As a first-time mom, figuring out what exactly you need for a baby is tough. Sure, there are all sorts of guides out there (I liked Lucie’s List for any of you that might be reading that are currently pregnant) and you can always ask friends for opinions, but so much of it is dependent on personal preference. I registered for a bunch of Avent bottles based on a friend’s recommendation. Alexander hated them. Now we use Dr. Browns.
I knew that I wanted some sort of baby carrier. Based on my limited internet research, I ended up registering for both the Moby Wrap and the Ergo. My rationale for registering for two different types was that the Moby would be better to wear around the house, while the Ergo would be more for adventures outside.
I got the Moby as a gift. It sat in Alexander’s room for a while waiting for him to get big enough to use it. When he was about 7.5 lbs, I decided to give it a whirl. For those that aren’t familiar, the Moby is literally a long piece of fabric. I’d heard a lot of good things about it and figured how hard could it be? Umm, very hard. After watching numerous Youtube videos, I kind of figured it out, but I never felt like I was doing it right.
I’m pretty sure I had it on correctly, but he never felt secure to me. I watched more videos, posted questions on Facebook and even went to a babywearing group meeting to try to figure it out. But after a while, I realized, it just wasn’t for me.
A friend of mine lent me a Maya Ring Sling. This definitely felt more secure than the Moby but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy one for myself. (I don’t think I have him in there correctly in that picture, btw.)
I figured that I’d just buy an Ergo but then another friend let me try her Beco Gemini and I really liked it. It’s a structured carrier like the Ergo, but unlike the Ergo, you don’t need an infant insert for smaller babies. Babies can also face forward.
It’s not cheap (but neither is the Ergo) but I think it’s worth it. Babywearing makes things so much easier. Now I can take Alexander with me when I walk Murphy. (I couldn’t with the stroller because Murphy pulls hard.) I can take him to Kroger or Target without lugging the car seat into the store. Basically, I can have full use of my hands again.
For those of you who have absolutely no interest in babywearing or are wondering why I’d post so many unflattering, makeup-less selfies, umm, here’s a picture of some peppers. And a PSA not to use green peppers when making a roasted red pepper soup.