So back in the day I was convinced that my hotsling was a gift from God. I felt very chic carrying my newborn baby in it, I felt like people were not only looking at my itty bitty babies, but also at my gorgeous sling. Then, as the girls got bigger, and my needs changed I felt like my hotsling was failing me. It just wasn't as great as I once had thought it was. I was finding that every time I put Ellie on my hip, my shoulders and mid-back ached after toting her around. I knew that it was from carrying her, and probably from holding myself awkwardly. It was after coming to the realization that my hotsling wasn't perfect that I began on the ultimate search for the perfect baby carrier.
So the search began, my criteria was this:
- Comfortable on my back/neck/shoulders
- Comfortable for the girls
- Easy to use
I thought that this list seemed relatively manageable. Little did I know what the world had to offer when it came to baby carriers. I threw myself headfirst into the world of Moby, Mei Tai, BabyHawk, & Ergo to name a few. TheBabyWearer.com became my new best friend as I tried to figure out if I even wanted to continue on this baby toting journey that I was on. But as Noelle cried more when I didn't pick her up, and my back ached more when I did, I knew I needed to find the answers I needed.
My first answer came in the form of my new mei tai, which I love. It has so so so many positive attributes. I love the attractive pattern, the compact design, how great it washes up, and of course how snuggly Noelle feels while I'm wearing her. I do have some trouble still getting her onto my back, but I'm still fairly new at getting her on back there, I assume with time it'll become second nature.
While I was becoming friendly with my mei tai, along came an email from a friend, letting me know that she had found me a used Ergo. You see, the Ergo new, runs me right around $100, and there was no way I could have convinced Jon that this was something that I would die without having. Especially since I had never even seen one, let alone used one before. After talking with a few close friends, I was even more convinced however that this was THE carrier for me. They told me all about it's ergonomic design, and how it could be used in a front, hip, OR back carry... I was totally sold. So when I found out that a friend of a friend was giving one away...I literally had to rub my eyes a few times to make sure I was reading the email correctly. After chatting with my new friend Karen, a fellow mom of twin girls, on the phone and via email a few times, I asked her if there was anything that she might need. I felt bad just taking this very needed item from this lovely lady... Luckily her daughters had just begun cruising and needed some new toys for that stage... I was completely able to oblige and passed on some toys to her and my ergo arrived today!
Pleased doesn't even begin to explain it... My friends were totally correct. I am in LOVE. I mean, it's super... Perfection... It's not as pretty as my mei tai, but the comfort that it provides...ahhhh....I was able to put Lilley in it (and she HATES carriers) and walk around, dance with the kids, AND change a dirty diaper... I truly felt like supermom. Thank you all for this wonderful suggestion. And for anyone that is on the fence as to whether or not this is worth the money, if I had the money, I would absolutely hands DOWN buy this carrier. No doubt about it. I'm smitten.