When Little was a baby I had a standard front carrier with all of the straps and buckles and what-not. I used it until she was 5 or 6 months old and she was long enough that her feet hit against my legs (almost at my knees; I’m vertically challenged) and she was heavy enough that it hurt my back if I wore her for any length of time. I enjoyed having her in the carrier, but it made my back ache and I was constantly struggling to keep the straps tight enough to keep her in the right position.
When I found out I was expecting Boo, I knew I wanted to be a babywearing Momma, and I knew that I wanted a different type of carrier. I did some research, found some answers to questions at Adventures In Babywearing (Thanks, Steph!), and became a little more educated about what types of carriers are available. In December my nephew was born, and my SIL was singing the praises of her Sleepy Wrap. Based on her recommendation, I purchased a wrap and started wearing Boo when he was a couple of weeks old.
Boo and I have both loved our Sleepy Wrap. In fact, it has saved my sanity on more than one occasion when he has been super fussy. I tie it on, pop him in, and he is generally off to sleep in a matter of minutes.
Now that it is HOT in my part of the world, we need something that is a little cooler on both of us. I decided a few weeks ago to get a pouch or sling and began searching for just the right one. It took me several hours of surfing to settle on this pouch. I received it a couple of weeks ago, but have had a bit of trouble getting the right size/fit. After shrinking it yesterday, I think I’ve finally got it to the correct size. Boo rode in it yesterday afternoon for the first time and seemed to like it; again, he was asleep in minutes.
Then, I was talking to Lu on Monday about different carrier options and the issues I was having with my pouch. We started looking around a bit at various websites and on eBay and I stumbled upon a ring sling that I fell in love with. It is an adorable lime green with blue polka dots cotton fabric. So, I bid on it and won the auction! I’m awaiting it’s arrival in the mail any day now.
I still want a mei tai, and I’m sure I could come up with a few more if pressed. And then last night at Lu’s place I saw a link to a great giveaway that I just had to sign up for: Along for the Ride is holding a contest to Win the Essential Babywearing Stash from Along for the Ride (one Beco Butterfly, one Hotsling baby pouch, one BabyHawk Mei Tai, one Zolowear Ring Sling, and one Gypsy Mama Wrap). I mean, what babywearing Momma could resist a chance to win five (count ‘em…one, two, three, four, five) new carriers including the mei tai that’s on my list?
I’m telling ya, it truly is an addiction; I mean, this is more fun than shopping for shoes!