Tuesday Try-It and Tell-All: Baby Slings and Carriers

Random fact about me: I know a LOT about pregnancy and baby gear. Why? Well, because during my tenure at Nickelodeon, I wrote hundreds of product reviews. And, (*warning*: this next statement may make you a teensy bit jealous) becuase I wrote the reviews, most of the companies would send me free samples of the products I was reviewing. And that is the reason that I own 11 strollers, 6 baby carriers, 5 high chairs, 14 lunch boxes, 18 kid’s backpacks and just about every kid’s cookbook that has ever been printed. Fun, right?

I’ve tried it all.

Bloom Fresco High Chair: Tried it….love it… use it…but it’s a bit bulky so it’s hard to store.

Maclaren Double Stroller (The same color scheme that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got for their twins): Tried it… love it… use it…even if it’s now covered in soggy goldfish crackers.

Cake Maternity Lingerie: Tried it… love it… use it… but they tend to be made for pregnant mamas who are a little, er, less busty than I am.

So, I got to thinking last week that it might be fun to host a try-it and tell-all feature on my blog… where new (and soon-to-be) mamas can come and find out the dirty details about all of the baby products that I love… and loathe. So, come back every Tuesday for details on another product and to share your favorites with me.

DISCLAIMER: I already own all of the products I’m talking about so I have not/will not be compensated in any way for these reviews.

So, our first Try-It and Tell-All has to do with Baby Slings & Carriers. Here’s my two cents:

Slings: I got a gorgeous ring sling for my baby shower and I wanted it to work so, so badly. Women wearing slings look GORGEOUS and I just loved the idea of being all trendy and hip with a baby on my, well, hip. But it never worked for me. I’m not very, let’s say, technical, so I couldn’t ever figure out how to adjust the ring to make it so the baby was all snug. But, if you can pull it off, I say go for it. Mama’s look hot with slings.

Ergo Carrier: Ergo carriers are fabulous. The best part? You can shlep a 32 pound toddler on your front, back or side without breaking your spine. Really. I have a friend who still uses hers with her 3 -year-old. The downside? I couldn’t ever get my tiny infants comfortable in an Ergo so I recommend Ergos once your baby is a little older.

Baby Bjorn: I used my Bjorn for easy grocery shopping until both my babies were 11 or 12 months old. It’s so easy, your baby is so snuggled in and I love that they can face in or out. The only recommendation I have is to splurge on the one with extra back support. You won’t need this when your baby is a 12 pound infant, but you will when he’s a 18 pound 9-month-old.

Moby Wrap:
Again, a Moby Wrap is one of those things that I really, really, really wanted to use but just couldn’t figure it out. My sister-in-law Stevi has one and pretty much looks adorable when using it but for some reason, I can’t figure out how to wrap and tuck and make it so my baby is secure. So, my take: If you can figure it out, get one. If not, leave it to the cute mamas who have the technical skills to figure it out.

Infantino Flip Carrier: Baby Bjorn fanatics: Divert your eyes. In my experience, the Infantino Flip Carrier is very (very) similar to the Bjorn, only about $150 cheaper. So, if you want the Bjorn experience without the hefty price tag, this is my recommendation. There are differences… the main one being the comfort of the straps. I found it much easier to lug my babies for longer in the Bjorn, but the Flip Carrier is a viable alternative and for $29 bucks, it’s worth a try in my opinion.

Now your turn: What’s your favorite baby carrier and why?

NEXT WEEK: CRIBS AND Co-SLEEPERS AND PLAY YARDS. Have an opinion? Email me at erin@christianmamasguide.com… I’d love to hear… and possibly publish… what you have to say!

26 Comments

  1. I love the Baby Bjorn carrier! I used it for my second child ALL THE TIME! She took all her naps in it when she was an infant, and she would even fall asleep in it when I was out shopping. It was a great thing to use so I could have free hands to help my son, who was 2 1/2 at the time. I highly recommend it!

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  2. My kiddos are hugenormous for their age so the ring sling worked best for us because there are no zippered sides to squeeze them or awkward moves to get a heavy child in. I chose to only wear my kids in a sitting forward facing position or on my hip for safety reasons. It works from about 6-8wks-1 1/2 years (maybe longer if your kids are not 35 pounds at 1 1/2 years). I love mine and it's extra special since my dear friend made it for me.

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  3. I'm a fan of the Bjorn as well. My second child practically lived in it! I used a sling with my third baby but found that it accomodates sleeping newborns much better than growing infants. The Bjorn gets my vote!

    And you're right…I'm totally jealous that you got all that cool baby gear for free! 😉

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  4. I just couldn't do any of them. I always felt like the baby was in my way, but I LOVED backpacks!

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  5. I carried my DD in a sling everywhere I went! It was the kind where she either had to face out or to my chest. She demanded (even at that young age) to face out. She loved to see the world and at 9 y.o. still does! 😉

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  6. My favorite was the hugabub (http://www.hugabub.com/). It's probably like a moby wrap? It came with this dvd showing very attractive Australians explaining how to wrap it. I am 5'7" and my husband is 6'8" and we could both wear it comfortably. We loved it.

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