Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Christmas Wish List

In this week’s baby bargainista column, Jenny is asking for your advice...

Last week I wrote about my daughter’s Christmas wish and my despair that it would be unfulfillable. I was really impressed and encouraged by all the creative suggestions for alternatives that would satisfy her wish – so this week I’m hoping to draw on your expertise again!

My own fervent Christmas wish for myself is for a baby carrier. I’m due in January and I have fantasies of walking off my baby weight with my infant cuddled up close to me, zipped snugly inside my nearly-new M Coat.

The problem is, now that baby-carrying has become a popular option, there are so many different carriers available I have no idea which one to choose!

According to, the criteria I should look for are:
Padded head support for baby
Adjustable head and seat openings to allow baby to grow
An easy-to-open bottom area
Wide, padded, adjustable shoulder straps
Quick-release buckles
Padded back support

That last one is especially important to me as I’ve had a “bad back” ever since my first pregnancy.

A friend recommended the Ergo baby carrier, available from (pictured), but it seems a bit pricey for this baby bargainista.

So I’m hoping you can help me out one more time – can anyone recommend a baby carrier they’ve used that’s versatile, offers back support, and is comfortable for both carrier and baby? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Anonymous12:59 pm

    My thought is don't bother. I have purchased three and barely used any of them. There's not much that can alleviate the stress of 8, 10, 20, 30 pounds on your back and neck. Some carriers are great for teeny babies but aren't much use later. Others seem to distribute the load evenly but are complicated to put on. you'll have enough baby gear to lug around. Unless you are a dedicated walker, I really would spend the money on a mani/pedi.

  2. I totally disagree. I used the Ergo from new born to 18 months and it was comfy the entire way through. I can't say enough good things about it. I would skip the Bjorn and the slings, they did nothing good for my back.

  3. Wow, two very different points of view, and lots of food for thought! Thanks for your comments!

  4. Anonymous11:50 pm

    I used a Trekker when my first son was born and I don't know what I would have done without it for the first few months. After that, he was too heavy for me to carry. I didn't use it much with my second one. I think carriers are much more comfortable now despite what some pain pill pharmaceutical companies may lead you to believe. ;-)

  5. Congrats! Baby carriers are perfect for any mother. I too recommend Ergo baby carriers for everyone as am using the same for my 6 months old baby girl..its very cozy and comfortable.


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