Making the decision to babywear is a big one and choosing the best carrier for you and your baby can be an overwhelming task. With so many on the market, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice?
At Hip Mommy, we understand you want the very best for your baby, that’s why we make it our mission to provide everything you need to babywear in one place. We offer superior products, hands on training and the latest information available, so you can be sure you’re making the best choice for your family. We find a little bit of prep work can go a long way in helping to choose a carrier, so before going shopping, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you plan to wear mainly around the house or for errands and outings?
- Will you wear just during infancy or through the toddler years?
- Will you be the only person wearing the carrier or will other caregivers use it as well?
Knowing the answer to these questions will ultimately help determine which carrier will best fit your needs. Baby carriers across the board promote bonding necessary for healthy child development and give mommy added confidence and convenience, but each style has its own unique characteristics and benefits that set them apart. Take a closer look at the four main styles to see which one will fit your personal wearing needs and style:
Wraps are very popular among babywearers because of their comfort and versatility. One long piece of fabric can be wrapped multiple ways to provide a custom fit for your baby every time, even if daddy or grandma are the wearers. No hardware means a comfy, safe spot for babies from infancy through the toddler years. One of the best qualities of wraps is that they can be folded up small enough to easily transport in a purse or diaper bag. They’re available in a wide variety of fabrics and prints, which makes wraps a great option for any mommy. Check out these amazing woven and wraps we know you’ll love.
Worn over one shoulder, a ring sling carrier has fabric threaded through two rings, which are secured by the weight of the baby. Ring slings are adjustable, which provides a perfect fit for baby and makes them easily shareable with other wearers. Generally used for front and hip carries, ring slings provide cozy security for infants and toddlers. Endless designs are available in materials such as linen and silk, sure to please even the most fashion forward mommies. Slings can be folded for easy transportation and storage. Some brands even come equipped with a pocket big enough to stash a diaper, cell phone or car keys for extra on-the-go convenience. We carry top-notch ring slings and we’re confident you'll find the perfect one for your family right here.
A traditional Asian Carrier, the mei tai has been fostering healthy child development for centuries. A square fabric panel holds baby in place while four straps tie to the wearer’s shoulders and waist, depending on the desired hold. The straps are adjustable, which makes them ideal for sharing the babywearing fun with others. Best for front and back carries, there are many styles available for newborn babies through the toddler age. When not in use, simply fold the carrier up for storage or slip it in the diaper bag for the next outing. Endless colors and designs are available, making the mei tai a popular option among babywearing mommies. Learn more about the mei tai and see our collection here.
Soft-Structured or Buckle
Soft-structured or buckle carriers are widely loved for their backpack style design. Straps are worn on both shoulders and one around the waist, which nicely distributes baby’s weight and provides ultimate security. They are generally easy to use since they do not have to be tied or and require minimal adjustments with each wear. Some are intended for infants, while others are for older babies and toddlers, so that should be kept in mind when looking. Buckle carriers tend to be less shareable among caregivers as the size and comfort level varies from person to person. Because of the buckles, they're bulkier than other styles, so they take up a bit more room in storage or transportation, but still far less than a stroller. Often described as the modern mei tai, their popularity is surging and more and more brands are becoming available, making it easier for you to find the perfect one for you and your baby. Check out some of our favorites.
Every mommy and baby duo is different, so what works for one family might not work for the other. Your babywearing tastes also will change as your baby changes. Babywearing is a personal experience and we believe each type of carrier is right for the right person. No matter which types you ultimately choose, it's important to understand how to use your carriers properly and to always wear your baby safely. You can read more about that here or contact us, we’d love to hear from you!
When it comes to babywearing, the more information you have, the better. We're thrilled to offer classes for those that prefer hands-on training or just want to know more about our products. Hop over here to learn more about Babywearing 101, Babywearing Woven Wraps or to schedule a private consultation. We're dedicated to helping make babywearing a natural, enjoyable experience for all mommies and babies.
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