With so many different carriers on the market, I think it’s important to remember the three things we’re all looking for when it comes to babywearing:
1. It’s easy to use
2. It’s comfortable for mom and baby
3. It matches what we wear (yes)!
It’s easy to shy away from Woven Wraps and Mei Tais, writing these carrier styles off as too difficult to use, but this is merely a common misconception. The basic carries that go along with these cute and functional types of carriers are nearly as easy as tying your shoe.
First, a Woven Wrap is similar to a stretchy wrap - like a Moby, Sleepy Wrap or K'tan - except it is woven on a loom, as opposed to being a jersey, tee-shirt-like stretchy fabric. This difference in material has three main effects on your carrying experience:
1. Breathable fabric for a less sweaty mom and baby
2. Material stays right where you wrap it, so you don't have to periodically re-tie it due to stretching
3. Comfortable and supportive to use until 2-3 years, rather than just 4-6 months
For the most simple, every day way to wear your baby on the front, I recommend the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). This can be done from day 1 with a newborn's legs tucked in, gradually moving toward a “legs out” position when it seem as though they are ready for it. Below is a link to a video tutorial. Try this just a few times and you'll have it down, and feel free to add your own methods of putting it on for optimal comfort!
A Mei Tai is an Asian style baby carrier known to be extremely convenient for carrying your little one on your front or back. Because of its similarity to a backpack carrier, some moms choose to start here; they can "understand" it just by looking at it.
Below is a quick tutorial for the front:
Mei Tai on Front
Not to be left out, here is a video tutorial for the back:
Mei Tai on Back
Finally, a few quick tips:
Babies might have a day when they don't feel like being in a carrier - just like they might have a day when they don't want to be in the car seat or stroller. It doesn't mean they will always hate it! Give carrying another shot, rather than forcing it or giving up.
Babies may also sense your mood of uncertainty in knowing how to put the wrap on right. My suggestion for this: a few practice runs around the house will go a long way. The more confident you are with babywearing, the happier your baby will be. The end result: this will make everyone happy because now you'll have your hands free!
This is a guest post from Heather Moreau of WovenWraps.com, a recently launched online boutique. Woven Wraps promotes the health-conscious practice of babywearing, and offers a range of babywearing products in high quality, natural fabrics and fashion forward colors and prints.
In conjunction with Woven Wraps' retail site, founder Heather Moreau, who is passionate about sharing her discovery of babywearing with others, has also created CarrierClassifieds.com, which offers the resale of gently used wraps at affordable price points, and The Willow Tree, a forum for discussing the how-to's and benefits of babywearing.
Perhaps most helpful of all, Moreau also offers detailed video tutorials on her site at www.wovenwraps.com/
Do you Babywear? What do you use to carry your child?
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.