Wear That Baby! A Punky Moms Guide To Baby Carriers

Holly gives Punky Moms a breakdown of the different type of baby carriers out there, complete with hands on opinions and tips. Do you baby wear? Which style have you found the best for your family? From buckles to wraps, we are discussing it in this roundup.
I have compiled a nice breakdown of the type of baby carriers out there and my thoughts on each one’s usability. Pretty informative if I do say so myself! You can visit each company’s website to find out further information on each brand or style. 
 
Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier and it has been practiced for centuries around the world.
 
 
 
Holly gives Punky Moms a breakdown of the different type of baby carriers out there, complete with hands on opinions and tips. Do you baby wear? Which style have you found the best for your family? From buckles to wraps, we are discussing it in this roundup.
 
Using a carrier can be very practical for parents. It frees your hands and allows you to get on with tasks, such as household chores, making a meal or just going for a walk. 
 
Do you baby wear? Which style have you found the best for your family? From buckles to wraps, we are discussing it in this roundup.
 

SSC/Buckled Baby Carriers

Ergo, Tula, Boba

 

 

Ergo Baby Carrier

 
  • Easy on and off
  • Need an infant insert for newborns
  • Many different colors and patterns
  • Can find them used for reasonable prices on craigslist, ebay (be careful of course!)
  • Our family’s favorite
  • Companies make larger “toddler” carriers! 
 
 

Mei Tai

 
 
  • Slightly more complicated than a buckle style, the straps are tied around the adult’s body
  • Not suitable for newborns, good when baby can hold their head up 
  • Can be less comfortable on shoulders
  • Based on traditional Chinese carriers
 

Ring Sling

 
 
 
  • Good from birth until baby is quite large
  • Simple on and off 
  • Millions of patterns and colors
  • Can cost about as much as a nice sweater or much much more
  • Great for quick runs into stores, etc
 

Stretchy Wrap

Moby, Boba, etc.
 baby carriers sling
 
  • Easily available from Target, Babies R Us, Amazon, etc
  • Many colors and even patterns available
  • Very good for newborns
  • Learning curve to get started, as it is just a long piece of stretchy fabric
  • Not optimal as baby gets bigger as the stretch looses it’s support
  • Very warm in summer weather
 

Woven Wrap

 

baby carriers

  • Big learning curve as far as on and off goes
  • Have to be broken in
  • Come in GORGEOUS drool-worthy patterns and colors
  • Pricey but their fans say it’s worth it!
I am least familiar with this type of carrier, haven’t owned any. Here is a website chock full of resources though!
 
Hope this helps and Happy Hunting!
 
Featured Image from Sakura Bloom
 
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Holly Elise is Green Robot Mama, blogger & youtuber & actual mama to two little sprogs (one girl and one boy). Married to a STEM teacher/game developer, living in an intergenerational home in Honolulu Hawaii, she's geeky, punky, and gothy and enjoys reading fan-fic while thinking of new and creative makeup looks.

2 Comments

  1. I use a combination — a sling for quick ins and outs, like if we’re doing errands, a soft structured carrier (I have a Tula) for longer wearing — back to school night, a hike at a local wilderness area — and a woven wrap for long wearing around the house, or walks around the neighborhood. I like the woven wrap because it has all the soft cuddliness of the Moby, but a lot more support for bigger babies/toddlers. It also has support on both shoulders in most carries, unlike a sling, so it’s easier on my back. It can be worn on the back, front, or in a hip carry. And LOTS of support is available through Facebook babywearing communities and on YouTube channels like Babywearing Faith.

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