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My SaYa Baby Carrier Review and Personal How-To

I love the SaYa Baby Carrier so much that I am spreading the gospel of this babywearing method. Take note that I do not work for SaYa and I am not paid to do this stunning review.
So as I mentioned in my previous post on babywearing, the SaYa Baby Carrier is my and Basti’s favorite carrier among the three systems I have because:
  1.  The material is soft and stretchy. There are no rings that dig into my shoulder and it feels like wearing a t-shirt.
  2.  Just as advertised, Basti’s weight is spread evenly across my back and both shoulders. I can wear Basti for hours and we both don’t mind.
  3.  It can be peeled off, making the transition from carrier to crib wake-free for baby.
The things that can turn off a user from the SaYa are:
  1. It can be a challenge to put on.
  2. Once you’re carrying baby, it’s harder to carry anything else.
  3. There are limited designs available in stock.
For the first drawback, I’ve decided to share my own technique to make it clearer to those interested in getting the SaYa (and because I’ve received a number of messages asking how I figured it out). Here’s what I do when I kangaroo-carry Basti.
The SaYa comes as two linked pouches.
I noticed that the printed pouch seemed to be stretchier than the plain one, so I decided to put that around my waist and make it the support sling. The fabric gets all bunched up, so it helps to run your hands round the fabric to straighten it out before positioning it with the SaYa label on your belly button.
Then I get the other pouch and run my hands through the fabric to get rid of the bunches and twists…
.. before sliding my arm through the opening that faces my back…
.. and putting it over my head.
Spread it across your chest..
.. and get your baby ready by crossing his legs like a little Buddha.
With confidence and conviction, slide your baby into the pouch. I emphasize CONFIDENCE and CONVICTION because you really need these to put your baby into the seemingly small space. Even the tiniest bit of hesitation causes an epic SaYa fail.
Take the support sling…
..and slide it over your baby, with the label facing forward.
Now, slide your other arm through the support sling…
.. and put it over your shoulder.
TADAH! SaYa Success!
Now for the other two drawbacks: I find it hard to carry my baby bag with the SaYa covering my shoulders – the strap keeps slipping! A solution I found is to carry the bag with the strap under the SaYa fabric. Most of the time, I bring a stroller along too, so instead of carrying the baby, the stroller becomes a baby bag trolley.
How I wish Roots and Wings would make more of the designs available! I really wanted the brown/floral design, but had to settle for the purple print one because it was the only one available in my size!
And to prove how much I love the SaYa…
I got another one! This time in plain brown.
With the SaYa I’ve really enjoyed babywearing. It’s enabled me to bring Basti everywhere with less stress. Since I started wearing Basti I’ve been researching on other ways to wear him. Next on my wish list… the wrap or the mei tai!
UPDATE: Recent studies state that the Buddha carry is not recommended for long period. Try the front-carry! Instructions on this blog post.
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Comments

  1. Kat says:

    excellent review! I currently own an indigo baby pouch and just ordered a saya in plain brown.

    Thanks for the tutorial, how old is basti by the way? I have a 2 month old boy and can I carry him this way?

    Can you also post more how-tos on diferent saya carries. thanks!

    • Eliza says:

      Hey there! Basti is two months old. Looks like our babies are birth club co-members! :) I’ll post more how-tos as we progress. Can’t wait till I can hip carry!

      Passed by your blog – glad you got over breastfeeding blues!

  2. Kat says:

    Thanks for that quick reply! So glad I can kangaroo carry my baby.
    Have you seen the “moby” wrap?

    • Eliza says:

      Yes! My next dream project is to do a DIY Moby! Just looking for the right fabric.

      • Maya says:

        Hi! Can I interest you in my moby wrap -like fabrics? I have a couple of colors that I ordered from a friend abroad, since it wasn’t really easy to find the good quality ones for a wrap here in our country. Actually, I’m also a fan of the moby wrap, except I think it’s a bit pricey for me so I decided to make a DIY one, too.

        I have peach, purple, mocha, and chocolate brown with black star prints. Actually, the fabric is good for two baby wraps (width is 6 1/2 ft, legth is 5 yards), but I can cut it into half if you only want for one wrap. (Though the other half can be a nice back-up when it’s time to wash the other…hehehe…)

        I can give it for P500 ( a good size for one baby wrap).

        By the way, if you like to see some photos of me and my baby using this fabric for a wrap, here are the links:

        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=722951&l=035db09018&id=1581932892
        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=602888&l=d908740ced&id=1581932892

        Thanks, and happy baby wearing! :D

  3. Jenny says:

    great review!! may i repost? i also love my saya carrier and can still wear my baby there. she’s already 32 months. btw, i love the mother/child painting your husband did of you :D

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Jenny! Yes, please feel free to share. Re painting: Thanks! I’ll let my husband know. He’s doing one of us nursing, I’m so excited for that!

      • Jenny says:

        yes that is really exciting!! post when already done :D i’d love to see that. my husband is a photographer and i’m happy that he has taken a series of breastfeeding shots of me and my daughter from newborn up to now.. something i plan to make a collage of and show my daughter in the future

  4. Che says:

    wow, very informative! I attended a brief babywearing workshop yesterday and I was advised to try out the saya carrier since I have a mild back problem to consider. I just found out that there are 2 types of material for this: semi-stretch and the versa-tekk. I believe you have both. Which one would you recommend for a first-timer like me? Hindi ba mainit for the baby ung material ng versa-tekk?

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Che! Thanks for stopping by. I was supposed to do a demo of the SaYa at the babywearing workshop you attended -Eastwood right? Sayang we could’ve met then! Anyway, I personally prefer the semistretch because it’s better for our weather. The advantage of the Versatekk is with the Size 1, most moms can share the SaYa with hubby!

      Good luck on the SaYa! If I can be of any other help, please let me know! :)

  5. Che says:

    yup, the one in eastwood! Sayang! Thanks for the tip!There were two moms in the audience who were both using a semi-stretch saya so I kinda guessed that it’s the most preferred type. the versatekk colors would be nice for formal events though. One seller at the fair told me I would fit in size 0 (I’m only 5ft tall). Would it make a big difference if I get a size 1 instead, since my hubby stands 5’8? I also found some 2nd hand saya being sold online and I’m wondering if it’s still safe to use it (medyo tight kasi ang budget). Sorry if I have too many questions ha. Thanks :)

    • Eliza says:

      If you want something that you can use for any occasion, you can opt to get the plain colored SaYas so it can look like a shawl with your formal dress. :)

      I think it would make a big difference. I think your main concern should be fitting the SaYa to you, because of your mild back problem. Face it, it’s mostly us mommies who do the babywearing! :) If you get a size too big, there will be a tendency for your baby to ride low, and that wouldn’t be too good for your back!

  6. Che says:

    I guess you’re right. It’s me who will use it most, my hubby can just use his arms, haha. Will try semi-stretch then, hopefully there’s one in plain color. Kung wala, ok lang since I seldom attend formal events. Thanks again Eliza! I bookmarked your blog so I can practice wearing it already even if I’m due later this year pa :)

    • Eliza says:

      Yes practice with a doll! :) By the way, I find no issue using a second hand one – but do check for wear and tear! Don’t sacrifice safety when babywearing! God speed on your pregnancy and have a safe delivery! :)

  7. Em says:

    Hi! Came across your blog from the site where I bought the SaYa. Me and my husband has also baby-worn our first born in 2006 using Dr. Sears sling which we bought from the US. Parang that time, wala pang masyado baby slings na available dito. We didn’t get to use it way past 6 months because it was too bulky to lug around. Plus, we didn’t get confident using it because it was low-lying. Anyway, came across this carrier “Baby K’tan” when was searching again the internet for slings that we can use for our 2nd baby who is just 1 month but didn’t get to buy it since it is quite expensive at $60 without shipping pa. It is really nice since you can babywear your baby in 8+ (sans the twins carry) different positions. You might want to check the instructions at http://www.babyktan.com/instructions.html and try them using the SaYa since they are very much alike. Thought you might be interested. :) Will try it out din when I have confidence already using the SaYa since I just got it yesterday. :)

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Em! I checked out the Baby K’Tan website. It looks like one and the same carrier, which means the SaYa is 1/3 the price for the same thing! I feel really weird about the double-child carrying positions. I’m downloading the PDF instructional guide and see how they differ, if at all! Thanks for the heads up!

  8. Cate says:

    Nice. So much like the moby. But the moby is only good until 16 lbs then it’ll sag. I currently have a mei tai which is perfect for my 1yo twin toddlers. I can actually be hands free carrying one at the back and one at the front! I wonder how many Mamas actually baby wear in this country coz I have not seen any so far.

    • Eliza says:

      Yeah the stroller is still the choice for many. Personally, I think it’s the weather. I’m having second thoughts on doing a DIY Moby because it’s just going to be so darn hot. I can’t wear my baby outdoors for too long because he gets all hot and sweaty. If it were cooler everyone would be babywearing. I heard that in Baguio, babywearers are everwhere!

    • Eliza says:

      Would love to see the double-carrying with the mei tai! I think babywearing here is deterred by the weather. It’s just too darn warm. I read that in Baguio, babywearers are everywhere!

  9. cris says:

    thanks for the tutorial. i have my saya already, but still having a hard time using it.. =( my baby is now 9 mos old. maybe i need to practice more on how to put on and off my saya to enjoy babywearing more.. thanks. more power =)

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Cris! An essential factor of SaYa success is really putting it on right! Sometimes when I’m in a rush, I get a little twist in my SaYa and I can’t get my baby in correctly. Practice lang yan. You can do it!! :)

  10. Maria says:

    Hi mommy eliza, I just bought a SAYA carrier from mommy jenny, small frame lang ako so I have the smallest one, yung cotton, but I think it’s not stretchable enough for my baby, would you recommend the versatek instead of the plain one? I would really want to wear my baby when we go out, I don’t have a stroller yet din kasi eh. Thanks 

  11. Maria says:

    Hi mommy eliza, I was able to put it on and use it na :) at last, a sling I can use, though I still need someone to help me when putting it on and removing it. By the way, which cloth is better for this kind of weather, parang ang init kasi ng ssk, pinagpapawisan kagad si baby kahit na nasa cold area kami ng Rizal

    • Eliza says:

      Hey Maria! Congratulations! With just a bit more practice, you’ll be able to do it on your own in no time.
      Oh, the Versatekk is warmer. Stick with the SSK. If it’s not cold or there’s no aircon, I just put Basti in sando and diaper.

  12. sis,

    question… if you look at the pictures of the saya where the orange/print is featured, is that carry actually possible? A hug carry that doesn’t criss/cross and baby’s legs not bent? is it even safe? aside from back carry, it’s the only one i haven’t tried, even with the stabilizer. it works only with a ring sling or pouch for me.

    if you have, how to pls? thanks!
    -cat

    • Eliza says:

      Hey I had to look for the picture, haha. I think that’s the way I carry Basti now – front carry pa rin eh!

  13. Marny Santiago says:

    Hi Mommy Eliza. I just bought my saya carrier last Monday. I’m 4’11” so I chose Versatekk size 0. However, I’m having a hard time using it. I tried it to my baby who is 7 weeks old and it seems nahihirapan sya loob ng saya. Maybe I need to practice more on how to use it so I can enjoy babywearing like other mommies. Thanks and more power. :-)

    • Eliza says:

      Hi! At first talagang your baby will squirm. I practiced with Basti everytime he was wide awake and wouldn’t want to sleep at around the same age. Eventually we both got it. :) Where do you live? I’d be happy to meet up and show you how.

  14. Mafeth Molina says:

    Hi Eliza! I just bought the saya sling and unfortunately I’m not so successful huhuhu! I remember you telling me that you’re in Ortigas area during weekdays? I’m hoping I can meet you so that you can help me with it? I can meet you in your most convenient place and time.

    • Eliza says:

      I’m at Gymboree Shangri-la every Thursday. Free from 4pm onwards to meet up. Another mom is coming over next week to get ringsling coaching! Come na rin! :)

  15. Tiffany says:

    Hey Eliza,

    i have read your how-to so many times and i think i’ve somehow mastered the use of my Sa-Ya. I am around 5’2″ to 5’3″ in height and weigh about 100lbs. My daughter is now over a year old and am using the size 1 VesaTekk. I find it okay although am thinking if i should get a smaller size next time (for other colors). The size 1 fits well for hip and yakap carry but is not as snug as i am hoping for. My fear though is that if i get size 0, it might be too tight for my daughter naman. She’s now about 9kg.

    I normally order from Buding and get it delivered to our place so don’t see the actual product in different sizes and cannot really say which one is best.

    Any suggestion on sizing?

    Thanks!

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Tiffany! I’m 5’4″ and much heavier than you and I wear a size 0. I think the size 1 is too big for you. Where does your baby fall on your body when you wear her with a size 1?

  16. Tiffany says:

    When i do the hip carry, the baby falls on my waist naman. Front carry – she falls around the mid tummy area. The position is fine although i do feel that the cloth is not snug enough which makes me not as confident to go hands-free.

    • Eliza says:

      That’s the thing with stretchy carriers talaga. It’s the reason why I don’t do a back carry with carriers made with stretchy material.

  17. Tiffany says:

    I finally decided on a size 0 and ordered one yesterday. I’ll get it next week :) Will let you know how it goes. Thanks for your tips!

  18. Tiffany says:

    You’re right – the size 0 is the better fit for me :) Thanks for all your help!

  19. Jenna says:

    Hi Eliza, because of yor blog, my hubby and I decided to buy the saya and got the versa-tekk type cause its the only available type at one store in Eastwood. We tried it with our barely one month old baby (Duyan position) but it seems that te size 1 is too small for him. Our baby boy is long at 56 cm, 9 lbs and my built is 5’4” on the heavy side, the dad is 5’8. We are thinking of trading it with a bigger size, and still clueless if we could ever get to use it as the baby grows bigger. Do you still do meet-ups, we think we need help :)

  20. Karla says:

    Hi, I recently bought a Saya SSK carrier and I am struggling with using it. I can’t seem to put my 1 month old baby in it! I really want to learn how to carry her Duyan style. Any tips? Thanks!

  21. je says:

    hi. where can i buy this saYA? my pedia suggested this one for breastfeeding my 2 month boy now 5.6 kls. do you have any suggestion for size that is fitting to us. im 5’2″.

    • Eliza says:

      Hi! You can buy online from http://fabnaima.multiply.com/ or at the mall from Momtrepreneur in Shangrila, or Babyland in Eastwood. The size would depend if you’re getting the Versatekk or the Semi-Stretch. You’re most probably a size 0 in the Versatekk. With the Semi-Stretch it would also depend on your build.

      • je says:

        momprenuer in shangrila already pulled out but babyland in shaw still have Saya stocks.

      • je says:

        hi again. do you think size zero is really the right fit for me? or should i need to swap it to size 1? im 60 kilos 5’2″ and my baby is almost 6kilos na. i felt its too small and im a bit anxious of trying it with my baby.

        • Eliza says:

          I’m 5’4, much heavier than you and I still use a size 0 with my 12 kilo son, if that’s any consolation. :)

  22. Averyll says:

    Hi, Eli!

    Do you also have tips on how to breastfeed with the SaYa? :)

  23. Jos says:

    Hi ms.eliza! Great blog! Ask ko lang if u still go to Gymboree shangri-la every thursday? Im having trouble using my saYa & i need help. My hubby said sayang daw nabili ko because i cant use it properly & my baby looks uncomfortable. Do u still do meet ups?

  24. Jai says:

    Hi! I’m planning to buy an SSK. I’m 5’4 and I think we have the same body built. What size can you recommend? Thanks in advance!

  25. Jai says:

    Hi! I’m planning to buy an SSK. I’m 5’4 and on the heavy side. What size can you recommend? Thanks in advance!

  26. kOOkie says:

    hi eliza. you inspired me to try the SaYa! :D my neighbors say my baby and i look like badjaos haha. i just wish it’s not too hot. my baby is pawisin, and going outdoors is not so, so fun.

    • Eliza says:

      Hi! Glad you’re happy with the SaYa. I do agree it can get warm. I like the SSC SaYa for outdoors, or a ringsling, or a pouch. Less mainit!

  27. yumyum says:

    glad to see your blog! i bought my saya VTB online im still trying to figure it out. i thought i bought the wrong size but reading your blog makes me realize that i have the right one. im 5’1.5″ and weighs 120lbs. i think i need to practice more and read your other blog. wish me luck on my baby carrying experience!

  28. baby.zakia says:

    Miss Eliza is the kangaroo carry is applicable to a 2 month old baby? Can you suggest me where i can buy this sayas. I already checked Fabnaima and indigo but my size is still out of stock. Thank you. Godbless

    • Eliza says:

      Hi! Actually, the kangaroo carry isn’t recommended for long periods anymore. Tummy to tummy is the best position.

      You could try contacting fabnaima if she can get your size straight from the supplier. Send her a message. :) Jenny is very accommodating.

  29. Marianne P. Domingo says:

    I just bought SaYa from mamababylove last week. I got VTB Regal size 0. The first time I tried ot on, I thought it was too small for me. I am 5’1″ and weigh around 52 kilos. After reading your blog and your posts here’s, now I realized I hot the right size.

  30. Liaa Patag says:

    How old was your baby in this pic? My baby is just a month old. What’s the best saya position for him? What are the possible positions as well for a month-old baby? :)

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Liaa! I saw you posted na rin on the FAB group page. :) Jenny’s post is very informative. In these pics, my baby was only 3 months old. Go for front-carry!

      • Liaa Patag says:

        Salamat! Btw, is this called the kangaroo carry? Ok pa ba to use this position? :)

        • Eliza says:

          Hi Liaa! The kangaroo carry isn’t recommended anymore for long periods of time. Didn’t know any better then!

  31. love ruelo says:

    hi ms.cat!
    im just wondering if its really necessary to have a stabilizer when you have an ssk saya?
    would appreciate your reply..
    thanks!
    :)
    love R.

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Love! Sorry for the late-ish reply. I never used a stabilizer, but if you feel you need extra support, it helps to use one. :)

  32. yanne says:

    Hi Ms Elai, I am planning to buy an SSK, I have a VTB size 0, would it mean that I have to get the small size for an SSK? or it doesn’t follow. Thanks!

  33. aayhena ramos says:

    where can i buy this saya baby carrier?meron puh b nito sa mga malls?thanks.

    • Eliza says:

      Hi Aayhena! Search for SaYa baby carrier in Facebook. For stores, you can find the SaYa in Babyland and Nurture Nook.

  34. Pilar Fernandez says:

    Hi! im planning to buy the saya carrier, 1st time mom and my baby is 1 month old. My qustion is can i use saya with my baby already? & how can i make the transition from carrier to crib for it to be a wake-free? Thank you.

  35. Celine says:

    Hi! Can you recommend please a sling that can be used for nursing (so somehow I can nurse hands free)? My baby is almost two months old. I have a SaYa carrier but can’t quite figure out how to nurse in it.: ) Thanks!

    • Eliza says:

      Hi! I actually will not recommend nursing hands-free. While nursing, the baby needs your support if you are in a standing and sitting position. I was not keen on breastfeeding in a SaYa because I preferred doing a semi-cradle position when breastfeeding on the go. For that I used a ringsling. Others who breastfeed in a SaYa do so in an upright position.

  36. Jen says:

    Hi! I need help!! Do you have a step by step pic instruction for the hip carry with the saya? I’m super struggling with this. I am so confused as to where the X should be positioned as it keeps going to my side and baby is getting sakal with the fabric where they cross. :-(((. Thanks

  37. mariza says:

    hi!im from baguio.a new mom and im always wondering how to get this item??any one who has branch here??

  38. Hi there! I’m jealous! You make it look so easy. I’ve been having a lot of difficulty with babywearing, primarily the SaYa. If you have time, check this out and hope you could give me more tips!

    http://paintedshoulder.blogspot.com/2014/11/masaya-nga-ba-ang-saya.html

    • Eliza says:

      I checked it out. Baby’s legs aren’t positioned right to be put into the SaYa, and even the SaYa isn’t fit properly. More practice. It seems you’re still very hesitant in your pictures. Try the front carry with legs out.

  39. Rhea Diva says:

    Hi mommy please give me some advice..I’m planning to buy saya vtb online and I don’t know what size to get..I’m 5′ in height and 60-63 kls..anxious lang ako baka magkamali ako ng mabili.thank you mommy!

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