I am frequently asked what kind of carriers I like and which I recommend. I have been thinking and working on My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s for a year to be honest. I want to preface this by saying that carriers are like bra’s, very personal to shop for. Each carrier fits each woman differently, and they also fit the baby’s differently too. I firmly believe you need to try out a lot of carriers to find the one that fits you best.
I have a pinched sciatic nerve, which gives me a lot of back trouble, I was not sure I would be able to babywear at all. I started with some of the cheap and free ones (Infantino stretchy and soft structure, Seven Slings free pocket ones) and found even with a newborn they hurt my back and were not that comfortable. It did not take me long to realize I needed a better carrier. My local baby store lets you try out carriers (for free!) for a few days and I found it really helpful. I tried out four carriers before I found one that didn’t hurt my back. I found that the carriers with the crossed straps in the back were the easiest on my back.
Are you looking for the best baby sling? There are tons of amazing ones out there, but I am going to introduce you to My Four Favourite Baby Carrier’s plus a Giveaway at the bottom of the post so stick around!
Please ensure you are practicing safe baby wearing, here is a great site to remind you of some important safety rules while baby wearing.
My Four Favourite Baby Carriers
Wrapsody Water Wrap
Honestly, I cannot stress my love of this wrap enough. I use it so much and for so many things! Bee was not very tolerant of being on her own for long, even while I showered. I heard of a wrap I could wear in the shower so she could shower with me. I literally went out the next day to buy it. This was a life changer! I could have nice long showers with a baby all happy and close on me and shower every day.
I wear this wrap a lot in the water while camping. It is REALLY hot in a tent and can be near impossible for baby to sleep. I put baby in the carrier, put a hat on their head to protect and shade from the sun then go to the beach and hang out in the water for an hour so they can sleep in cool comfort. It works amazing! On vacation this summer this was Po’s main way of napping during the day, my sister would watch Bee playing in the sand and I chatted with friends and enjoyed the water.
I also used it a lot as a newborn stretchy wrap (like a Moby, Baby K’tan, or Maman Kangaroo). I started wearing Po when he was a few days old in my Wrapsody. It is super comfortable and worked so well for him to be snuggled up against me.
Hopefully I have convinced you of how awesome this wrap is! You can use it as a newborn stretchy wrap, lightweight wrap easily stashed in your diaper bag, and for in the water for showering or hanging out at the beach.
This is my favourite soft-structured carrier. I prefer to wear it with the straps crossed, but I can wear it regular in the front or as a back carry too.
Po napped in here in a front carry for the first 6 months of his life while I worked. It was super comfy for me and a lot cooler than a stretchy wrap for him (he was a hot baby) and gave me lots of room to get my arms around him to type.
I also use this while running errands as it is super easy to put on and put him in, I also used it for Salsa Babies (baby wearing Latin dancing), while cooking/baking, going for walks, watching Bee at the park, pretty much anywhere.
When Bee got older I loved having her in a back carry. I had SPD while I was pregnant so I couldn’t carry Bee without having excruciating pain in my pelvis. Not all stores have carts kids can ride in and using a stroller wasn’t always an option so a carrier worked great. She was also happy being up high and seeing everything. It was also much safer in parking lots, I could not chase after a toddler, she was a lot faster than I was and I was worried about her safety so being in a carrier made me more comfortable and her out of harms way.
When I had Po my hubby got me a Toddler Tula! I was so excited! I could tandem wear them both, which I do not do often as they are heavy. I found the Beco Soleil was a little small on Bee at this stage so this was much comfier on both of us.
My sister tends to wear Bee in the Tula more than I do as when we go somewhere I wear Po while she wears Bee. It makes going to festivals and events so much more convenient. Although she can walk, sometimes she is tired and with large crowds we prefer to baby wear them both and zip through places, not to mention we don’t have to worry about escalators, elevators, rocky slopes, or tight quarters.
My final favourite carrier is the Standard Tula. I didn’t get to wear this for long. I had an amazing adventure with my son’s birth group in which we shared a Tula and it got shipped across Canada so everyone had a chance to wear their December 2014 baby in it. You can check out my story on it here. This is one of the most well-known brands and most popular so our group went with this Tula as the baby carrier, I only had it for two weeks (insert crying here) but I fell in love with the Tula and seriously debated getting a new pretty Tula in a fun print to enjoy with my son too. It is similar to other soft-structure carriers too but super fun!
Have you considered baby-wearing? Here is a great site to check out on WHY you should babywear and how awesome it is.
I am super excited to announce I am doing a giveaway for a $50 USD gift card. You can enter in the giveaway below, may the odds be ever in your favour! We will be contacting the winner after the contest is over.
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I love this baby wearing quote on Pinterest, “Food Spoils. Babies don’t. Hold her. Wear her. Breathe her in. Keep her close. It goes too fast.” You can never spoil a baby by loving and baby wearing them!
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