Wearing Your Baby is the New Black

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Baby in a carrierBabies are hot in fashion now! Well, you probably won’t see someone with a baby carrier strutting down a runway anytime soon, but you have probably seen a number of moms and dads wearing their babies while out and about. When a clunky stroller won’t do, or if you just want to keep your little one snug to you, slings and baby carriers are the perfect choice!

First, you can choose whether to get a sling or a carrier. Slings generally keep the baby in a reclined position, and carriers keep the baby upright, either facing you or outward. The sling is a pouch of fabric that goes over one shoulder and holds the baby between your bust and your waist, just as if you were cradling him or her in your arms. The carrier is sort of like a reverse backpack-two shoulder straps and a torso strap. Facing inward, your newborn can snuggle against your chest and feel your heartbeat. Outward-facing baby’s can see the world!

Unfortunately, you really won’t know which your baby prefers unless you try it out, so you’ll probably want to wait until after your baby is born before purchasing one. But still, how will you know? You have a couple different options. One, you could borrow one from a friend and try it out after your baby is born. Two, you can keep the receipt and return the unwanted product. Of course, you could just wing it like we did and get lucky (Whew!). And you may get lucky and have a baby who likes both! If you can afford it, swing for both a sling and a carrier. They’re great not only for shopping trips and walks, but even when you’re doing housework or making lunch; anytime you need two free hands and your baby isn’t in the mood for lying down on his or her own. Whatever you choose, remember that your baby’s safety and comfort are the number one priority.

As far as safety is concerned, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website (www.cpsc.gov) for recall notices before you buy. Also, it is recommended that you do not buy used, as there have been recalls of numerous brands in the past.

Most baby carriers are good until your baby reaches about 20 pounds. Check your specific brand and model for their weight restrictions. Also included in weight restrictions is a minimum weight requirement: most are eight pounds. There are a few brands out there made specifically for smaller babies and preemies, most notably Weego. Be sure to adhere to the weight requirements for the safety of your little one. Once they get too big (and can sit up on their own), you can opt for a backpack carrier.

Lastly, you will have many options of looks. If mom and dad are sharing, there are many slings and carriers that have a more “unisex” look, if anyone is concerned with that. Slings come in a multitude of different colors and designs. You’ll have fun picking one out!

Slings and carriers can be a comfort to your baby by holding them close to you, being jiggled while you move (babies love motion!), and keeping them snug and feeling safe. Also, slings and carriers are a great comfort to parents who need their hands free, or who need to navigate around stroller-unfriendly areas. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be glad you decided to wear your baby!

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  1. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    My son hated the sling ( had to return it). He still loves the Baby Bjorn carrier.

  2. Avatar of Jules Jules says:

    I have yet to get my boy in the sling or carrier, he always seems to be in a cranky mood when I try it, but I’m hoping I can get him in the Moby soon. He’ll be 11 weeks tomorrow, so glad to know it’s not to late to get him intro’d to it. =)

  3. Avatar of LIZ says:

    i have to travel with baby and i wear her all the time that helps you do faster in the airport

  4. I absolutely adore wearing my baby girl! She is a mommies girl and loves being snug to mommy as well. We have an ergo baby that is excellent for walks, they are up to 45 pounds as well so we can use it for years to come. I just recently purchased a moby wrap and I love that one as well! My daughter is 11 weeks and about 14 pounds, these carriers save my arms and back and allow me to get things done and have her with me

  5. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I’m using a carrier and she’s more than 16 lbs now and my back hurts after a long walk. Still i like it better to walk around with her wrap around me than walk with the stroller alone!

  6. Avatar of Kelsey Kelsey says:

    i use something similar to a moby wrap, and my little lu loves it. she sometimes just wants to be held at the most inconvenient of times, so i wrap my self and insert my luna and off we go bact to doing what i was trying to do before.

  7. Avatar of L L says:

    We got a Moby and just absolutely love it! I can wear him for hours and my back does not hurt like with most carriers, even at 18months. My dad even used it when we went on a hike last week. Our little one was also 8weeks early so it came in especially handy for kangaroo care.

  8. My first child absolutely hated the papoose, so now with my second one I will try a sling instead and see how that goes :)

  9. Avatar of Phammom Phammom says:

    We registered for a upward one and one that’s made out of fabric that allows for both, I believe is Jj cole.

  10. Avatar of Mommy Mommy says:

    We use the baby bijore! Love it! We took it on our first vacation. It worked great walking through the terminal and security didn’t have to worry about carrying a big stroller. :) we use it for our daily walks sometimes too if its not to hot

  11. Avatar of zayra zayra says:

    We had first bought an expensive carrier by baby Bjorne & I loved it -the active one had great back support & if the baby fell asleep you could literally lay him down -take it off & no hassle of slipping him out etc. ///my husband saw a less expensive one by half the price so we returned the first one…but I didn’t like it it’s too complicated I regret returning the First one :/ I still use the one I have even though its more hassle but my son is very nosy since two months & now his four & he loves facing forward

  12. Avatar of Melissa Melissa says:

    Can’t wait to get my boba 3G carrier!!!!

  13. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    had a seven sling it was good in the beginning but now he is too big for it. looking for a carrier

  14. Avatar of Aimee Aimee says:

    Are these types of carriers good if you already have pre-existing lower back pain?

  15. People look at me when I’m carrying my baby and wearing my high heels but its just comes naturally :-) although we have a baby Bjorn and its very useful

  16. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    I just got a sling for ten bucks! Cant wait to try it out!

  17. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    my baby loves to be moving

  18. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    Carrier works best! Since my infant loves lifting his head to see what’s around him, he enjoys carrier.

  19. Avatar of Angela Angela says:

    My baby and I both love our carrier. :)

  20. I love using the carrier when I go for a walk and shopping (i hate trying on clothes at the store so not having a stroller leaves my hands free) or when I simply don’t want to lug the stroller.

  21. Avatar of Jenifer Jenifer says:

    Sometimes the only way my husband and I can clean the house or put laundry away is to wear our daughter in her carrier, she seems to really love it, especially facing out seeing everything :)

  22. Avatar of meredith meredith says:

    I loved carrying my baby! It was really helpful in the grocery store.

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