Babywearing has been a life saver as a mom of 2 boys (so far =P). When Michael was a newborn and had colic it helped me get things done while still being able to comfort him and relieve his achy belly. For that I used a knit wrap.
Knit wraps are made of either tshirt type knit fabric or sweatshirt fabric great for newborns and babies who aren't too squirmy and under 15lbs though it can work up to 20 lbs it starts sagging pretty quick and doesn't support well at all. In the knit wrap you can carry baby similar to a sling, or belly to belly like above, you could face outward but that is uncomfortable for mama and baby click here for a post on why.
If you go to here there are some great tips on different knit carries. Also You Tube has a multitude of videos on different carries and how to nurse baby in your carrier.
- Great for newborn
- easy to nurse in
- can get baby in and out without having to retie (until baby is about 15lbs)
- warm in winter,
- soft and comfortable, spreading weight across back and shoulders evenly for long wear comfort.
- multiple ways to wear
- most are very affordable
- only good for a few weeks to months, depending on how fast your baby grows, Michael was out of his in about 6-8 weeks because he grew so fast.
- hot in summer
- putting on is a bit of a learning curve
- be very careful buying used as they can over stretch and loose their support, One way to prevent this if you have a sewing machine is find some pretty 100% cotton woven fabric and sew a square piece to the very middle of the wrap, that is the same width as the wrap. this can help your knit wrap last through many children.
The woven wrap was my next carrier. The woven wrap has many, many benefits, the only down fall? Major learning curve! I bought 7.5 yards of Osnaburg from Fabric.com for a steal! Cut it in half lengthwise and hemmed all around, it was quick and easy and for just under $40 I had 2 wonderful wraps!
I really like this wrap, it is soft but firm and supportive, very breathable, once I started wearing it I didn't sweat nearly so much as with the knit. But it took so long to put it on and take it off it wasn't great for days with lots of errands or when Michael couldn't decide whether he wanted in or out. I could get Michael out without untying, I had to pretty much take the whole thing off to get him back in.
I always got great complements whenever anyone watched me put it on, or just saw me wearing Michael, I even got call Sacajawea one time by a bunch of guys at a park.
- can be worn from birth till too big for mama or dad to carry comfortably
- very comfortable
- unlimited variety of ways to carry baby
- easy to nurse in
- Same carrier can be easily worn by many people of many sizes.
- Great for double wearing (wearing 2 babies at once)
- easy to make your own
- great resale value
- many uses once the babies are too big to carry, including home made childrens hammock or hammock chair/swing
- can be VERY pricy
- large learning curve
- takes time to put on and take off
- not good for running into the post office, or the bank to deposit a check etc.
- can be very pricey if you don't make your own
Soft Structured Carriers:
I went from the woven wrap to an Ergo and fell in love with its ease. It could put it on or take it off in about 20 seconds, back or front. Though I will say hip carry in the ergo is extremely uncomfortable as the strap is against my neck not the outside of my shoulder.
I've become slightly dissatisfied with the ergo, it doesn't fit William at all, and though it is supposed to fit up to 40lbs the panel is so short that it doesn't give proper support to the child esp if the child falls asleep. So I've been looking into other brands, so far Kanga XT SSC is my favorite...currently saving up money to get one!
- Quick on and off
- can do front back and hip carry will little adjustment.
- multiple people can wear it without a whole lot of adjustments
- Easy to adjust
- hood great for nursing cover or to support a sleeping child.
- great for quick trips into the store
- easy to back wear for beginners
- great resale value
- Easy to nurse in
- Not as comfortable for long wears, at about 1.5 to 2 hours my back starts aching a bit
- Some (like my ergo) don't support older children as well as the wrap
- Very difficult to make your own if your so inclined
- Can be pricy
- Not good for newborns or young babies who can't support their heads without buying an extra newborn insert.
Olives and Applesauce
This is my latest acquisition, I cut up my second wrap that I made and made it into a wrap conversion mei tie. I LOVE it! It is not as quick to put on as the Ergo, but quicker and easier (esp back carries) then the wrap. It is much more comfortable for long carries then the ergo and cooler for baby.
It fits my husband easily and requires no adjusting straps, just tie it on.
I don't have a picture yet but I will have William take one tonight and I'll add it to this post.
- as comfortable as the wrap for long carries
- easier then the wrap to put on and take off
- just as easy as ssc for back carries
- Takes longer then a ssc to put on
- Not good for newborns
- A bit of a learning curve though not as much as a wrap.
Though this isn't mine a friend has let me borrow it for a babywearing class I'm teaching later this month, I like to have a little personal experience with carriers I talk about. It would be great for a newborn and younger baby! Though I don't like it much for Michael, he is to squirmy and since the support is on one shoulder and across back it isn't so comfortable as he is 25 lbs.
|Gabriel babydoll wearing in the ring sling|
- most are a great price
- Great for newborns and young babies
- COOOOOOOOL in the summer!
- Wonderful for nursing!!!
- Little adjustment for different wearers
- Easy to double wear (2 carriers)
- Great as a way to keep older child confined to lap when working on computer (hehe)
- Can be Dangerous when child gets older and squirmy wanting down
- not as comfortable once child is older
- As I don't have a lot of experience with this carrier I can't think of other con's.
Of course our local carry me close
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