Baby Carriers

Before I forget, I want to try to log some information to remember if we are blessed with another Wee Cannon eventually.  Today, it’s my favorite baby carriers for the various stages.

Moby Wrap – a must for newborns

My boy wouldn’t sleep much at first but this gave me so much freedom.  Ten minutes in the Moby and he was o.u.t.  It also “reset” the little guy when he seemed to fussing for no reason.  The most common way to carry newborns in the Moby was impossible with E–he hated it.  We continued to try different ways until we found one that worked for him.  Also, it was simple to put on before leaving the house and then just pop him in it when we got the store or church.

Tips for successful carrying:

  1. Put the Moby on so the baby fits snuggly. If it feels loose, take it off and try again.
  2. Pull the support strap up high enough to provide support.
  3. Tie the knot on the side, not in the middle.

Ring Sling – 3 Months to 1 Year

I made a couple of my own and the second one I made was by far my favorite, primarily because of the fabric texture.  I used these instructions  and bought the silver aluminum medium rings from slingrings.com.  With the first sling, I used fabric way too thick and I bought large rings.  The second sling (the one shown above), I used medium rings and the seersucker fabric was thin with just a bit of give (I wouldn’t call it stretchy, though).  It was perfect for the summer and when things got tense, it was an automatic cure-all.  It is super easy to put on and doesn’t have a plethora of elaborate snaps and clips.  I still use this carrier but, not for too long.  After E hit 20 lbs, it was challenging to carry him for more than 30 minutes.

Tips for successful carrying:

  • Make sure the strap is over your shoulder and not your neck.
  • Wear the baby high, not low on your hip.
  • Find a comfortable fabric.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve so practice at home so the baby knows the drill before trying to do it in the grocery store parking lot.

Boba – 3 months and on

Typically, I prefer wraps over snaps and clasps so I tried the BabyHawk Mei Tai but, like the ring sling, when he hit about 20lbs, it wasn’t distributing his weight effectively and it was hurting my back and the waist straps were digging into my sides.  I borrowed a friend’s Ergo for a bit but it felt so unnatural, like I was just wearing E in a backpack.  I heard that the Boba was great for toddlers and it was made of softer fabric so I took a risk and bought one.  And I love it.  I actually just bought it about a month ago but wish we could’ve used it much, much earlier.  It has a little hoodie to put up when the wind is bad or when he’s napping.  It fits great on me or my hubby (as shown above), easy to put the baby (or toddler) in, and can be worn on the front or back.

Tips for successful carrying:

  • Make sure the waist strap is down around your hips so the weight is primarily distributed there.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve so practice at home so the baby knows the drill before trying to do it in the grocery store parking lot.

 

Other Info to Remember:

  1. A big coat or shawl works great as a winter coat over you and baby while he’s in the sling/wrap.
  2. Only wear baby facing out on rare occasions and for small amounts of time.  Info here.
  3. If the carrier doesn’t work one time, try again at least 3 more times.  If it doesn’t get easier, move on.
  4. Carriers can be costly: watch for sales on Amazon, follow your favorite brands on Twitter for sales/contests, and check out eBay.  I have used all my carriers more than any other baby product (other than diapers) so they are worth the extra cost.
  5. Don’t buy cheap carriers.  I bought a cheap carrier because the Boba was more than I wanted to spend.  The off-brand fabric is different, the waist strap was not comfortable, it didn’t cinch well…I could go on.  You’ll save money in the long run by trying out the one you like and buying it.  Often times, Amazon will have a free returns on their carriers so if you don’t like it after a week, you’re not stuck with it.

Do you baby wear?  Which one is your favorite?

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