I didn’t discover baby wearing until my second child was born. What a revelation! She was happy, I was happy, and my hands were free. These days the options are ever-greater. Choose your style, choose your fabric and color, it’s all about what works for you and your little one. (There can be a learning curve with these carriers; make sure to follow all instructions to keep you and your baby safe.)
Handmade Baby: Carriers
For simplicity, it doesn’t get much easier than the Lucky Baby sling from Small Wish. There’s nothing to adjust, just slip it over your shoulder and you’re good to go. Plus, each one is reversible and has a handy pocket sewn in.
This wrap carrier is made from light/medium weight woven cotton gauze. Excellent at distributing weight, they are suitable for carrying newborns through toddlers. Lil Peeper Keepers will include an instructional video to help you get the hang of using it to front, hip, and back carry your baby.
A friend of mine had an extremely colicky baby, but being in water would soothe him. A quick drying, breathable mesh sling like this bright one from Ananda Baby Carriers was a lifesaver for her. Use it in the pool, at the beach, or even at home in the shower to keep your slippery baby cool and safe.
Toad in a Tree offers this soft structured Pipa Pack baby carrier for use on your front or back. In addition to padded shoulder straps and triple stitching, I love that it has a trendy bicycle appliqued on to the chocolate brown fabric.
Mei Tai style carriers are based on traditional Asian designs. Lily and Lotus Designs offers one with a hood that will protect your child from the sun as well as provide nursing privacy. Constructed from a hemp/organic cotton blend, you can customize the fabric color, size and silk screened print.
Baby Love Accessories offers two designs: The Little Roo is made from lightweight gauze or mid weight jersey knit. The Strappy Wrap is made from heavy canvas. Both offer ergonomic support for your baby and can be coordinated with nursing covers and diaper bags.
I wore my daughter in a ring style sling that was wonderfully adjustable and easy to use. I wish I’d had the option of so many gorgeous colors, like the amethyst duponi silk available from BabyEtte.