A common barrier to babywearing for some parents may be the huge market of baby carriers. There are so many brands, types, price points etc., that some parents may feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin.
First and foremost it is important to know that the type of baby carrier, or the brand of baby carrier is not at all important.
Every caregiver will have a different preference for type or brand of carrier, trying on several before you buy will help you decide what works best for you and your baby.
Here is my top 5 list, which I hope helps simplify things!
1. Sleep Belt
The Sleep Belt is not meant for the parent to sleep in, just the baby! Also, it is not meant for hands-free babywearing or walking around. Picture a new mom with a premature infant holding baby skin to skin while she reclines and watches TV or reads a book.
2. Ring Sling
3. Buckle Carrier
I will break down buckle carriers by age range:
5. Woven Wrap
This is one type of baby carrier that has a very large market and so many brands, fibre blends and sizes that it can make your head spin! If you are interested in trying a woven wrap, I suggest attending a babywearing meet up for hands on support and a chance to try out the wraps we have in the library. Also, buying a size 6 in 100% cotton is always a safe bet.
I am excited to come to the November Mom & Baby Social in Orangeville to provide some hands on help with baby carriers and share my passion for babywearing with all of you! See my previous post “5 reasons to consider wearing your baby” for more information on why babywearing is such a great parenting tool, and how to do it safely.
I hope now you feel better equipped to choose a baby carrier that is right for you and your baby.
Comparison chart of buckle carriers: https://www.carrymeaway.com/learncenter/choosing-the-best-buckle-carrier-for-your-child-a-comparison-chart/
Buckle carrier fit tips: https://www.carrymeaway.com/learncenter/9-tips-getting-comfy-buckle-carrier-dos-donts/
Woven wrap sizing: https://babywearinginternational.org/what-is-babywearing/resources-for-educators/woven-wraps-a-sizing-guide/
How to tie a “front wrap cross carry”: https://uppymama.com/how-to-tie-front-wrap-cross-carry/
A very special thanks to the families who shared their babywearing photos with us and enriched our blog!
Join Jill's Facebook community “Orangeville and Area Babywearers” for more support and information about monthly meet ups. At meet ups they discuss safe babywearing and spend time trying on different carriers. Their goal is to give you the skills and confidence to wear your baby safely and comfortably.