When I was pregnant with David, I started researching baby carriers. I knew that my hands would be full trying to take care of a toddler and a newborn; a good baby carrier seemed like a great way to simplify things. When David was brand-new and tiny, we used a Maya Wrap, a Moby Wrap, and a Baby Bjorn, and were pretty happy with all three.
But then something happened. David, who started out so scrawny (seriously - his legs were like toothpicks!) began to fill out. Now, 8 months later, he's enormous - around 25 lbs, wearing 18-month size clothes, and taller than most babies twice his age. Carrying him in a front carry makes my back hurt within a few minutes; longer than a few minutes, and I'll be in pain for days. It just wasn't working for us!
I researched soft structured carriers that are good for back carry positions, and came to two choices: the Ergo and the Beco. I talked to friends that have used both, and got their ideas of the pros and cons of each. I chose the Beco for two reasons: it is more adjustable for larger people, and the back panel comes up higher, making baby feel more secure.
I ordered my Beco and have used it regularly ever since! It doesn't hurt my back, it's very secure for David, and it's fairly easy to get on and off. It rolls up nicely for portability, and it quickly adjusts so that James can also carry David. Wendy is also within the weight limit, and she loves riding in "David's carrier" just for fun.
If you're in the market for a soft structured carrier, check out a Beco - I highly recommend them!
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