5 Types of Baby Carriers You Should Own
When I was pregnant with my first child and someone mentioned babywearing I thought it was completely weird, albeit I was completely clueless about baby carriers. The only thing I was remotely aware of when it came to babywearing was the baby bjorn carriers and they didn’t look remotely comfortable for the baby or the caregiver.
Luckily, I had some amazing friends who schooled me on the ins and outs of most things babywearing, including the different types of baby carriers, and I can say that we successfully survived our daughters infant and even some of the toddler stage thanks to babywearing. I’m 99% sure we wouldn’t have survived otherwise. I have seen so many moms (and even some dads) post about they don’t know how to get dinner done, clean the house, or numerous other activities; however, I can 100% say that if you haven’t found a baby carrier for you then you are missing out on the ease of continuing to get things done.
While we have our routine down, one of the most frequently asked question we get is what type of baby carriers do I need? We believe in having multiple carriers for multiple stages of life, but we are also obsessed a bit. If you are dead set on only purchasing one carrier- we recommend a soft structured carrier, like the Boba 4G that comes with an infant insert.
If you are willing though – we have 5 types of carriers we recommend for various stages.
1. An infant wrap. A soft stretchy wrap that ties, can be used from birth, and keeps the baby extremely close, it’s the perfect first carrier. We love the colors of styles of the Boba Wrap. Ranging from $38-50, it’s reasonably priced at well. Not looking for all the fabric and tying? The Baby K’tan is ready to slip on and off and much simpler for beginners.
2. A soft-structured carrier. Many people will refer to this as “back pack style carriers”. Find one like the Boba 4G that comes with an infant insert and it can be used from a very young age up until early toddlerhood. Prices typically start around $120, but it’s worth every penny of the investment. For us, we rarely used a stroller, so this is a great alternative for the cost of that.
3. A water carrier. Picture this. You live in a warm area or are planning a vacation. You want to be able to get into the water with the baby, especially a smaller baby, but you’re worried about dropping the baby or numerous other factors involving so much water. A water carrier is the perfect option. A mesh ring sling (like pictured) is a great option. BityBaby is also able to go in the water. You can typically find one for $40-50.
4. A ring sling. I’ll be honest. I could never grasp the hang of ring slings, but I have a ton of mom friends that highly suggest them. They are extremely versatile and allow for great hip carries so the baby can see from a range. They are also relatively cheap, being able to find them for as low as $35 depending on the brand.
5. A toddler carrier. My girl would still be worn every day if she could. She just loves being close to either mom or dad. A toddler carrier is a fabulous choice as it holds a greater weight and has a longer panel providing greater support to the wearer. They are the priciest on our list, typically starting around $150, but they have incredible resale value and if you are at the point of needing this carrier, you can likely sell your others to make this purchase. Some popular options include Tula, Kinderpack and Onya Baby.
If we could only choose one of these baby carriers, we’d hands down recommend a soft-structured carrier for it’s simplicity and long shelf life. If you’re looking for a carrier, and can’t find one within your price range, we recommend checking consignment sales or paying close attention to clearance sales at Target and TJ Maxx. We love baby wearing and hope this list helps you!
About the author: Larisha is a a full time work-at-home mother from New Jersey. She is currently a social media manager and the award-winning owner of the blog We’re Parents!?– a parenting blog that focuses on natural parenting. When not chasing her toddler around, Larisha enjoys learning photography and being in the kitchen whipping up new recipes. She’s a lover of all things Nutella and doughtnuts. You can follow her full time at www.wereparentsblog.com