Baby Wearing

We love wearing our kids!  Here are some reasons I love to wear my babies:

1. Baby wearing makes life easier.  No giant car seat to lug around.   No honking stroller to navigate through slush or stores.  You can make dinner using two hands.  You can fold laundry using two hands.  Baby will be pleasantly entertained by experiencing life from an active perspective and will also be lulled to sleep by your movements.  Happier baby, happier mama!  Win-win!

2. Helps with development.  If the alternative is laying in a crib or being strapped in a car seat, baby wearing provides a way better environment for baby to use their neck muscles and brain muscles too.

Those are my two main reasons, but Laura Simeon lists ten right here if you want more.

So!  Since we love baby wearing, we have a variety of baby carriers.  So here is my review:

BECO 4th Generation
The Beco came highly recommended. The old 4th Generation models (which allow skin to skin contact unlike the Butterfly) seem quite coveted in baby wearing circles. They’re expensive, they’re pretty. I was expecting to instantly love it above all other carriers. But I didn’t. First I tried to wear it while very pregnant. This didn’t work at ALL since all the weight went to my shoulders and would not rest on my hips (tummy got in the way). Now that I am wearing my newborn in it and have it fitted properly, I enjoy it but I still have some complaints. I find it hard to do up and get comfortable in alone. If I have help around who know how to adjust it how I like it (my husband) then all is well. I find that my newborn can work her legs down and out of the bottom of the carrier. I find that it does not stay on my hips properly and I have to do it up around the smallest point of my waist. If I wear it on my hips and try to empty the dishwasher, pee, garden, do laundry or do ANYTHING other than walk around upright, the waist band slides up and Meeps starts to come out the bottom.

Update: Now that Meeps is 8 months, we are using the BECO way more for back carry.  It is really easy to get her into and really comfortable to wear her for limited amounts of time.  I find if I am wearing her for more than 2 hours at a time, I am toast!

BABYHAWK
This one has been a real winner. My husband (who is a much bigger person than I) wears it too and also loves it. Wide variety of prints to chose from. (He chose the black skull & barbed wire print we own). Washes great. Easy to learn to use, easy to put on alone.  Back carry is also really easy!  One dry run and and you’re ready to rumble. Absolutely no complaints about how it holds my kids from newborn through toddler.

PEAPOD CUDDLY WRAP
My first wrap. Wraps don’t work for some mamas. I’ve bought a couple to give to new mamas, and always wind up getting them back to regift. So clearly, they are not for everyone. But they are for me. After a few practice runs, I was using my wrap with no problem and can put them on in my sleep I think. Holds for newborns and small toddlers are endless in variety, there are so many ways to tie on kids!

The CuddlyWrap is super soft. The jersey is nice and thick. This has pros and cons. It’s great for winter, not for summer. Quality material though. But hot to wear. Also because of the stretchy nature of the material, once babe hits 17-25 pounds, they’re really to heavy for it and it becomes uncomfortable for both parties.

ULTIMATE BABY WRAP
The Ultimate Baby Wrap is made of cheaper material than the CuddlyWrap. Even though I like the material less, it’s lighter. And therefore I like to wear it more. (I’m hot enough already carrying a baby!)

HOT SLINGS Pool Pouch
I hate the Solarveil material of the Hotslings Pool Pouch. It’s scratchy and hasn’t softened despite numerous washings. But it works. It was the only way I could get a shower in with Bob for the last year. It worked. I hated it, but it worked. And I am using it again with Meeps.  I would smell terrible and have no friends if it weren’t for this sling.

NEW NATIVE POUCH
We’ve got a regular, no frills pouch sling from New Native. It fits me a bit big as it is a loaner, but this means it also fits Scott (though a bit small). Despite this, we can both wear it pretty comfortably and they are just SO easy to use. No adjusting. Soft material, washes great.  Bob hated to be in pouch slings as in infant, but Meeps liked it.  And both have enjoyed sitting up in it on my hip, so it has proved quite useful.  For very prolonged or active wear though, a pouch sling is just not comfortable.

DIDYMOS WRAP
I recently obtained (summer 2009) a Didymos wrap.  It is beautiful and has taken 1st place for comfort.  I am not kidding, it has completely stolen the show.  The material is more utilitarian than luxurious (but I have one of the jacqaurds).   I can wear my one year old far more comfortably and for longer periods of time with the Didy than with any other carrier I own.  If only I had one of these from the beginning of my baby wearing career, I don’t think I would have ever strayed!

39 comments

  1. Tiffany-Amber · February 28, 2009

    I was curious if you’ve ever used the Moby wrap, and if you find it comparable to the Rolz N Sassy wrap. I personally really enjoy my moby, but with summer weather getting hotter by the day, I can’t stand wearing it for long…

  2. Twwly · February 28, 2009

    The Moby is cotton jersey right? I’ve seen them, but don’t own one. If I’m not mistaken, it’s just like a Cuddlywrap, which is definitely warm. The Rolz N Sassy one would be cooler… but if you don’t yet have a soft structured carrier like a Baby Hawk Mei Tei, you might consider one of those! They are also cotton, but there’s just much less of it.

  3. Tiffany-Amber · February 28, 2009

    Yes it’s a cotton jersey, and looks the exact same as the Cuddlewrap so I bet they’re both just as warm haha. It’s fine if I’m just sitting outside, but going on walks, we both get back to the house covered in sweat.

    I’m glad to hear you suggest the Mei Tei because my husband loves the look of them and says he’ll wear our daughter if she’s carried it something like that. As much as I love wearing her, it would be nice for the two fo them to get some bonding time in as well – he claims she hates him because she cried almost everytime he hold her. I think he just doesn’t spend enough time with her for her to get used to him.

    Now, our friend has also purchased us a Kissed Baby sling which we’re waited for it to arrive – do you enjoy using slings from birth, or do you prefer them for an older age?

  4. ansley · February 28, 2009

    i lOVED my didy also! i had a size 7 thought and should have had a 6 (as 7 was just too long). i got mine on thebabywearer.com and loved how comfy and worn in it was! i also loved my storch (which i know you aren’t a fan of woven wraps). it was so sturdy and a beautiful blue (leo). another wrap that you might like that is really light-weight and breathable is the gypsymama breeze wraps. it’s great for me b/c i live in hot florida!

    i had a beco butterfly and it didnt fit me right. i LOVED my babyhawk and used it with both kiddos until they got too heavy and it was uncomfy.

    i just bought (used again) a toddler patapum (a ssc but a longer body than a beco or ergo). i cant wait to try it out! my 2 year old is small (23 lbs) and always wants to be carried in my ringsling lately (so i cant wait for a ssc to carry him in).

  5. Amandette · February 28, 2009

    I’ve tried my share of carriers; wraps, peapods, snuglies, backpacks… and none of them come close to the kind of comfort, safety and convenience I am in *dire* need of. I’ve read your review on the BABYHAWK, checked out the website, watched some Youtube videos. Seems like the best idea yet, so I will more than likely purchase one.

    However, the Didymos seems to come rated with many stars. Is it really, really easy to put on alone? My husband leaves earlier in the morning and is gone most of the day, so I have nobody to help me tie a ten-month-old (safely) onto my back.
    Like yourself, I also need to be able to wear my child for long periods at a time, so I trust your level of comfort rating on these carriers!

  6. Fluffina · February 28, 2009

    Wow. I never consider this as an option!? I may just try this.

  7. Sarah · February 28, 2009

    Do you eliminate car seats all together? Or do you still use them while in transit?

  8. Twwly · February 28, 2009

    We use car seats in cars, I would imagine to do otherwise would be quite unsafe. I don’t lug around a car seat with a baby in it into a store (terrible for your back!); our car seats STAY in the car.

  9. Nici · February 28, 2009

    hey lady, I don’t know if you remember me, but you and I messaged each other back a few times after your little bob was born, cause my little amelie was born around the same time. Anyway, since then, I have started my own baby carrier company with the long tied wraps. I dunno how this works, but if you’d like to do a review of my wrap and put it up as one of your suggested wraps on your site I’d be really thankful. They are made through fair trade and I do an individual painting on each one. Anyway, check out my website and send me an e-mail to tell me what you think. hope all is well on the farmfront!

  10. Sally · February 28, 2009

    I’ve just bought the Close wrap and it’s amazing, don’t know if you can get it in the US but if you can I highly recommend it.

    Did you swaddle your babies?

  11. Twwly · February 28, 2009

    Wow, I never get these posts in good time. Sally if you’re still out there, no I did not swaddle, they hated it.

  12. rhiannon · February 28, 2009

    Heya – have you tried the Ergo carriers? I am thinking of getting one but would be interested to hear from others first..

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