I will start off by saying that I’m a huge fan of baby wearing. Anything I can do to avoid pushing around a large, clunky stroller is the way to go. I’ve always been the type of person that will load up my arms as much as possible so that I don’t have to push a shopping cart.
In order to get myself back in shape I started talking walks with Lachlyn. Her car seat snaps into the stroller and in an effort to make her like the car seat more, I decided to take the stroller out.
We were given a Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System. Nothing beats free, am I right? The stroller is functional, however not my ideal stroller for exercise type walking/jogging. The turning radius is just not there and it is rather bulky.
Next I tried talking her out in our Ergo.
While I love the Ergo and it is super comfortable to wear, Lachlyn just does not want to be facing inward. She is curious and interested in seeing the world and the Ergo’s inability to have her forward facing made this exercise trip difficult. She strained the whole time trying to look out and around. At the furthest point of our walk she had a complete meltdown. One thing I do love about the Ergo, I was easily able to loosen the straps a little and get her into a nursing position. She nursed the entire walk back home and the Ergo easily conceals everything. Major points there!
As far as other baby carriers, I completely love our Baby K’Tan. It was perfect when she was a newborn and she loves facing out in this carrier. I use it exclusively for shopping. The only downside is that is just doesn’t have the padding I need for my shoulders to be able to wear this out for exercise.
I’m still on the lookout for a forward facing carrier that has enough support for walking long distances. What is your experience with baby carriers?