I’ve been off babywearing for many moons now. While Isla still fits into our K’tan, I find that the wrap-style carrier just doesn’t provide enough structure to make it comfortable or the back support for my squirmy 9-month-old to make sure she doesn’t backflip right out of it.
I tried a couple of different slings, but I couldn’t find a carrying position I liked other than the hip carry, and the hip carry caused me hip problems. (If you’re looking for a really comfy, high-quality sling, though, I recommend the Lucky Baby Reversible Slings.)
I really want to start wearing Isla again, though, because having to lug her around all the time is causing joint problems in my wrist and shoulder, and I’m tired of not being able to raise my arm above shoulder-level after a weekend of holding her. Plus, it would be nice to be able to do other things on the occasions when she insists on being held.
I’ve been looking at structured carriers–namely the Ergo, Beco, and Boba–trying to decide whether it will be worth it to drop $100+ on a carrier now that Isla is all but walking (she’s taking a few steps here and there and getting better and better at staying up) and a super busy, active baby.
The Portable Baby has an excellent table with information about the most commonly used carriers, and based on that–and other reviews–I’m leaning heavily toward using the Boba G3. I also did the Quirky Baby Quiz for babywearing and received an incredibly helpful e-mail from Rachel at Quirky Baby with her advice and recommendations on carriers, which reinforced my opinion that the Boba G3 is the way to go.
I’m still undecided, though. $120 is a lot of money to drop, especially right after Christmas, especially when you’re not even sure your kid will submit to being worn. I’m considering using the Quirky Baby try it before you buy it program, but I’m not sure I want to spend $30 on top of the $120 to actually buy it.
So. Do any of you babywearing parents have good advice? I’m petite with a great big wiggle worm of a baby. Will a carrier even work, and if so, which one? Thanks!