Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Let's talk... baby carriers!
I have tried different kinds of baby carriers in the past and so far, a grand total of none of them have worked for me and my babes! I can't remember them all but know I had a Maya Wrap with The Professor, a Baby Bjorn-ish style carrier with Sunshine and I don't remember what I tried with Shortcake and BigBoy (lack of sleep kills brain cells, ya know). I've kind of given up on the idea of using one with Cupcake, especially with having so many God-given "carriers" standing by, just itching to help hold their little sister.
However, considering it's been 7 years since we had a baby in the house, I'm curious to talk about what might be "new" and what has worked for other mamas, should we be inclined to try a carrier again. Jennifer (who's maternity leave starts today!) talked about the heat factor involved with a wrap style carrier in this post (see #9) and that is definitely also a concern of mine since we have been known to still be wearing shorts on Thanksgiving here in this hot box we call home. Now granted, October and November aren't as hot as July and August, but still. My other personal predicament is that I have very broad shoulders and frequently get very painful muscle knots in them that seem to only respond to massage, not Advil. If they get too bad, they can trigger some horrible headaches (not quite migraine, but close). I think that's why a sling style carrier has never really worked for me because it puts all the weight on your shoulders and my babies have weight to them! Only one was under 8 lbs when he was born! And they ALL continue to grow big and fast! 90th percentile and above, baby!
So, what do you say, you baby wearing mamas? What have you tried? What have you hated? What do you love? Oh... and one that makes me look as radiant and peaceful as the women above would be great! Thanks! Since this is the first time I've have a baby with big kids old enough to help, I'd also love to hear from mom's with older kids if a carrier is even something to think about or if I should just cross it off the list? I'd really appreciate your thoughts on the matter!