I am a big fan of infant carriers. I had one many years ago with Noah, but it hurt my back too badly to use it very often. They have come a long way since.
When Lorelei was born, I knew I wanted a Moby Wrap. At the time they were $50, but I knew it would be an important investment. I loved it! It hugs your little one to you and is so comfy. It made the crying hours and fussiness easier to deal with. When she got too big for it I really wanted an Ergo, but our finances made it difficult to get one ($135), so I perused Craigslist for a while until I found one for $85, still a lot, but manageable. It was very helpful and I think I would have used it more, if I had had it sooner.
When Henry was born I used the Moby again, but because I’m a lot more busy it only comes out for a planned event. Shopping, hiking, that sort of thing. I rarely wear it around the house. I have started to use the Ergo with Henry (out of desperation), but he’s still a little too small for it. The Ergo is awesome because you can just throw it on and put the baby in quickly.
I was doing my usual shopping at Wal-mart and was in the baby section when I noticed a carrier I hadn’t seen before, an Infantino Sash Mei Tai. I looked at the way the straps crossed (super important if you have back issues) and tied around and I thought I would give it a try. It says 8 – 36 pounds and looked lighter than the Ergo and hopefully softer.
I was right! It is lighter and softer than the Ergo, but the straps work like the Moby. I am planning to bring this carrier with me on my trip to Portland this weekend to help navigate the airports. The best part is this carrier is only $30! A great compromise for those who can’t afford or don’t want to spend the money on an Ergo, but I would not give my Moby up for it during the first few months. A carrier of some sort is so important in this fast-paced world, especially if you have more than one child. When the baby wants to be held (ALL the time!) this allows me to hold him while still making an ice cream cake for my sons birthday, for example. It seems like Infantino is trying to up their game lately. They’ve also come out with some awesome natural toys which I’ve seen at Target, with terry cloth texture, wood and ribbons instead of plastic.
It’s funny how with each child there is always something new to make the first few months easier. For Henry is was the Rock n Play. I might give up my Moby for that thing if it was an either/or situation. ;o)
Updated: Go here for a youtube video about the Sash Mei Tai to walk you through how to tie it in different ways. Also, all of these carriers will work for plus size ladies and their daddies too!
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