As I came to the realization that I would be home alone most of the day with a toddler and a newborn, I would need to grow an extra set of arms. Since my evolutionary abilities have probably ended and I will not be merged with an octopus, a baby carrier would be the next best thing.
We had a Snugli inherited from friends getting rid of their baby gear. It worked out great with Bunny, especially when we traveled. Although the straps on the back were hit or miss, it was overall an easy to use carrier:
(Side note: I cannot believe how quickly time flies and that baby is now a boisterous toddler.)
Unfortunately like her sister before her, Nagini screamed the instant we attempted to use the Snugli on her. We think she’ll probably be ready to use it when she is older and can hold her head up and be front-facing.
We didn’t want to buy anything super expensive since we’ll go back to using our tried and true.
In the meantime, we spent a week buying and returning several baby carriers priced under $75 to give them a try. I started with a Moby wrap.
- Super comfortable on my back
- The model we bought was UV protected
- Nagini liked it too
- Hard to get the wrapping just right
- If we need to use it when we are out, there is so much fabric it would drag on the floor
I really wanted to like it, but it was not practical for me. When Brian returned the wrap, the cashier told him that a lot of customers return Moby wraps because of the cons I listed above.
After scouring a bit, and sending Brian on a mission, he came back with a Munchkin Reversible Sling. It didn’t last more than a day before being returned.
- The fabric was really really pretty
- It was easy to fold
- It was really inexpensive
- We couldn’t adjust it at all
- Nagini screamed when we put her in it
- She could not completely fit in the wrap
- We could not completely fit in the wrap
We then decided to try Balboa Baby. When we were at the register, the cashier told us a lot of parents love this carrier and if we could not figure out how to use it we should go look up videos on YouTube and to not give up on it. It was pretty funny because we did not tell her how many slings and stores we had been to…it was a totally random conversation.
Here it is on the first night we got it:
Success! After a couple weeks, we have decided to keep this carrier.
- The wrap is adjustable
- It’s pretty comfortable for a side carrier
- The baby fits in it and loves it
- There is a little pocket I can put my cell phone in
- We can fit in it
- It feels like it sits a little low (might need more adjusting)
- It’s just me, but I get psychologically nervous and feel like I have to hold the wrap in some way because I think the baby will tear through the fabric. I know. I am crazy.
I think this one is a keeper and it’ll be fun to see how we like it as she gets bigger.
Did I miss out on any other potential carriers?