I love baby carriers. I might have too many. And for a self professed baby minimalist that's a little embarrassing to admit...but that doesn't mean I'll be getting rid of any of them...oh no.
I love each one for different purposes and when you're a stay at home mom-on-the-go I think it's important to have many comfortable options for carting around that bundle of joy.
Now I admit...this isn't a frugal addiction to have. Many baby carriers cost as much, if not more, than a pair of diamond earrings. But there are inexpensive options out there my friends...oh yes...if you're hoping to have more than one, like me.
So here's what we have and why I like them:
*Baby Bjorn This is the standard go-to in baby carriers, and the first carrier we owned. I love it because it's sleek and stylish and sporty (both men and women look great wearing this) and it's the least complicated carrier to put on. The fast clips make it super easy. This is my baby carrier of choice when heading into the city for quick trip or especially while boarding an airplane. Baby can face in or out--out is quite fun for baby and this is one of the few carriers that have this option...Gunnar does the happy dance when he's facing out! Downsides: you don't want your baby to be in it for extremely long stretches as there have been studies that this kind of carrier might cause hip dysplasia when used too often (which is another reason why I have more than one), also when worn for too long this carrier puts a lot of stress on my lower back. It's also on the pricier side.
*Infantino Ecosash Baby Carrier This is an inexpensive knock off of the Mei Tai Wrap which was another carrier we tried in the baby wearing class and loved (although if you're only going to get one carrier and you're all about being fashionable you can design your own Mei Tei which is pretty darn cool!). Anyways I was able to find this knock off carrier (an older version than the one shown) at TJ Maxx on clearance for $14.99!! This carrier is a semi structured carrier with padded shoulder straps which make it quite comfy. It's sort of a cross between the wrap and the baby bjorn. It's not quite as complicated as the wrap but not as easy as the Baby Bjorn. Babies knees are higher than his butt on this carrier so no risk of hip dysplasia. Can be worn on front or back. Downsides: There are instructions for how to face baby out in this carrier but I still haven't been able to do it. Getting baby on your back requires a second person's help. And for some reason Gunnar doesn't like this carrier us much as the baby bjorn...his view is a little restricted.
*Munchkin Jelly Bean Reversible Sling I totally bought this carrier on a whim at Target for $20. It was cute and stylish and reversable and I figured I'd give it a try (after all I have an addiction...might as well feed it...right?). This carrier is sort of hit or miss. Baby can sit facing out (as shown), on your hip or on your back. It's hit or miss because you really have to take the time to adjust your baby to make it most comfortable for both of you...and sometimes Gunnar's legs just won't do what I need him to do to make it comfy. But sometimes we get it just right and it is super snuggly baby cuddles folks. What I love about this sling is it packs up really small (can fit easily in my diaper bag without taking much space), It washes well and is extremely light. Downside: This carrier is not intended for babies under 18 lbs. Gunnar isn't quite 18 lbs yet so I think that's why it's not always comfortable yet. If worn for too long it can put a strain on the carrying shoulder.
* Infantino Ergonomic Carrier So many friends have highly recommended the Ergo or Beco Butterfly carriers which was the only carrier recommended at our baby wearing class that they didn't have available for us to try. Well this is another knock off of those brands. The lower padded belt helps to support your lumbar muscle (which prevents that lower back pain some carriers give you). I'd say this carrier is great for longevity...when you're taking baby on a hike or for a long day to the zoo...this will keep baby cozy and you comfy all day long. I recently found this carrier at Marshals for $39. Baby can be worn tummy to tummy or on your back like a backpack. This is the only carrier, other than the hoppediz that Gunnar has taken a nap in. I love the pocket in front for my cell phone! Downsides: It's tricky to put this carrier on by yourself. I am able to get it on without help but not in the most comfortable position...the snap on the upper back is just hard enough to reach. When baby is riding tummy to tummy...again...limited view for baby.
And I'm afraid to say I still would love to get a Maya Wrap ring sling or a Moby Wrap and I certainly wouldn't refuse a gift of a name brand carrier of any of the knock offs I currently own. Yep...that's addiction folks. Are there support groups for this?
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