Baby slings are probably the most popular baby carrier available. Also called ring slings, the baby sling is simply a length of fabric that has two rings sewn on one end. The fabric is threaded through the rings, first through both and then the rings are separated and the fabric is threaded back through the first ring. When the baby is placed in the ring sling, his weight pulls down on the fabric, which locks it in place. The leftover end of fabric, or the sling's "tail," can be pulled on to tighten the sling, making it adjustable to fit different wearers and different positions. Ring Slings come in a variety of styles from the open-tailed un-padded ring sling like the Zolowear Ring Sling, to the padded closed-tail ring sling like the Hava Ring Sling.
The Mei Tai
Kozy Carrier is a wide bodied Mei Tai that even has a small pocket at the end of the strap just the right size for your cell phone and keys. Catbird Baby offers a hood for baby and a cinching strap to adjust fit for smaller babies or for facing out positions. Deciding on which features you want or need will determine which of these two great carriers would work best for you.
Baby wraps are the one of the oldest style baby carriers. Wraps are a long continuous cloth that ties around you and baby. With baby tied on to you, you are free to go about your day and do what you need to do all the while being there for baby. You can wear your little one in many different positions including cradle (breastfeeding), facing in (snuggle hold), facing out, on the hip or easily and securely on your back.
There are stretchy wraps like the Moby Wrap and the Sleepy Wrap which are great for first time wrappers. For those who plan on doing extended baby wearing, i.e. for long periods during the day or well into toddlerhood, a woven wrap is usually the wrap of choice. The woven wraps like the Didymos or the Dolcino offer all the same great tying options of a stretchy wrap without the stretch. For those who love the idea of a wrap but feel that the tying is a bit more than they wish to learn there is always the Baby K’tan with all the front carry options of a traditional wrap but no wrapping needed.
The Soft Structured Carrier (SSC)
Scootababy or an unstructured waist strap like the Pikkolo. The Scootababy is a hip style carrier where the Pikkolo is more like a Mei Tai with buckles.
For parents that would like a little bit more help with learning their carrier there is a wonderful DVD, Tummy2Tummy that covers most styles of carriers. In the Tummy2Tummy DVD’s you learn everything from the basic carries to the more advanced carries all while in the comfort of your own home and you can always pause and rewind to view something again and again.
We hope this has given you a little taste of the different types of carriers there are for you to choose from. Stay tuned for our next blog post where we will cover the pros and cons of each style carrier from our point of view.
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