I finally made it to a Fitball session at Fitfor2 – something I’ve been trying to schedule for weeks. I almost thought I’d have to cancel again until I realised that Gareth’s doctor’s appointment was for tomorrow. It’s amazing how quickly the weeks fly by and how little time there seems to be to do things.
Anyway, I parked in BV2 and came up the elevator so I noticed for the first time a new baby shop that had opened right next door to Fitfor2. It’s called “Cloth Diapers and Baby Carriers” by Tiny Tapir. I’ve only known about them because I was looking for distributors of the Ergo Baby carrier in Malaysia when I was pregnant with Gareth. At that time, most of the locations they were at were unfamiliar to me – plus they didn’t have the organic blue star burst carrier I wanted – so I ended up getting my Ergo from Mummy’s Milk in Singapore.
It seems that baby products have come a long way since I was shopping for them when I was first pregnant with Gavin. They now sell Bugaboo strollers at Bebehaus. Hubby was looking at them online because they had an infant attachment which allowed the baby to sleep horizontally. A friend of mine had one as well and I found it a lot easier to push compared to the Quinny Buzz that we had.
Cloth diapers are so much more accessible now. There’s so much more variety – one size fits all, pocket diapers, wool diapers, fitted diapers, and more. There are also a lot more brands on the market – Bum Genius, Happy Heiny’s, Mommy’s Touch, Fuzzi Bunz, Gro Baby, and a whole heap of other brands I cannot recall. These days, using cloth diapers is almost as easy as using disposables.
When I first bought a baby carrier for Gavin, the only one I knew existed was the Bjorn. Since then I’ve used ring slings, baby wraps and other structured carriers, like the Ergo. Although I rant and rave about the Ergo, I still find there is room for other carriers in my baby wearing repertoire. At home and when we’re out and about in warmer places, I can’t live without my Regin ring slings because they are not as hot to wear in this humid environment. They are also much more portable to carry around than the bulky Ergo or Bjorn.
These days, there are so many different carrier brands available that it is easy to be overwhelmed by the choices. I find having a ring sling for short hauls and a good structured carrier for long hauls are the basic essentials for baby wearing. Based on my experience, I still use the Bjorn for carrying babies and the Ergo for an older baby and toddler. Although you can use an infant insert to carry a baby in the Ergo, I found I couldn’t quite get the hang of it. Perhaps because I was more familiar with it, I also found it easier to nurse Gareth in the Bjorn compared to the Ergo.
Sobebabies recently recommended the Pikkolo as the only buckle carrier they recommend to safely carry a baby facing away from you and the Scootababy as their hip carrier of choice. I was extremely tempted to get them to try out but I’m sure hubby feels we’ve already got too many baby carriers as it is. The downside of the Ergo is that it doesn’t allow you to face your baby away from you.
Gareth, I have since discovered, enjoys looking out at the world. Being a large baby, he will soon outgrow the Bjorn. Being a heavy baby, even the Bjorn Active carrier isn’t enough to take the strain off the shoulders. The Pikkolo would resolve this problem since it allows me to face him away from me and can take the weight of a toddler up to 40 pounds. Alternatively, the Scootababy would also work because the side carry should give him a good view of the world while being worn. If we ordered the Scootababy now, by the time it arrives in the mail, Gareth would be ready for the 5 month old limitation of the carrier.
Should I get the Scootababy or the Pikkolo carrier? I haven’t decided. I’ve noticed that Tiny Tapir sells the Scootababy so perhaps I can give it a test drive before deciding. Then again, I can wear Gareth on my hip using the Ergo so maybe another carrier isn’t really necessary.
The Tiny Tapir shop in Bangsar Village stocks a range of baby carriers – ring slings, Ergo carriers and another type of structured carrier which I couldn’t tell the make of since the shop was closed by the time I got out of class. They also have a range of cloth diapers – Bum Genius, Gro Baby, and another type I couldn’t recognise. Perhaps I’ll check them out again the next time I’m in the area…