the Ktan. (Still think MAKING your own Moby is the way to go!! - then you could also blog about it!)

    The Ergo and the Beco Gemini are in the same family as well (both are carriers designed to grow with baby that are super easy on your back and can be worn by you or husband!) I preferred the Beco and it comes in so many fun colors/patterns!

    After reading all the comments - you could totally reach out to one of these companies and see if they'd send you a carrier to test for free because of your blog readership. (I'm in PR...I know these things.) Might be worth a shot!

    Good luck!!

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  60. I had the moby with both my boys from day one and loved it. I used it with my first until he was 18 months (in a hip carry) while I was 5 months pregnant with my second. After a few times of wrapping yourself, it gets so mcuh easier. I also got a Boba this time around and used it from about 4 months with my second. And we still use it today and he's 21 months old. The Moby and Boba are great because I can use them (5' tall) and my husband (6') can as well. (same with the ergo) Also, Bjorns are terrible for babies. They don't support them like other carriers.

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  61. I have a MOBY and I still use it on a weekly basis with my 18 month old daughter. It was tricky to learn how to use at first but as long as you have the correct size, once you get the hang of it you will love it! Is was so perfect to carry Lucy around in when she was tiny (6 lbs) and I was able to comfortably nurse in it out in public. PERFECT for grocery shopping or other public places when you don't want random people trying to peak at baby Harper! And once she gets older you will be able to switch her position and carry her on your hip or on your back! :) Good Luck!

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  62. We love our ergo for my twins. I've lugged them around in it to disneyland several times and it has great support and the babies love it. They weren't ever really fans of the moby, and all the material was a little overwhelming so I'm glad we just borrowed a friends instead of buying one. We have a simple plane jane sling now that's great for quick trips. Now that they can sit up they just sit on my hip in the sling and we're good to go! it's also so light so it's easy to keep packed in my diaper bag in case I need it.

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  63. I received a moby wrap at my baby shower. My cousin told me she had to look at the youtube video on how to put it on and that she always put it on before she left the house because it was so long she didn't want it dragging on the floor when she put it on. (She's 6'2" so it must be really long). I will probably put it on before I leave the house too. But baby won't be here for 3 months :)

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  64. I actually bought the peanut shell from Target. You can't get it in the store, but you can order it online. I loved it because when Noah was a newborn I could put him in it when he was fussy or when I needed to get things done and he instantly fell asleep. I think he liked that he was still close to me. It sort of folded him up like he would have been in the womb. It's comfortable for the most part, grows with them for quite a while, and it's stylish. I like that it has cute prints to offer. Here's the link...http://www.target.com/c/infant-carriers/-/N-5q0eu/Ntk-All/Ntt-Peanut%20Shell/Ntx-matchallany

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  65. I loved using the moby when my daughter was little for probably the first four months then i switched to a sling (sevenslings.com) they always do promo codes so you only pay shipping and i really like it we did the pouch carry at first and then she went on my hip she likes that she was close to me but could still look around at everything. i am on the search for a back carrier now though.

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  66. I am expecting my first in June, and have been able to try out a number of carriers with friends babies. I love the baby bjorn. It is sooo easy to use.. but I'm hoping to purchase a maya wrap for the newborn stage. It is much prettier and really goes through all the stages. All my lovely beachy friends have them and swear by them.
    http://www.mayawrap.com/

    slinglings are also really nice for newborns and they are gorgeous. I picture that type for around the house and perusing shops, and the baby bjorn for say, a trip to the zoo, and my husband doing the carrying! ha!

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  67. Gina at Fitnessista actually just posted about this yesterday - well, these two brands at least.

    Here's her post: http://fitnessista.com/2012/03/31-things-were-loving-this-week/

    She basically said she had been using the Mody but just switched the the K'Tan.

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  68. Gina at Fitnessista actually just posted about this yesterday - well, these two brands at least.

    Here's her post: http://fitnessista.com/2012/03/31-things-were-loving-this-week/

    She basically said she had been using the Mody but just switched the the K'Tan.

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  69. Having no experience with baby carriers I can only comment on the look of them as well as what I *think* looks the most comfortable and I definitely like the Luluwrap, I have it and the instruction video pinned to my Kiddos board! :)

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  70. We have the K'tan & my 5 month old loves it! It's soft & comfortable and she feels very secure. I don't have to worry about tying it correctly & can put it on easily by myself.

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  71. I'd recommend getting a couple different types of baby carriers. We have the Moby, Bjorn and Ergo and all three are good for different reasons and different stages. I liked the Moby the best when my daughter was a newborn because it hugged her really close and was easy for her to snuggle up in. My husband will only ever use the Bjorn, so we kind of call that "his" baby carrier:) And now that she's about 9 months (and almost 20 lbs!), I absolutely love the Ergo. It distributes the weight of the babe evenly and has great support around your waist so your back isn't killing you (which can be a problem with the Bjorn). None of the carriers are difficult to use after you've gotten some practice - have fun deciding!

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  72. oh this was super helpful as I'm trying to decide what to use. We received the moby and the bjorn. I am leaning towards the moby but totally intimidated to try it out haha! thanks for the post loved hearing all the other mamas responses!

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  73. I didn't read all the comments so I am not sure if someone else has said the same thing as me, but you can easily make your own similar to what you are looking into getting for baby. Just need to buy at least 5 yards of a jersey, stretch fabric (not to stretchy) and cut it down the middle length wise. You should be able to get 2 carriers out of it and for half the cost. If you search there is a blog somewhere online that I learned it from. Youtube is also a great place to learn how to carry the baby correctly.

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  74. I would go for the Ergo versus Bjorn. The Bjorn and other carriers that have the baby's legs dangling promote improper hip/thigh/spine alignment. The Ergo keeps them in a seated position. I know a lot of mamas like the Bjorn for the outward facing ability. We used a ring sling for my son to face out when he had enough head control and it worked great:) Good Luck!

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  75. I love the sleepy wrap!! www.sleepywrap.com Kind of like a moby but the fabric so much stretchier!! I just put my 21lb 19 month old in it to travel through the airport! And it eas perfect!! When she was a newborn I LOVED it!! I buy them for all my friends as baby gifts!!!!!

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  76. We love our Ergo - you can get an infant insert so it's great for little babies and big babies!

    I also love that you can carry the baby on your front, on your back or on your hip!

    AND - Petunia Pickle Bottom has teamed up with Ergo and done some super cute patterns. (Ergo makes them in some cute patterns too) http://www.petunia.com/carriers/ergobaby-petuniaorganiccarrier

    (I read that some of the ones that let the baby "dangle" like some models of the Bjorn are really bad for the babies hips - so there is a lot of research to be done!)

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  77. Moby for sure and then an Ergo for later

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  78. I LOVE the K'Tan - I'm not coordinated enough to do all the wrapping with the Moby by myself with the baby! The K'Tan is much easier to put on - I know it won't last as long as the Moby might, but I plan on getting a more structured carrier (Ergo or Beco) later once we're out of the infant stage! Also, the K'Tan can be bought in the summer weight - which might be good for you in GA!!

    Best of luck!

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  79. I can echo much of what was shared already and sum it by saying different carriers worked for us at different ages and stages. I had a sling and a Moby when our baby was little. The sling was hard for me because it was sized and I don't think I had the right one. Loved the Moby for the first few months - up until 4 months or so. She would snuggle in, sleep well, and be cozy while we were out and about in the winter. Once she had good head control, we moved to the Ergo and loved, loved, loved it! Still do. She rode in the front facing me at first and then around 7 or 8 months we got brave and moved her to the back carry. She's 16 months old, 22 pounds, and still as easy to carry in the back carry position. Some say the Bjorn is comparable, but I just don't see it. Take out the hip and spinal issues it can cause, and you're left with a front only carrier where baby faces out. No versatility and baby never sees you. The Ergo is the only way to go!

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  80. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Ergo carrier!!! I didn't have the newborn insert to use when my little man was a newborn, but wish I did! The insert is actually used up until 4-5 months so I've purchased it and use it now. I love how comfortable the carrier is to wear and I love that I can wear it for as long as I need and stay perfectly comfortable. My son loves it too which is equally as important :) Its a great investment since it can be used much longer than most other carrier, I forget the weight limit off hand..I wanna say 40 lbs? Good luck choosing! Its so much fun to carry your sweet baby with you while getting things accomplished :)

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  81. I had the moby, bjorn, a hotsling and the ergo. I sold them all on Craigslist except the ergo. LOVE that thing AND I can still use it with my 2 year old. Harper is lovely! Congratulations!!!

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  82. not that you need another comment :-) but here's my take. i returned the k'tan. it still seemed confusing to me.. the moby wrap is just soooooo much fabric. also overwhelming... plus wyatt runs SO HOT so i felt like he was getting over-heated in it. i'm a little psycho when it comes to him getting heat rash. watch out for that... i had him so bundled at around 5 weeks he got a bad heat rash during a freak out in his carseat. good times. ok, back to the topic... the ergo just didn't work early on, even with the insert. i did it a few times but it was just a lot going on. i think he will love the ergo though now that he's longer and his legs are wrapping around me a bit more (he'll be 4 months on the 4th btw)... we used the bjorn when he was little like harper. he loved it facing in - especially on daddy. when they are little newbies, your back won't hurt with the bjorn like it will when she gets older. here's the thing, every baby is different - and harper (and you!) might love the moby. but it just took SO long to figure out and by the time i did i had a screaming baby strapped to me. no fun! good luck to you! harper is a dream. so happy for you!

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  83. I love the Ergo carrier because it's super fast and easy to put on, it's super comfy to wear, you don't get all hot from all the fabric of other carriers, and it has a little "sleepy shade hood", that you pull over to keep the sun out of their face.

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  84. I have a Sakura Bloom & it's the most beautiful thing ever!!! No inserts or anything needed - you can use it as is all the way through toddler. You can carry her chest-to-chest, facing out like a kangaroo, on your hip, or even on your back. It's awesome!!!

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  85. I used the Sleepy Wrap (like the Moby) for several months with both my boys. They loved the tight, snuggly fit, and the stretchy material makes it usable as long as your back can take it. However, I think the greatest carrier is the Ergo. The newborn insert makes it usable from the beginning, and it will hold your girl through the toddler years. I seriously used my Ergo with my 2 1/2 year old son going through the airport with no problem. The design makes it comfortable for your back and shoulders, and it's much better for the baby's spine than a carrier like the Bjorn (because the Ergo keeps them in a sitting position rather than hanging by the crotch). Another plus with the Ergo is that your husband will even be willing to use it!

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  86. I have the Bjorn, and it worked just fine, but my son grew out of it by 7months old. If I am ever in need of another carrier, I am going to buy an Ergo. My friend has one and they are SO more comfortable and you can wear it on the front or back and your child can use it much longer.

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  87. I have a Bjorn and it worked just fine, but my son grew out of it by 7months. If I am ever in need of another carrier I am buying the Ergo. My friend has one and they are extremely comfortable. You can wear it on the front or back and your child can use it well past 1year old.
    Hope that helps make your decision a little easier :)

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  88. I had a baby bjorn and LOVED it! Such a life saver. If e have more kids, it'll be one of the first purchases. I used it up until my daughter could walk (about 10 months old).

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  89. I had a baby bjorn and LOVED it! Such a life saver. If e have more kids, it'll be one of the first purchases. I used it up until my daughter could walk (about 10 months old).

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  90. I had a baby bjorn and LOVED it! Such a life saver. If e have more kids, it'll be one of the first purchases. I used it up until my daughter could walk (about 10 months old).

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  91. The moby is great for when they are a newborn but I much prefer my Manduca now my son is 7 months.

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  92. I have a Moby and loved it for when Jackson was little (under 4 months). I still used it when he was bigger but we just got an Ergo and it is awesome. Caroline is due in June and I will use the moby with her and then switch to the Ergo. My husband doesn't mind wearing the Ergo either.

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  93. I feel like the Ergo is way more comfortable for my back and now that my youngest is much bigger, is allows me to carry him on my back.

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  94. I just found this tutorial for you!
    http://elleapparel.blogspot.com/2012/02/moby-wrap-tutorial.html

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  95. I am a huge huge fan of babywearing! The Ergo is my favorite, but I thought you might like this article!
    Was very helpful for me! <3
    http://jeportemonbebe.com/en/faq/physiology-positioning/legs-spread.html

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  96. http://www.hipdysplasia.org/Developmental-Dysplasia-Of-The-Hip/Prevention/Baby-Carriers-Seats-and-Other-Equipment/Default.aspx

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  97. I use a Moby, Ring sling & Mei-Tai. :)

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  98. Hi - First off congrats! I am pregnant and due in July so unfortunately I can't personally offer any tips but I am in *love* with this website I found. It's basically real life reviews of all sorts of baby items - best on the market, best price or easiest to use etc... She's funny too which doesn't hurt! She did a great review of all of these carriers which I found really helpful. www.LuciesList.com

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  99. I actually had three different carriers; the baby bjorn, the baby k'tan and the ergo. My husband loved the baby bjorn but I was never very sold on it. I loved the k'tan when she was a newborn to about 3 months. My absolute favorite was the ergo and I am still using it at 9 months! Just to let you know, you might want to get the ergo performance or organic because of how hot and muggy it gets in Iowa. Those fabrics breath alot better!

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  100. Some baby's love the Moby, others hate it. My daughter was in the latter category. You also can't use Mobys for more than a few months and they can be very hot. If you want to try one out check out a local second hand kids store. I guarantee you they'll have a million different Mobys in all colors.

    Please do NOT get a Bijorn, Infantino, or basically anything else they sell at Walmart, Target, or Babies 'R Us. You should definitely read up on safe and healthy baby wearing, and how those type of carriers can affect a baby's spine and hips.

    The Ergo seems to be the gold standard of structured carriers but I found it a bit intimidating. I got a custom BabyHawk mei tai and I cannot sing it's praises enough. It's simple to use, can be used from the newborn period into toddlerhood, and is really cute.

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  101. I suggest the Moby for now through 3 months...and Ergo for the rest of the time. Ergo is a little too big for the very beginning but such a great carrier once your baby is around 3 months. MUCH more comfortable that the Bjorn and your husband can wear it too. My GIANT son is 17 months and 27 pounds and still can go in the Ergo with no problem! The only Ergo drawback is that they can't face forward like in the Bjorn (which is why I suggest Moby and then the Ergo).
    Love your Blog! My weekend project is to make a chalkboard just like yours for a hopeful future baby :-)

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  102. Hi Jessica! Congrats on the arrival of your little one! I would love to chat more with you soon. Please email me at marketing@babyktan.com.

    Best,
    Reina Chadwick
    Baby K'tan, LLC

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  103. Hi, I found your blog on Pinterest, I have my own little baby Garvins! Minda 2 years, and Kaya, 4 months. I have a Baby Bjorn, which I leave in the car for doing errands, and I also have a DIY Moby Wrap that I made, which I use for carrying her around the house. I have the instructions on my blog http://texitariankitchen.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/how-to-make-a-baby-wrap/

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  104. Hi, I found your blog on Pinterest, I have my own little baby Garvins! Minda 2 years, and Kaya, 4 months. I have a Baby Bjorn, which I leave in the car for doing errands, and I also have a DIY Moby Wrap that I made, which I use for carrying her around the house. I have the instructions on my blog http://texitariankitchen.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/how-to-make-a-baby-wrap/

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  105. I'm a huge baby wearer, own 20+ carriers, have 3 kids and highly recommend the beco gemini! If you can afford more than one, I'd also get a wrap conversion ring sling (WCRS). paxbaby.com has lots of goodies. good luck!

    oh, ps. DO NOT BUY A BJORN OR INFANTINO. pure crap products I wouldn't put my dogs in. xoxo

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  106. They are so precious I could just feel their soft cuddliness. Have a great weekend. Love all the Customised baby wear, they seem personal and thoughtful.

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