Next time I come to Taipei, I'll bring the Moby (Dragonbones) and the Baby Bjorn, since it sounds like there will be takers of one sort or another. ;-) I also will see if I still have my Rosado ring slings; they're made here in Seattle and people swear by them; one is guy-sized (big) and the other is more "normal" but would still be too big for the average Taiwanese woman. The dog(s) could be carried in the ring sling, I suspect, and they are good because they go right in the washing machine without a problem. I hope I can find them!
Hi DiaFun, when do you think you'll be here next?
The Baby Bjorn is NOT a front or back carrier; it's a front carrier ONLY. Babies have died falling out of those carriers when placed on a parent's back! If you want a carrier that goes on the back, too, wait until the baby is about 6 months old and then get an ERGO
Thank you for the clarification!
(Edit: We haven't pulled our hand-me-down carriers out to use yet, but I had remembered something about the reversibility of the Bjorn -- turns out it is that it is a front carrier, but baby can face either way. Of course we'll pay attention to such things more carefully before actually using them!
BTW, we ended up getting a new crib at New Mama, in large part because they happened to have one (長頸鹿, Giraffe brand) on sale that had light, natural wood, a curved top, and a large inset wood oval with a removable picture on it, which is really ideal for my DIY decorating plans.
For others doing crib shopping:
If you have a car and can pick it up, and don't mind taking a random color and style, 2nd hand is a good option. Check here and post on Parentpages too -- there are currently two available over there (contact shemac or webster). The con's of New Mama are the bad weekend crowds, and almost no sales staff present to answer questions. They change their sale items on the 5th, and I'm not sure whether that changes once or twice a month, but their crib selection was larger than that at the 兒女是寶 (children are treasures) store at Ren'Ai-Guangfu. Prices were similar at the two stores, but service was much more personal at the Ren'Ai store, which was also not crowded, so I recommend trying there first.
The cheaper cribs have plastic hardware which feels cheap on some models and a bit more rugged on some others, while the ones with sturdier build cost an arm and a leg. Most models have a side that drops (varying the railing height) and a bed base that adjusts as well.