Types of Baby Carriers

Babywearing has numerous benefits for both caregiver and child.  When deciding what kind of baby carrier to use, there are an overwhelming number of options on the market.   Each has its own set of pros and cons to consider when choosing what will work best for your family.








Photo credit:
Ring Slings
Ring slings are a long rectangle of fabric that is secured by two rings and worn over one shoulder.  It is then adjusted by pulling parts of the fabric tighter through the rings.  The excess fabric can be left hanging, wrapped around the rings or used as a cover when breastfeeding.  

Great for: 
  • Newborns
  • Breastfeeding
  • Short Trips as baby grows 
Positions:
  • Front Carry
  • Back Carry
  • Hip Carry
  • Breastfeeding
Pros:
  • Adjustable, can be used by different people and can be adjusted as child grows
  • Breastfeeding compatible
  • Easy to use
  • Small, easy to transport
Cons:
  • One shouldered design unevenly distributes weight on wearer's back. 
  • Less comfortable for larger kids or long wears.




Pouch Slings
Pouch slings are a tube of fabric that is worn over one shoulder.  There are no straps, buckles or adjusting.

 Great for:
  • Short Trips
  • Wearing Around the House
Positions:
  • Front Carry
  • Hip Carry
Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Small, easy to transport
Cons: 
  • Not adjustable, cannot be used by many different people or as child grows
  • One shouldered design unevenly distributes weight on wearer's back. 
  • Less comfortable for larger kids or long wears.






Photo Credit:


 Wraps
Wraps are a long length of stretchy or non-stretchy fabric that you use to secure baby to your body in a number of different positions.

Great for:
  • Babies and Children of all Ages
  • Short or Long Trips
Positions:
  • Front Carry
  • Back Carry
  • Hip Carry
  • Breastfeeding
 Pros:
  • Extremely versatile, many different carries can be used
  • Weight evenly distributed
  • Comfortable for short or long wears
  • Can be used by different people and adjusted as child grows
  • Available in woven or stretchy materials
Cons:
  • Big learning curve, can be difficult to master different carries
  • Difficult and time consuming to take on and off





Photo Credit:
Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs)
Soft Structured Carriers have a rectangle of fabric that supports baby's back and then buckles or straps to secure the baby to your body.

 Great for:
  • Older babies
  • Toddlers
  • Short or Long Trips
Positions:
  • Front Carry
  • Back Carry
Pros:
  • Distributes weight evenly
  • Comfortable to use
  • Fairly easy to use
Cons:
  • Somewhat complicated to breastfeed with
  • Not recommended for newborns or babies under 3-4 months
  • Bulky to store and transport







Share on Google Plus

About Maddi Casey

Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at coffeeandwinemom.com. She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
    Blogger Comment

0 comments:

Post a Comment