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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:23 pm 
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for those of you whose kids have the doll carrier/baby carrier where did you get it and how much did you pay?

on the ergo website they are $25 and on amazon both ergo and boba are about $30


I made a ring sling with scrap fabric and rings I bought at a notions store. It probably cost $3.00 unless you count my labor (not much). Ring slings are super easy to make for dolls and you can find patterns on the internets. She loved it at first but when she gets hot it's discarded pretty quickly. Do you have a doll stroller? That is a toy with staying power. We have a really simple umbrella one that babynut LOVES. It helps them walk and it's just hours of fun pushing dolls and animals and friends.


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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i never even though of the stroller as we barely use ours so it just didnt occur to me but you are right i think that would be fun! she likes to push her walker thing around and practice walking so if she could take her toys for a spin i bet that would be good times for her. ill have to search for a doll stroller

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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Westiebaby has this cheap crappy carrier we got from a department store for $7 :
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And a pouch sling my Mum made with offcuts from my pouch sling:
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She also likes pushing a doll around in a tiny shopping cart we have for her, I figure it doubles up as a pram/cart so saves having to buy multiple things!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Westiebaby is so cute with her carriers!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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oh my goodness look at westiebaby! how cute is she with her carrier?????

adorable!!!

i wonder if my mom could sew me a carrier or sling. does anyone have or know of a basic pattern for one? im not a sewer myself but my mom does really nice sewing.

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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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to answer my own question i just found this in case anyone else is interested.
im gonna send it to my mom and see what she thinks

http://www.theshoppingmama.com/2012/08/mei-tai-doll-carrier-tutorial-diy/

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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Thanks, I think she's pretty adorable, too!

Heaps of doll mei tai patterns available online, but a word of warning, a mei tai will take her a LOT longer to learn to use on her own, so you'll have to tie it, obviously, and if she's anything like Westiebaby, she wants her baby up NOW, and then wants it off NOW, so I find the pouch super handy and less likely to cause meltdowns hehe. Ring sling would be similarly handy. I know of older littlies who love their mei tais, though!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I thought I'd share.. I'm looking for a very light, compact travel ergo-style carrier I can keep in my purse because getting out of the house with everyone's gear has gotten trickier with two little kids.. and found this great blog post that compares several of the ones I was considering:

http://jornie.com/travel-friendly-baby-carriers/

Unfortunately the conclusion seems to be that for hiking and traveling, just remembering to bring the ergo is probably still my best option.. but for emergency purse stashing, I think I'll probably go with the Bitybean.


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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i cant believe i forgot to post pics of BP with her new Mei Tai carrier my mom sewed for her.
she doesn't quite "get it" yet what it is but that's ok.
for some reason the belly straps are short and the straps that go up and around her shoulders and down are super long. maybe my mom didnt measure quite right.
either way it came out super cute

with Dolly Baby in it
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walking around the neighborhood with a monkey on her back
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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Eeeep, so cute!

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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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ohmygoodness BabyPunk you are TOO cute! Just look at her with her little hair clip and her sunglasses and eeep too much!

Mei tais do have considerably longer shoulder straps than waist straps, as the waist ones you just tie but the shoulder ones can cross over and tie behind or be used to widen the seat [on a real baby, obviously, I think Monkey's seat is just fine! ]


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Seriously. How cute is BabyPunk with her Mei Tai?? Love it!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Adorable! Scarlett is completely obsessed with carrying her dolls and stuffed animals everywhere lately, so she would love one of these! I've been on a sewing rampage already lately but now I totally want to make her one!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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the other thing about it is im not sure what that little white thing at the top is for (chin rest?)
like on a real baby i see the use but as a toy carrier it just gets in her face. Dolly doesnt *actually* need neck support ;-)

the waist ties are like too short i think. i can barely tie them and she is a scrawny kid. i measured for my mom so i probably screwed something up ;-)

im gonna just keep putting it on her until she figures it out. i keep telling her she's "like mama" and how i carry her. the other night i put my ergo on and put a bear in it and strapped hers on with her bear.
we are too cute

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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Squee...BP and WestieBaby are adorable!

I have been around much lately, but I'm wondering if anyone is carrying their big kids and has a recommendation for a carrier? We've loved our Beco but I saw her in it tonight from behind as K carried her home from the park and it's really just way too small. We have a toddler sized MT that I'm going to bust out once my back is better (muscle strain at the weekend), but something with buckles would be preferred by the fella (and maybe me too). So sad to say goodbye to this one. Freya's about 40 lbs, and 41 Inches, if that matters.


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I wear Westiebaby daily, but she's only 20 months so not exactly a big kid! The main toddler buckle carriers available here are either a toddler Tula or toddler [or you might even be approaching pre-school] Kinderpack. My preference would definitely be the Kinderpack, though I do know there's a bit of a worldwide shortage at the moment... a toddler or preschool might be easier to come by than standard, though.
I would vote for mei tai over buckles any day, but if the Mr would prefer a SSC I'd be looking into a Kinderpack : )


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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We *really* like our Kinderpack. We have the toddler size, but Malka's only 35ish inches and 27 pounds. It seems plenty roomy for her.


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I will have to have a look at their website again. Hm.


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I am still rockin' the mei tai by MNS Designs. The lady has a shop on ebay and etsy. I wore it with a back carry with Beety and Raygold (when Beety was 4) and am still doing a front carry with Vax, who is 11kg. I do this one kind of tie and it's like he's not even there, it's so ergonomic. I go out with him in the carrier for 12 hours every Saturday and he is usually in there the whole time. I walked to and from the polling station yesterday (just over 4 miles total) and even when he was asleep, it was no big deal!

(Not helpful to Refinnej, since you were asking for something with buckles/clips and already have a mei tai, but thought I'd throw all that out there anyway.)

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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I'm thinking the MT might be a bit easier actually now that she's older because she can help position herself, hold on to my shoulders etc. I couldn't ever work it out very well before. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I'm not even 9 weeks yet so it will be a long time before I have a baby to wear. Originally I was thinking of getting a stretchy wrap for the newborn stage and then transitioning to a SSC when the kid got a bit bigger. Lately I've been thinking about just using a woven wrap from the start. Anyhoo, I was on a different forum asking about how steep of a learning curve a woven is and whether a FTM and novice baby wearer should be attempting it with a newborn, and I had a few people tell me that you shouldn't wear a newborn until they are 4 weeks old. Is that true? I haven't encountered that anywhere else.

We don't have a car and we live in a city with pretty decent transit and I was hoping to avoid a stroller, so babywearing sounds awesome. But now I'm worried that I'll need a stroller for the first 4 weeks? I see parents with giant strollers on public transit and it looks awful, I much rather wear the baby.

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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I have never heard that. As long as you are positioning the baby correctly you can wear any baby no matter how old. With a tiny newborn who can't move their head much you have to be careful with positioning the head so they don't close their airway or smoosh their face in fabric or your skin, but that is common sense. I loved using a ring sling for my newborn and now that he is bigger have a ergo. The wovens are so beautiful, but I could never get the hang of the moby so can't bring myself to pay over $100 for something I may not be able to figure out how to use!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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I used a moby from day one, then mostly a mei tai from about one month to six months, and mostly an ergo, which I still use all the time with a 30 pound 2.5 year old! I didn't use a stroller at all for the first six months or so and don't see why you would need to. I also never used an infant car seat. We've had the same convertible car seat since birth and didn't think it was a big deal to take her out and put her in a carrier. So don't worry about not having a car, it's not mandatory to carry your baby in a car seat!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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yeah it's definitely ok to wear them, carefully obv, as early as you want I think! I also think a lot depends on your baby - my younger baby, who I wore alllll the time commuting and at work etc., was super-tiny. Like less than 10lbs for months! So I used a simple organic cloth sling with her - she was super-content in it. I really liked the Moby too but she was a May baby so it was way too freakin hot for that during the early months. After like 6 months I switched to a Gemini Beco, similar to an Ergo but I liked it much better (plus we'd bought it previously for toddler-wearing the big sister!)

I have to say this - through 2 kids, I've refused to take a stroller on the subway. Never ever. I don't think there's anything wrong with it but yeah I couldn't be bothered. I suppose plenty of people do it because maybe they're going to be out walking all day and have a ton of stuff to carry besides the baby, or maybe carriers hurt their backs or their kids hate carriers etc. I've just been lucky to not ever need to, maybe you will be too!


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 Post subject: Re: Slings/carriers/papooses..what do you recommend?
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Thanks you guys! You are confirming what I already thought...I was so confused on why veteran babywearers were telling me not to do it before 4 weeks!

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