I get this question all the time: “Which one is the best baby carrier?”
I don’t have one answer to this question because, if you have read my blog long enough, I use all of the ones I own. ALL. Without exception. Sometimes my only criteria for choosing the baby carrier I’m packing for the day is if it’s clean.
Choosing a carrier is really a matter of preference. There is no one perfect carrier for all mothers and for all babies because we are all different, and then factor in the different permutations of mother-baby combinations and what do you have? Insanity. Haha.
I can, however, share my own personal insights on which carrier was suitable for myself and Basti for different situations and different times in our lives. I hope some of my thoughts help somewhat in choosing the carrier (or carriers) you would like to try for your babies. All carriers I mention below are suitable for newborns to toddlers.
1. The SaYa Carrier
The SaYa has been, without a doubt, my most talked-about carrier in my blog. It was the first one I got really comfortable with after all, so it will always have a special place in my diaper bag.
I like this because:
- It’s lightweight and easy to tote around. Even if all you have is your purse, it’ll fit! The Versatekk dries easily and is great for traveling and the beach.
- It’s relatively easy to put on (once you get the hang of it) and totally easy to take off.
- Can be worn for longer periods because of the criss-cross support of the two interlocked slings.
- Kangaroo carry
- Front-carry, facing inwards
2. The Ring Sling
It took me a while to get the hang of the ringsling, particularly threading it right and knowing how to fix a little knot once I was wearing Basti already. I found the best trick was to get the edges of the tail and pull them out, sideways.
- Very versatile with all holds without needing assistance from another person
- Adjustable; truly a carrier that will never be outgrown
- Newborns – I find the ring sling’s flexibility is great for the cradle and front-carry (facing towards the chest, tummy-to-tummy) for newborn babies
- Breastfeeding – It’s easy to fit a child, even as a toddler (with legs out one end) in a cradle hold and walk while breastfeeding. Use the tail as a cover.
- Napping – For children who like to nap in a cradle hold, the ring sling is perfect. Basti still does this now with his legs hanging out from one end.
- Hip-carrying and back-carrying toddlers
3. The Pouch
This was my very first carrier, but I didn’t use one regularly until I bought my second pouch (the green and beige one), because I got the blue and brown one in a size too small. Lucky OC Mom in Manila is the proud babywearing owner of that one now.
- It’s simple to use, with hardly any adjustment needed
- Great for traveling, quick to put on and take off
- Folds flat, easy to pack. Great for traveling.
- Kangaroo carry
- Hip carrying bigger children
- Short trips and places where you think you may have to quickly wear and un-wear your child.
4. The Wrap
The most recent carrier to join my stable, the wrap was one carrier I never thought I would use. The availability of a local version changed my mind.
- It’s so secure and really feels safe.
- Situations where you don’t need to take baby in and out a lot, unless you’re ok walking around wearing it. The long yards of fabric make it a bit of a trouble to take off and put on again. My main concern is that I don’t like the cloth dragging on the germ-ridden floor of, say, the supermarket.
- Can be worn for longer periods because of the criss-cross support, like the SaYa.
- Front-carry, facing out. The extra band offers a bit more support.
- Newborns (so safe and snuggly really!)
- Cooler places (all the layers can be a little warm)
Don’t forget to join Caleb’s Closet giveaway of a Bailey Wrap! Registration will be open till October 27!