I’m a big fan of baby wearing. Your babies. My babies. ANYbody’s babies! It’s just the best.
I love having my kiddos tucked in close. I love the convenience of having my hands free. I love that is means less baby equipment. When we had Theo we didn’t even own an infant car seat (we had the permanent kind); I just wore him around in my ring sling. Then Oliver came along and the only way I could get errands done, like grocery shopping, was to have Oliver in a carrier and so that I could be unencumbered to chase after Theo. Now that we have Bea, there have been plenty of family walks where Theo walks on his own, Oliver is in the stroller (or wagon), and I wear Bea.
I’ve worn my babies on my chest, my hip, and now – thanks to the carrier I got when Oliver was born – on my back (I’ll discuss the types of carriers I’ve used at the end of this post). My kiddos have been nursed in carriers, fallen asleep in carriers, have gone to weddings/the zoo/restaurants/hikes in carriers. I’ve swept the house with a fussy one year old on my back. I’ve made dinner with a cuddly baby on my chest. You name it, we’ve probably done it. And I love it. More than I can adequately put into words.
Maybe photos will tell the story better than I can. Take a look:
We own three types of carriers, but as you can see from my photos, I only use two of the three.
ring sling – my favorite for newborns and babies. These slings keep baby nice and close and cuddly, and they are incredibly easy to put on. They are small and travel light. They are made out of breathable fabric so you can use them on a hot day without sweating like crazy, but because of the way you wear them, they are a tad tricky to use over a bulky, winter coat. Here is a really helpful video to explain how to put your baby in your sling. Here is a tutorial on how you can make your own ring sling! (I would still wear my toddler on my hip in this sling – and did with Theo – but as someone with a lot of neck and shoulder pain, I now use my Beco carrier once our kids get older.)
Beco carrier – Guys, this carrier is a game changer. I know what you might be thinking. “But I like/have heard good things about the Ergo/Moby/etc.” I’m telling you, I’ve tried them all and NOTHING compares to this carrier. You can carry out in front with most carriers, but this one also allows you to carry on your back. So there are actually four carrying options: front – front facing, front – back facing, hip, and back. You can carry newborns up to a 45 pound toddler. I’ve worn our kids for hours in this carrier without so much as a single tight muscle. And, it’s easy to adjust for Mike and I to take turns using the carrier. I cannot recommend this carrier high enough. It retails for about $140 on Amazon and honestly, it’s worth every penny.
Moby – Mike likes to use the Moby. I do not :-).
And there you have it. I hope you’ve found this little baby wearing/carriers tutorial helpful! Feel free to contact me with any additional baby wearing questions you might have!