Cole is sadly beginning to outgrow some of our carriers – our favorite mei tai doesn’t really support him knee to knee any more, and he is a bit too heavy for most of our ring slings. I still wear him relatively frequently, though, and Lulu will likely be his size at a younger age, so I set out to look for a larger size carrier.
Because we have tried out so many, both Cole and I had specific requirements for what we were looking for:
- I wanted the option of a back carry. I love to snuggle with a squishy baby forward facing in, and a hip carry rocks for short amounts of time, but for regular longer-term use, back carries are what we go for these days.
- Cole wanted a hood. He likes to snuggle in and “sleep” on me, and loves to be able to block out the outside world for a few moments.
- I wanted “pretty.” Most of our stash is hand-me-down or boyish, and I wanted something a little more fun.
- We needed toddler+ sized. Cole has long since left infancy behind him, and Lulu isn’t going to start shrinking, so we needed something to accommodate larger wearees.
This is not our exact carrier (you’ll see ours in a second), but it’s a stock picture of one like ours. It is a toddler sized soft structured carrier with a Girasol Earthy Rainbow panel and purple corduroy straps.
Maya and Matt got it for me for my birthday this year, and it has rapidly become Cole’s favorite carrier.