When Riley was a small baby, I mostly transported him from one place to another in his carseat. When we were at home, he spent a lot of time hanging out in a bouncy seat or on the floor. On the few occasions I put him in a carrier, I used a BabyBjörn—although I didn’t do that until he was a little older, mostly because I was paranoid of him being all squished down in the canvas (I liked it better when he was big enough to peep over the top).
As I look ahead to having a new baby in the house next February, I’m guessing I’m going to want to carry him more often. Mostly because I need to be more mobile this time, since I’ll also be wrangling a toddler—a toddler, by the way, who probably can’t be trusted to leave a sleeping child alone in their bouncy seat, or avoid trampling a floor-bound baby.
I’ll also need to run more errands than I did last time, and every outing will involve not one but TWO children (hey, mind if I sort of freak out about that for a second? OH MY GOD OH MY GOD PANIC PANIC SEND MOOD STABILIZERS AIIEEEE . . . okay, thanks), so I’m thinking I’ll need a good carrying system or three.
I still have the BabyBjörn, but I’m wondering about some of the other options out there. The sling/pouch/wrap/carrier market seems to be a thriving business, and the choices are many. Some of the top contenders I’ve found:
The Maya Wrap. Looks sort of complicated to me, but I’ve heard good things about this brand. Unfortunately, Maya Wrap seems to have had some trouble with an aluminum ring on one of their products.
The Moby Wrap. Another wrap that looks like you have to be an origami master to figure it out, but I’ve never tried one—maybe it’s a lot easier than it seems?
The Mei Tai Deluxe. It’s a carrier and a wrap combined? Or something? I’m not sure how it works, but it looks sort of cool. In a strait-jackety way.
The Zolowear Cotton Sling. This style seems to be capable of doubling as a fancy pashmina for that last-minute black tie event you need to take your nursing baby to. It’s awfully pretty, but are you really supposed to put a real live pooping/barfing/drooling child in it?
The Ergo Carrier. This is a bit like the Bjorn, but it looks like you can carry a small baby sideways instead of squashed flat against your chest, which appeals to me. It sure is expensive, though.
What say you all? Have you had experience with a particular carrier that helped you get through the crazy, early days of babyhood?