Baby-wearing (BW) fits into the Attachment Parenting philosophy. The attachment theory touts that strong relationships are formed in childhood between caregivers and babies which, are carried through to adulthood. To boot, close physical touch such as skin to skin and BW fosters secure attachments. The BW community is huge, has its own vernacular and underground buy and sell markets. While it’s argued that any BW is good BW, it turns out that for extended periods of time, there are some more favourable, efficient and comfortable varieties of baby carriers to chose from. I’m going to highlight different styles/brands of safe ergonomic BW that you may have never heard of or overlooked.
Soft Structured Carriers (Buckle Carriers)
Pop culture has helped to promote the BW philosophy. Movies like “Neighbours”, “Austin Powers-Gold Member” and “The Hangover” are some popular examples of films that feature soft structured carriers (SSC).
The Snugli and Baby Bjorn brands remain household names and are among those demonstrated in some of the aforementioned films. The latter company has recently recognized the benefits of having a wider “seat” and released their most ergonomic baby carrier yet. Forward facing carries are also not preferred as it’s argued to be overstimulating for baby.
(Honeycomb Front & Back Snugli)
The ErgoBaby Carrier also has a wide panel seat and allows for knee to knee support- stabilizing the hips and reducing hip dysplacia. Ergo’s come in so many colours and fabrics which is what makes them so popular even among celebrities. See some on my babywearing Pinterest board here! Beware of “FErgo’s” fake Ergo’s that do not abide to Babywearing Associate Standards for Safety
Tula Baby carriers are my personal favourite SSC as they are easy to use, incredibly comfortable and come in amazing fabric combinations. The only downside is getting your hands on one of their fancier wrap conversions is like winning the lottery which drives up after-market prices through the roof! The good side is if you are able to score one, they maintain their resale value so it is definitely worth the investment.
A great option for younger babies are the stretchy wrap varieties. It’s one very long piece of stretchy fabric that can be tied in a variety of ways. You might have heard about the MobyWrap. I used this comfy wrap until my LO was about 15lbs and then found it sagged and became uncomfortable if worn for longer periods. A brilliant local mama to me has created the easiest stretch baby carrier requiring no long panels- just 3 loops called, Huggaloops! It supports baby to toddler weights! Check her out!
Wrapping is not a new idea. In fact, many countries all over the world have been BW for centuries. There are several lengths and ways to wrap which are safe and snug. Like most other baby carriers, boutique handwoven or machine woven wraps come in vast array of beautiful fabrics and designs. Here are a few that I have tried; Girasol, Kokadi, and Oscha Slings.
****One of my readers pointed out that I forgot to mention Ring Slings as another type of carrier! Thank you!!
It may have slipped my mind because I have actually never gotten around to trying one as of yet. But rest assured, once I do, I will update this post with the specs! Here is a link to another local mama who designs and sells ring slings called, MOMME! I hear great things about them!
Prices of baby carriers whether it be SSC or wrap range from $100-$$$$! Exclusive releases and one of a kinds (OOAK’s) drive up the supply and demand! it really is another world. Whichever type you decide on trying or investing in please ensure that it abides by the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance and meets all safety standards.
Have you tried babywearing? What kind of carrier is your favourite?
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