I am a HUGE fan of babywearing. I have been wearing my babies since my firstborn was a few weeks old. I have tried a slew of different carriers and have loved each one for different reasons. Since I blog about parenting products and baby gear I get asked a lot about the “best” baby carrier on the market. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about babywearing it’s how personalized it needs to be to make it work for your family. What’s “best” for me may not be “best” for you.
So in an effort to educate you all on the different types of baby carriers available I’ve enlisted the help of my friend and Babywearing Educator Laura Brown. She is not only the co-founder of BabywearingLA and SoCal Babywearers but also heads up Education and Events for Ergobaby. She gave me my first baby carrier before my first son was born and I have seen her passion and education for babywearing grow to amazing heights over the last five years.
I was honored to interview her for a post on The Right Start’s Blog. To view the whole interview click HERE. Below is her explanations of the Pros and Cons of each carrier type on the market.
Stretchy wrap (like a Moby):
Pros: Soft and cozy like a tshirt, inexpensive, can pre-tie and “pop” baby in and out.
Cons: Long, moderate learning curve, only for newborns/small infants. Can only be worn front facing in. One of the most difficult carriers to breastfeed in.
Pros: Great for newborns through toddlers. Adjustable for different body types, affordable. Easy to breastfeed in.
Cons: One shoulder carrier, moderate learning curve. Only for front facing in and hip carries.
Pros: Highly adjustable, crossable straps, can used with small babies through toddlers. Can be used front and back. Very dad friendly.
Cons: Moderate learning curve, less available brand options.
Pros: Extremely versatile, can fit every body and every baby. Front facing in, hip and back carries, newborn to toddler. Beautiful to look at.
Cons: Higher price point, higher learning curve. Choosing one can feel intimidating. Not widely available for purchase.
Pros: Easy to use, easy to adjust between wearers. Easily available to purchase. Some offer three positions, some offer a fourth position of facing out. Some have hoods and pockets.
Cons: Not as soft or conforming to the body, can feel bulky. Not always newborn appropriate. Narrow base carriers can be hard on your back and not as comfortable long term so look for one that is ergonomic and has a waist belt.
Lastly I asked Laura a few more questions
–What tips do you give clients for successful babywearing?
Try on as many carriers as you can to figure out what might be a good carrier choice, and don’t give up. It may require a bit of practice. Know some resources for hands on help if something comes up or isn’t working for you.
– If there was one piece of advice you would share with a new mom what would that be?
Follow your instincts. We’re given this amazing ability to know what our children and family need, we just need to learn to quiet the noise around us.
So what baby carriers do you have in your closet?