A quick note to those who haven't ever used a baby carrier before: Slings matter, my friend. Maybe almost as much as cheesecake. Just hold a sleeping baby next to you, listen to the tiny breaths, stroke the delicious cheeks -- and then tell me you want to put the baby down because it's time to fold laundry. That's ridiculous. Babies are the reason why laundry piles up, and dishes overflow, and dinner isn't made. Babies don't keep, so you've got to relish it all.
Jami loved my suggestion about the Scootababy for her first child back when he was a squirmy, squishy babe of 6 or 8 months. There's a lot of reasons to love the Scootababy, and she and I both loved being able to get dinner and clean the house while simultaneously snuggling our bambinos. I also appreciated that Avie would ride closer to my hip than my front, so I could still actually see what my hands were doing. Plus it was super comfortable and didn't hurt my back or hips the way carrying her did.
But when it comes to infants, things are a little trickier. That lack of neck control's kind of a killer. Jami liked using her Moby last time, but said she was ready to try something else, and what did I recommend...?
I love a good-fitting sling. It's crazy versatile, and every time the baby grows a bit, you can just put them in a new position. Newborns love to use it like a hammock, and as the child grows they can sit upright in it. Here's a few pictures of how you can adjust it for the growing baby.
the front-carry (inward)
the front-carry (outward)
The toddler-ish side carry
I also love that a sling is something you can really just throw on. There's no fumbling, no buckling, no straps. You can get very lightweight, breathable fabric, and also very fancy fabric for nicer occasions. They range from $30-300, plus there's plenty of online patterns to make your own.
Slings rock. But they do take practice at first, and you need to figure out the rules of a good fit, since otherwise it can hurt after a while. They're not the only solution, and this post already looks huge with all the pictures. So I'll approach the rest of Jami's questions, and alternate soft carriers (SSC) in a day or two.