How to Use your Carriers + Instructional Videos
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Basic Types of Baby Carriers
Recommended Age: Newborn to about 40 lbs.
The Mei Tai baby carrier is a highly adjustable Chinese inspired carrier. If you are looking for a one size fits all option, the Mei Tai is the perfect solution. Mei Tais have a large piece of fabric that creates the seat for the baby, with 4 straps that tie around the adult carrier - waist and shoulder. For upmost comfort, look for a Mei Tai that offers wide, padded shoulder straps, such as BabyHawk. The Mei Tai can be worn in front (inward facing), back and hip positions. If you are full busted (I am an F cup) and are looking for a carrier to nurse in - we highly recommend the Mei Tai. It is extremely adjustable throughout, accommodating all sizes of parents and caregivers.
Recommended Age: Newborn to about age 3
The Ring Sling is a very versatile baby carrier that can be used at any age. The sling is a long piece of fabric that spreads across the back and weaves through a ring on the shoulder. Babies can be carried in the front - forward and inward facing - and on the hip in a variety of positions. These carriers are easy to use, are a one size fit most, and very compact, so they are great for bringing along in the diaper bag. Ring slings are one of our favorites and we highly recommend these baby carriers for newborns, as you are able to hold your baby close in a tummy to tummy "kangaroo" carry - after 9 months on the inside, the ring sling helps recreate 9 months on the outside - and even daddy can experience this comfy closeness!
Recommended Age: 4 months+*
The SSC are one of the easiest and most comfortable carriers to use. SSC have wide, padded shoulder straps and an adjustable, padded and wide waist band that buckles in the front or back. These are structured carriers, meaning that they are pre-formed, no folding, tying or wrapping necessary. These features help the baby carrier evenly distribute the weight of the baby to make it the most comfortable to baby carrier to wear for long periods of time. Most SSC have at least 2-3 carrying positions that they will perform. The soft carrier typically seats the baby in a front inward or outward facing, hip, or back carry. You should look for a carrier that places baby in a "seated," ergonomic position. Forward facing positions should be used on a short-term basis, as baby can become overstimulate. Soft structured carriers are best suited for babies with head control, typically 4 months and up.
Recommended Age: Newborn to about 35 lbs. (stretchy or gauze) - 45 lbs. (woven).
Wrap baby carriers are typically very long pieces of fabric that can be used to wrap in different ways around your body to form a baby carrier. There are two types of wraps - stretchy and woven. Stretchy wraps are all typically the same length - about 4-5 meters (13-16 feet). Woven wraps come in different lengths (short/shorty, medium and long) to accommodate different body types (petite through fluffy) and for different types of carry positions.Not sure what size woven wrap will fit you? Take a look at our easy to use woven wrap sizing guide.
Woven Wraps: Dolcino, Calin Bleu
Stretchy Wraps: Moby
How To Use Your Wrap Instructional Videos
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