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26 Feb

Making Sense of Baby Carriers

babywearing3In recent weeks, I’ve covered the reasons why you should carry your babies, and explored both what to do and what not to do when you do so. Both articles stemmed from numerous reader emails I have received asking about ancestral practices regarding baby wearing and carrying, and whether we might be getting it all wrong in this day and age. Now, in this third and final part of this series, I try to help make sense of the dozens of baby carriers on the market.

When it comes to transporting an immobile infant, there are seemingly infinite variations, not all of them equal. Palming the kid’s head like you were Michael Jordan and he were a basketball? Impressive, but not optimal, especially once they get big enough for their feet to drag on the ground and slow you down. Carrying the child by the scruff of her neck? A child shouldn’t have a graspable scruff (are you sure that’s not a dog you’re swaddling?). Tossing the kid to yourself as you run down the street in a continuous game of auto-catch? Fun, but not realistic for every occasion.

For the most part, though, it’s hard to get it really wrong. Support the baby’s head, avoid cutting off their airflow, don’t let their legs droop down and flap around, follow the basic rules of babywearing from the last post on the subject, and you’ll probably be fine. Anyone except for maybe a petrified new father can figure it out. Esther Gokhale does make one small but important recommendation – when carrying a baby, keep her back lengthened by positioning your arm under her so that her bottom is slightly behind her rather than tucked inward. A good cue is to imagine your baby has a tail that needs to hang down over your arm.

Eventually, carrying a baby gets old. Your arm gets tired, you start making (mal)adjustments to your posture, and carrying your kid becomes a chore rather than a delight. Plus, it’s nice to have our hands free (to check our phones, of course) as we go about our business. For this reason, we turn to baby carriers.

It’s really easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer number of baby carriers available these days. There’s even a site dedicated to them, with thousands of reviews logged for over a thousand different carriers broken down by type. A parent could spend days reading through all those without coming to a clear, decisive conclusion about what to get. It’s all quite confusing, so let’s try to make sense of it all. You’ve got:

Mei-tais.

Of all the Asian-inspired carriers, mei-tais are the most abundant and widely-liked. Mei-tais are traditional Southeast Asian carriers and essentially consist of a square piece of cloth with straps at each corner. The baby sits on the cloth and the straps are tied around the parent in a variety of ways to secure the child. They can be worn on the front or in the back, and a single mei-tai should be good for a child at every stage of development (I doubt they can handle gawky ten year olds, though) for either parent regardless of size and gender. Many people like mei-tais because they closely resemble backpacks, with adequate support across both shoulders and around the waist. Among the mei-tais, both Kozy Carriers and Babyhawks get fantastic reviews. Here are some helpful videos for wrapping a mei-tai in different ways.

Pouches, both fitted and adjustable.

Fitted pouches are nice because there is no adjusting required. You simply loop the pouch over one shoulder, insert the baby, and go on your merry way. They’re very user friendly. The bad thing is that there’s no adjusting allowed; you have to buy the right size for your baby and, as he grows, you may have to purchase a new one. Of the commonly available fitted pouches, Slinglings Pouch Slings get great reviews.

Adjustable pouches are somewhat trickier to use than fitted pouches, but since they’re adjustable, these pouches can work with growing children. Unfortunately, the best-reviewed adjustable pouch – the Kangaroo Corner fleece – is discontinued. You may able to find used ones.

Padded and unpadded ring slings.

Ring slings are long strips of fabric with rings for easy adjustment. Padded rings slings have padding on the sections that brace against your body, while unpadded rings slings do not. Other than that, they’re pretty similar, although unpadded ring slings appear to be the most popular. Rings slings are almost infinitely adjustable with tons of different wrapping methods available, which gives them a steep learning curve but greater adaptability as the kid embiggens. If you get an “open-tailed” ring sling, which is a ring sling with a bunch of extra fabric at the bottom (the tail), you can discretely breastfeed. Among padded ring slings, the Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Ring Sling and Lite-on-Shoulder Hybrid Sling get the best reviews. The SBP (Sleeping Baby Productions) unpadded ring sling appears to be the best product in the unpadded category.

Structured carriers, which include soft structured carriers and hip carriers.

Structured carriers probably have the easiest learning curve. I mean, who hasn’t worn a backpack at some point? A wriggling baby is a little different from math and chemistry textbooks, but it’s close enough. For soft structured carriers, the Connecta, the Kanga line, and the Kinderpack get the best reviews.

While the Ergo Baby Carrier gets moderately good reviews on the Babywearer site, it’s by far the most popular soft structured carrier in the real world. One of the Worker Bees is about to be a first-time father, and he’s just conducted an extremely scientific field study. The design was rigorous, his methodology was immaculate, and his results were skewered by a panel of his peers. In other words, he asked random babywearing parents what kind of carrier they preferred whenever he came across them in the wild. By far, the majority of carrying parents he encountered used the Ergo and absolutely loved it. You can wear the kid on the back or in the front, and I have it on good authority that 6’6″ males and 5’5″ females can both share the Ergo. For what it’s worth (quite a bit), Esther Gokhale also recommends the Ergo.

Hip carriers seem like they’d get problematic eventually. Unilateral training with heavy weights certainly builds core strength and trains you to resist rotational force, but that’s only good in small, acute doses. I imagine having a baby on your hip – the same hip, no less – all the time would lead to postural distortions, perhaps even chronic ones. If you go with a hip carrier, switch hips and be aware of your posture. The Scootababy and Mei Hip Carrier both get good marks.

Stretchy and woven wraps.

Wraps are probably the oldest type of baby carrier (besides the arms): a long (3 to 6 meters) piece of cloth that is wrapped around both baby and carrier and tied to secure. There are tons of wrapping methods, including ones with single, double, and waist support, but that also means it takes more practice to get comfortable. Luckily, there’s a comprehensive database of wrapping methods.

Stretchy wraps are the most popular, because they’re generally easier to put on. Since they stretch, you wrap the cloth around you, get everything situated, and then “pop” it open to make room for the baby. Because they’re so stretchy, they’re best suited for smaller babies. Older kids may sag too much. The best reviewed and most popular stretchy wraps include the Cuddlywrap, the Hug-a-bub, and the Moby.

Since they don’t “pop” as much and you generally have to include the child in the initial wrapping, woven wraps are tougher to get the hang of, but they can handle larger children as well as infants. The best reviewed and most popular woven wraps include the Storchenwiege, the Didymos, and the Gypsy Mama wrap.

Now, I’m no expert. Like I said before, Carrie and I just did the good ol’ classic carry method using our arms. Ultimately, you’re gonna have to just try some out and see what works best for your situation – just as we did. I imagine you can always buy a couple carriers and return the one that doesn’t work. You might also try finding a birthing center near you, as many birthing centers offer classes where you can try on a bunch of different carrier types and learn how to use them before making the big decision. Once you arrive at a wrap, Craigslist is a great place for finding used versions.

Whatever style carrier you choose, it’s tough to go really wrong. Good options exist in every category. Every carrier has its proponents, and parents have been using thousands of different carriers to truck their babies around for tens of thousands of years. Find one that works for you and your baby and your needs and take a deep breath, cause it’s going to be okay.

Now let’s hear from you guys. What carriers did you use, or are you using, to carry your baby? Which ones worked, which didn’t, and why? Thanks for reading!

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  1. I loved rocking the Moby wrap! Very versatile and my little dude was right there either on my back or sleeping on my chest.

    MattyT wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • Moby wraps are not safe for back carries. Only use a woven wrap for back carries.

      Lazurii wrote on March 3rd, 2013
  2. Has anyone had any experience with “SevenSlings”. We got one as a gift and it seems like it will work well (we tried our cat in it and he seemed to like it). We are not due for another couple months so havent had a chance to put an actual baby in it yet.

    Tyler wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • If you have nothing else, sevenslings are fine. They are pretty deep and are sized, so they are easy to get wrong. The two big issues that you need to watch for are: keeping baby’s chin off chest and being able to kiss baby’s head without moving any fabric. If you can manage both of those things, go ahead and use the seven. I use mine to tote my toddler into stores for a quick purchase, but that’s about it.

      Stretchy wraps like the Moby are excellent for the floppy newborn stage. Then a mei tai after that should cover all your babywearing needs unless you become an addict like many of us and have every kind of carrier in your stash. Yep, we even have a water ring sling for the pool!

      There are many babywearing groups across the country, so look for one. They often have lending libraries and info sessions to learn different carries. There’s a facebook group called Babywearing Love and Support that can help you locate local sources.

      Ashley wrote on February 26th, 2013
  3. We used both a Babyhawk and a Hotsling (fitted pouch) with our now-5yo son. We tried the Moby but never got the hang of it. The Babyhawk was fantastic. Both my 6′ husband and my 5’2″ self could use it, it was comfy for everyone and was pretty to look at. The only (minor) downside was that when not in use, the dragging tails made it just a bit unwieldy to cart around. I personally loved the Hotsling, but of course since it was fitted to me my husband didn’t use it. Although my little one was exclusively breastfed I never breastfed him while ‘wearing’ him – my anatomy just didn’t seem to work that way.

    Thanks for the great series, Mark! I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see you talk about attachment parenting so positively.

    Lori Freeman wrote on February 26th, 2013
  4. Moby was very comfortable, but a pain to put on. Love my Ergo. Used it in front when he was little, and on back as recently as a few weeks ago (18 month toddler). He loved it! My only complaint is that ALL carriers are so uncomfortably hot to wear in the Miami heat. :-\

    Rebecca wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • Second that on the Miami heat! (Not The Heat, just plain old scorching & humid heat.) Both my babes and I got unbearably hot and sweaty with all of the various wraps, slings, and carriers we tried.

      kew wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • I understand about the humid heat. I’m in central Arkansas, which gets a tad hotter than Miami, with slightly lower humidity levels. (Central Arkansas and Disney World feel about the same in early July.) I found the ring sling, with light weight but strong, breathable fabric was tolerable. Mind you, it was still hotter than not using a sling, but overall it was easier on me. When you’re stepping outside into the equivalent of a sauna, any additional fabric is misery, but so is carrying a heavy, sweaty baby. I suspect it’s highly individual as to whether you prefer the carrier, vs. no carrier, in that kind of weather. With an older baby and toddler, I preferred the sling. I don’t know about when she was little, as I did not get my sling until she was 10 months, and it’s the only carrier I owned. There were a few of the other types available 10 years ago, but as it was late spring when I ordered it, I was looking for the one that looked like it would be the most bearable (least miserable) to wear outside.

      b2curious wrote on February 27th, 2013
  5. I used a Gypsy Mama stretch wrap from birth till around 1-yr-old and it was fantastic. They offer a beautiful range and the wraps are very comfortable to wear and easy to adjust.

    Ruth wrote on February 26th, 2013
  6. I used a wrap that I made myself out of light non-stretchy cotton for my first until she was more than a year, and starting to be too heavy for it. Then I got a Boba G2 (soft structured carrier) which is out-of-this-world comfortable. It is comparable to the Ergo baby, but has a longer body, so it comes up higher on the baby’s back and provides more support, which makes it more comfortable for both baby and parent.

    For my second, I mostly had him in the Boba right from birth on my front, occasionally using the wrap to put him on my back when hiking, when he was very little (2-4 months). Both the wrap and the Boba are still in great shape despite very heavy use for 3+ years. Since the Boba is rated to 45 lbs, I expect to get quite a few more years out of it

    Tracy wrote on February 26th, 2013
  7. Just read the Gypsy Mama instructions and buy stretchy material! Do not spend $50 on a big piece of stretchy material!

    Sarah wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • The Gypsy Mama wrap is a hybrid stretch wrap. Infinitely worlds above other stretchy wraps (moby, boba, sleepy, etc.) and the ONLY stretchy wrap that can be used for back carries. Definitely worth the extra money for a Gypsy Mama over another stretchy brand.

      Lynn wrote on February 26th, 2013
      • It is not the ONLY stretchy wrap that you can use for back carries, and not the only hybrid stretch wrap out there, especially if you live in Europe.

        Rebekka wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • I wouldn’t follow this advice. Stretchy material can be very different, and can lead to very different results. Want pictures to prove it? :)))

      her’s me, trying my first ever wrap (forget the brand, but it was an actual baby carrier, not just any random piece of stretchy material). Notice how my baby is way down low — uncomfortable for me, and I had to readjust all the time, and just not a good idea overall in terms of safety.

      Now compare that to the right position, a day later — when I was taught how to use GOOD wraps at a babywearing meeting:

      Please ignore my bloated face and body — this was six years ago anyway, before I discovered paleo :)).

      The point is, not every stretchy material would do.

      Gypsy mama ones are the best, and they will last far longer — longer than a moby by a year or two. But a moby is also good and useable.

      I wouldn’t recommend skimping out and trying your own fabric. Besides, just buying that long of a piece of fabric would cost you as much as a moby.

      (sorry if the pictures don’t come through, I don’t know if they are allowed).

      Rose Bomstein wrote on February 27th, 2013
  8. Have you gone all babyfied in the head? Seriously, for a primal blog, you’ve been pushing the whole attachment parenting/natural childbirth agenda awfully hard. Can we please have something besides infant care?

    lisa wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • Chillax. He said this one finishes the series!

      Jenn R. wrote on February 26th, 2013
      • Thank goodness!

        Helga wrote on February 26th, 2013
        • Just think of all of the non-primal people who may find this site because of these baby articles and get exposed to better nutrition and fitness as a result!

          PhilmontScott wrote on February 26th, 2013
        • Right on Scott! Every women in her life while pregnant searches at least once for each of Mark’s article in this series.

          I could kiss the ground if I would have found THEN SUCH well researched information plus the treasured comments as on this site! Actually I found Mark few weeks after giving birth looking for candida issues and changed my life for good for ever!

          Think about all the BONUS help a pregnant/breast feeding mama could get in nurturing herself and her baby!!!

          After all, primal living is not only about food and fitness, primal is a lifestyle!!!

          Grok on!

          Ionela wrote on February 26th, 2013
        • Ditto Scott! It may really help others into the fold, and though I am childless, I personally found it informative and interesting. Clearly he had a lot of requests for this type of material.

          Also, I don’t understand complaining about what content a free blog chooses to put out.

          Emily Allred wrote on February 28th, 2013
    • Agree. Even as a mother. Has “jumped the shark”

      Jill wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • You mean the other 350 some posts he’s done this year from last February? So skip this one. Not every post resonates with me, but I don’t complain about it.

      Ruth wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • In this overpopulated world, I have to agree with ya Lisa. How bout something on primal profalactics?

      Nocona wrote on February 26th, 2013
      • So skip Marks Daily Apple for a day to get all caught up on all the recent press on the negative population growth. No need to spread your pissyness around just because you feel annoyed (but not annoyed enough to not read the comments, apparently).

        Caite wrote on February 27th, 2013
        • And FYI: Primal Prophylactics = NFP (the first and only totally “green sex”). Why be so careful about what anti-nutrients your nonorganic fruits and vegggies are doing to your body, but be willing to dump all kinds of toxins and chemicals into your body as well as the local water via your birth control pill?

          Caite wrote on February 27th, 2013
  9. My city has a marvelous and active baby-wearing group that meets monthly. The group has a “library” of different carriers from which members can rent for a suggested donation of $5 per month. This allows mothers to try out a variety of carriers without having to purchase one that they or their baby winds up not liking! Everyone I know who participates absolutely raves about this group.

    E. wrote on February 26th, 2013
  10. I used a Moby when bub was first born and a Manduca since – he’s now 2 and a half and pretty heavy and I can still carry him on the Manduca (similar to the ergo, and in my opinion better). Would recommend slingmeets too.

    Michelle wrote on February 26th, 2013
  11. To all my fellow Canadian readers, I highly recommend the Blue Celery hybrid sling. Unbelievably comfortable, easy to use for babies of all ages in different positions. The organic fabric is Canadian, they’re manufactured in Canada.

    Jaclyn wrote on February 26th, 2013
  12. I used and loved the Ergo with both kids until they were pretty big. Great exercise!

    Rachel wrote on February 26th, 2013
  13. Husband and I (mostly me)have used the Classic Ergo Carrier with all four of our babies (6yrs – i2 months). I love that I can nurse on demand anywhere and no one can tell…most of the time.
    Though, I’ve noticed I am standing different (spine looks curved in)when I don’t have the carrier on. Perhaps I wear it too low to nurse and not high enough because I am only 5’1”? Any suggestions on being able to nurse and not hurt upper back/ neck with the Ergo being too low.

    Megan @ The Ipps wrote on February 26th, 2013
  14. Husband and I (mostly me)have used the Classic Ergo Carrier with all four of our babies (6yrs – 12 months). I love that I can nurse on demand anywhere and no one can tell…most of the time.
    Though, I’ve noticed I am standing different (spine looks curved in)when I don’t have the carrier on. Perhaps I wear it too low to nurse and not high enough because I am only 5’1”? Any suggestions on being able to nurse and not hurt upper back/ neck with the Ergo being too low.

    Megan @ The Ipps wrote on February 26th, 2013
  15. The http://www.thebabywearer.com/ is a great resource for info.

    Christine wrote on February 26th, 2013
  16. I have the Moby, Maya Wrap, Peanut Shell, Bjorn and Ergo. Ergo is the best BY FAR. BUT, you get extra crunchy points on AP forums for rockin’ the Moby. Fortunately, I don’t care about points…just comfort and convenience for me and baby!

    kennelmom wrote on February 26th, 2013
  17. We have an Ergo and a Je Porte Mon Bebe hybrid wrap. I find it easier to use the Ergo if my daughter will want to do the get-up-get-down thing (she’s 18 months) and the JPMBB wrap if she’s tired and clingy, and I prefer the wrap for a side carry. Haven’t done very much back carrying.

    The JPMBB is 5% spandex, so it’s stretchy but does not sag and you can use it up to 14 kg (about 31 lbs). I definitely recommend it, as it’s easier than a woven wrap but is usable much longer than a 100% cotton knit wrap.

    Rebekka wrote on February 26th, 2013
  18. Thanks for this post; I’m not in the market for these just yet, but I hope to be half as cool as this guy once it happens (think James Dean with a baby wrap):

    http://chiccritiqueforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/255790453806056291_uVNb2zsQ_f.jpg

    Brent wrote on February 26th, 2013
  19. I originally had a Moby and an Ergo, and with Baby #2 traded up for a K’tan (like a Moby but way easier to wrangle) and a Becco Gemini (way more comfy and versatile than an Ergo.)

    Renee wrote on February 26th, 2013
  20. I used all of them! I found a use for mei tais, soft structured carriers, wraps and ring slings. Now that my youngest is 4 yrs and my oldest is 16, I shall keep one of each type of carrier to hopefully give my children when grandchildren come along. I have kept hold of a Sachi mei tai, Dream Carrier ssc, 2 woven wrap ring slings, a Didymos and a Lana woven wrap..
    I have enjoyed this series, thank you Mark

    Sarah wrote on February 26th, 2013
  21. Love all these baby/toddler posts. We are contemplating on whether or not to have a second kid. We started with the Moby wrap for younger and transitioned into ring slings and the Becco Gemini (fit me better than the Ergo). Nice to see other options in this post I didn’t find in my initial research!

    Laurie wrote on February 26th, 2013
  22. I used the Kozy Karrier (a mei-tei), the Ergo and the Scootababy. I loved wearing my babies. Nursing in the Ergo is a snap, and the hood can be deployed if you have modesty needs (not that I did, at all!). The Scootababy was a good side carrier because the fabric can be distributed across the shoulder and arm instead of digging into your neck.

    I really miss carrying my Groklets. I carried both until they were over 3. Some smaller kids can be worn for much longer, but I have really dense, muscular kids (I wonder why?) and my back finally said STOP!

    My parents actually kept their carrier from my childhood, but I wanted something that wasn’t 30-something years old (who knows how the fabric strength was!). I finally gave away most of my carriers figuring that I should encourage babywearing.

    Ruth wrote on February 26th, 2013
  23. We have one daughter. We used one of the soft Infantino carriers when she was an infant (they have branched out so much now I can’t remember the model name), and when she got too big for it we bought a Kozy Carrier. We love the mei tai, except for the tails dragging on the floor when you’re putting it on. We’re thinking about trying a Caboo (kind of like a British K’tan) next time around if we can get one.

    Erin wrote on February 26th, 2013
  24. I loved the Moby for the newborn stage, and Ergo after that. We also used a baby bjorn for the intermediate stage. It was quicker to put on than the moby, but not as ergonomic. It seemed to hang the baby by her crotch.

    Kathy wrote on February 26th, 2013
  25. I received a baby bjorn for a gift, but it just didn’t feel right with all the buckles and straps. I ended up making my own from a McCalls sewing pattern # 5678. Making my own was very “primal” even before I knew what “primal” was.

    http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5678-products-8801.php?page_id=909&search_control=display&list=search

    Elisa wrote on February 26th, 2013
  26. At last! A reason to have kids! Flesh coloured weight vests….

    Keith wrote on February 26th, 2013
  27. Despite being asked to make leather baby-sling-thingies, and not having time … at the time …
    I always just used my arms to carry my babies, and I won’t have anything bad said about buggies/prams : total life-saving invention.

    Ulfric M Douglas wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • Absolutely. We had both strollers and baby carriers. The baby carriers work the amazing well in the places where the wheels become annoying at best. Baby carriers meant we could take hikes *and* treks through the nearby urban jungle without constantly looking for elevators. The strollers work best in suburbia type surroundings.

      Amy wrote on February 26th, 2013
  28. When a mother has had structural issues during pregnancy (e.g., pubic symphysis disorder), she should really use one of the carriers that keeps the weight evenly distributed between both hips. Slings are terrible at, well, slinging one’s weight to one side, inducing a posture that exacerbates SPD and keeps it from healing. Any kind of manipulative work (but especially osteopathic) can help address that condition.

    Jennifer wrote on February 26th, 2013
  29. Yah – loved my Scootababy (& Sakura Bloom) for day-to-day use, Moby for newborn but hard to choose a favourite buckle – probably Beco Gemini up to 2 years, then Boba, Tula & Madame GooGoo (devine!!) and wrap conversions are worth the investment if carrying again, Obimama or similar :)

    Sorry for the long list!

    PodPixie wrote on February 26th, 2013
  30. I found the Ergo by far the best. It was great to go out hiking with baby, and I still use it for my 26mth old. Just be careful of the carriers that hold the child by the “crutch” eg Baby Bjorn, front packs and alot of rigid back packs. These are not good for the childs hips or spine nor are they comforable.

    Rebecca wrote on February 26th, 2013
  31. They didn’t have any of this stuff when my kids were little, or at least I didn’t know about any of them, and I don’t think I’m that old…

    Cindy wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • They probably did in other parts of the world. The world gets smaller every year. ;)

      Amy wrote on February 26th, 2013
  32. Great post. I love my Ergo. I have been able to carry both my kids front and back. And was able to wear my daughter when I was 8 months pregnant and she was 2.5 years old (probably about 28 pounds).

    I still use the same one for my son that I used with my daughter. Great product!

    Erica wrote on February 26th, 2013
  33. Surprised at no mention of the Beco Baby Carrier in the article, and only one mention in the comments. It is ironically more ergonomic than the Ergo (curved should straps) holds the child more securely, and fits smaller people and tallish people really well (my wife is 5’2, I’m 5’11 and it fits us both well).

    skinny wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • I’m 5’1″ and found the Beco fit better than the Ergo. I was OK with an Ergo, but the Beco was better.

      jj wrote on February 26th, 2013
  34. I think we had almost all of these at one time or another. I can pick up my 50 pound eight year old and carry him around, but he definitely wouldn’t fit into a sling anymore. Sigh.

    Allison wrote on February 26th, 2013
  35. I personally liked the ringless slings myself as it was easier to nurse in public especially as my baby got closer to two years old, its a lot of work to arm carry a two year old and nurse and walk and push a shopping cart lol.I remember like it was yesterday even though it was 10 years ago.

    Dawn wrote on February 26th, 2013
  36. We still use and love our Ergo. Since our now 15 month old daughter was just a month and only 8 pounds (used with the infant insert which helps support baby’s neck) it has proven to be our favorite. When she was tiny and didn’t have a ton of head control we always had her on the front, but at around 6-8 months we started regularly carrying her on our backs as she was too heavy for front carrying. We also used a Maya ring sling which I liked a lot and my husband did not like much at all at first, but grew to love. At this point (she is about 20+ pounds) she is a bit too heavy for it to be comfortable for longer than 20 min, as it pulls too much on one side of the body.

    Andrea wrote on February 26th, 2013
  37. I’m a professional baby-wearer (no, really! I’m a postpartum doula, most of my work involves wearing babies and doing stuff for new moms) and I’ve used almost every carrier out there. I’m very small (5’0″) and I find the Ergo, while an *excellent* carrier and extremely versatile, just too big for me even with the straps all adjusted right down. I really don’t like any of the crotch-danglers (and babies don’t like them – they won’t stay happy in them for nearly as long as ergo-type carrier, mei-tais, wraps or slings). For wee babies, stretchy wraps really are the best – but the trick is they have to be SNUG!! When I have parents who say “it just doesn’t work for us”, 90% of the time it’s because it’s not on tight enough and the baby is all slumpy and uncomfortable and it doesn’t feel secure. Tighten those suckers up – it should be slightly challenging to squidge the baby in, but once they’re in, they’re happy. As long as they’re not overdressed – that’s the other thing about carriers, it’s like an extra layer of clothing for the baby. So peel off a layer BEFORE you put the baby in (unless you’re going outside and it’s -20).

    With my first baby I used a ring sling a lot – super-convenient, and easily worked for both me and the husband (who is just over 6′). It did gibble my back up a bit, but it came in really handy when I took the kiddo to Europe at about 21 months – she could ride on my back in it, it was great for nursing, took up next to no space in the luggage and let me have two hands free for luggage – plus it took mere seconds to pop her in or out of it when the opportunity for her to roam came up. I’m expecting #2 now and I still have the second ring sling we bought (we wore out the first one) and have a couple stretchy wraps that I’ve used for work. I may get an Ergo for the husband but I probably won’t use it much myself – I think I’ll try a woven wrap when it comes time for wearing baby on the back.

    Sarah wrote on February 26th, 2013
  38. I loved, loved, loved my unpadded ring sling. My youngest wanted to be held “all the time.” I bought a ring sling when she was 10 months old, and it was so nice to be able to do things, like cook, with both hands again! My daughter now uses it to carry her stuffed animals. She tried carrying some of our cats in it, but they refused to cooperate.

    b2curious wrote on February 26th, 2013
  39. K’Tan over here…*waves hand*

    Julie Aguiar wrote on February 26th, 2013
  40. I’m done with babies, but I love the baby series and wish I’d had it to read when I was choosing how to co-sleep and wear my kids. My kids HATED sling carriers…all of them, but things like the Kozy were great for them! It makes me sad to see people carrying their babies around in car seats, with the babies unhappy and crying. Strap those suckers on and you can get through a whole trip to the grocery store!

    Emily wrote on February 26th, 2013
    • Or better yet, get through an entire trip through the airport!

      jj wrote on February 26th, 2013

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