COATS for BABYWEARING
I have 3 coats from 2 vendors and the basic review is: you get what you pay for.
The week before Christmas I was babywearing without a babywearing coat outside in the cold and decided I needed one, we deserved one! I went online and ordered from fun2BEmum's Etsy store; shipping from Poland it said to expect up to 6 weeks for delivery. I then googled baby wearing coat and found some cheap versions on Ebay, with iffy reviews; for $20, I had to buy one to see, shipping from China it said to expect 6-8 week delivery time:
Coat 1: Received for Christmas from my wishlist (4 days after placing the order for the other coats!), fit2BMum "Little Bear" baby wearing coat
I LOVE IT! It's an easy to wear one zipper coat, after putting your baby in a front carrier, you put the coat on like a coat, tuck a fleece piece between the baby and you so his hood is in the right place. It's really warm and cute. The only con is the hand pockets are kind of far back, closer to hips than kangaroo pocket style on most hoodies. This coat and my baby wearing carrier are usually in my car for adventures (or a Costco run). XXXL(18/20) and coat hits at the bottom of my bottom.
|Us at the zoo|
|Maternity panel and baby wearing panel on top|
Coat 2: fit2BEmum "Luna" it's baby wearing coat functionality is the same as the Little Bear, but because it has zip in panels it is more versatile: No panel and the coat wears like a regular fleece jacket, zip in the pregnant panel for extra belly room, and zip in the baby wearing panel to go over a baby in a front carrier. It's great, all the good things as the Little Bear (except no little bear ears on the baby hood), with the versatility to wear it as a jacket alone or when pregnant. I wish I had ordered this as soon as I got pregnant! XXXL(18/20) and coat hits at the bottom of my bottom.
|us at the Women's March|
Coat 3: unknown/random foreign seller on Ebay
OMG. 2 things: 1, The materials and construction is very cheap: The fabric is a very light weight fleece, only 1/2 the hems have been sergered, and the rest are single straight seams with unfinished edges, the "thumb holes" are a section of the cuff they just didn't sew closed. 2, This coat is not acceptable as made. It is NOT made to wear WITH a baby IN a carrier- it's made with a baby pocket- that you put the baby into!! DO NOT PUT A BABY IN A POCKET!! The baby pocket zips into the front or the back of the jacket.
My seller isn't selling anymore on ebay, but it was similar to: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Maternity-Polar-warm-fleece-Hoodie-Jumper-Pullover-Babywearing-BABY-CARRIERS-/222308427329?var=&hash=item33c29d6641:m:mTanR0Z-lXLxO0qz9OcnkMA
So I made a ***DIY FIX!!*** This coat is ridiculously cheap and dangerous as is. The "Home Ec." sewing project vibe doesn't bother me for the price, I only paid $21, and a light weight fleece isn't bad since I want to baby wear in other seasons. You're basically cutting the baby pocket open on the inside: Put the carrier on, put the coat on, where the bottom of the baby pocket hits the bottom of the carrier, I cut open the inside of the pocket (so baby's body is where the pocket is, and head comes out the hood area. I'll see how the unfinished edges and single seam construction hold up with wear and fix/re-sew as needed. If I use this coat for a back baby carry coat, I'll re-DIY the back of the jacket to fit us.
*I did not get paid for reviews and all items were purchased at full price!!