My Top 4 Favorite Baby Carriers
Baby wearing holds a special place in my heart. I have been wearing my babies since my first little one was born 8 years ago. Being able to safely wear my littles has made going on adventures together so much easier! At first, I started out using baby carriers that had been gifted to me at my baby shower, like the Moby wrap and Infantino baby wrap. Afterward using these carriers for a short amount of time and learning more about baby wearing, I found what I liked best about those particular carriers and invested in newer more comfortable carriers. In this post, I wanted to share with you what my top favorite carriers are after 8+ years of baby wearing.
1. The Ergo Organic
First up, our daily go-to, the Ergo Organic! Our green Ergo Organic has been all across the United States on hiking adventures, city explorations, and family visits! I am certain that once it is safe for our family to travel internationally again, the Ergo will be joining us in Japan and beyond.
It has also been perfect for helping baby get a nap in while her big brother and sister play at the park. We almost never use the baby seat in shopping carts and use the baby carrier instead. When you consider how many germs are on the surfaces of heavily used things like shopping carts, baby carrying is way more hygienic! Especially since babies love putting their hands in their mouth.
What I love most about this carrier is that it is a buckle and snap which means you can get baby on and off quickly! In some situations, you might not have the time or energy to wrap your kiddo up in a woven wrap. This is when buckle carriers are fantastic! For instance, traveling at the airport is so much easier when you can just buckle baby in and out. I also feel that back carrying is incredibly easy in this carrier as well. One more additional perk of the Ergo Organic is that it feels soft as butter.
Unfortunately, Ergo no longer has the Organic listed on their website but you can find them used or swap with other baby wearing parents.
2. The Toddler Tula
After my babies outgrew the Ergo Organic, I was bummed and wondered what could possibly replace the ergo with comfort and versatility for a toddler. The answer was the Toddler Tula! Out of all my baby carriers this one has one of my favorite designs. The Toddler Tula has all of the same benefits as the Ergo Organic, but this carrier is designed to carry larger babies and kiddos. The seat is wider which is SUPER important for ensuring your little ones legs and knees are being properly supported while in a baby carrier. The shoulder pads and waist portion is extremely comfortable as well. I have used this toddler Tula while hiking several miles and stayed comfortable the entire time!
You can learn more about the Tula Brand and the Toddler Tula by clicking here.
3. The Girasol Woven Wrap
This wrap is absolutely gorgeous and it holds a lot of magic for me. I have worn all of my babies, my nanny babies, and several of my doula babies in my earthy rainbow Girasol Woven Wrap. I have used this wrap at births to support my doula families as well. So for me, it is just full of memories and sleepy magic.
This is the only other baby carrier I use for my baby and kiddos other than my buckle carriers listed above. I like that woven wraps feel so sturdy. The strechy wraps worry me because they seemingly always come loose and I never feel like I can truly do anything without double checking the wraps tightness. Woven wraps are just SO versatile! Mine is longer than most so that I can use a myriad of different wrap styles with me littles.
Not only can you front wear and back wear your baby in so many different ways with a woven wrap, you can also wear newborns all the way up to preschoolers in a woven wrap!
Girasol is a Germany baby carrier company, check out their website and the wraps they have currently by clicking here.
4. A RAINBOW RING SLING
Ring slings are fantastic for quickly wearing newborn babies. I received this particular sling from a friend at our third baby’s baby shower. I had always wanted to try out a ring sling because so many of my close parent friends had raved about them. What I found was, I really liked the ring sling for wearing my newborn because it was much faster to put her on compared to my woven wrap. Yet, I did feel like it limited my ability to do certain tasks because I wore her on my side. Baby and I outgrew the ring sling once she was a couple months old and moved onto the woven and ergo carrier! I still would recommend ring slings to families, especially to those wit ha newborn baby. This is because they are much less expensive compared to most buckle carriers and woven wraps. A ring sling may be a fantastic way for a new parent to become introduced to the idea of babywearing. Just make sure you consult a baby wearing educator or attend a class on how to properly and safely use a ring sling!
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Jenni Jenkins is an Oklahoma City Bereavement, Birth, & Postpartum doula who serves her Central Oklahoma community. She has been a proud Thrive Mama Collective Member since 2017. Jenni is also the creator & facilitator of the Kaleidoscope OKC LGBTQ Family Support Group & the Nurture Oklahoma Live Interview Series.
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