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Carrier Tips & Tricks

What is Babywearing?

Babywearing Basics "Babywearing" means carrying a baby using a cloth baby carrier. Holding babies is natural and universal; baby carriers make it easier and more comfortable by allowing parents to hold their children while attending to the daily tasks of living. It is also beneficial for babies because it satisfies their natural need for human touch, making them feel safe and secure. The mamas at Zoolikins believe Babywearing makes life easier!

We know what it's like to balance a new baby with work, other children, and everyday life. Babywearing is the answer! Let us help you find a carrier you love, whether you have a newborn or a toddler.

We welcome you to try on carriers before you buy, and we are happy to offer expert assistance on fit and safety.
We stock a full selection of styles from structured carriers, wraps and ring slings, and the best brands available. Brands we Carry: Sakura Bloom, Ergo, Boba, Lillebaby, Baby K'tan, Baby Hawk, Wrapsody, Beach Front Baby, Onya, Beco, & more.

Questions? Check out our class schedule for our free monthly babywearing 101 class or schedule a private appointment or come in whenever we are open for assistance.

How do I safely wear my baby?

Quick Safety Tips:

  • Always make sure that the baby is "visible and kissable". You don't want the baby sunken into the fabric of the carrier or hanging too low. These conditions can cause the baby to have a "C" curvature of the spine and cause a "chin to chest" position, which can constrict oxygen intake.

  • The best position for a small baby to be carried in is the tummy-to-tummy position. If the cradle carry is used for nursing, baby should be returned to an upright position as soon as they are finished. Infants should have their neck, bottom, upper legs, and back supported by the carrier.

  • Older babies being worn with their legs out should be seated in the carrier with their knees higher than their bottoms. This supports the spine and prevents them from slipping too far down in the carrier.

  • Be aware of your surroundings while babywearing. Protect your little one from heat sources such as stoves and use common sense when babywearing. Just because you can wear your baby while riding a bicycle or horseback riding doesn't mean that you should.

Types of Carriers

Ring Slings

One-shouldered carriers that consist of a long, wide piece of fabric that is sewn on one side to a pair of light-weight, sturdy rings made specifically for slings. Ring slings are adjustable and can be worn by parents or care-givers of various sizes. Ring slings can be used from birth on and are able to be worn in a variety of positions: tummy-to-tummy, outward facing, on the hip, as well as a back carry.

Why we love them:

  • Ring slings are wonderful for newborns
  • Excellent for short outings with children of all ages
  • Comes in both sized or one-size option, but will fit a wide range, making them practical for parents and caregivers of all sizes.

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  • Mei Tais

    Mei Tais are Asian-style carriers that consist of a rectangular body panel, long shoulder straps and waist straps. Mei Tais can be used from birth on and can be tied a variety of ways, allowing the carrier to be used as a front, side, or back carrier. Some Mei Tais are equipped with padded headrests or sleeping hoods to support the neck of a smaller baby or sleeping child. Mei Tais are one-size-fits-most and are usually able to be worn by parents or caregivers of different sizes.

    Why we love them:

  • Longer trips
  • Both front and back carriers with the same carrier
  • Nursing in a tummy- to-tummy upright position relatively easy & discreet.
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    Soft Structured Carriers

    Soft structured carriers are similar to Mei Tai carriers, but have waist and side buckle closures with padded shoulder straps. Soft structured carriers are comfortable to the wearer and easily adjustable, making them popular with wearers who intend to be active while wearing the carrier. Some soft structured carrier brands cannot be used with a newborn without an infant insert to insure proper positioning, but other brands can be worn from newborn on up to 35+ pounds. Soft structured carriers can be worn on the front or back, and some on the side. Some brands of soft structured carrier cannot be used from birth on without an infant insert, which is something to consider.

    Why we love them:

  • Parents who want versatility, comfort, and ease of use.
  • Comfortable for long or short outings, good for active parents
  • This type of carrier is able to be shared by parents of different sizes.

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  • Wrap Carriers

    Wrap Carriers are long pieces of cloth used for carrying children. They are able to be tied in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the parent or caregiver. Knit (stretchy) wraps are used for front carries only and are great for newborns, as they are "popable" (meaning the baby can be removed from the carrier easily without untying the wrap). Woven wraps can be used for front, side and back carries and can be used comfortably with heavier children.

    Why we love them:

  • Versatility, user is able to choose what feels most comfortable to them.
  • Stretchy, "popable" wraps are especially handy for newborns who will need to be taken out frequently, but crave the close comfort of being worn.

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