I wasn’t very crunchy when my first was born. Okay, I wasn’t crunchy at all. I guzzled soda and ate fast-food daily. I wasn’t into attachment parenting, I didn’t co-sleep and I never dreamed of transporting him in anything less than a handy little stroller. Baby carriers? What are those? But as time went on I began questioning everything I knew. Of course this happened in most part due to me trying to understand my unnecesarean, but I’m so grateful it led me to this path.
After I became pregnant with our princess I was spending hours pouring over information online. I wanted to do everything as healthy and natural as I could with her. I was soon submersed into a world of baby carriers and despite all my reading, I had no idea wear to start! So many women were a fan of the wrap, so I put a Moby wrap on our registry and was blessed to receive one from a great neighbor and friend.
The thing about using a wrap is, it can be pretty confusing! I watched the video clips over and over again. Eventually I got the hang of it, but I feel like it was so overwhelming for me in those early days. Every single time I put her to my chest she wanted to nurse. I’d have to loosen the wrap, wiggle around, move her down, move her back up again. I just wasn’t comfortable enough with the giant thing to do it. I think for a beginner at babywearing something more easily adjusted would better suit this time period, like a Mei Tai. The Moby was a lifesaver, though, when she was teething and needing snuggles!
The soft structured carrier-
As time went on we bought an Infantino Front to Back carrier which is called a soft structured carrier. It could be used in a back carry, forward facing front carry, or inward facing front carry. The snaps, straps, and buckles got pretty twisted around. The princess was a little bit bigger then and she was so curious. Having her forward facing allowed our hands to be free. It also allowed her to feel like she was a part of the activities. We frequently wore her this way while out on our zoo adventures or at the grocery store. It wasn’t very convenient to have her on my front while trying to cook or do dishes and I wasn’t brave enough to try doing a back carry. I wish I had been!
The Mei Tai-
The next carrier we got was an Infantino Sash Mei Tai. I really loved it. It is recommended to be used as an inward facing front carry, hip carry, and back carry only. It was just like the Front to Back for me, except much easier and quicker to get her situated. There were no snaps and clasps. It was sort of like the Moby and the Front to Back got together and made a baby. The best of both worlds! A nice pocket area for baby, and a couple quick knots to tie her securely in place. Using the Mei Tai was the first time I got brave enough to put her on my back by myself. Everything was clearly in the right spot. It felt really secure and I loved it! I was able to get some laundry and dishes done!
We found a really neat one at a thrift shop. These baby carriers are called a structured carrier or backpack carrier. Hubby loves it because it keeps the princess off of him. Don’t forget, we live in Florida where it’s summer ¾ of the year. The princess loves it because it gives her a bird’s eye view of her surroundings. Additionally, she has more freedom of movement not smashed up against us. I don’t like it as much because I can’t bend over in it, so no laundry. It also seems to put more weight on my shoulders rather than balancing it out evenly. If I’m in a rush to run out the door I’ll grab it because all you have to do is buckle her in and throw it on like a backpack.
One of the last of the baby carriers we received was at MommyCon earlier this month. It’s a ring sling from Beachfront Baby. This particular brand is performance athletic mesh. They’re great for going in the pool, beach, or shower. Or just good for use anywhere it’s crazy hot… like Florida! Ring slings can be any type of material, though. The thing about these baby carriers is there is a definite learning curve (though not as bad a wraps). Once you get it, it’s simple and quick! I wish I had one of these back in the beginning. I’d love to try it out with a little squish!
So the last carrier I’m going to talk about is the Beco Soleil. You will not find it on their website as the Soleil has been discontinued (much to the heartache of the masses). It’s a soft structured carrier for 4 months and up, and it is awesome! It can be used in a back carry, an inward facing front carry, or if your little one want to see ahead of you, a side carry. The hood is fully removable. It has an accessory clip, a key clip, and also has 2 storage pouches! It has height adjusting straps on the front, and an adjustable chest clip. You can cross the straps in the back as shorter people like myself find this helps get a good fit. The clips are the sturdiest ones you’ll find out there which can be a good and bad thing. They require you to press the safety latch while unbuckling so no handsy toddlers can bust out. I know a lot of moms appreciate this feature though!