The Evolution of a Baby-Wearing Mama and the Carriers I’ve Grown to Love

Baby wearing will take you anywhere... even the Olympics. And yes, we're cheering for China, but only because Canada wasn't in this medal match. :)

Like cloth diapers, baby carriers can become a bit of an addiction.

Over the past seven and a half years, as I’ve gone from one sweet baby to four little ones, I’ve tried my fair share of baby carriers. They are one of the tools that makes my mothering infinitely easier and I grab for one at least once a day and sometimes more.

There are lots of reviews out there on specific carriers if you’re looking for one to purchase. Today I’m going to take you on a journey from my first experience of baby wearing, to what I presently use with my 4th baby, and all the things I’ve tried in between.

Baby Bjorn

This was the beginning of my baby-wearing journey. It was what everyone else seemed to use back then. Come to think of it, they didn’t wear their babies very often or for very long… hmmm.

I used a borrowed Baby Bjorn with my first baby. I’m sure they’ve improved over the past 7 years, but I wasn’t impressed. My shoulders and back literally ached within 20 minutes, the straps rode up my back and I was constantly yanking them back down, and the carrying style options were extremely limited. If baby needed a different position, it was a no go. Sorry about that, baby.

There are many rings slings, but this one is a Maya Ring Sling

Ring Sling

My first ring sling was from a thrift store. It was too big and I couldn’t get it tight enough to hold my daughter snugly. I had to hold her tight to me whenever I bent down or moved in any quick manner.

Then I tried a custom-made ring sling that belonged to a friend. I could immediately see that hers was quite a few steps above mine. It tightened nicely, and she could use it to carry her slightly older baby on her hip. She adored using it. I was tempted, but didn’t want to fork out the money.

At the very least, it got me thinking that there might be something to this whole baby carrying thing…

Ergo

I made it to my daughter’s first birthday without a carrier. Then she began cutting molars and wanted to be held every second of every day. And suddenly investing in even an expensive carrier sounded like a very good idea.

I was hearing really good things about the Ergo and decided that that’s what I needed. I promptly used some saved up birthday money to purchase an Ergo original style baby carrier.

It was the best thing ever and worth ever penny. I wore her on my back, and once I got the hang out getting her in and out safely, it was quick and easy to use. She was delighted to be carried around all day, and I was delighted that I could actually do it for an hour or more at a time. I sometimes used it as a side carrier, but having her on my back was my favorite. The sitting position she was in seemed very comfortable to her and she frequently fell asleep while being carried.

Ergo with Newborn Insert

Eventually, she outgrew being carried and I became pregnant with #2. I knew that Ergo also made a newborn insert, so I made sure to purchase it before baby came. If I loved the Ergo so very much, surely I would also *heart* the newborn insert, right?

Wrong. There were a few major problems. For one, it was difficult to get my new baby situated comfortably in the insert so that the circulation in his little legs wasn’t compromised. One time they actually started turning blue! For another, he was born in late May, and even when dressed in only a onesie, the insert was roasting hot for his poor, sweaty little self. It felt extra bulky to wear and made me hot, sweaty and cranky. I got rid of it in a thrift store purge before my 3rd child was born, having worn it less than 10 times.

I do have to mention that while writing this post, I noticed that they now have a new version of the newborn insert than what I used… perhaps it’s an improvement?

Fitted Sling

While pregnant with my 3rd child, I decided that it was time to pursue slings again as a newborn option, to use until baby was big enough for the Ergo on my back (around 4-5 months, when they can hold their heads up well).

A fitted sling appealed to me, as one negative of the ring slings was the extra fabric that hangs down and flops around. I know some moms like it, because they can use it to cover themselves while nursing in public, but it drove me nuts. After looked into fitted slings, I found a Hotsling in my size (these come in 6 sizes based on your measurements) on Craigslist.

Slings are very convenient. They slip on and off at a moment’s notice, which is ideal when you have 2 toddlers and the baby is screaming. Sometimes, they are just perfect for calming a newborn baby, because of their snugness. Other times (especially with my 4th baby), it’s just a bit too snug and even a newborn will want to be more upright than a fitted sling allows.

They do fold up small and so they’re convenient for travel, for church, for grocery shopping, etc. Ultimately, they still hurt my back and shoulders, although I can tolerate wearing one for about 30-45 minutes.

Chai Wrap Tai

(These are actually no longer available, but they’re very similar to a BabyHawk Mei Tai)

This unique carrier is a hybrid between a traditional Asian Mei Tai and a wrap carrier (like a Moby). I received one for review when Johanna was already about 18 months old and though I liked the idea of this carrier, she far preferred to run around than be carried.

I set it aside for baby #4, unsure of how much I would use it. Knowing that I was planning to write this baby wearing post, I pulled it out a few weeks ago to give it a fair trial.

I’m in love.

Although this is a wrap style carrier, with very long straps that need to be tied a certain way, it was far easier to put on than I anticipated. I had it down after about 3 or 4 attempts. The reinforced solid fabric front (like a Mei Tai) holds baby in very snuggly, but allows them to be upright. You can also pull the head covering up over them and snap it in place if they fall asleep, to provide them some darkness and keep their head from bobbing around.

Best of all? I can wear it for an extended period of time, without pain or strain. Baby is soothed quickly in this carrier and as he gets older, I can try using it for side and back carrying as well.

Moby Wrap

I had seen these before and felt intimidated by the yards of long fabric. I had heard amazing things about them, but wondered how I would ever learn to wrap this thing properly? When Courtney (a writer here at KOTH, and also the owner of Simply Nurtured, an online shop with natural essentials for baby and mom) asked if I wanted to try a Moby Wrap with my new little one, I was definitely intrigued.

Before trying it, I read through the manual over and over, trying to wrap my head (no pun intended) around this tying business. I didn’t do it perfectly, but nonetheless, once I slipped my fussy baby in, he calmed down quickly and I was pleased by how snug and secure this wrap felt as I went about cooking dinner and cleaning up after children.

After having used both the Moby and the Chai Wrap Tai these past two months, I’m a fan of them both, but for different reasons. The Moby fits so snuggly, spreads the weight evenly across my back, shoulders and chest, and makes it easy to be mobile. The Chai isn’t quite so snug or supportive of my back (it is those things, just not as much as the Moby), yet it’s easier to put on, feels lightweight, and folds up smaller. They’ll both grow along with baby, allowing for different carrying styles.

Four Babies In: My Final Thoughts

I say final knowing that by the time baby #5 or #6 comes along, I may have gone ga-ga over another type of carrier, but this is what I think thus far:

Quickest to put on: Fitted or ring sling

Cheapest: Sling or Moby Wrap (and it depends on the brand, of course, but many fall between $30-$50)

Best for small babies: Moby Wrap or Mei Tai style

Best for large babies and toddlers: Ergo

Best for packing up small: Sling or wrap style

Best for local walks and hikes: Ergo

Overall top choice for an “everything” carrier: Mei Tai (with Moby coming in a close 2nd)

You’ll notice I didn’t include “Best for nursing”. Truthfully, I just don’t like nursing with my babies in a carrier. I know plenty of moms do. If you’re one of them, would you comment on what type of carrier you like best for nursing purposes?

I’ve also realized that I prefer to have multiple carriers to use at different times. If I had to, I could get by with just one style, but having several is nice as it allows you to really pick and choose according to each carrier’s strengths and weaknesses.

Which carriers have you tried? What have you loved and which ones didn’t work for you?

This review is based purely off of my own experiences and is not sponsored by any carrier. The Moby Wrap and Chai Wrap Tai were both received for the purpose of review, but all opinions are my own. This post includes affiliate links.

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Someone gave me a Moby-like carrier before I had my second child and I loved it! I tried the Bjorn and a sling with my first, but both hurt my back. I like the Moby because you can spread the weight out across your back and shoulders. We have a navy blue one and I even convinced my husband to use it! :) I used the Moby all the time up until my son hit about 20 pounds (around 6 months) when he was getting too heavy to carry on my front. I never did master the Moby for side/back carrying. I’m expecting our third child at the end of the year and I’d like to try to find a used Ergo to try for after the baby turns 6 months old.

  2. I was given a Didymos wrap for my first child and found a wrap style that I liked and supported my back well. They have a lot of tying styles and the wrap came with a book and video of the different wraps to try (http://didymos.com/index.php?s=tying_methods&t=tying%20methods). For this pregnancy I was given an Ergobaby carrier. While my little one is an infant I’m using my Didymos wrap but am looking forward to trying the Ergobaby when her head control is better!

  3. I have 2 children and never used a carrier. My mom gave me her old sling, but I could never figure out how to use it without killing my back! I stay home all the time, and never felt the need to carry my baby around.

    A friend of mine made her own moby style wrap. I’ve seen instructions before online and will likely try that if we have another child. It’s just 5 yards or so of knit material. You don’t even have to sew it. Just search “make your own moby wrap”.

  4. Beth Ann Schad says:

    It sounds like you have been able to try all of the carriers out there, Stephanie. I saw the picture of the Moby wrap and thought of a site that does similar wraps.
    http://wombfruits.blogspot.com
    Ethan (my currently almost three week old son) and I are still slowly trying to get used to our Wombfruit Wrap. I say slowly because he doesn’t always like being close and I am learning that it will work best when he is not hungry. Things will most likely improve as he gets older. Our housemate, Emily, has a Boba which she enjoys very much.

  5. Danielle says:

    Has anyone heard any comments on the sakura bloom slings? They seem to be really nice, but do not know anyone who has used one.

    • I have one that I absolutely love! My first ring sling was from Sleeping Baby Productions, and while it was great and much cheaper, once I got the Sakura Bloom, I could immediately see why they are more expensive, and they are totally worth it! Mine is the single linen style, and the gathered shoulder makes it so easy to get it adjusted perfectly for my body shape, and the linen is strong enough that I can comfortably carry my 30 lb. 2.5-year-old for about 30 minutes before the shoulder with all the weight on it starts to get sore (I am 28 weeks pregnant as well, so I get sore faster than I normally do). It doesn’t sag at all. I wish I’d had it when my daughter was younger!

  6. for my first we used a moby and the ergo (with the newborn insert) – but, it was cold and damp when she was born and very tiny – so we didn’t mind the newborn insert and used it for all of our long walks (all we did was walk in those early months with #1), but with my second she is MUCH bigger than my older daughter was, and it’s warmer she screams with the newborn insert, and I could never get her situated in the moby just right, so we just bought a babyhawk mei tei, and we both love it. Now, I can carry her around with ease and we are both super comfortable. It’s not that great for long walks – but, these days we don’t go out walking for hours on end anymore. :)

  7. When I had my second, just 18 months ago:) we didn’t have a lot of money, still don’t…but my husband could see how i was struggling with nursing so he bought a Moby wrap and surprised me with it. I didn’t know anything about slings or baby carrying, I tried it once with my daughter when she was a newborn (with a different carrier from my sister), but she very much needed and desired her own space:) even at that age:) Anyway, my man read that its best for baby to be near momma especially when nursing to create a bond, he thought it’d help:) and i just went for it as i thought that was super swell of him, especially since we haven’t been in the best financial standing in the past two years, plus to think he took the time to read about something FOR me that i was struggling with, love him!! so I didn’t get a choice, nor would I have known much about other carriers anyway, but I gotta say, I really like the Moby. My son nursed ALL the time, so yeah, I’d end of tying him closer and snuggling him down in and nursing him while shopping at Costco! the issue was people wanting to look down in at my new baby and telling them they couldn’t because I was nursing! Nursing while carrying my baby isn’t ideal FOR ME though:) but it works when the baby starts fussing in public and you don’t wanna bother others or whatever:) and the Moby seems to provide the privacy one needs, sometimes I’d forget to grab a small blanket or my nursing cover!

    thanks for the info, I now have a better knowledge of baby carrying for the next one! yay:)

  8. I’ve used a fitted sling in the newborn stage for the last two babies. (Found a tutorial and sewed it myself to save money!) And I’ve used my Baby Bjorn for all three of my boys. I have the one that has the extra back support piece, and I’m guessing that makes a big difference! Still bugs my shoulders after a while once they get big, but once my boys start walking they don’t exactly want to be held much anymore! :-(

  9. We currently have the Bjorn; hubby loves using it because our baby girl can face outward to see all that is going on. I’m not such a big fan since it tends to hurt my back after more than 20 minutes. I’ve been looking into the Moby for our next newborn, and the Ergo for me to use when baby girl gets a little older. Has anyone had problems with the toddlers being discontent in the Ergo since they always have to face your body?

    • My toddler wasn’t a fan of the Ergo as he got older, because it sits so low in back carries, BUT he still (at 2.5) loves high back carries in a woven wrap or mei tai. You can actually do a high back carry with an Ergo as well, if you buckle the waist strap at your natural waist, or even just below your chest, rather than your hips. He has much better view in crowded places up on my back than he does in a stroller. I started putting my second son up on my back (NOT in a stretchy wrap like a Moby, though) at 2 weeks old, and it’s still probably his favorite place to be at 8.5mo. He can see and interact at the same level as everyone else, and he’s comfortable for me to carry for long periods of time (he’d have outgrown the bjorn weight limit at 4mo).

    • You can use Ergo in the hip or back positions if the toddler no longer wants to face you, although I didn’t have this problem with my first daughter. I started wearing her in the hip position only because it was too cumbersome to wear her in the front when she got bigger. I never got the hang of the back position, but I know a lot of people who love it that way. I love my Ergo and it’s truly one of the best pieces of baby gear I bought. I have both styles of the infant insert and I personally didn’t love either of them. The new style one is quite bulky, but my baby seemed comfortable in it. However, the rules for usage of the old one have changed; I think due to the Infantino sling recall, they no longer recommend a cradle position with the old style insert like they did when I bought it in 2008.

  10. I love my Moby, but my husband thinks it’s too girly for him to wear. He didn’t mind wearing the babies when they were in a Baby Bjorn though.

  11. 19 years ago when my first was born, we had a Snuggli. I didn’t wear him or #2, 3, 4, or 5 around the house. Just when we were out shopping. As they got older we had an aluminum frame back carrier. My husband loves to wear that one when we are hiking. It’s not so good for around stores as it is bulky. With #6, I bought a fitted sling. It worked great, but also hurt my shoulders and back. So with #7 we tried a ring sling. We used that sling A LOT! Even when she was a toddler. She has been our only one to want to be in the sling constantly. Now that #8 is coming in the next couple of weeks, we are going to be trying a Mobi Wrap. A friend gave us one she didn’t use. My body just isn’t as young as it was with the other babies, so I am looking forward to the added back support this is supposed to give.

  12. I have a fitted sling made by a friend, which my first practically lived in until he was nearly one, but it killed my back and shoulders. It was the only thing that would get him to sleep though – he was a high-needs baby – and we called it the magical sling :)

    Then we got an Ergo, and oh my goodness – HEAVEN. Love that thing. I am due in 8 weeks with our third, and was just about to buy the infant insert, but now I’m second-guessing. I’ve heard someone else say they didn’t like it either.

    I also have a moby, but never got the hang of wrapping it myself. Hopefully this time I will so that I can avoid the shoulder-killing sling!

    I’ve never liked nursing in a carrier either! I prefer to get them properly positioned, etc… especially because I have so many issues with leaking and spraying etc in the first many months.

    • Lisa Neumann says:

      Don’t write off the ergo newborn quite yet. Carriers are so personal, it seems to have a lot to do with the unique preferences of the mom and baby – and both as a team. I had a friend who went back to teaching shortly after her son was born mid-semester. He was perfectly content in the ergo newborn. Even today, 14 months later, the ergo is his favorite place when feeling fussy.

  13. Mary Beth says:

    I got an Ergo for baby #1 but only used it a handful of times. I wasn’t fond of all the clips and found it difficult to adjust back and forth when DH and I switched using it. And it was so bulky that I just didn’t want to lug it around or find a place to store it when not in use. So I sold it on craigslist.

    For baby #2 I found a Hotsling on the cheap ($12 at a consignment store) and fell in love. So comfy, quick to put on (even with Baby in my arms) and perfect for a newborn. After the first couple of months, I rarely wore DD so I didn’t bother with anything else.

    For my current baby, who is 5 months now, I have used my Hotsling mostly. I was salivating over the Moby late in pregnancy but just couldn’t afford one, so I decided to “make do” with my Hotsling and turned out to be SO glad I didn’t spring for the Moby. I’m sure I would have loved it, but the Hotsling worked so well I didn’t think twice about it. This baby was VERY fussy and I wore her non-stop for the first couple of months in the Hotsling.

    Now that DD is no longer a newborn, I don’t really wear her at home much. She is mostly content on her own, thankfully. But for going out and about, I have a borrowed Babyhawk that I am happy with in addition to the Hotsling. I like the Babyhawk for grocery shopping or other things that require more activity, as it’s a bit more “hands-free” than the Hotsling (which has somewhat restrictive movement on the over-the-shoulder side). I like the Hotsling for its compactness – it fits in my diaper bag along with everything else and most of the time it’s just what I need (for walks, hanging out with friends, going to church, etc.).

    So, in summary, I use my Hotsling most of the time and I love how compact it is and I take it everywhere. I will stress that it MUST FIT SNUGLY. The only times I have issues with back or shoulder pain is when I’ve gone too long without washing it and it stretches out a bit. A wash (and LINE dry) firms it back up and I’m good to go again. LOVE my Hotsling!

  14. I started out with a Moby, moved to a homemade Sweetpod, then a mei tai, then a ringsling, then an Onya, then a woven wrap. I love them all for different reasons, but the Onya is probably my favorite all-around carrier right now. It’s so comfy for my toddler! I love babywearing!

    Also, check out thebabywearer.com if you’re in need of advice or a new carrier. They have tons of resources and a FSOT board too.

  15. Jennifer C. says:

    I defnitely love the Obimama silk ring sling – it’s washable silk – beautiful and wonderful. she also make Mei Tai wraps. She is local to our area, but her work is wonderful! http://www.obimama.com

    I also have an ergo and love it – but not the insert. I had the same problem with the baby’s legs turning blue!

  16. I never could get the hang of the slings, they just didn’t feel right. I LOVE both my Moby style wrap for babies and my Ergo for when they get a little older. I couldn’t imagine living with out either one.

  17. I really didn’t baby wear with baby #1 (I know–sad!). The only carrier I tried was the awful Infantino sling that was later recalled! I had no clue and in desperation during her “colic” stage, I just grabbed the first sling I saw at Target. I’m so glad she really didn’t like it and that I only used it a few times–since babies actually died in that sling!!

    With my second, I used a Sling Ezee ring sling and a Boba (very similar to an Ergo). The Sling Ezee was OK. I never really got the hang of it, and it would pull on my back. I did put her in it while cooking and doing household chores, as she was a very “attached” baby. I also wore it out some, but, again, it wasn’t SUPER comfortable…BUT it may be because I never knew how to really use it correctly.

    I absolutely LOVE the Boba! I HIGHLY recommend it! It is SO easy to put on and SO comfortable! You can wear older babies (from 4-6 months to age 3!) on the front of the back. I wore her in it in the house, but it’s PERFECT for out–like picking berries in the summer, going to the zoo, etc.

    I would really love to try a Moby with my baby that is due in August. I have stayed away from Moby-like carriers because I thought I’d never be able to figure it out, but everyone tells me they are very easy! Katie from Kitchen Stewardship has a video on her blog of her putting hers on. If I can figure it out, I think a Moby-like sling would be more comfortable on my back.

    Do you (or anyone) carry your toddlers while pregnant? I know I could still be using my Boba with my 18-month-old, but I am honestly a little scared to use it while pregnant.

    I have never been able to nurse while using a carrier/sling either. I did use the sling ezee fabric to toss over myself as an impromptu nursing cover!

    • I used the Moby for the first six months with my first son, and I would put the wrap on me in the morning and leave it on all day. I could slide him in and out of it as he wanted, and if needed just adjust it throughout day.

    • I wore the Ergo when I was pregnant with my 2nd, up until around 5 or 6 months. I just made sure it was really comfortable and pushed the waist band below my belly. It was fine, for me, at least.

    • I carried my then 22mo old son daily in a woven wrap while pregnant with my second. I even wore him comfortably on a long walk at 41wks, 2days. I sometimes found that having the 25lbs on my back helped balance out the 25lbs on my front, lol. I still used my NuzzleMe Creations toddler sized mei tai and Boba on occasion, but didn’t always find the waist strap comfortable. There were times that I preferred the strap above my belly, and other times below. Being able to tie the woven wrap entirely up at my chest (in what’s called a tibeten tie), made it the winner though.

    • I am currently 28 weeks pregnant, and I wore my 2.5-year-old daughter yesterday on my back in a Didymos woven wrap. Woven wraps and ring slings are really the only reasonable option for carrying a heavy toddler late in pregnancy. I definitely can’t use my Beco (like an Ergo) anymore. But with a woven wrap or a ring sling, I can position the fabric to above my belly, and the materials are strong enough to hold my 30 lb toddler without stretching out or sagging. I don’t wear her too often anymore, as she’s big enough to walk most of the time, but there are times where I feel safer when she’s being carried (busy streets, crowded shopping areas), and it’s definitely easier to wear her than carry her in my arms at this point.

  18. I’ve been thinking about trying to find an Ergo….I think you sold me. :-) With my first, my Moby wrap was my favorite, with the Mei Tai coming in close second.

    Thanks for the review!

  19. I’ve tried most of the carriers you have, as well. My favorites – in general AND for nursing – are the Ergo and the Beco Butterfly (THE ORIGINAL VERSION – without the infant insert which seems to keep one from nursing). While I used the ring sling and a wrap similar to the moby for a while, I found them cumbersome and not natural to nurse in.

  20. Jenny in NC says:

    I’ve tried a slew of different carriers and slings, both with my own 2 children, and in my in-home daycare. I haven’t liked any of them. They hurt my back and limit my movements. I prefer to carry the baby on my hip or in my arm/arms. My sister in law had twins–she is a strong girl from years of swimming–she would carry both babies in one arm while she did stuff around the house.

  21. For my oldest son who is now two, we used the Moby and a fitted sling. Whenever I had to nurse in public during the first 4 months, the fitted sling was my favorite! Instead of using the fabric on the top part of the sling to support his head, I slid it up over his head and used my arm for support. It covered me completely, and at times even our parents didn’t know I was nursing! I found it to be much more discreet then the Moby.

    Whenever it came to carrying him for longer periods of time or while doing chores around the house, I went for the Moby. I first put him in when he was about 2 weeks old (that’s when I finally got off the couch and started getting used to my daily activities again), and I was immediately impressed with how well it fit, and that I didn’t have to worry about him falling out when I bent down. Since it was a bit more work to put on and off, during the first six months I would wear the Moby all day long and put him in/take him out as he wanted. I found that to work great.

    By the time he was 9 months he no longer wanted to be carried, and hasn’t shown any indication of wanting to since then. We are expecting our next baby in August, so I’m starting to look into better options for toddlers now. I anticipate that when he sees me carrying the new baby, his interest will return even if it is temporarily.

    Just yesterday I met a woman in the supermarket who had a BoBa Carrier (looked very similar to the Ergo). We talked for a minute and she said that her son was very tall, and found the BoBa to be much more comfortable for both of them with his legnth. The website for the Boba is here http://www.bobafamily.com/.

  22. May I also recommend meitaibaby.com I don’t own the site and I’m not affiliated in any way, but I bought one about three years and two kids ago and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I agree that the mei tai style is the best all-around carrier, and this company just sends it right over the top! You can custom-order the straps in many different colors and then change out the decorative fabric panels! They have so many adorable fabrics to order, but you can also easily make your own for a really personal, fun touch. I’m very petite and I wear my babies a lot, and this is simple to use and comfortable. I can’t say enough good about it!

  23. I had not really tried wearing my first two babies. But when we were preparing to adopt baby #3 I knew I wanted something, mainly bc I knew we would be flying across the country with a week old infant to bring her home. I landed on the sleepy wrap, and I loved it! (it’s basically just like the moby wrap.) I ended up wearing my daughter often over the first months of her life. Not only did I think it helped with bonding, but she loved it, and it was a great way to bring her to parties and public places. She would sleep and it automatically kept people at a distance fom her. I am one of those moms who can’t stand it when kind strangers (or anyone really) leans over the baby stroller and touches the newborn without washing their hands. :) I’m due with baby 4 in July and look forward to wearing this one as well, esp early on.

  24. I liked nursing in my ring sling the best. Now slings come with long tails so it’s easy to be discreet and functional at the same time. I wasn’t as successful with my moby and nursing. Did you try the baby k’tan? Its kind of like a moby with half the work done for because it has two loops instead of the looooong fabric. Its not as adjustable for that perfect fit like the moby though.

  25. I have a Beco Baby Butterfly – similar to the ergo, but you can do outward facing as well, which I liked having the option for. For future kiddos I am looking at the Boba!

    • I have an Ergo which I loved through two babies, but my third baby (4 months old) does not enjoy the Ergo for long. I end up having to take her out and carry her up against me facing out. She likes to see her surroundings, so I am now looking for a carrier that is comfortable on the back and comfortable for baby in an outward facing position. Even though the Beco Baby says that is can be used facing out, I cannot find a picture of it used that way and it seems to me like it would be uncomfortable. Did you use it facing out and if so, how did it work? Does anyone else have any recommendations?

    • BBIIs don’t have a forward facing out option as far as I know. Are you sure you don’t have the Beco Gemini, which does? I like Becos, but don’t find them as comfortable once my kids hit 18mo or so. Bobas are great for bigger kids though!

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