Toddler/Travel: What kind of carrier?
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|Fri, 08-26-2005 - 9:57pm|
Hi. This is my first post on the Attachment Parenting board. We're waiting for a call to adopt a little girl in Russia. She's about 16 months old. I'm not sure of her weight now, but she was 25 lbs at one year old.
I want to take something to carry her in, both to promote bonding and attachment and to make it easier to travel with her. The city streets of Moscow have underground "crosswalks" (lots of stairs), so a stroller wouldn't work well, and we'll have lots of airport walking to do. And to help support her weight... I haven't built up the stamina yet and she isn't used to being carried, so she doesn't "hold on". It's like carrying dead weight.
Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions on a carrier that is:
-- easy to use (easy on/off, can put on and put the baby in by myself. DH will be coming home early to be with our DS, so I'll be alone for part of the trip)
-- easy to pack (packing space is at a premium).
-- works for a child who's 25-30 pounds.
-- isn't too expensive. (I've seen rave reviews below about the Ergo carrier, but I don't think I can afford $90)
-- it might be cold there, so it would be great if I could fit the child in while each of us were wearing a coat.
My sister offered me her sling (I think it's a Maya Wrap, but I'm not sure. It's a long piece of fabric and a metal buckle.) She's never used it because she thought it was too complex, but she said the videotape that came with it showed that you could transform it into a hip-carrier. I'm a little worried about taking the sling if it's complicated or hard to use (I think someone posted below that the baby kind of has to hold on -- and I know she won't at first). But-- the price is right!
I also own a Baby Bjorn that we bought when we adopted our son, but at 18 lbs and 1 year old he was too tall for it (I couldn't see around him, even on the lowest setting) and he didn't fit at all with his snowsuit on. Besides, my sister is currently using it with her 4 month old and I think I'd have to knock her out and pry it from her fingers before I could get it back. LOL! That Baby Bjorn has been well loved by four babies -- just not mine!
I have heard good things about the Hip Hammock, too. I'm thinking about getting one of those, but I hate to spend the money if the sling will work just as well.
Do you have any suggestions for me?
mom to Alex, born 9/28/00, adopted 10/16/01 in Krasnoyarsk Russia. Waiting for our court date to adopt our sweet daughter-to-be, almost 16 months old, in Moscow Region, Russia