Thursday, May 15, 2008

following up to my baby carrier post

A follow up to this post:

Anonymous asks: "Sooo...if you could only have one (or two) baby carriers, which ones would you choose? I'm asking this as a mom of 5 month old twins myself. I have two baby bjorns (hand me downs) which I find to be a bit flimsy and I'm in the market for something new."

Ahh, good question. You are making me choose!

It's actually not that hard of a choice. Based on what I currently have - I would go with this one if I could only have one. Comfortable. Very versatile. And definitely not flimsy. You won't be sorry. Expensive, but you get what you pay for. And maybe you can find a used one on e.bay.

If you allow me to have two, then I would also add this sling to the list. It's so easy to roll up and keep in your diaper bag.

But... (you may slap my hand if you like)... I ordered one of these. I know. Bad Girl. I have no self control. But I have a feeling it may represent the best of both of the above. I'll let you know what I think when it arrives in a month. (custom made, so no instant gratification available here)

For added fun - somebody on my twins board recently posted these instructions for making your own sling. I intended to try it, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Let me know if you try it.
  • measure from your shoulder to opposite hip, multiply times two and add six inches (roughly). This is your length.
  • Go to a fabric store and buy a length of 45 inch fabric in the length you need from your measurements (I round up a half yard, you can use the excess to make a matching bag to store it in if you like)
  • Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. (so it's inside out).
  • Sew a seam the length of the fabric, making a long tube.
  • Turn it right side out.
  • Fold it in half width wise, and pin the cut ends together.
  • Draw a curved line there on the cut end. (so the whole thing looks kind of like half a hot dog)
  • Sew along the curved line and cut the excess. this is the INSIDE of your sling
  • Turn right side out and stitch the seam again to reinforce it.
  • End result should look something like this.


Helen said...

I'm about to order a Mei Tai too. I really need something as Nora and I are on a Race for the Cure 5k walk coming up, and the Baby Bjorns are so hard on my shoulders now! Let me know what you think of your Mei Tai!

Sami said...

I have a babyhawk mei tai and love it love it love it... I can only say good things about it. I hope your mei tai baby works as well as my babyhawk does. Good luck with the babywearing isn't it nice to have them close by?