Okay, I wrote earlier about the Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze that I had, and how I wasn’t all that crazy about it. Well, I bought a Bali Baby Stretch a couple of months ago, and I have to say that it’s an entirely different carrier. I really, really like it. First of all, it’s absolutely beautiful. Secondly, it’s extremely comfortable. I never thought that I would find a carrier that I thought was more comfortable than my Kozy, but this definitely is. Wrapping your baby with a comfortable fabric like this makes it feel like the baby is just an additional part of your body – you don’t feel their weight in any particular place. Plus, it’s very versatile, so it can be used in a lot of ways.
The downside is that it has a much higher learning curve than the other carriers I own; it definitely takes a while to get the hang of it. I’ve gotten pretty good with the front carries (even managed to nurse in it, which was a first for me – I’ve never managed to do that with another carrier), but I’m still not great with the back carries. It definitely takes a lot longer to put on than any of the other carriers I own. Also, you’re wrapping a lot of fabric around the two of you. Right now, in the winter, that’s not a problem at all, and is actually kind of nice and cozy. We’ll see what I think about it in the middle of the summer, when it’s 110 degrees again.
So, it just reaffirms the idea that there is no one perfect carrier. At the moment, this one seems to be the most useful for me when I am planning on wearing my baby for a long period of time, and don’t mind wearing them on my front. Once I get better with back carries that may change, but for now I still find myself picking up my Kozy for those. I’m definitely glad to have it though, and would recommend it to anyone who thinks that wearing your baby in a carrier is just too uncomfortable. And hey, they’re on sale right now .