When you buy a woman a baby carrier, you’re giving her the gift of a deep and meaningful mama-baby bond. You’re also giving her the gift of having two usable hands. And I can’t even tell you how helpful that is when it comes to housecleaning, shopping, running around town. And let’s not forget the greatest carrier perk of all; the ability to go to the bathroom. To top if off, carriers also allow for discrete and on-demand nursing. It’s 100% cotton productivity and sanity.
One of the most famous baby carriers is the Ergo Baby soft-structured carrier (SSC). Thanks to the simplicity and comfort of its backpack-like style, it’s practically developed a cult-following from ecstatic mothers. It’s ability to support healthy hip positioning is another huge cherry on the cake. Another bonus, is that it can be used from birth through toddlerhood (via Ergo ADAPT or via their newborn insert). And if expectant mama is gung-ho for organics, their organic cotton Ergo will tickle her all-natural fancy.
Other noteworthy ergonomic SSC’s include Tula, Catbird Baby, Beco, and the amazing Lenny Lamb. They’re all high in design and quality, and worthy of every dollar spent. Of course, buying one of these awesomely-wonderful-fantastic carriers will cost quite a few dollars (like $130-$180). When it comes to the benefits of hours of comfortable babywearing, they’re 1000% worth the price — buuuuuuut they do cost more than some parents can justify forking over. If you’re looking for something more affordable, the Infantino Support has potential as it has a review rating of 4 out of 5 stars and costs only $45. But remember. You get what you pay for.
If you want a carrier that can comfortably carry a toddler and can be used for more than one child, then you’re better off investing in a higher quality carrier. They cost more upfront, but if you put it on your Amazon baby shower list or get friends and family to pool together, then it’s a lot easier to pull off. There’s sure to be babywearing and parenting groups on Facebook local to your area where moms will post their used SSC’s for sale.
Wraps are another fab baby carrier option. Stretchy wraps like the Boba and the Moby offer a colorful and cozy carry for newborns and younger babies (and for a very reasonable 40-ish dollars). Of course, stretchy wraps get to be a pain with bigger babies and warmer climates, so they’re not always the greatest value. That’s where woven wraps come in. Wovens like those offered by Maya, Didymos, and Lenny Lamb are famous among babywearers for their exceptional fabric, design, and prints. So much so, that women are getting rid of clothes so that their woven collection can fit in their closet (or to give themselves more room so they can justify buying the latest from Lenny Lamb). Their length allows for gorgeous and creative ties that make women swoon in awe and delight. And while the art of tying takes some practice, this can be remedied by using the woven as a ring sling using either metal sling rings or the sling tie.
Woven wraps are absolutely exquisite when it comes to comfort and design. However, quality brands like those mentioned will cost a pretty penny (as in 15-18 thousand pennies). If you need a woven that fits within the ole budget, check out the wraps from Soul Slings. I have yet to test one out but I did get to try out Soul Slings AnoonA buckle carrier and Onbuhimo carrier thanks to my involvement with Green Child Magazine’s babywearing feature. I was really impressed with Soul Slings as a company, and I found that their carriers offered both quality carrying and a very reasonable price. Their ring slings and woven wraps only run $30-$40, and I’d be willing to bet they’re worth that and then some. Butterfly Baby’s Budget Line wraps are another comfortable and affordable option. Their ridiculously-cozy jacquard woven wraps are made in the USA usually run $90. They’re made in the USA and they’re so comfortable and wonderful to use. They cost more than Soul Slings, but I’ve yet to meet a woven that can beat my Butterfly Baby wrap.
If you’ve got a sewing machine and a budget for 5 yards of Osnaburg fabric, you can make your own custom woven. That’s a great gift for the buyer thanks to the discounted purchase price, but the opportunity for customization and creativity can turn a DIY woven into a thoughtful and highly-functional gift. All great things.
Have you tried any of the babywearing options above? Are you looking into any? Post your thoughts down below so we can all glean from your ponderings and experience.