Inside: Tips for babywearing a newborn and beyond with various babywearing wraps and baby carriers.
Do you struggle with finding ways to do anything with a baby around? My little guy always wanted to be held so getting anything done around the house or on the computer was nearly impossible.
Babywearing is a great option, and I’m certainly a fan. It frees up your hands and keeps the baby close to you, so win-win. That’s just two of the babywearing benefits I got to experience. I’ve tried multiple types of baby carriers over my first year with Baby H, so I thought I would share my experience with you.
Learn the Best Baby Carrier Options for Your Babywearing Plans
Baby Carriers for Newborns/Infants
The first baby carrier I tried when Baby H was a newborn was the wrap. This one I feel has a huge learning curve. It felt like I was doing a magic ribbon dance every time I wrapped myself and baby. People love this option because you can do so many carrying positions with one wrap. I personally used it maybe twice. An example babywearing wrap is the Boba or the Moby wrap.
The next type of baby carrier I tried was the ring sling, and I think I used this one the longest while my son was an infant. A baby sling also has a learning curve, but when my friend showed me how to use it on myself, it really clicked. It slings over one shoulder and centers the baby in front of you, though you can do multiple positions with this carrier as well. I wore him a lot with the ring sling, at home and out. An example ring sling is the Beco.
Baby Carriers for Toddlers and Older Infants
After a while, Baby H was just getting big and wiggly, and I wanted something that was quicker to use, especially at the grocery store. This was when I switched to the Mei Tai carrier. It puts on like an apron, then folds up, and the ties cross behind your back, splitting the weight evenly. I felt a lot more in control with this carrier, and it was easier to put on and adjust. An example Mei Tai carrier is the Infantino.
As my little man kept growing, though, I felt I needed something with more structure. I also needed something very quickly because he was even more wiggly, and it is difficult to wrap a wiggly baby without a second pair of hands. So I got a structured carrier, the Ergo, and I love it. I put it on around my waist, click. Then I stick the baby in the pouch and click the clasps behind my neck/over my shoulders. Two clicks, done. This has been a fantastic option for me and the most comfortable. I’ve loved using this for my older baby, but you can get an insert for newborns as well.
There are many different types of baby carriers, and the brands and costs vary. You can also buy them second hand at yard sales and other mom-to-mom resale groups. I absolutely recommend babywearing and am happy to have been able to try various styles and finding some that worked for me at different stages.
If you want to learn more about babywearing, visit BabyWearingInternational.org and see if there is a local chapter to you. If there is a BWI chapter near you, you can join as a member and try out a new carrier each month. You can read about the benefits of babywearing on the BWI website.