I am a very busy person, as is most everyone in 2022. I wear a lot of different hats and have two children under two. I need my hands for a lot of activities throughout the day. I also crave having my children close to me. Baby wearing is single handedly the greatest thing I could recommend to a new parent. Not only does it keep baby close, but it allows you to continue to be able to do what you need to do. Plus, they almost always fall asleep in them!
I have purchased all of the carriers that I am going to list below. I am not affiliated with any brand or company, simply a paying customer that wants to bring you what I have found.
Also, when it comes to baby wearing, please follow the company’s guidelines on weight / position / age, etc. There’s also a lot of great YouTube videos on how to get each carrier to fit the best! Remember the following when it comes to safety:
- Tight. The fabric should be tightened like a hug so baby is secure
- In view at all times. Make sure you can see their skin tone and hear their breathing to confirm they are safe.
- Close enough to kiss. You should be able to kiss the top of your baby’s head while wearing them. If you can’t reach them, they are too low.
- Keep chin off chest. Two fingers between the chin and the chest to keep their airway open.
- Supported back. The carrier should support the natural curve of their back.
- My most used carrier as I used it for Oakley and now I use it for Dean. Under $35 and accommodates 8-32lbs. Extremely easy to use and very comfortable. If I had to pick one carrier off this list, it would be this one! It’s also very easy to pack as well in a suitcase.
- This is the carrier featured in the photo on the blog! Easily tied for my favorite carrier on the list (with the infantino). It’s extremely easy to use, very comfortable, and has the seat option WITH the hip carrier feature. It’s also very easy to convert from one stage to the next and it accommodates 7-66lbs at only $50!
- If you have a long hike planned with a toddler, this pack is for you. It is bulky and definitely not something you could pack in a suitcase. It’s very breathable and very comfortable once you have it on. It does take some getting used to if you are getting your toddler in/out yourself but once they are in, it’s very pleasant! The frame is very sturdy as well.
- The most aesthetic carrier on the blog, hands down. The prints they offer are beautiful, ever changing with the season, and the how-to videos are very helpful. This one does take some getting used to in terms of wrapping your body and ensuring the tightness is correct each time. Easiest to pack as it is just fabric, very breathable, and not bulky at all! I have linked my favorite color way (the grey and white stripe). I also have the olive green in the wrap as well. 10% off here
- I really like the shirt, it’s the easiest to use out of all the carriers as there’s no wrapping or buckling of any kind. I have two issues with it though: the price ($80) and the fact that you can only use it for a short period of time due to the weight limit of 15lbs. For me, my son was over that in less than 2.5 months.
- Beautiful colors, very comfortable, and how-to videos are very easy to follow. This is one of the more expensive carriers on the list ($130) and accommodates up to 28lbs. I personally prefer several other carriers on this list for my toddler over this one but you won’t be disappointed if you order!
For the pouch shirt and kerier, I do have a code from time to time. If you email the company and let them know I sent you, they may honor my discount! I make $0 from it, just wanted to pass it along!
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