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Reviews of wraps and carriers I’ve tried.

Ankalia Icarus Aurora

ankalai icarus aurora2I had not heard of the brand Ankalia until I was invited to host a traveling wrap for Babywearing Love and Support.   Ankalia is an Australian company that says that their designs are made by local artists and then the wraps are produced locally.    Ankalai donated this particular wrap to The Okay Wrapper, and Babywearing Love and Support won the wrap in an IBW2015 giveaway.

I enjoy trying new wraps, but I can’t afford to buy all of them (as much as I might try to), so hosting traveling wraps is a fun way to try out new wraps and learn about new companies.  And it also gives me more wraps to review!

I had this Icarus for a little over two weeks.  While I had it, we were visiting family in Houston so I got the chance to use the wrap both around the house and while traveling.  At home, my biggest wrap use is for doing farm chores:  we have horses and sometimes the little one needs to go with me to the barn.  Unfortunately, this wrap was so light in color that I was worried it would get dirty out in the barn.  I did wear the little one in this wraps for walks around our property and down the road, and I wore her while I worked on the computer at my standing desk.

20160130_143424The little one I wrapped was about eighteen months old when I hosted the wrap..  She’s long/tall and lean for an eighteen month old (about 22 lbs).

On to the details:
Ankalia Icarus Aurora
100% cotton
4.39 meters long (a long size 5) by 0.74 meters long
Weight:  921.36 grams (2 lbs, 0.5 ounces)
Weight g/m2 aka gsm aka grams per square meter:  284 g/m2
Price Point:  Approx. $220
Production Method:  Machine woven
Width: Wide
Tapers: Deep

josey ankalai icaraus1When I saw the photos of this wrap, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I tend to pick darker colors (partially because I’m so afraid of staining a wrap and I figure darker colors won’t show dirt as much!).  But I wanted to try a new brand and was excited to be invited to participate in my first traveling wrap.  I’m so glad I gave it a chance.

This wrap is so pretty:  the colors are soft and light, but the variation in color is enough to hide some mild dirt (shoe scuffs, rubbing up against something, etc.) unless you are looking closely.

20160118_102627This wrap was more dense than I’m used to, and it was wider than i was used to.  That gave me the chance to experiment a little with something that didn’t wrap like my normal wraps.   The extra width would probably be really nice with a bigger kid.  For me, it took a little getting used to.josey ankalai icaraus2

The wrap is advertised at 260 g/m2 (which puts it in the heavy weight wrap category).  I measured it at closer to 285.  It isn’t a thick wrap, but it is very densely woven.  I found it a bit stiff, and I’m not sure if that’s due to how dense it is or if the wrap needs some more breaking in.  The stiffness made it a bit more challenging for me to wrap (I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner – but I’m definitely not a super experienced wrapper, either). I had a bit of trouble getting the rails really tight and had to adjust a bit after I got my daughter into the carry.  I think that’s something I would get better at as I got used to this wrap and not a failing on the wrap.

20160118_104832Because the wrap is dense, I think it is very supportive and doesn’t tend to sag (once I got it tight).  My daughter is fairly petite, but I imagine this wrap could be good for a much heavier kid due to the denseness.

I tried this in a FCC and a ruck tied Tibetan.  I never felt like I got this tight enough in the FCC, but again that might be me.  I did enjoy this one wrap for a ruck – I ended up wearing my daughter for several hours in a ruck carry with this wrap.  I also tried a Coolest Hip Cross Carry (my favorite hip carry).  The slip knot seemed really big – probably because the wrap is so dense that it can be a little bulky.

20160118_110948I really can’t say anything negative about this wrap. It is beautiful, it is strong, and it looks great when in use.  I think it could support a heavier kid.   The only negatives had more to do with my skill and experience rather than the wrap itself.

I can’t wait now to try another Akalai.

 

 

 

 

Didymos Turquoise Emerald Hemp Indio

20150328_100948Didymos has been making baby wraps since 1972 – even longer than I’ve been around!  And they make awesome wraps.  They’re mid-range in price, and they offer a variety of patterns, colors, and blends.  Their “indio” wraps refer to a particular pattern of lines (triangles, squares, etc.), and they offer a couple of different indio designs.  From a distance, the wraps look very simple, but up close they’re so complex and beautiful.

My last review was the Didymos Deep Blue and Gold Indio., which was my first indio wrap.  The very day I bought that wrap, I saw the Didymos Emerald Turquoise Hemp Indio (ETHI) for sale on the Didymos Love and Appreciate Facebook page.  I whined to my husband that I so wanted this wrap but had just bought another one earlier in the day.  My wonderful husband said, “If it is that important to you, buy it!”  He didn’t have to tell me twice!

When this wrap arrived, it was such a soft wrap.  The colors were bright and gorgeous.  I couldn’t wait to start playing with it.  It was a lot thinner than the Didymos Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio, which made it a bit easier for me (I was still a newbie wrapper then).

This wrap has emerald cotton with a turquoise short cross carryhemp weft.   It is 60% cotton and 40% hemp.  Hemp blend wraps are recommended for both tiny baby and bigger toddlers.  My daughter was about seven months old when I bought this wrap, but she was a petite thing.  I thought this was a great investment since I could use it while she was small and as she grew.

I’ve heard that hemp wraps can be stiff and hard to break in, so I was lucky to buy a preloved wrap.  As I said above, it was super soft and easy to wrap with right off the bat.

I was disappointed to find a few pulled threads* and an area of thread shifting.  I met Gina of Dr. Pull’s Fan Club on Facebook, and she got the pulls and thread shifting fixed.  Indios seem to be very prone to pulls, and thread-shifting isn’t uncommon on thinner wraps.  Both things are easily fixable by someone with a little experience.

So on to to details:

Didymos Emerald Turquoise Hemp Indio (ETHI)
Blend:  620151122_2139150% cotton/40% hemp
Size:  4
Length:  3.8 meters
Width:  0.68 meters
Weight:  555.65 grams / 215 g/m2 (slightly less than the advertised 220 g/m2)
Rails:  Tapered
Color:  Emerald cotton with turqoise hemp weft in the Indio pattern

This wrap doesn’t shimmer as much as the Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio does, but the color is bright and cheerful.  I think it makes for a great every day wrap, and it can certainly brighter up a gloomy day!

Although both Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio and ETHI are advertised at 220 g/m2, ETHI felt a lot lighter and thinner.  But it was also a lot softer, too, and I could see it being a very snuggly wrap for a young baby.  I found it easy to wrap with, and it didn’t slip.  The only tying complaint I had, really, is that it was so grippy I had a hard time untying a slip knot I used for a Coolest Hip Cross Carry (which is my favorite hip carry).

I’ve mostly used this wrap for various hip carries, and it always feels supportive to me.  The grippiness that made the slipknot tough to untie also means the wrap doesn’t seem to slip – and that’s a big plus to me.

I have really enjoyed this wrap, although I am feeling a little churny, so I may soon sell it  – just so I can have funds to try some other wraps.

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Example of a pulled thread.

*Pulled thread:  A pulled thread is a little loop of thread that gets pulled loose from the pattern.  It can occur when a fingernail or piece of jewelry catches on a wrap – or something similar.

When you buy a used wrap, the seller has the responsibility to disclose flaws.  However,  a seller may occasionally miss a pulled thread.  As the buyer, you should check over your wrap carefully as soon as you receive it.  If it isn’t in the condition you expect, you can bring that up with the seller.  Some sellers may offer a refund or a discount, and others will not.  That’ll be between you and the seller. I didn’t look over this wrap carefully in a timely manner, so I felt like I had lost the right to complain about the pulls.

 

 

 

Starting a Love Affair with Didymos: Deep Blue and Gold Indio

deep blue and goldLike many wrap-obsessed parents, I begin stalking the babywearing pages on Facebook.  I drooled over brands and patterns and colors, and I wanted to buy all the wraps!  I discovered Didymos pretty quickly, and then I fell in love with Indio pattern.    I joined the DIdymos Love & Appreciate and Indio Lovers Unite! Facebook groups.  I had been eyeing the Deep Blue and Gold Indio on a retail site when one popped up on the swap.  I mentioned it to my husband, and he said, “If you want it, buy it.” That was all the encouragement I needed.

imageThis was one of my first Didymos wraps (I bought this one and another at the same time), my first hemp/cotton blend, and my first size 5.  The size 5 let me try out a few different carries, which was fun!

Didymos Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio details:
(Some details are gathered from websites. I no longer have this wrap, so I cannot weigh and measure it).
60% cotton, 40% hemp
Size:  5
Length:  4.2 meters
Weight: 220 g/m2
Rails:  Tapered
Color:  Dark blue (navy) with gold in Didymos’ indio pattern

20150322_172356(0)This wrap is just gorgeous!  The gold in the pattern makes it look shiny and fancy, and I think anyone would look beautiful wearing their baby in this wrap someplace dressy: a wedding, out to a party or to a nice dinner. At the same time, the gold isn’t overwhelming so the wrap is also great for everyday use.  This is one of the wraps I took with me on a trip to Barcelona, and I wore my baby to a reception that my husband had to go to for work as well as out while walking through the town.

20150523_185843I thought this wrap felt thicker than its 220 g/m2.  That might be because it wasn’t completely broken in or I’m not used to the feel of the hemp blends.  The thicker feeling made it seem more supportive, and it wrapped well.  I felt like it was easy to wrap, tighten and tie, but it also didn’t slip once tied.  I appreciate those qualities in a wrap.

I got churny and ended up selling this wrap.  I didn’t like how stiff and thick it felt, but don’t hold that against the wrap!, I have discovered I’m just not a fan of the hemp blends.  If you have more patience for breaking hemp in than I do, get this wrap.  It is gorgeous and shimmery, and you and your baby will both look gorgeous in it!  I’m  glad I tried it, and I enjoy my Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio photos.

One note about Indios:  the pattern seems pretty prone to getting pulls.  I love the Indio pattern, but I’m so clumsy and spend so much time outside that I really fret about rubbing up against something that snags my wrap and creates a pull.

 

 

 

New woven wrap: Lenny Lamb Bubo Owls

at the seaI ordered the Lenny Lamb Bubo Owls at the same time I ordered the Lenny Lamb Tangata.  I love owls – they’re fascinating birds, and we have two to three great horned owls who pass through our property both in the spring and fall. I could sit outside for hours listening to them – and I often have.  While I was pregnant, I was in our pool one evening when an owl swooped right over my head, flew up to the roof of our house, and landed to who-who for a while.  One of our baby showers was owl-themed, and she has a great owl painting hanging in her room.  Yes, I do love owls!  That made a Lenny Lamb Bubo Owls the perfect wrap for us.

When I ordered the wrap, the only carries I knew were FWCC and FCC, so I ordered a size six.  My goal, like any good baby wrapper, was to learn more carries in my base size.  The Bubo Owls is lighter on the “wrong” side, which makes it easy to tell if you’ve twisted the wrap.  It also looks nice for those carries with shoulder flips.  Since all the owls face the same way on the wrap, it is also easy to tell top from bottom and that makes it easy to figure out which rail to tighten to take slack out of your carry.

Lenny Lamb Bubo Owls details:
100% cotton
Size:  6
Length:  4.6 meters
Weight: 280 g/m2
Rails:  Tapered
Color: Red with grey owls, clouds, and branches.  The “wrong” side of the wrap is a light pinkish-grey and the owls, clouds and branches are in red

babywearing in spainThis wrap is thicker than the Ellaroo Maija or Lenny Lamb Tangata, and that took a little getting used to.  It also meant, though, that it was more supportive and felt more durable.   The thickness meant it took longer to break in, but I washed and ironed it a couple of times, braided it, and wore it as much as I could.

This was the wrap I decided to take with us on vacation to Barcelona, Spain.  I wore the wrap almost every day for nearly two weeks.  It got softer the more I wore it, and I had no problems with this wrap.  Being 100% cotton made it easy to care for, too – a nice wash, dry, and iron and it looked great again!

I love this wrap – and it would have been permastash if it hadn’t been stolen when I sent it traveling.  I’m going to miss this wrap to the end of my babywearing days!

 

My First NEW Woven Wrap: Lenny Lamb Tangata

20150528_125720I bought an Ellaroo Maija used on the Budget Swap, and I quickly fell in love with babywearing.  I started watching the swap pages, looking at wrap makers, and drooling over all the pretty wraps.  I am a researcher by nature, so I read about the different sized wraps and what carries you could do, different materials and blends, different makers.

20150320_172208It took me about a month to  make my next purchase:  two wraps from Lenny Lamb.  One was my beloved owls, which went missing during a traveling swap, and the other was a Lenny Lamb Tangata in a size 4.  I decided on a size 4 because it allowed me to try some other carries (my Ellaroo was a size 6 and I also purchased the owls in a size 6).  I decided on the Tangata because it is a rainbow wrap.  After watching a bunch of wrapping tutorials, it seemed like having a wrap in which the two rails were very different in color would really help me as I learned to keep the wrap straight and to tighten the rails – and I was right, the different rails have been very helpful!

Lenny Lamb Tangata Wrap details:
60% Cotton, 40% viscose bamboo
Size:  4
Length:  3.7 meters
Weight: 220 g/m2
Rails:  Tapered

torso carryThis is a light to medium weight wrap, and because it is made with bamboo it feels like in your hand.  The bamboo also means it is soft right out of the packaging and needs almost no breaking in!  I washed it immediately, laid it out to dry, and ironed it, and then started wearing it.   (Since this is my only bamboo blend wrap, I don’t know if all bamboo wraps are so soft right away!)

This wrap also has a lot of glide – I think that’s because of the bamboo as well.  That makes it easy to tighten as the fabric just glides, but I feel like sometimes I have a little trouble keeping the wrap tight.  I’ve read that bamboo is really a great fabric for tiny babies because it is so soft, but that it often isn’t supportive enough for bigger babies.  My toddler is small at only 18 pounds, but I can tell that we’ll have to retire this wrap soon and wait for a new baby (or pass it on to another mamma).

poppins hip carryThis was a great first new wrap for us.  The size was right to learn several new hip carries, the different colored rails made it easy to keep them straight as I was learning new carries, and the bamboo made it soft and easy to work with.  My only caution on this wrap, really, is that it probably won’t work for bigger babies and kids.

I have to add that I really like the Lenny Lamb folks.  Their wraps are often considered budget wraps because they’re in the $100-$200 range.  But don’t let that turn you off.  I think they make beautiful wraps that should last.  Give them a try!

 

Trying a ring sling: Maya’s Bright Stripes

josey ring sling april 2015 baylorAfter buying my first woven wrap, I decided I had to try a ring sling, too.   Before I had even learned about wraps, several friends had recommended ring slings as a great way to carry your baby, and I wanted to know what they were all about.

I began searching the Babywearing on a Budget Facebook  page.  There were so many options and I had no clue what I needed or wanted.  I saw slings with a pleated shoulder”, “gathered shoulder”, or “padded shoulder”, but I wasn’t sure which I should get.    I decided that since I wanted to carry my baby for as long as she would let me, a padded shoulder sounded like a good idea.  I figured she would eventually get heavy and the padding might help offset the padding.

So I found a Maya Wrap Ring Sling on the swap in the pattern Bright Stripes.  As their name says, the colors are bright and they’re cheerful, and I thought they would be fun to wear.  I bought a used sling and started watching YouTube videos, hoping to learn how to use it.

It was just as bright and cheerful in person as it was online, and several Youtube channels had videos on how to front and hip carry.  The little one was already too big for the infant carry, but I practiced front and hip carries and it didn’t take long to get them down well.  In fact, I think it took me longer to learn how to thread the rings than it did to learn how to get the little one into the sling.

Maya Ring Slings are a pretty economical ring sling.  You can get them new for about $80 plus shipping, and you can find them used for less.  There are a lot of used Maya Ring Slings available, and I think that’s a good sign that they last through some decent babywearing.

In addition to being economical, they’re pretty easy to use.  You can get overwhelmed with the options in a woven wrap – there are many carries and some of them are very difficult.  It can be hard to learn to hold your baby and wrap her.  With the ring sling, you put it on, adjust it a bit, put the baby in, and then adjust more.  I think they’re pretty easy to tighten up, too, and my little one always felt secure in hers.
20150415_191546I think the best thing about the ring sling is how quick they are.  My wonderful husband sometimes gets impatient when we get somewhere and it takes me several minutes to get wrapped and adjusted.  In April, we took a ten hour car trip.  That meant several stops for gas, food, nursing, etc.  He was going to be frustrated waiting for me to wrap each time.  So instead I took the ring sling.  I had the little one in it in less than a minute, and we were off walking around for a break from the car before my husband knew what happened!

Another nice perk of the Maya Ring Sling is that it includes a zippered pocket on the tail.  This gives you a place to store keys, diapers, your wallet!

The only downside to the ring slings, that I can see, if that there are fewer options for carries (I know, I had said that was a benefit!).  For me, I love the artistry and beauty of all the different carries I can do with my woven wrap.  The ring sling leaves me wanting there.  But not everyone has the patience for wrapping, and if you are running a bunch of errands where your baby will be in and out of the wrap several times through the day, a ring sling is really useful and quick.

I would love to get to try some of the more expensive ring slings to see how they compare to the Maya Ring Sling.  I would definitely recommend a Maya Ring Sling, especially if you are starting out and want to see if you like a ring sling or if you don’t have the patience for wrapping.

 

 

 

Ellaroo Maija: My first woven wrap

20150302_110808When I’m not wearing the little one or chasing her around as she builds muscles crawling and climbing and pulling up and generally giving me a million mini-heart attacks a day AND when I’m not out helping save starving horses, I do some freelance writing.   Most of my freelancing is about horses, although I’ve also written for a Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, and some general interest magazines (mostly about musicians or about local touristy things).  I would love, love, love to combine my love of babywearing and my skill at writing to write reviews for companies or articles for other blogs or websites.  Until I can find those gigs, though (do they even exist?!), I’m going to practice by reviewing the wraps that pass through here.  Maybe one of my reviews will help someone decide to buy one of the wraps I enjoy!

My first woven wrap was an Ellaroo Maija I got in January of this year (2015).  I  purchased it used off of the Babywearing on a Budget Facebook group.  I had been watching some wrapping videos, and it looked like something fun I could do with the little one.  It would give me a bit of a new hobby (since it is hard to get outside and train horses much when the baby needs to be held so often!) and it would satisfy her need to be held most of the time while still allowing me
to get a few things done.

When I first started looking at wraps, though, I had a bit of a shock.  Wrap prices range from $100-$300 (and even higher for hand woven wraps and rare or custom wraps).  I wasn’t sure about spending so much money when I didn’t know if I would like wrapping.  So I turned to the Budget Swap (where all carriers must be listed below $100) to see what I could find.

The Ellaroo Maija caught my eye because I loved the colors – blues and greens. I also admit it, I loved the fringed ends.  It just looks like something I would love to wear around the house and when out with the little one.  I think I jumped on this wrap and bought it within a few minutes of it being listed on-line.  (I was clueless about buying from the Facebook swaps then, too.  I didn’t check the seller’s feedback or ask many questions).

I got lucky, though, and when I got the wrap it was in great shape.  So here’s the info on the wrap:

Ellaroo Maija
100% cotton
Size:  Short 6
Length :  4.4 meters/174 inches
Width:  0.635 meters/25 inches
Fringe:  11.49 centimeters/4.5 inches
Weight: 1lb 0.4 oz / 464.9 grams
Weight: 166.9 g/m2

This is a very lightweight wrap which makes it fairly cool to use.  The striped pattern can make it easier to tell which rail to tighten when you are tightening your carry (look at the color of the stripe on the rail of the loose area and then tighten the same stripe color on the corresponding tail).  The stripes are pretty small on the rails, though, so sometimes I need to have a good look before I start tightening.    The wrap is the same on the front and back, so that does make it a bit hard for carries where you want to see both sides of a wrap (such as anything with a shoulder flip).

Since this wrap is lightweight, I think it was easier to start learning carries with.  The heavier wraps I’ve had can be harder to get tight, and they seem to take a little longer to break in.  Although I bought this wrap used, I doubt it takes a lot of work to get broken in.

20150210_140136Because it is light, though, I think it might not be supportive enough for a big kid.  The LO is about 16 pounds now, and this wrap is fine for her.  I think with a toddler or bigger kid, you  might need more passes to keep the wrap from getting saggy.

While I love fringed things, I don’t like how easily this fringe tangles.  It takes a little work to get it straight and pretty.  But it DOES look nice when you have it wrapped!

Although I was at least the third owner, this wrap was in great shape.  It doesn’t seem to be very prone to pulls or broken threads, so that makes it a nice wrap for everyday wear.

I think this was an awesome first wrap for us.  I’m not using it much now as I’ve gotten into nicer, heavier wraps.  So I’ll be selling it on to someone else who needs their first wrap.  Hopefully this wrap will keep on getting people into wrapping for years to come!

 

Infantino Mei Tai: My workhorse carrier

I started looking for a Mei Tai after several moms on a Facebook group for infants who had sleep problems suggested wearing my little one for nap time.  I joined the Babywearing on a Budget Facebook group, and started looking for a Mei Tai.  The Infantino Mei Tai was attractive because it was cheap – about $20 for a lightly used carrier.  I didn’t mind spending $20 to see if I liked the carrier and would use it.

Mei tais are based on an old Asian style of babywearing, and they’re fairly easy to use.  You can carry your baby on your front (facing in, towards your chest), on your hip or on your back.  They tie around you, so they’re a little more work than a SSC, but they’re easy to learn to use and you can easily adjust the position of the straps when you tie to get a tie that’s comfortable for you and your baby.

The Infantino Mei Tai is a budget mei tai – you can get far more expensive, higher quality mei tais from many other companies.   I think these versions offer a lot more options:  different patterns, accessories, and usefulness (some of them are reversible so you can have two different looks from one carrier).  For me, the Infantino Mei Tai served its purpose:  a good starter carrier.

Although I bought this carrier so I could wear the little one for naps, I haven’t done that. Not once.  Instead, I ended up buying woven wraps to wear her in when we’re out or when I need to get stuff done around the house.  I use the mei tai for outside chores:  gardening, feeding horses, cleaning stalls, yardwork.  Because the mei tai is pretty cheap, I don’t mind if it gets dirty, stained, or snagged.    It is also easy to clean:  throw it into the washer with wrap-safe detergent and I hang mine to dry.

When using a mei tai, I do recommend checking over it frequently to make sure the stitching is in good repair and there are no rips or loose seams.  Those could pose a huge safety hazard if they come lose.  So far, the little one seems to like watching the horses and watching me work in the garden.  Although I have to be careful because she’s been reaching over and grabbing weeds and parts of plants and yanking them off!

I think the Infantino Mei Tai is a fine budget carrier, as long as you keep an eye on the carrier to make sure it stays in good repair.  And practice putting the carrier on and getting your baby situated over a bed or sofa until you have the hang of it (that way, if your baby falls he doesn’t fall far and has a soft landing).

 

Fleurville Soft Stretch Carrier: My “gateway” carrier

We live on a small farm with six horses of our own. I also run Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, a horse rescue that helps abused, abandoned, and starved horses through Texas.  We often have between 1-3, sometimes more, horses here for the rescue as well.  My wonderful husband took care of the horses for the last few weeks of my pregnancy and the first several weeks after the little one was born, but the horses are ‘my thing’ and I wanted to get out to the barn.  Normally I feed in the morning before he left for work and in the evenings once he got home, and he takes care of the little one – it is daddy-daughter time.  But sometimes his days run long and occasionally he has to travel.  At first, I would take her with me to the barn in her carseat carrier and set her in a wagon.  But I eventually realized it would be easier to carry her with me.  I didn’t want to use the Ergo carrier because I 20141203_164712didn’t like having to readjust it after DH wore it, and I also didn’t want to get it dirty with hay, horse hair, cat hair, and the other barn hazards.  So I went looking for a cheaper carrier that I wouldn’t mind getting dirty.

I had received a half off coupon for one item at Baby Depot (which is located at Burlington Coat Factory).  You can normally find these coupons online, and they give you 50% off of one item.  I went looking for a carrier there and found the Fleurville Soft Stretch Carrier.  It was listed for $40, which meant I only paid $20.  I figured that if I didn’t like it or if it got ruined in the barn, it was no big deal as it was pretty cheap.

20150206_162211The carrier is two parts.  The main part fits over your body kind of like a shirt with two pieces of fabric in front that makes a cross.  You slide your baby into it kind of like a front cross carry wrap.  The second piece of the carrier is a sash that helps secure the baby in place.

My little one was just a few months old when I started using this, and it fit her well.  While the carrier lists multiple positions that are possible, I only carried her facing towards me (again, like she was in a front cross carry wrap).  She loved being snuggled up close to me, and I liked having her where I could see her and keep her with me.

The carrier is comfortable, inexpensive, and easy to use.  It is also easy to wash (throw it into the washing machine with wrap-safe detergent).  The instructions say you can use it with a baby up to 35 pounds, but once she was 15-16 pounds, I felt like the carrier was sagging.  She’s a long but thin baby, so she was about six months when I started to feel uncomfortable with her in the carrier.

20150204_163413The carrier held up well to frequent visits to the barn and our nearly daily walks down the road, and I ended up selling it on the Budget Swap on Facebook. I thought it was a great buy for the money and worked perfect for what I needed at the time.  It might not stand up well to daily/hard use, though.

20150129_164746I would recommend this carrier as a starting carrier – but only if you use the farrier in the position that has the baby facing you.

 

Ergo Carrier: An Easy to Find Soft Structured Carrier

When I was setting up my baby registry, I was overwhelmed like many moms-to-be.  Both Babies R Us and Amazon’s baby registries suggested items we needed, including a baby carrier.  I looked around and kept seeing the name “Ergo” pop up, so I added it and an infant insert to my list.  At the time, I didn’t associate the carrier with babywearing and I wasn’t sure when we would use the Ergo versus a stroller, but I added it to my list and moved on to the next item.

One of our wonderful friends gifted us with the Ergo and infant insert at our shower.  When we got home, I pulled it out of the box and was confused with all the straps and buckles.  It was a little intimidating at first!  I read the instructions, tried it on, and then hung it up in the baby’s closet to await her arrival.

Once the little one was here, I was terrified to put her in the Ergo!  I had a lot of anxiety about the many ways in which she could get hurt or die, and I was certain I would trip over my clumsy feet, fall on her, and hurt her if I had her in the carrier.  I was extremely nervous even carrying her – but I definitely could sit in a chair all day, holding her and gazing at her.

So in the beginning, my husband used the Ergo.  He took the little one on evening walks.  This was a time for just the two of them, but it was also a time for me to get a little bit of a breather on my own.  The sleepy dust was strong with the Ergo on these early walks:  he almost always came back home with a sleeping baby snuggled up against his chest (and how cute is that?!).

20150131_165214A few months later, I got braver and decided to use the Ergo on a trip to the grocery store. I was tired of trying to maneuver a stroller through our overly crowded store and felt more confident in my ability to carry the baby without falling on her.  That trip was a turning point!   I didn’t feel like anyone was going to run into the baby and her stroller, and it was so much easier to get up and down the aisles.  Plus, she fell asleep in the Ergo and snuggled up against me.  That was the last trip the stroller made into any store!

You can get an Ergo Carrier with an infant insert for about $135 – cheaper than most woven wraps.  You can use it to carry your baby on your chest facing you, on your back, or on your chest facing out (although several babywearing experts caution that babies can get too overstimulated when facing out).  The buckles and straps may seem intimidating at first, but once you get everything adjusted for you and your baby, it is easy to slip on, slip your baby in, buckle up and go.  The only thing I really don’t like about the Ergo (and I imagine this would hold true for any SSC) is that if both you and your spouse want to use the Ergo, you have to keep adjusting the straps.

 

 

 

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