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Jul 27, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.
Ceramom and Others....carriers?
Hi all! I need a new baby carrier as the one that we currently use is so cumbersome and is sooooo hard on my back. I have heard the Mei Tai carriers are good b/c they are easy on the back but don't want to spend the $ since I can't sew if they are not as fabulous as people say they are. Thanks for the advice!
Jul 27, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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The ONLY carrier I would recommend for an older baby/toddler is the Ergo. It is around $100 but it is soooo worth it. You can wear the baby on your front, side, or back. It looks a lot like a backpack and has a zippered pocket big enough to stick your keys and a diaper, etc. I use mine all the time! I will bring it when we get together in August and you can try it out if you like. How heavy is Katie? Elyse is 20 lbs. The carrier is tested up to something crazy like 90 lbs (the website shows someone carrying something like a 90 lb adult in it!) not that you will be carrying Katie in it when she is that big! It is made so that the weight is mostly distributed on your hips rather than shoulders/back.
Jul 27, 2008
mommyto2
BRANDON-Zantac and Bethanacol; Neocate formula, 2 sets of ear tubes, Adnoids removed, Vasomotor Rhinits, Asthma. Currently on: Xyzal, Omnaris, Flovent and Xopenex,
AUBREY-Zegerid 2x a day, Soy Milk, Tubes put in and adnoids removed (11-7), Hypotonia, ECI therapy for low muscle tone throughout trunk and hips, oral motor issues and sensory integration issues, delayed speech, Teething, probiotics
PICTURE: Aubrey in her cute cat outfit. If you look you can see how her right foot turns in. She walks that way as well. It is not as exaggerated in the morning's but gets worse in the evenings. This was after her nap.
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I agree w. elysabethsmom. I got mine for mother's day and i love it!
Jul 27, 2008
ceramom
Sarah
mom to Mila 2-20-2007
and Robby 4-22-2004
Mila is on Peptamen JR 30 cal by NG tube. Open Heart Surgery 2/08/08. Captopril, Zantac, Losec, Lasix.
I *personally* do not like the Ergo *AT ALL*. I have a long torso, and very very wide ( manlike ) shoulders with small breasts. I do not find it comfortable in the slightest. Mila does NOT like to be on my front anymore... and at 21 lbs, I find it uncomfortable to wear her there unless she's sleeping. However, with the Ergo, she won't tolerate being on my back because she is too far down and cannot see over my shoulder. Due to the nature of the Ergo, this cannot really be avoided. Many babies do not seem to mind it. You can see how low the baby is on the back here http://www.ergobabycarriers.com/babycarriers/category/carrier/

I also have a problem with Ergo's business practices, but that is another post.And I think they are UGLY. ( Sorry!!! Bad ergo experience!!! )

This company, Beco, has much pretty carriers and I found them slightly more comfortable. http://www.becobabycarrier.com/gallery.php?4thgeneration Same sorta carrier as the Ergo, without the Ergo's seat darts. Prettier fabric, better business practices.

That all being said - I *much* prefer a regular old mei tai. This is the one my girlfriend made for me : See how high up she sits, looking over my shoulder? There are a million ways to tie it - in this picture the straps are " backpacked " straight over the shoulders. You can also cross, twist, or a variety of other method to make your little one and you more comfortable.

Here is another one of me carrying BOTH my kids in MTs - Mila was only 5 weeks old.

Jul 27, 2008
ozzie*smom
Becca
I also love my Ergo, but the Moby wrap is great too. Have not used a MeiTai, but Mila certainly looks comfy in that one!! I do like how she is higher up on mommy's back than the Ergo, but Ozzie likes all orientations of the Ergo.
Jul 27, 2008
stickybean
We use evenflo http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=8590936 We got it at walmart.... Joslyn loves it sooooo much! She loves to fall asleep in it and to peek out the sides. She is not old enough to face outwards yet... but I know she will love it then too!
Jul 27, 2008
ceramom
Sarah
mom to Mila 2-20-2007
and Robby 4-22-2004
Mila is on Peptamen JR 30 cal by NG tube. Open Heart Surgery 2/08/08. Captopril, Zantac, Losec, Lasix.
I HIGHLY SUGGEST people do not face their children outward in any carrier, as this is a poor position for children to be in, dangling from their crotch. A wrap ( like a storch, or moby ) may be the only way to get a child into an acceptable front position. Any chiro will tell you about a condition of the hips that can be aggravated greatly by this position, as well as the fact that the baby is dangling from their sensitive bits.

Sorry if I come off a bit strong... with so many GREAT carriers out there, I am very passionate about using the best possible carriers for your child!

Jul 27, 2008
ozzie*smom
Becca
I totally agree on facing outward - the Moby does it well, but Ozzie never seemed comfortable that way. I took a lot of flack about that from SIL - she used a Snugli, and didn't understand why I needed the expensive piece of cloth, or the high priced Ergo (she is a little judgmental....)
Jul 27, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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I second not letting your baby face outward....besides the physical problems it can cause, it is a LOT of stimulation and the baby has no way to "turn it off." In a carrier such as the Ergo, the baby can look to the sides if he/she wants to see what's going on, but face you if it's just too much. Ergo also makes an infant insert so infants are in a cradle position. Sarah, I have the exact body type you described, but I did like my ergo better than any other carrier, and so does Elyse! I have never tried the Moby or mei tei though.
Jul 27, 2008
mommyto2
BRANDON-Zantac and Bethanacol; Neocate formula, 2 sets of ear tubes, Adnoids removed, Vasomotor Rhinits, Asthma. Currently on: Xyzal, Omnaris, Flovent and Xopenex,
AUBREY-Zegerid 2x a day, Soy Milk, Tubes put in and adnoids removed (11-7), Hypotonia, ECI therapy for low muscle tone throughout trunk and hips, oral motor issues and sensory integration issues, delayed speech, Teething, probiotics
PICTURE: Aubrey in her cute cat outfit. If you look you can see how her right foot turns in. She walks that way as well. It is not as exaggerated in the morning's but gets worse in the evenings. This was after her nap.
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Unfortunatly, it is personal prefance. It seems that everyone I know has had several before deciding on one. I am very short and petite and I have tried the mei tei and it did not feel secure for me. I love the ergo and so does Aubrey. PLUS, my dh will actually use it as well. Good luck in your decision. I got the black ergo w/ the green accents and it is pretty. Plus it will work for boy or girl! J
Jul 27, 2008
kubicki5
I have a kelty kids carrier I could send you. It is different than the others though. It is more like a backpack and has a frame it can set down on. It is kind of bulky but the kids liked it. You can check them out on the web.
Jul 27, 2008
mollybeth
Cooper was born 12/19/07. Birth weight: 7lbs10oz. Weight as of 2/11: 8lbs9oz. 6/23: 14lbs12oz! Struggling again 12mo: 18lbs. Breast Fed exclusively, on strict elimination diet until Dec 08. MSPI as well as other food intolerances Diagnosed w/ GER at 5 days following barium swallow. Choking with apnea spells. Ftt. dx w/ Laryngomalacia following brochoscopy 1/29. Aspiration. apnea monitor until 5mo. pH probe 1/29 showed severe reflux. Sandifers Syndrome. lbrady and tackycardia. echo and EKG 2/18: Came back normal! Swallow study 2/29: some NG reflux. Unexplained seizure 4/1. Negative CF sweat test 4/4! EGD 11/19: reflux damage in esophagus. pH probe 11/19, reflux improved. Safe foods: pears, apples, peas, rice, small amounts of chicken, potatoes, and carrots.
Currently drinking Elecare vanilla 30cal/oz and breastmilk.
Meds: Nexium 10mg 2x daily. Carafate as needed, miralaxx as needed, probiotics daily
I have used lots of carriers, I usually have at least 2 in the car at all times. I love the moby wrap and it is not too pricey. It was great when Cooper was really small, plus, he was hidden so people didn't mess with him. It is so light weight which I like. I don't use it a whole lot now, b/c I use the mei tai. I use the moby facing out some, but not for long periods of time. My sis made my mei tai style and it is so comfortable. You can use both the mei tai and the moby on the back. I have great things to say about them both. My sis might be willing to make you one for quite a bit less than the original. I can ask her and see if your interested.
Jul 27, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
i too loved my moby when coyle was an infant. however, the bjorn holds him just fine now. i confess, i face him out in it all the time as he loves to use it for teething. didn't know i wasn't supposed to. it hurts when i wear it but otherwise works well (i'm really short so most carriers are a problem for me) i think i'll pull out the moby again when he's ready to ride on my back.
Jul 27, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.

Thanks Ladies!! Sarah (ceramom) I have been to your site (you are hilarious!) and so I knew that you preferred the Mei Tai. Kubicki5 and Mollybeth, you are both so sweet to offer assistance to me!

Looked at the Moby and that would have been great as a newborn so will prob. get one for child # 2 in the future but she is such a little heater that we would be a sweat ball by the time we hit the front door. Went to the Ergo site and I think Katie would like the Ergo on hip or front but would hate being on my back without being able to see over my shoulder. I am very short (5' 1") with no torso; her feet were under my breasts while I was pregnant so I am like Coy's mom in that most carriers are not comfortable. I used a sling when she was littler and her current carrier holds her by the crotch regardless how she faces, kills my back and is a pain to put on. Thought we wouldn't need one as she is able to sit in a shopping cart and has 6 strollers (not exaggerating, we were given 1, borrow 1 and the rest are for different uses!) but she still prefers to be held and loves the tightness around her little torso which is the only good thing about her current carrier. She is NOT independent and doesn't seem to know that if she learns to crawl she can actually follow me around instead of screaming because I put her down to grab a glass of water (sigh) so a carrier around the house might be useful on her high need days(days ending in y) :)

I will check out different sites and see if I can try different carriers; the Ergo will be worth the money if she likes it and a Mei Tai will work for taking a short walk if she hates it! Thanks ladies!!!

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