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    No offense Cara, but I don't think it is worth continuing this conversation. I'll leave the intelligent readers of Geobaby to decide which advice is most suitable for them.

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    you know they banned walkers in the states, not because they were unsafe in and of themselves, but because parents weren't blocking stairways and kids were falling off the stairs.

    they banned bumbo seats in the usa because parents were putting the seats on the top of tables....not because the seats were dangerous.
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    Thanks all for their original comments and replies! Very helpful.

    Re. baby carrier, I have my eye on a real expensive one (Only one that is comfortable) HK$13xx. Hesitating as reading past posts mention their baby's didn't take to being carried this way. Have posters found the baby carrier more used vs. stroller?

    We are public transport takers, so imagining in future will go to the baby friendly malls of IFC, Elements and KowloonTong.

    thx again!

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    We use baby carrier far more than stroller. Our baby is much happier being carried than strolled, and there are so many stairs and crowds in Hong Kong the stroller can be unwieldy. You might be able to pick up a cheaper carrier from the 2nd hands - have seen Ergos going a lot cheaper than new there.

    Carrier definitely easier on public transport too - we also don't have a car and it's much easier on MTR/bus/taxi with a carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keninhk View Post
    Thanks all for their original comments and replies! Very helpful.

    Re. baby carrier, I have my eye on a real expensive one (Only one that is comfortable) HK$13xx. Hesitating as reading past posts mention their baby's didn't take to being carried this way. Have posters found the baby carrier more used vs. stroller?

    We are public transport takers, so imagining in future will go to the baby friendly malls of IFC, Elements and KowloonTong.

    thx again!

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    I think experience would vary on this. The problem with babies is that it's really hard to know what they will take to until you try it. I was the one who found that my babies disliked the Bjorn. Luckily, someone had given me their old one so didn't matter. My second baby liked being slung but she preferred the cloth the Indonesian ladies us (cost $50) to the Bjorn. Granted we didn't go hiking in it but we could carry her in it for days out... she refused to be in the Bjorn for more than 10 minutes.

    For both my kids, I didn't use a stroller until they were about 3 months. Even without a sling, I found it easier to just carry them in the MTR etc, especially when crowded. But both my babies didn't like being in the stroller initially. Maybe if they did, I'd have used it more. Also, they were small babies, easy to carry and born in winter so not hot to have them in a sling.

    That's why I think it's better not to spend a lot of money on baby stuff. Hard to know what really will get used. Especially if you have budget constraints or, as is common in HK, space constraints at home.

    How about trying to get a secondhand carrier so you can try it out?

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    A lot of people find the bjorns uncomfortable after the first few months and babies are not really supposed to be dangling from their crotch. There are lots and lots of good carriers out there that are better for both your back and your babies. Ring slings, ergos, wrap style, mei tais etc.

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    Went ahead with the new purchase for the baby carrier solely because it was the only one that fitted comfortably on me as well as the least complicated to wear/operate! Yes, I tried all different brands from 'Ergo' and 'Baby Bjorn' (probably least fav).

    Feel a bit guilty of the overspend, guess I have to hope the baby would like it as much as I do! Btw, the brand is called 'Boba'.

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    I think in HK it's a good idea to have a quality baby carrier that is comfortable for the parents. For us, that's the Ergo. It's good to buy one new even if it's a bit spendy because in our case it is well-loved. For the first 7 months of my daughter's life she spent at least 70% of her day in the Ergo. We still use it every day. It is starting to show wear simply because we use it so much!

    With our first child we were given a Baby Bjorn and we didn't know much about baby carriers but that thing was a back-breaker! Then later we read it's not really great for proper development of baby's hips either. Nowadays, I think it's almost difficult to give one of those used Baby Bjorn's away. I rarely hear anyone rave about a Baby Bjorn or it's many "copycats" but you'll hear lots of good reports about the Ergo and other similar brands.
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