Recently, I have been hearing a lot of people say that babywearing, or carrying your baby in a device strapped to your body, is a new fad. In fact, babywearing has been around since ancient history. Native Americans (North, Central, and South), Africans, and pretty much all cultures across the world have had some sort of babyway wearing in their history.
The type of babywearing that we have now days is new. There are so many types of carriers and choices of fabric. You can buy carriers that are super cheap not ergonomic and do not hold the baby in the most comfortable position and you can go all the way up to carriers that are are hundreds of dollars and made with hand woven fabric that is more like the first kind of babywearing. In this post, I will show three different kinds of carriers that are available to parents now days.
These wraps are normally made from a t-shirt like jersey knit and are very stretchy. The wraps like the Baby More Co.’s -like I am wearing in the photo above- are best for newborns and infants. The carrier says that it can be used up to 32lbs. However, I have found that with these types of carriers, that at about 15lbs you will want to start looking for a new carrier because this one will not last much longer. The stretchy wraps are awesome for inward facing front carries, but should not be used for back carries or forward facing carries.
The Baby More Co. wrap was really nice. I am a plus size woman, and I was able to tie the carrier on my back with with a little fabric to spare. I wish it was a little wider, but it worked for the doll I was wearing and my 7lb dog (don’t judge, the dog loves it haha). The Baby More Co. wraps are found on Amazon, and come in three colors; Grey (Like I have), Black, and Pink. These wraps are super soft, and are machine washable.
Ring slings are among one of my favorite carriers. A ring sling is a long piece of fabric with two rings sewn to the end. The fabric is threaded through the rings in a way that creates a pocket for the child to sit or lay in. They are super easy to use, very versatile and can come in a variety of fabrics, prints, and other options. I’ve actually used a ring sling to help keep Goose near me in public places.
There are so many carries you can do with a ring sling. I am doing a tummy to tummy with the doll above, but there are so many more. You can do cradle hold, clutch hold, kangaroo carry, snuggle hold, hip carry, and so many more. Just check out this YouTube search for more carries.
The ring sling I am using above is the Mamaway Ring Sling. Once again, it’s found on Amazon, and they have so many options it’s unreal.
First of all, I LOVE that this Mamaway ring sling folds up into it’s own little pouch. That way it fits neatly into diaper bags or purses. I also really like that part of the rails are a little padded, so they are a little more comfortable on your baby’s legs without causing a huge bulk in the sling.
The Mamaway is made from fabric that feels a lot like a bed sheet, however, some other brands of ring slings can come in woven, linen, mesh, or even silk.
Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) or Buckle Carrier
Soft structured carriers are also among my favorite carriers. If you think a ring sling is easy to use, the SSC is so much easier. This is a backpack type carrier that does not have an ridged parts other than a the buckles.
I got the Ziraki carrier to review. I was so excited because the description on Amazon says that it fits up to 55″ waist. I was really disappointed with I tried it on though. The carrier does not fit me at all. I had someone else try on the carrier who wears about a size 16 womens clothing, she was able to get it buckled, but it was not comfortable. I’m not sure if the company sent me the wrong one, or what happened. The carrier is beautiful, looks to be very well made, and has wonderful pockets, and an awesome hood.
I hope that I have explained some of the modern day carriers a little more. I really liked the Baby More Co and the Mamaway carriers. I cannot say if I liked the SSC since I was not able to use it.
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