- Samantha McClellan
Comparing Types of Baby Carriers
It's hard to overstate how helpful baby-wearing can be in that first year postpartum. Babies like to be held, but we also have to live life, take care of other children, grocery shop, empty the dishwasher and fold laundry.
Baby carriers are the answer! Baby-wearing is also a great bonding tool for dads or other caregivers. But there are SO MANY OPTIONS! How do you know what will be best for you?! Here's a breakdown: Stretchy Wrap: Great for the early months!! Super cozy, very womb-like, easily washable, tie it once and pop baby in and out without redoing it all day long. Lots of fabric does take some practice to get used to. Ring Sling: Great for running errands and keeping in the diaper bag. Folds up small. Not a lot of fabric. But can get uncomfortable for long periods of time. Soft Structured Carrier: Very versatile. It can be used for front and back carries. Easy for beginners, grandparents, babysitters... Not great for newborns because it requires an insert or at least a rolled-up towel until they are 3-4 months old. Woven Wrap: The carrying possibilities are endless. As customizable as it gets. Very beautiful. It can be used from newborns to toddlers. Comfortable to wear. There is a learning curve. Hybrid Carrier: It can be used for front and back carriers. Ease of a soft structured carrier with the more custom fit of a wrap. If you're pregnant or just starting out with babywearing look in your area for a local babywearing group. Many groups have lending libraries where you can try different carriers each month for a very low cost and also get instructions on how to use each type of carrier.