We often get the question, “What is the best carrier?” or “What is the most comfortable carrier?” With over 200 carriers in our library, it’s hard to say that any one is the best! Trying on carriers is much like trying on jeans—just because a brand works well for someone else doesn’t mean that it’s the best brand for you!
When it comes to soft structured carriers, it can be particularly tricky as there are so many options when it comes to size and features. We have over forty soft structured carrier brands in our library, but there are even more brands out there to try.
If you have not yet found the buckle carrier that is right for you, or you’re not sure what you’re looking for in a soft structured carrier, take a peek at all these varying features. The list is not exhaustive, but it’ll give you an idea of what all is out there.
How long have you been wearing? Almost 3 years
What are your favorite carriers? Currently on a soft structure kick, but love them all!
I discovered babywearing when I was creating my baby registry and researching motherhood. I chose an Ergo Galaxy from Target. Little did I know the world of carriers that was out there! Looking back I wish I had know about BWI of GR. A ring sling would have been a game changer for my constantly nursing, only wanted mom baby.
I didn't wear her much until she was 4 months and finally fitting the Ergo with the blanket trick. Even then, we constantly were like, “Oh, we will carry her. We don't want to have to hold the carrier.” Fail. If only I'd known how much easier that trip to Ikea and the Red Wings game could have been!
When I was about 6 months pregnant or so, a friend told me about BWI of GR and I went to one of the last Ecobuns meetings. It was cool. I watched ladies wrap. VBE Cassi was showing a few who asked how to nurse in a sling. I thought, “Never will I wrap or be able to figure out nursing in a carrier.” Oh, how things have changed!
Baby #2 lives in carriers and has from day 4ish. I need to keep up with my big kid and now keep my early walker (yup, even when living in carriers they learn to walk ;-)) safe and out of trouble! I nurse her in various carriers. I am learning to wrap and use each of the carrier types at one time or another.
Babywearing has literally changed my life. We go where no stroller has before! My non-napping baby naps in a carrier daily. If baby gets hurt, toddler gets hurt or isn't listening—a carrier can fix it. I promote babywearing any chance I get and can't say enough good things about it! I am sad that before I know it I will have no littles to wear. I then will be a squish stealer just to wrap them up close for a minute or 20. :-) For now, I enjoy it as much as I can and will for the short few years I have left and—of course—spread the love if I can!
One day, your baby suddenly isn’t a baby anymore—they’re a toddler, full of energy and curiosity. You may think it’s the end of babywearing, but sometimes it can be just the beginning! Toddlerwearing can be a great resource for caregivers when toddlers need a way to snuggle in when life gets overwhelming, stay close to an adult in a hands-off area, or simply get a better view at the zoo.
Whether you’ve been happily wearing your baby since birth or are looking to wear your little explorer for the first time, we can help find a carrier to suit you and your family’s needs.First, let’s establish what children could benefit from a larger carrier. Just because a child can walk or is over a year of age doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a toddler or preschool carrier. The true determining factor is how big your child is and the size of your current carrier.
Get ready—October 4th through 11th is International Babywearing Week! International Babywearing Week (IBW) is an annual event sponsored by Babywearing International. It is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote, advocate for, and focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing.
Locally, we are celebrating with both in-person and online activities! Check out our events page and Facebook fan page for more information about how you can join in. Throughout the week, we will have a babywearing photo scavenger hunt! Participate to win one of the amazing prizes below!
Hip carries are a great way to give you and your baby a little more freedom to explore the world. Not only does it allow your baby to see more of what is going around them, but it frees up one of your arms to accomplish everyday tasks. If you’re pregnant, a hip carry is also a good way to wear your child on your front without putting a lot of pressure on your abdomen.
We recommend hip carries for babies who have good head control, typically about three months of age and up. It’s one option for when your baby wants to look out, but isn’t quite ready for back carries or forward facing yet.
You can do a hip carry in most carriers. Check out the instructions below or attend a meeting to get one-on-one help with achieving a hip carry in your own carrier.
Pouch Sling: https://youtu.be/-b7syRKNYA8
Pouches are a quick baby carrier that can be easily stored in a diaper bag, car, etc. They’re fast and easy to put on--just make sure they are sized correctly!
Ring Sling: https://youtu.be/r4AEEwYTQFc
Ring slings are also fast and pretty easy to use, but they can be tightened or loosened to share between caregivers and children. Ring slings are great for quick trips and when you may have to wear two differently sized children.
Woven Wrap: http://babywearinginternational.org/what-is-babywearing/babywearing-resources/intermediate-and-advanced-hip-carries/
Woven wraps have much variation for hip carries depending on the length of your wrap. Check the resource above to find a carry suited to your wrap size, skill level, and preference.
Meh dai: https://youtu.be/nHaeQ_1n3-c
Meh dais are a great blend between a soft structured carrier and a woven wrap. They offer a little more flexibility than a soft structured carrier in how the hip carry is achieved while still having the support of a panel of fabric.
Soft Structured Carrier: http://accordingtojenny.com/2013/09/how-to-do-a-hip-carry-in-a-soft-structured-carrier.html
Many soft structured carriers can do a hip carry, but check the instructions for your specific carrier first. Your carrier will need arm straps that can be unbuckled and crossed behind your back.