Which Baby Carrier is Right for You
Stretchy wraps can be used right from birth. Depending on brand some can be comfortably worn until 35lbs. They can be worn on the front as well as on the hip. Wraps can be pre-tied first then baby can be popped in. They should fit snugly, feeling like a fitted pair of yoga pants! Tying your wrap first makes it a convenient choice for running errands and being able to pop baby in and out. A very forgiving wrap to learn and start with!
Woven wraps are a long piece of woven material that can be used to wrap your baby in a number of different carries. Wraps can be used from newborn up and until preschool age. Wrapping typically has a calming effects on both mother and baby. Wrapping your baby to your chest has been known to provide many emotional and physiological benefits for young babies. A major benefit to wrapping is being able to evenly distribute the weight of your child across your upper body. Wraps can be worn on your front, hip and back.
Woven Wrap Size Guide - Based on wearing your wrap comfortably in a Front Wrap Cross Carry
|Extra extra small to extra small||Size 4
||3.6 - 3.7 meters|
|Extra small to small||Size 5||4.1 - 4.2 meters|
|Small to Large||Size 6||4.6 - 4.7 meters|
|Large to Extra Large||Size 7||5.1 - 5.2 meters|
Your base size is determined by figuring out which size will allow you to do a full size carry with using most of the material. The Front Wrap Cross Carry is typically the full size carry that is set as the example.
Here are some common carries in each size:
Size 4 - Kangaroo Carry, Poppins Carry, Front Wrap Cross Carry TUB or TAS, Ruck Sack, Coolest Hip Carry
Size 5 - All size 4 carries, Double Hammock TUB or TAS
Size 6 - All size 4 and 5 carries, Front Wrap Cross Carry, Double Hammock, Back Wrap Cross Carry
Size 7 - All Size 4, 5 and 6 carries with fancy finishes. Fancy finishes can include Saltwater Finish and Tibetan Finish. Great for full size carries with older children.
Ring Slings are a great option for a quick up to go to grocery store, for a walk or for a nap. I most often hear parents raving about their ring slings for when they're running into the store. Without meters of material to wrap their child they can quickly tighten the sling and go about their errands.
Buckle carriers typically come in 2 sizes - standard (nb to 2t) and toddler (2t+). Depending on the brand the standard size can start at newborn or 4-6 months. Some carriers come with a newborn insert while others require one to be bought.There are buckles carriers now that will "grow with your baby" and take them from newborn into toddler hood. Carriers can be worn on the front and the back. Straps can be straight or crossed. Many caregivers love buckles carriers due to their convenience.
A blend between a wrap and a structured carrier. Meh Dais have panels for the main body where the baby is seated and long wrap straps that go over your shoulders and then back around under or over the baby's bum. As well as straps that tie around the caregivers waist. A great option for getting a close fit between caregiver and baby. Meh Dais can come in multiple sizes and depending on brand babies can be worn from newborn on.
An Onbuhimo is a Japanese inspired carrier typically used for an older babies and toddlers. Child must be able to sit up unassisted and have full head control. This carrier is typically worn on the back in a high back carry. Child should be high enough that they can see over your shoulders. Onbuhimos are waistless with straps going over the shoulders only. Being waistless makes Onbuhimos a good choice for pregnant women or care providers that have a hard time finding buckle carriers that fit their torso.
Great video by Soul Slings for those wondering how to get your Onbuhimo on for the first time! http://bit.ly/2AyB2iH
*Many caregivers own just one carrier and many own multiple carriers for different functions. If your find your carrier is causing you to be uncomfortable it probably needs an adjustment ie. tightening, loosening etc. Most communities have a local babywearing group that can be a wealth of information and support.
Recommended Safety Guidelines include:- having your baby high enough on your chest that you can kiss their head
- making sure your babies face is clear of all material
- double checking your wrap job/buckles to make sure its secure
- having a proper seat under the babies bum with material extending out to support under both knees and creating a "m" position
- not engaging in "dangerous" activity such as activities that include running, jumping, cooking etc.
- To back carry in any of the above carriers infant should be able to sit up unassisted and have full head and neck control (around 6 months old)
- Practice in front of a mirror and/or with a 2nd person spotting until you're confident in your babywearing abilities