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I'd ask him what his preferences are. Will he be able to do buckles? If so maybe an ergo or similar soft structured carrier. Is he willing to learn ties? Then perhaps a mei tai (I know a dad who's wife had his mei tai made out of his army clothes, can't remember the name now).
Originally Posted by marielle448
I just gave all his old uniforms to the thrift store.

I think he was fumbling a bit with the newborn stage and really doesn't go out with the babes alone until they are toddlers and much more prone to walking.

But since your hubby has expressed an interest there are definitely carriers that fit bigger guys and/or WAHM that make carriers and can make one to fit your husband.
Originally Posted by marielle448
Thanks! I don't think he's planning on going out with the baby by himself at first either...more something to wear around the house since he's home a lot, or maybe when we're out together.
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I would ask your husband what he might like. He may agree to a mei tai if he's willing to tie straps. Many MT's including Babyhawks have an option for longer straps. I know babyhawks also come in camo fabric if he would like that.

If he prefers buckles, you may want to get him a structured carrier. Ergo's are fairly popular and you may be able to find them locally, but he will need to wait until the baby has head control to use it. Beco's are another popular SSC (soft structured carrier). The new Beco model-the Butterfly- is suitable for newborns and it's very user-friendly for those not experienced with babywearing. It's very similar to the Bjorn in that you can put the baby in the carrier and then put it on, as opposed to having to put on the carrier around the child (not hard after a bit of practice, but daunting to some), but it's easier on the back and more comfy to the baby than a Bjorn. More info and pics here.

My husband was extremely picky. He wouldn't tie anything and didn't want any kind of pattern, even in manly colors. I got him a solid black pikkolo, which he used for the first time today and seems to like so far.
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Bailey, those look like some good suggestions!

It definitely needs to be something that will work with a newborn w/o head control b/c DH will be gone when the baby is about 3 months, so he won't get much use out of it otherwise. I'm having trouble figuring out if a Mei Tei will work or not. Some things on babywearer.com seem to say no, but a website that sells the babyhawk says yes...
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You can use a MT for a newborn. I wore Dylan in the BH the day we brought him home.
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Medussa:

I have the black butterfly silk brocade one here:

http://zolowear.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ColorID=632


and the red shantung silk one here.

http://www.balterbaby.com/baby-sling...htm#solidsilks


I would like either the turquoise or the chocolate brown one too... heck, both of them!
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I just want to say it's so nice to see all this babywearing. I felt like a lone freak 10+ years ago when I was babywearing, but I'm seeing it more and more in real life, and online. It warms my heart.
Here's another question about sling colours. To me, the colour of sling that I make or buy just has to do with me.... the colours that I think look nicest on me and match the most of my wardrobe. But I see some people picking slings according to the baby's gender. So if I got a pink sling for the summer, because I love pink and wear a lot of pink in the summer, would that cause people to assume that JJ is a girl? (not that it really matters, but I'm curious.) I really love turquoise too, but it doesn't match as much of my summer stuff. Speaking of which, do you co-ordinate your slings and wraps to the seasons? I was thinking that the black butterfly sling would work well in summer as it has the pastel colours... but would the black get too hot?

I love this pink one:

http://store.peppermint.com/zolo-silk.html


I don't see why I couldn't carry a boy in it - any opinions?
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Last edited by Amneris; 01-25-2008 at 03:28 PM.
Amneris - Unless you're very lucky, yes some people will definitely ask if JJ is a girl if he's in a pink carrier. I had D. in a BH with a red floral panel (which I don't think is that girly), and a few people just assumed girl. I'm with you though. I see the carrier as part of MY wardrobe, not the baby's. For sanity's sake, I will probably avoid anything bright pink, but I'm not going to avoid pretty fabrics just b/c I have a boy.
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Here's another question about sling colours. To me, the colour of sling that I make or buy just has to do with me.... the colours that I think look nicest on me and match the most of my wardrobe. But I see some people picking slings according to the baby's gender. So if I got a pink sling for the summer, because I love pink and wear a lot of pink in the summer, would that cause people to assume that JJ is a girl? (not that it really matters, but I'm curious.) I really love turquoise too, but it doesn't match as much of my summer stuff. Speaking of which, do you co-ordinate your slings and wraps to the seasons? I was thinking that the black butterfly sling would work well in summer as it has the pastel colours... but would the black get too hot?

I love this pink one:

http://store.peppermint.com/zolo-silk.html


I don't see why I couldn't carry a boy in it - any opinions?
Originally Posted by Amneris
I don't see anything wrong with you using a pink carrier with a boy.

medussa - I know exactly what you mean about the top rail feeling loose in the hip carry. I see you did the shoulder flip, but maybe try pulling it down over your shoulder even more. I have the smallest size HS and it's still a little big, so when I do the shoulder flip I pull it way down until it's nice and snug. I did shrink mine by drying it in the dryer a few times, so that might help a little. That said, when you first said your HS was a size 4 I thought it might be too big for you. You're pretty petite, no? If I had to guess from what I "know" of you I would have said you'd be a size 2 or maybe 3.

Amneris - I probably wouldn't use a pink or girly sling with a baby boy, but that's just me. I do have a pink diaper bag and I think sometimes people think that means he's a girl.
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So if I got a pink sling for the summer, because I love pink and wear a lot of pink in the summer, would that cause people to assume that JJ is a girl?

Yes, unfortunately, everyone will assume he's a girl if you put him in a pink sling. If you're up for the comments, go for it. I'm sure JJ is man enough to withstand it.
Ha! I'm not too concerned with whether or not random people think JJ is a girl.... but his daddy is. So the pink sling goes on hold till I have my girl. I am thinking now of the orange silk lined with pink peacock charmeuse and/or the kiwi silk lined in bohemian (at the bottom of the page) since I love and wear both colours, I think they flatter mine and JJ's colouring and they are more gender-neutral but still pretty and summery.

But I can't get them till I pay off this month's credit cards....


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I'm considering making my own wrap. The weather here has been cold and I feel like the Mei Tai isn't warm enough. Has anyone done this? I don't even know where to begin with fabric. A trip to Joanne's is the place to start, I guess.
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fuzzbucket, have you seen the EM's and Hoodies on the BH site? EM's have warm minkee lining and the hoodies are nice and warm for the baby. You could take a look at them and try making your own if you're up for some sewing.

ETA - Also, have you seen these? They're by Catbird baby, whose MT's are shaped similarly to BH's. It should fit on your MT.
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Last edited by Bailey422; 01-26-2008 at 01:02 PM.
I made a wrap, but not that fancy. I am considering sling-making if I can find fabrics that I like. I want to do one with the mirror-ball look but I have to figure out how to line it.
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You guys have inspired me. I'm excited to try and make some slings

You can use a MT for a newborn. I wore Dylan in the BH the day we brought him home.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
A very timely post. I have a MT and also assumed you couldn't use it for a newborn (I made it when DS was 6 months old to replace my wrap). Anyways, I pulled it out today after I saw your post and put Miss Fussypants into it.... and she quieted right down. It was like she was in a close-to-mommy-induced trance.

She's not a fan of the pouch so far. Neither of my kids were at this age - I think gas/reflux issues make them want to be upright.

Anmeris - I have a pink lined pouch. I bought it because this is my last baby and even if it was a boy, gosh darn it, I want a chance to wear some pink!


Well, we got our cool Mei Tai with a nifty skull pattern, but Luke HATES it. I think he's just more of a cradle baby - will fall asleep while nursing, will stay asleep in that position after I take him off. Loves to be held like that. I'm thinking the Moby Wrap - which would give me tons of possibilities but I'm a little intimidated by the amount of fabric there.

What kind of carrier would you guys suggest??
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Last edited by CurlieGlamourGirlie; 01-27-2008 at 01:21 PM.
I would have called the Moby wrap (long fabric) as more of an upright carrier, and not cradle. Are you thinking of the Maya wrap, which is a ring sling?


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