All About Babywearing Including the Best Carriers

Babywearing…I have to be honest, if the college Melissa could see me now she would be laughing her head off. Never did I think that I would wear my child in one of those crazy ‘front pack carrier things’. And yet, here I am, about to admit to you that I own EIGHT different baby carriers 😳

There are a lot of reasons why I love babywearing. If you are a follower of this blog, you might know that we had quite a fourth trimester. Aiden was a super gassy newborn. The only thing that would calm him down, and get him to fall asleep, was being placed in the Ergo baby carrier or Nuroo Pocket, and walked around the block (yes, this was in middle of winter).

Some of my favorite early memories of him are when he was snuggled up (and quiet) in his carrier.There was also the little issue, of not being able to put him down for longer than five minutes to try to get ANYTHING done. Usually his fussiest time was dinner time, and I remember Dan would harness him up and cook dinner to keep him calm. I learned you can do just about anything while babywearing including breastfeeding.

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These days, it is less of a comfort thing for him, and more of a convenience thing for us. Sometimes it is just not convenient to take a stroller somewhere (ie; Nationals Park, hiking, shopping in tiny stores, etc.). Having a baby carrier is super convenient. Of course, you can’t just have one carrier when there are so many to choose from!

Here are our favorite carriers, and the situations for which we use them:

Baby wearing Nuroo Pocket

Babywearing shirt: This carrier is exactly as described. It is a shirt that wraps baby against your chest. The shirt carrier is perfect for the early months when skin to skin is so critical. I love my NΓΌRoo Pocket shirt, although I didn’t use it much after three months. Once Aiden started to get fidgety it wasn’t as effective! Side note: I can’t find any early pictures of Aiden in the Nuroo, so the picture is a recent photo, but as you can see, he still fits!

 

Soft structured carrier: The soft structured carrier is probably what you think of when you think of a baby carrier. It basically looks like a backpack and is mostly worn on the front of the body, but also on the back if the baby is older. This is a carrier that Dan can (and does) wear. We have the Ergo Original and the Ergo Four Position 360. The main difference between the two is that with the 360 carrier you can wear it in a fourth position which is a forward out position. We use this for walks and hikes or anytime we think he will be in it for a longish period of time. Make sure you get the infant insert for the early months!

UPDATE: Now that Aiden is a toddler we are loving our Lillebaby Complete Airflow. We decided on the Complete Airflow instead of the toddler CarryOn because although Aiden met the weight limit he is not long enough to fit properly. We have the donuts and sprinkles which is perfect for our police family status! The biggest reason why I love this carrier is because of the lumbar support. Aiden is about 25 lbs so he is heavy to carry around but the lumbar support and neck support make a huge difference. I find that this carrier is very well priced too especially if you get it early on because it hasΒ 6 carry positions: fetal, infant, toddler, hip and back — you do not need an infant insert.

Ring Sling: I love my Kindred Ring Sling. It is a one-shoulder carrier. It is really comfortable to wear and a bit easier to store in a diaper bag than the soft structured carrier. I usually use this if I am running to the store, or if we think Aiden won’t be in it for a super long time.

Baby wearing on the street

 

 

 

 

Wraps: I recently got into the wrap type carriers. A wrap carrier is easiest to carry around because it’s basically just a long piece of fabric. The wraps can be a bit tricky to put on at first; however, after some practice, they are easy! I love my Hope Carried baby wrap. I usually use this carrier for trips to the store or out to dinner. I also use it if I am doing something around the house where I need to be hands-free. I also throw it in the diaper bag anytime we go out because it is perfect for ‘just in case’ moments.

Not only do I love the Hope Carried wrap, but I also love the company. Hope Carried employs women, who wish to contribute financially to their families, but cannot due to extenuating circumstances (lack of education or cultural restrictions) by teaching these women how to make the wraps and ring slings they sell.

Hiking Backpack: We love being really active with Aiden and try to spend as much time outside as possible. We learned pretty quickly that although the soft carriers can be used for longer walks/hikes it is more comfortable for everyone if Aiden is in a backpack made for these types of adventures. We got a Kelty Pathfinder and love it. Aiden loves being able to see over the top and since he isn’t right up against us he isn’t too hot. Dan typically wears it, but I have a couple of times and the weight is more manageable.

Accessories: One thing that I have run into having so many carriers is how to store them. I found these super cute baby carrier bags on Etsy which are perfect for keeping everything contained. You can also get drool pads in matching colors which are easier to take off and wash so you don’t have to constantly wash the whole carrier. You can even get a pouch to attach to the front of your carrier. I like these pouches because they can fit a lot more than the little pocket on the Ergo 360.

To Summarize My Favorite Baby Wearing Wraps/Carriers:

Additional baby wearing resources:
Babywearing International
Kelly Mom
Le Leche League International

The benefits of babywearing and best carriers for all situations including wraps, structured carriers, hiking backpacks, ring slings and more.
The benefits of babywearing and best carriers for all situations including wraps, structured carriers, hiking backpacks, ring slings and more.

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About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Chanel van Reenen

    This makes me want to have another baby so I can wear them! My kids hated being worn πŸ™ I love the B&W striped carrier the best!

    • Melissa

      Awww! I know, it will be so sad when my little guy gets too big!

  • I’m a big babywearing fan too! We have used them for both kids and it’s been a lifesaver. I have an ergo and ring slung and would love to get a wrap!

    • Melissa

      Love the Ergo and ring sling. I am sure you would love the wrap too! They are all great for different things!

  • Diedre

    I loved baby wearing! I did it alot with baby #2, and wish I had found the right carrier with baby #1. It changed my life!

    • Melissa

      It makes such a difference!

  • Baby wearing is the best! It was so hot here in Austin when my little guy was small, so it was hard to do it often. We got a great breathable one though, so that helped!
    xo
    Lee Anne
    http://lifebylee.com/

    • Melissa

      There are so many options! I am glad you found a good breathable one. I think more and more companies are taking that into consideration when they choose fabrics.

  • I loved baby wearing with my two and can’t wait to do it again in a few months with our third! That pocket tee is so cool!

    • Melissa

      The pocket tee is AMAZING for the first couple of months. Congratulations on your newest!

  • Amanda Bandy

    This sounds like a great company! I love baby wearing. It keeps the baby calm and allows you to use both hands to get things done! Thanks for sharing the recommendation!

    • Melissa

      Yes, I was really happy to support a company that gives back to the community! Of course, the benefits of having my hands free was a good incentive too!

  • Stacy Norton

    I love the designs of these wraps! So nice and great to have baby so close.

    • Melissa

      Agree. They are wonderful and support a great cause πŸ™‚

  • Kate Hamernik

    tweeted about the giveaway – that is awesome! My baby wearing days are over – wah, but I hope a friend wins!

    • Melissa

      Thank you!!

  • Suzanne Hines

    This is super helpful to beginning babywearers! Love it! I didn’t wear my first very much…I only had a Moby and I would just end up in tears trying to figure out how to tie the darned thing! But our second baby was a beautiful foster daughter who went through severe drug withdrawals for the first 4 months of her life. I HAD to babywear because she would scream constantly and I had a 13 month old that also needed my hands! You’d better believe I learned how to whip that Moby into shape in no time at all!

    • Melissa

      Wow, that’s amazing what you did for your foster daughter! The wraps are definitely intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of them they are great!

  • Elaine@cookinandcraftin.com

    What a great post…my daughter just had a baby boy two weeks ago…going to show her this so she can see the different ways to carry a baby! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      Congratulations! Have her enter the giveaway πŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      Congratulations!! That’s so exciting πŸ™‚ You should have her enter the giveaway!

  • I love keeping my babies close to me. I wear my son quite a bit still and used to wear him even more before he was walking.

    • Melissa

      Me too! It’s the best!

  • Angela

    Baby wearing is the best! I absolutely love it. It makes life so much easier.

    • Melissa

      Yes! I’m glad you enjoy it too!

  • My favorite thing about babywearing is that your little one is snuggled close to you and that it makes everything hands-free! We just hiked a bunch on vacation and my husband and I took turns babywearing our 6-mo-old Aiden in a baby bjorn and a wrap…but I would LOVE a Hope Carried Ring Sling! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      Another Aiden mama <3 You definitely need a sling πŸ™‚

  • I’m not a mom (yet… someday!) but I’ve read a lot about baby wearing and it seems like such a great thing, so I’m sure I’ll be doing it. Also, love the pictures – I live right near all of those places! Love this area!

    Hannah, http://www.thecatsandcoffee.com

    • Melissa

      Yes — it really is good for Mom and baby for lots of reasons. How cool that you recognize the area πŸ™‚ We love it!

  • Jenna Fletcher

    I love(d) wearing my daughter. She sadly doesn’t need to be worn as much anymore- she’ll be two next month. But she spent most of her first year on me. I still break out my mei tai for crowded spots where we will be walking a lot.

    • Melissa

      Awww! It’s great that you can still carry her sometimes. I love that they can hold a good amount of weight.

  • Hannah Diane

    I <3 babywearing!! I can get SO much more done!!

    • Melissa

      Yes! So true!

  • JeeYoung

    We LOVE babywearing πŸ™‚ Our first wasn’t into much, but our youngest loves it!

    • Melissa

      Yay!!!

  • Our little one is 3 weeks tomorrow and the only way I can get anything done is babywearing! Plus, I love being so close to her πŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      Happy three weeks <3 What kind of carrier do you use?

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    Aww such a sweetie! That must have been hard to not be able to put him down, but i’m so happy you found a solution that works. Great tips.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

    • Melissa

      Thank you!! The first three months were TOUGH, but we got through it πŸ™‚

  • silver

    We still have yet to try several styles of carriers. We currently own ssc and ring slings. I personally am fond of our tula and just love how much babywearing helps me do things and calms lo.

    • Melissa

      Oh, do you love your Tula? I want one but already have two Ergos so I think my husband would kill me if I got a Tula haha

      • silver

        Sorry, just noticed the reply. I do! I find it easy, quick and comfy and my son likes it too. You could destash one ergo and get a tula lol But maybe try one on first at a babywearing group .

  • Casey Fossett Powers

    I love the idea of baby wearing and love see mommas do so! Great Giveaway!

    • Melissa

      Thank you!!

  • Maria

    Baby wearing is the best! I wish I found a post like this back when I started having kids because I was so overwhelmed so so much information that I missed out on this with my first. I became a baby wearing addict with my 2 and 3 though πŸ˜‰

    • Melissa

      There is SO much information lol I am glad you found it for your second and third πŸ™‚

  • Baby carrying is so good for the child. Thanks for spreading that message and the giveaway πŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      πŸ™‚

  • I so wish I would’ve had more confidence when my boys were little to do baby wearing, love this!

    • Melissa

      Thank you!

  • Baby wearing was such a lifesaver for me, especially after my second was born. It was the only way I could chase my toddler around. It makes such a difference in how both boys bonded with their dad as well.

    • Melissa

      Great point! Especially during the early days, my husband wore Aiden a lot and it was great bonding for him!

  • I was so scared to baby wear with my first child. I was always worried I wasn’t doing it right. Now that I have baby number 2, Im much more confident and love it! I love learning about all the different types of baby carriers. Great post!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! I’m glad you were able to ‘wear’ number two!

  • Shannan Panganiban

    I have so loved babywearing with my second son! Love these pictures as well!

    • Melissa

      Isn’t it the best? Thank you!

  • Sarah Marier

    What a great product! Thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa

      Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

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