Also consider who else will be wearing the baby. Daddy, grandparents, older siblings and other caregivers can all be taught to wear your little bundle as well and this may be part of the deciding factor when choosing a carrier.
- Great for newborns and infants
- Long (usually 5 metres) piece of fabric that ties around both baby and wearer
- Leaves the wearer hands free to do other things and keeps baby snuggled in close
- LOTS of different brands/colors/designs to choose from
- Stretchy jersey/cotton materials can get HOT
- Back Carrying should NEVER be done in a stretchy wrap
- Have an upper weight limit of about 20 lbs (and then they almost become TOO stretchy!)
|Chimparoo Woven Wrap in ‘Juliet’|
- Similar to stretchy wrap, long piece of fabric that ties around both baby and wearer
- Fabric does not have any stretch to it and therefore can be used from newborn to toddler hood.
- Excellent for all kinds of tummy-to-tummy, hip and back carrying.
- Some incredibly beautiful designs and brands to choose from
- Higher learning curve than stretchy wraps and takes practice to master.
|Babyette Batik Ring Sling|
- Adjustable, one shouldered carrier, are one-size fits most
- Can be used from newborn to toddlerhood
- Great for shorter babywearing periods, great for running errands
- Easy to nurse in
- Can be a nice way to babywear for a special occasion (think silk ring slings!)
- Because it is a one shouldered carrier, weight of baby is not totally evenly distributed and may cause some discomfort after longer periods of wearing.
(including Buckle Carriers and Mei Tais)
|Pipa Pack Buckle Carrier|
- Two-shouldered carriers that evenly distribute weight of baby across the wearers back & on their hips.
- Most are good to use from about 3 months (babies with good head control) to toddlerhood
- Buckle carriers are often preferred by babywearing dads
- Mei Tais can fold up nice and small and fit in your diaper bag
- Great for traveling, hiking or anytime you need to wear baby for extended periods of time.
- Easier learning curve for getting on and off
- Can be used for both Front (tummy-to-tummy), Hip & Back carrying
|Chimparoo Mei Tai|
- Most buckle carriers are not recommended for newborns.
- Cost-some of the organic versions can get pricey
Babywearing is a wonderful practice and one that I truly believe can make your brave new journey into parenthood that much easier. It can be done from day one with your newborn all the way up to toddlerhood and sometimes beyond! (I happen to know a few 4 year olds who still enjoy a ‘piggy back’ on Mama). So don’t give up if the first one you try doesn’t feel right. Keep trying different carriers until you find the one (or two or three) that works for you and your baby.
Happy Babywearing Everyone!
Natasha Chiam is a Certified Babywearing Educator and the Chief Executive Mama at Natural Urban Mamas.
She is mama to a four year old boy and a two year old girl, both of whom she still ‘wears’ on a regular basis.
4. Natasha’s Babywearing Photo Courtesy of Timeless Edge Photography
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