Confessions of a mei tai lover, part one:
You know those really sweet, super pretty, abundantly padded carriers I spent a whole lot of money on and adored?
Exhibit A: Lovely Kindercarry
Exhibit B: Beautiful Wraptation
Well, they are not getting a lot lovin' during this pregnancy. Why?
Because the Hotsling I bought for $38 on TheBabyWearer is hands down the most comfortable babywearing-while-pregnant carrier I've found. I just haven't wanted anything to touch my lower abdomen, so you can rule out all my fancy-smancy mei tais with their long albeit padded waist straps. And I have been a little overheated while growing bean number two so wrapping hasn't been my first choice lately either. During the first trimester, after I'd all but dismissed my pouch as a summer-only carrier, I dug it out of the stashcase (read also: suitcase that contains my stash of carriers) and tried it on thinking that there was no way a one-shouldered carrier like a pouch would be a great carrier for my heavy toddler.
You can imagine my shock after realizing that my poor, neglected Hotsling actually fit my toddlerwearing-while-pregnant requirements:
It's supportive and snug.
It's easy to manage the continual up and down requests that come with wearing a toddler.
And it doesn't bug my abdomen.
Exhibit C: Perfect. Our adored Hotsling.
I'm sure I'll love all of my beloved mei tais again after our next baby is born, but until then Viva La Hotsling!