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    I used a ring sling, then a Bjorn, with Ds, then a cheap version of the Bjorn
    the ring sling was awesome for baby Ds as I could nurse in it easily and he was happy, I can only wear it on one should though as the other plays up and can't support the weight

    The Bjorn I used from 3/4 months and it was comfy for Ds but hurt me

    The cheap version I used once, Ds hated it and I hated it.

    Next bub I have I want a good quality sling and an ergo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Wraps are even more comfortable than the ergo but if you are looking for another option the Manduca is meant to be more comfortable that the ergo
    Has anyone tried the manduca? I've checked them out online but would love to hear some reviews if anyone has one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2girls1boyplus1 View Post
    Has anyone tried the manduca? I've checked them out online but would love to hear some reviews if anyone has one?
    Not me, but a Hubber that I know IRL has just bought one. I saw her the other day (the day she bought it) and she raved about how comfy it is. And it did look comfy. It has a built in infant insert that looks to be better than the Ergo and the carrier can be lengthened as the child grows (with a horizontal zip). I think it looks worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackEyedPea View Post
    Gee, yeah maybe, if you carry the baby around in it for hours at a time in the one position..... It's not disimilar to carrying baby around on the hip, as with any carrier. All that 'it's bad for their hips' is rubbish!I

    t's perfectly comportable for bub and they tuck their legs up anyway when they're that little.

    I loved mine for quick trips out when I needed my arms... because it held him in a super comfy position like he would have been in if I was holding him on my hip except he was on my front. I couldn't have lived without it (used it from birth - he was 4.2 kg born!) and as a petit single Mum, it was a life saver, especially doing the grocery shopping!
    It really isn't rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2girls1boyplus1 View Post
    Just sharing the info I found when I researched before having my first bub as I didn't know anything about them.
    I used the ergo all the time as I had a premmie who wouldn't sleep for more than 20 mins at a time for 8 months.

    There has been quite a bit of research done by physios and chiros backing up that the are not great as bub is hanging by the crotch instead of being supported under the bottom, as they would be of they were being carried.
    Disregarding it as rubbish is fine if that's what you have found, I'm just offering information that I have found.
    I'm aware of the research but IMO the research had too many biases, limitations and does not produce any hard evidence the carriers are bad for babies... Also I've yet to see any evidence of masses of children out there with posture problems due to being in a baby carrier as infants. For me, carrying DS in his carrier was exactly like carrying him in my arms except it bore the weight for me and allowed me some freedom with my arms, but his position was comfortable and supported and certainly not 'dangly'!

    All good, I'm just very critical of these types of research, especially when the people conducting it have so much to gain from the 'results'

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackEyedPea View Post
    I'm aware of the research but IMO the research had too many biases, limitations and does not produce any hard evidence the carriers are bad for babies... Also I've yet to see any evidence of masses of children out there with posture problems due to being in a baby carrier as infants. For me, carrying DS in his carrier was exactly like carrying him in my arms except it bore the weight for me and allowed me some freedom with my arms, but his position was comfortable and supported and certainly not 'dangly'!

    All good, I'm just very critical of these types of research, especially when the people conducting it have so much to gain from the 'results'
    My DS spent some time in a Baby Bjorn, and he's now a fit, healthy 5 year old with NIL back or hip problems whatsoever. He hit all his physical milestones early and has no posture problems at all.

    I now have an Ergo, and I love it, it's way more comfortable for me and no doubt is a bit more comfortable for DD, but I don't lose a second of sleep over the fact that she and DS spent some small amounts of time in the Baby Bjorn. It suited me to use it for them when they were both tiny and I have no regrets whatsoever. But yeah, once they get bigger (like for me anything over about 5.5kg), the Baby Bjorn is pretty uncomfortable for the parent, even the one with the back support which I had, so I would never go out and buy one, mine was a second hand one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2girls1boyplus1 View Post
    Has anyone tried the manduca? I've checked them out online but would love to hear some reviews if anyone has one?
    I love my Manduca! Both DP and I wear it every day and we have said that it was the best baby item we bought

    It is comfy and DD likes it too, and quite happily sleeps in it. We're still just using the front carry but she is 9kg now so planning to try out the back carry position soon too.

    My only criticism is that the pocket on the front shoukd be bigger and have a zip, as it only fits small items, and as there is no way to close it you have to remember to take them out first if removing bub from the carrier, or they will fall out. That's a minor issue for me though.

    We had DD in the newborn insert when she was little, and that was the main reason for choosing the manduca over the Ergo. We live in Brisbane and the Ergo insert looked like it would be hot. I also used a Hugabub when she was a newborn, but DP preferred the Manduca, and she was fine with it.

    I woukd recommend the Manduca to anyone

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    Ok so bub is 10 weeks old and weighs in at 5.5kg. I am so busy and he loves to be held close (I love holding him!) but I have a business to run from home/desk to be at and a fast toddler to chase and bend down with to play/dress/help. Am finding bub is spending more and more time in the bb carrier which he totally loves
    BUT the carrier isn't supporting my back very well this time around, I am not comfortable with his position/hips for such extended times.
    So I am on the hunt for something more suitable for my situation, I need to consider:
    Climate: tropical, need something cool & breathable
    Bub: want to wear for as long as possible! Need comfy position for long term wear and possibly naps. It would be great to have the ability to carry on our back too.
    Me: I am a small build and struggle with wearing sometimes. My physio recommended a carrier where the babys weight is distributed evenly?
    Feeding: is there such a way to wear bub that I can bf in? Am small breasted so this may pose a challenge.
    Price: feel guilty spending a heap as I spent a bit on the bb. Any ideas on price?

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    I have had no problems with my BabyBjorn Active and carrying DS around in it, and I have a broken back.
    I used mine with DS from 3 months (which is when I bought it) til 10 months as he physically outgrew it. He was a very tall boy and he preferred to crawl at that stage.

    I was reading the first replies of this thread and started wondering how long it would take before someone would say the BB's are bad for babies. I am not surprised it only took a handful of replies.
    I am a firm believer that if they were really that bad for bubs, they wouldn't still be so popular (with a nice price tag) and they would not be approved to be sold in Australia.

    I would think the BB vs the Ergo threads on BubHub are similar to like an iphone vs android phone thread. There is no good or bad, just what people prefer and what people can afford.

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    I can argue as I have a sling that I used before getting the BB and I hated it. I then borrowed an ergo of a friend and it was not supportive of my back at all. So I then tried a BB at the babyshop and loved it.
    Don't forget there are several different types of BB's. I don't think I would be using the cheaper ones as they don't have the added back support. Though the Synergy and the Active do have the extra support for those who need it.

    I think every person is different and we need different kinds of support in different areas of our bodies, so saying a BB/Ergo/Generic sling is better or worse for the parent and/or bub, seems futile to me.
    Again, it's like the iphone vs android. iphone has more apps and the android is easier to use. Some people need every single app available and some people need the phone to be easier to use as they are older or just don't need fancy apps.

    So I am not going to say which one is bad and which one is good. There is obviously a market for every type of carrier. My PERSONAL experience has taught ME that the Ergo and the generic wrap that I bought, did not work for ME.
    It can work for others though. Same with the BB. Some might think it is uncomfortable for bubs and/or for the carrier and some think it's best thing since sliced bread.

    I just don't understand people who come out out saying a particular item is bad for a child just because of hearsay or just because it didn't suit them and their bub. Like it never occurred to them that maybe it might be suitable for someone else, just not for them. It doesn't make it a bad product though.

    EDIT: I still have the sling in near new condition and am thinking of giving it away to someone who doesn't have the money to buy one themselves. So if you know someone who could use a wrap/sling but is disadvantaged financially, please PM me and I'll be happy to send it off.
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