Babywearing has been around for centuries and really is no other way for me to do motherhood with out it. We all know the struggle of having to care for a baby and still have to cook, clean the house, and do groceries all at the same time. No, it’s definitely not easy and often, you wish you had more than a pair of hands to do everything all at the same time. When I had my first baby, I knew something had to be done, and this led me to learn more about baby wearing. Oh boy, how blessed I was to discover the wonderful world of baby wearing!
I started researching about baby wearing, especially the best baby carriers out there. Let me tell you, there are plenty of options, which is why doing your own research is essential. It’s vital that you pick the right carrier for you and your baby. Not every mom is the same, and this goes the same for babies. You just really have to find that carrier that fits you both perfectly. Yes, it will take a bit of trial-and-error at first, but once you find “the one,” it will be smooth sailing from then on. Three of my favorite baby carriers are what you call soft structured carriers, or in baby wearing language, they’re simply called SSC. I really like them because they’re comfortable, easy to wear, and my babies all love it, too!
To get you started, I’ll share with you four of my favorite baby carriers and will also tell you about the benefits of babywearing for your little one.
My Favorite Baby Carriers
For me, I really like the Tula because it comes in standard and toddler size. It also has a good height, so my baby can lean back a little, which adds to the security and comfort of my baby inside it. In SSCs, it’s important for the baby to fit comfortably inside but without too much wiggle room. Otherwise, this will put a strain on your neck, back and shoulders.
The Tula also has the widest seat width, which allows for better weight distribution. It also helps babies achieve a better “M” shape position – the ideal position for babies while in a carrier. What I also really like about the Tula is the seat base can be widened, making it easy to convert from standard to toddler size.
As for the shoulder strap and padding, the Tula has the thickest padding, which is awesome for comfort. However, its length is one inch shorter than the Ergo and Boba. Yet, one handy feature is you can adjust the distance between you and your baby. This is really helpful, especially when you’re nursing on the carrier.
Mind you, the Tula can get pretty addictive. Their designs are phenomenal and it makes you want to collect more and more!
I love Boba wraps because it is soft and stretchy, and perfect for newborns because you can feel the baby snug close to you. The only issue is if you need to wear the baby quickly, this is not the fastest one because the wrap take s a min or more. It almost has the same height, but it has the narrowest seat width. While the Tula is already 5 inches wider than the Ergo, the Ergo is 6 inches wider than the Boba. As for the shoulder padding, it’s quite uncomfortable due to the little padding it provides. But if you have a slimmer waist, the Boba should fit you better.
Another close runner-up to the Tula is the Ergo Baby carrier. The height is lower compared to the Tula and the Boba, but the seat width is fairly good. The shoulder padding on the Ergo is the longest as well, and this will perfectly fit moms with smaller waists.
Now there are different sling carriers to choose from as well. There are ring slings, pocket slings, and even wrap around slings. I also have a couple of these. Slings are not bulky. They’re lightweight and easy to bring around with you, especially if you need to bring your baby when running a quick errand. They’re easier to clean and put on as well.
Please do take note that this is just my take on baby carriers. I have mommy friends whose number one pick is the Boba, Ergo, sling, or wrap. What I’ve learned in my years of baby wearing is that there’s really no one-size-fits-all for baby carriers. You really have to go out there, try it out, and see what you and your baby likes the most.
Why Do You Need to Baby wear Anyway?
Well, there are plenty of awesome reasons why every mom must try babywearing. Here are some of the tried-and-tested benefits I’d like to share with you.
- My babies always cried less when I wear them with me. With infants, they like to be snuggled and carried, so the baby carrier does just that. They spend nine months inside your womb, so it just makes sense that they want to be close to you all the time. I’ve had so many experiences when I was doing something at home while wearing my baby and then later, seeing my baby already comfortably asleep while worn. Oh my, what a joy that was/is!
- It’s good for the baby’s body. Instead of just lying down all the day, they’re being held in an upright position with the right support for their spine. This prevents babies from having flat heads, hip dysplasia, and frog legs.
- It makes it easier to nurse in public. I don’t have to find a breastfeeding station just to nurse my baby. Simply pull out the cover and you can walk or cook while nursing. No one would even know, but your baby is feeling satisfied! Amazing!
- The attachment continues to grow. I really like wearing my babies because I feel so close and attached to them. Gone are the days when I leave them at home just to do some errands. With carriers, I can carry the groceries, while carrying my baby, too. They can be part of my entire day, even when I need to do things outside the home. It’s something I truly appreciate!
Seriously, I can’t even imagine mommy life now without my favorite carriers. They’ve helped me so much that I never fail to bring one with me whenever the family goes out. My two older kids love it, and my baby loves, it too. Not to mention, their daddy loves wearing them, too, and that’s really an awesome thing because we can both share the carrying load. It will be great to shop for carriers with your husband, so both of you can find a carrier that’s comfortable for the both of you. Happy Babywearing Moms!