My Favorite Carriers and Wraps – Babywearing From Newborn to Toddler
Are you curious about babywearing? You may have seen families cuddling their babies in a carrier a wrap. Babywearing is becoming wildly popular.
Firstly, parents love it because it helps to soothe their baby. It reduces crying, promotes bonding and connection, and it lets them be hands-free while still holding their baby. If you keep your baby close in a carrier or wrap, then you can easily breastfeed on the go as well. Also, wraps and carriers are often more comfortable than holding baby in your arms for a long period of time.
Your postpartum doula can help you practice babywearing.
When can you start putting your baby in a wrap or carrier?
You can start in the first few days after your baby is born. But this depends on your baby’s size. Most carriers have weight guidelines to follow for safety. You can start with a newborn. Once your baby is older, you can switch to a different carrier for a toddler.
When wearing your baby in a wrap or carrier, there are basic safety guidelines you should follow. Firstly, baby should be totally upright in the carrier. Their chin should be up with an open air way. Baby should be close enough to kiss. Your baby’s hips need to be properly supported. Make sure that their legs and hips make an M shape, or froggy legs for a newborn.
Each wrap or carrier has their own safety recommendations. These can usually be found on the wrap itself or by searching the company website. Safety is so important in babywearing.
Consider finding a local babywearing group or lending library for more information. They can help you try out different styles and find the best carrier that works for you.
My Favorite Wraps and Carriers
My partner and I have been babywearing for nearly 5 years. Over the years, we have learned which carriers we love. Everyone is different, but these are my best recommendations.
This is my all-time favorite baby wrap. You can use a ring sling from the newborn time until the toddler stage. However, ring slings are best used when your baby is a newborn or infant.
Ring slings are great for several reasons. They are very quick to put on and get baby inside. The learning curve is small. They are easy to learn to use safely. Also, ring slings don’t involve any tying. You simply pull the fabric through the rings to tighten. The ease of use makes it an ideal choice for going out with your baby.
Also, ring slings are very easy to adjust. You can quickly loosen your wrap to nurse and tighten it back up when you are done. It can be formed to your baby’s size and position over time. They are great for front and hip carries.
Soft Structured Carriers
Soft structured carriers are simply baby carriers with more support and structure. They are soft and comfortable to wear but provide padding and extra support for you and baby. They are ideal for infant to toddler ages. There are a multitude of different brands. Personally, we use an Ergo and a Lillebaby. They are affordable and easy to clean.
Most can accommodate a child up to about 30 lbs comfortably. Some carriers have different weight recommendations. Also, if your child is very tall they may outgrow the carrier more quickly. I can still put my 2.5 year old in a soft structured carrier, although he is probably too tall at this point.
Some companies, like Tula and Lillebaby, make carriers that are made specifically for toddlers. I have used them before and they are great, with extra weight and safety support for a wiggly big kid. They are expensive, but worth it.
What are your favorite carriers? What wraps do you love? Tell me about it.