Do you wear your babies? I gotta say, before I had my first kid I thought it seemed a bit odd. But then I also thought I would do a whole lot of things that I never ended up doing. And in turn, did things I always said I wouldn't (like co-sleeping). So when my friend gifted me her Moby Wrap when my son was born, I had no idea what to do with it.
Then my son ended up being high, high, high (did I mention HIGH?) needs and I was at my wits end one night so I took to the internet and looked up a video on how to wrap a baby. In a sentence? Best thing I ever did.
I was blown away with how quickly it soothed him. And that was that. I've been wearing babies ever since.
The Moby ended up being an awesome carrier for my newborns through about four or five months. I tried out a ring sling but it didn't work for me. My husband loved using the ring sling, though. I think it's because his um...ahem.. chest...is much flatter than mine ;)
When our babes got some heft and good head control, we switched to a structured carrier. For us that meant an Ergo. With two kids under two years old, the back carry in the Ergo saved my sanity in grocery stores, doctors' offices and family trips. I can't sing the praises of the Ergo loud enough. Seriously. Just look at this rambunctious and energy filled 2 yr. old happily riding on daddy's back instead of getting lost in the corn maze. Did someone say lifesaver? Oh yes, that was me.
So those are the three carriers we used. Did you wear your babies or toddlers? Did you like it or hate it? What carriers worked best for you? Which one would you recommend to a new mom and dad?
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