Thursday, June 12th, 2008
The Best Baby Carrier, According to Mama Peach
Thinga-reader Mama Peach is a tiny bit fanatical when it comes to baby carriers. After last week’s Name the Best Baby Carrier
discussion she e-mailed a few photos of her 2-and-a-half-year-old and
the 17 carriers she owns. That’s not counting the ones she stores in
her car and the ones she has borrowed.
Yeah, today’s article title is misleading. Someone who owns and uses
17+ carriers has trouble choosing just one she likes best.
"As you can see, I love my carriers. I buy/trade a lot of them on a large babywearing board.
I have loved many carriers in my time that have gone on to find new
homes. I lend them out to new parents to use. When you are wearing your
child from birth through to toddlerhood, your carriers are an
accessory/extension of you. Which carrier(s) I use during the day
really depends on my mood, my daughterâ€™s mood, the weather and what we
Having put Mama Peach in context, here is her extended comment about baby carriers from last week’s article:
Really your best bet is to head on over to www.thebabywearer.com and register for the forum. We are very nice over there and can give you a ton of recommendations.
[Replying to a user who suggested buying a cheap sling on eBay...] There is a reason even work-at-home moms have to charge the prices they do. It’s labour intensive to sew slings and Mei Tais that are SAFE. I mean this is your child you are carrying around. Buying from a reputable company (even work-at-home moms that are well-known in the babywearing community are reputable) will ensure some novice isn’t using craft rings when creating that cheap ringsling or is sewing the panel of a Mei Tai with the correct number of panels/stitches.
I have a rather large collection of carriers. My daughter is turning 3 in August and I STILL wear her daily. Mostly now in our Babyhawks, Kozys, or Didymos wraps (real wraps that you tie, not ringslings). I do still keep our ringslings in the car along with a Kozy and a wrap for emergencies but at toddlerhood Mei Tais and wraps (woven wraps that is) are your most supportive option.
Bjorns aren’t generally the greatest option for mom or baby…the weight distribution has baby hanging from their crotches, legs dangling, and away from mom or dad’s centre of gravity. Traditional baby carriers make the baby and carrier an extension of mom or dad, thus making carrying a toddler MUCH easier.
Some other links that may help you:
www.sleepingbaby.net â€” great work at home mom makes VERY affordable ringslings (she has a discount section for fabrics she manages to get cheaply). She does a pleated shoulder; I find it comfy but not everyone does.
www.comfyjoey.com â€” great pouches and the owner is really wonderful to work with.
www.upmama.com â€” wonderful ringsling / pouch hybrid, makes the learning curve of ringslings much easier and the sling is very poppable. It’s a bit tricky to learn how to thread it properly though, but Corrinne has great instructions on how to do it on her site.
And my personal faves: Babyhawks (I own 7), and Didymos wraps (I own 6 in different lengths and fabric weaves). I should mention all of my Babyhawks are reversible, so you could get a manly pattern on one side and a girly pattern on the other. They even have camo and snow camo.
Try to get to a local babywearing groups where you can actually try some of the carriers. My daughter liked being ‘arms out’ when worn, so it made using a large-bodied Mei Tai like the Kozy somewhat tricky. It may take you, your hubby, and your baby a few tries in different carriers (and different carries, my daughter loved being on my back but didn’t like any of the buddha or cradle carries) to find one (or two, or three) that works for your family!