Before I had Vivian, I knew that I wanted to try babywearing. I had read such good things about attachment parenting and the bond that you can get by wearing your baby. Of course, like everything else I do, I researched the heck out different carriers.
Initially I wanted to get a wrap, like the Moby wrap.
I liked the flexibility of it. They seem to be really popular right now, and it looked really comfortable.
Then, just before I was due, I ended up winning a sling from a Under the Moon, a local store. I won an UpMama sling.
I found it was really great for when she was tiny, but right now it's difficult to hold her in it. I also never felt totally comfortable going hands-free with it and always kept my arm under her just in case. I think it will be better when she's a bit bigger and I can hold her on my hip like in the picture above though.
Next stop on my babywearing adventure was the classic Snugli.
I liked the Snugli, but I found I could really only wear it for about an hour at a time before my back started aching. It seemed to really put all the weight right between my shoulder blades, and I knew as she got bigger it would only get worse.
I then went to an Infantino carrier after seeing a friend with theirs. It seemed to be a little bit better constructed than the Snugli, and I managed to find one on Kijiji for $15, so I figured it was worth a shot.
After much research, I decided to go with an Ergo.
Everything I was reading kept coming back to the Ergo. People raved about how comfortable it was and how long you could wear your child in it. I was lucky enough to score one off Kijiji (oh how I love Kijiji). The woman who sold it to me was just heartbroken to see it go, but assured me that I would love it.
So far, I absolutely love it. It's super comfortable to wear, and I love how adaptable it is. As Vivian gets bigger, I can wear her on my front, hip or back. I love the little sleeping hood that snaps on the front, it provides perfect cover for her from the wind, sun or rain.
I think the biggest difference between the Ergo and other carriers that I tried is that with the Ergo, your baby is being held against you, and with the others she was hanging off of me.
I haven't used it too much yet, but I'm planning on using it a lot this summer. Specifically, I'm excited to use it for Free Comic Book Day. That was really what started this whole quest. I knew that I wanted Vivian to come with us for FCBD, but I didn't want to bring the stroller, so I knew I would need something that would be comfortable to wear her in for hours. Bingo.
For trying so many options, I lucked out with not spending a lot. I won the UpMama (a $90 value), the Snugli was $30 (bought with a gift card), the Infantino was a $15 Kijiji find, and the Ergo was a $75 Kijiji find.
If you're shopping for a baby carrier, I really recommend doing your research. There's a lot of different options out there, and it's important to know what you're getting into. If you know someone who has a carrier, ask to try it on and see how it fits you. Trust me, there's a huge difference between one that's comfortable and one that isn't!