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Types of Carriers

 

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 (also known as Kangaroo), hip, and a modified cradle position great for nursing.

This type of carrier is great for:

  • Ring slings are wonderful for newborns
  • relatively short trips with older children
  • These are sized, but will fit a wide range, making them practical for parents and caregivers of different sizes.

Brands we recommend: 

ZoloWear Classic Ring SlingZoloWear Mesh Ring Sling,  

Hava Ring SlingTaylormade Ring Slings

 

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.

This type of carrier is great for:

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

Brands we recommend:

CatBird Baby Mei Tai CarriersBabyHawk Mei Tai Carriers

 

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. Some brands of soft structured carrier cannot be used from birth on without an infant insert, which is something to consider.

This type of carrier is great for:

  • 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.

Brands we recommend:

Boba Baby CarriersCatBird Baby Pikkolo CarriersErgoBaby Carriers
Beco Gemini CarriersLillebaby Original Baby Carriers, Onya Baby Outback CarriersOnya Baby Cruiser Carriers

 

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.

This type of carrier is great for:

  • 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.

Brands we recommend:

Wrapsody Bali Baby Stretch WrapWrapsody Bali Baby Breeze Wrap
Boba Baby WrapNova Natural BB Wrap

For a similar fit with less tying, try the Baby K'tan, or double sling Tricotti

 

Online resources

thebabywearer.com

www.facebook.com/babywearingsafety

http://babywearinginternational.org

www.youtube.com (great for tutorials of various carries!)

    

  

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