Slings, carriers and wraps, oh my! Ask all your babywearing questions and get protips from expert moms & dads.

Peanut-shell baby sling

I found a peanut shell baby sling today at the thrift store- brand new, and I was wondering if anyone has experience using them and has any advice or if they are all they are hyped up to be!! Thank you in advance!!

Ely posted in Babywearing Mar 20

Baby Carrier

So i have a baby carrier. How many weeks before i can use it for my baby? She’s 8lbs. 3weeks old 4 days...

  • Rachel
    Mar 20

    I wore my last two six pound babies the day we came home from the hospital in a ring sling. General guideline is not until they are 7/8 pounds but I’ve been babywearing a LONG time now Nd felt totally confident and comfortable.

  • Sara
    Mar 20

    Depends on the carrier but many can start at birth for full term babies. Check the manual!

Aye posted in Babywearing Jan 29

Suggestions for babywearing

I’ve heard of moby, boba, etc but they’re all super pricey. What are your favorite wraps or carriers? For a newborn and 1 year old.

  • A
    Feb 03

    All great suggestions here. We have a Tula and love it. I got it on a sale at 50%off. Otherwise all the good ones are pricey. If you have a Target nearby, they have open box/sale items in baby section for 50-75%off sometimes. I've seen ergo baby couple of times. Worth checking out.

  • Christina

    You can always try OfferUp or an app related to that. They offer shipping if you don’t find a person close by with a baby wrap. Its used but that’s what a washer machine and dryer comes in handy lol but it still gets the job done. I got two Moby baby wraps. In olive green (fav color) and black. I so love baby wearing because you can bond while they sleep and hands free is a god send when you ha... More

Which baby carrier for 5 Month old

Hi parents !! I haven’t been using a baby carrier so far for my 5 month old. I borrowed a baby Bjorn one for a little bit, but it was not comfortable to me and my baby boy didn’t like to face me while carrying him. But now that my baby can hold his head and since he likes facing forward, I was thinking about getting a carrier. I have a 16 month old too, so it would make my life easier to wear... More

  • antigrav_kids
    Dec 18, 2018

    Moby wraps were awesome for us. It didn't strain my back much until the kids were pretty big, (+18 mo.). My quads got pretty sore on occasion, but that was more because the kids liked to be bounced than for any other reason.

  • Kelly
    Dec 19, 2018

    I love my Ergo! It transitions nicely from a front carrier for little ones to a back carrier for bigger babes. It never hurts my back and it’s survived two kids so far!

Baby carrier for 9-month-old

My 9-month-old is getting pretty heavy and we are about to go on vacation. Any recommendations of something my husband and I could wear (that doesn’t put too much pressure on our bodies) with our baby in it?

  • Viv
    Dec 17, 2018

    I have an Ergobaby 360. You can wear baby in front or on your back. The band around the waist is pretty thick and it has an additional clip across the shoulders to keep it in place. I have back issues and this one has been pretty good for those days my daughter wants to be carried. I also have a Boppy carrier. That one is better for home because it feels like a yoga pants type material. It’s ve... More

  • Perry
    Feb 04

    The Poco Plus

Wearable baby carriers for 25+ pounds

I currently use the classic baby Björn carrier. I love it. However, my 7 month old son is 20 pounds already and the carrier only goes up to 25 pounds. I love having the option of the carrier for errands when he’s tired or when we go to a crowded place so I don’t have to deal with the stroller. I don’t want to spend a fortune on a new carrier but I would love recommendations for a carrier that w... More

  • Jaz
    Nov 16, 2018

    Go to amazon

  • Doraleah
    Nov 16, 2018

    Kid to kid also has a ton of body carriers

Anonymous posted in Babywearing Oct 18, 2018

Traveling with a baby carrier or stroller on a flight?

I am going to travel with my 6 month old baby and am confused. Should I use a baby carrier or pram? I am going alone with her and it's a long journey. Can anyone suggest which is more convenient in the airport and if I bring a carrier, do I need to remove it during the security check?

  • Natalia
    Oct 20, 2018

    If you've never given Tylenol before of course check with your pediatrician. I gave it to my baby when he had a fever after 6 month shots, so I knew that he wouldn't have any adverse reaction. Tylenol was the last thing I tried to calm down my baby, and I think it was necessary, because it was 3 am, my baby was exhausted from crying and needed like NEDEED sleep.

  • Erusa
    Nov 04, 2018

    I have flown without a stroller and just a carrier . At the end i would have them both. I would put my carry ons when im baby carrying .

Anonymous posted in Babywearing Oct 08, 2018

Best baby hiking packs

I love to take my baby for hikes. She is old enough now to transition into being worn on my back in a hiking pack. I am 5’1 and want something I can easily wear for hikes during the week. Does anyone have an recommendations?

  • Katrina
    Oct 08, 2018

    I know that some outdoor stores will let you try the pack on in-store. If there's an outdoor store near you, I'd recommend calling and seeing if that's an option. Carriers are like jeans- what one loves just doesnt work for another.

  • Caitie
    Oct 09, 2018

    That’s a good idea and so true! I got mine from REI and they let us both try it out, put the baby in it and walk around the store a while to make sure we liked it.

Crying it out

So some days my baby (3 months) CONSTANTLY wants to be held the entire day (even during naps)!! We try and let her cry it out for a little bit however after 2-3 minutes she’s hysterical and starts chocking on her saliva. I mean she’s been fed and changed. What do we do since we can’t hold her all day and get stuff done.

  • Brittany
    Oct 05, 2018

    Swaddle blankets are the best!!! I heard that once they can start turning/rolling to be very careful. I have a rock n play also that vibrates but they have ones that move it’s definitely a life saver. My son has acid reflux so i deal with that on occasions. Hope it works out for you

  • Sam
    Oct 07, 2018

    My son did this and it turned out he was lactose intolerant. I stopped breast feeding and switched to lactose free formula and he was a new person!

Baby carrier

Can anybody share their pros and cons for lillebaby vs tula? Im expecting my second in December and wanting to get a good quality carrier that's easy to use for breastfeeding, comfortable and lasting. I was thinking of getting the lillebaby but after looking at them side by side the tula looks like it would fit a petite person better than the lillebaby (I'm 5 ft and about 115 lbs [pre... More

  • B
    Aug 27, 2018

    I loved the beco brand carrier. I’m virtually your size and it was so comfy. And super easy to adjust to my husband’s larger frame and back to mind.

  • Savvi
    Sep 04, 2018

    150% get a Sakura Bloom Scout. Better than both of these.

Recommendations for CA Fall Clothes for Babies under 1?

I’m a FTM & just moved here in CA last year when I was pregnant so I was feeling warm all throughout fall season & just started to appreciate the cooler weather early winter. It’s my baby’s 1st Fall this year & I’m wondering what should I make him wear around October-November. I noticed a lot of baby clothing stores now are introducing Fleece instead of just Cotton on baby clothes. ... More

  • PK
    Aug 22, 2018

    We prefer the one piece fleece footed pjs for the winter. I would buy a mix of long sleeve and short sleeve tops. Get one light jacket and one thicker jacket.

  • Liz
    Aug 26, 2018

    My 1yo daughter tends to run warm, so I preferred footed long sleeve cotton pjs through the winter. She also wears a Woolino sleep sack which helps her to regulate her body temp irregardless of whether it is warm or cool. As for day time, she wore mostly long sleeve onesies with pants and rarely wore a jacket. The only time she really wore fleece was after a bath or swimming lesson or in th... More

Anonymous posted in Babies Aug 01, 2018

Baby carrier in heat

Would you take your baby (1 month old) out in your baby carrier on hot days (between 75-85 degrees outside)...if yes - how do you avoid overheating. If not, how do you get your baby outside

  • Katrina
    Aug 01, 2018

    I dressed baby just in diaper. Make sure baby is up on your chest instead of down on your belly, and wear a low cut shirt. Your breasts will actually change temperature to help warm or cool baby. We usually went out early or late rather than waiting until midday.

  • Liz
    Aug 02, 2018

    I do short bursts and then stroller or just hold her...we both get too hot! When she's hot shs will cry

Baby wearing can actually help in weight loss!

Yes I just discovered this yesterday when my 6 mos baby was screaming at the grocery & luckily I have my K-Tan carrier with me, so I baby wear him all the way home instead of putting him in his stroller. It’s usually just a 15 min walk but since he’s almost 20 lbs, it took me almost 30 min trying to push the stroller & making sure I don’t trip & walked safely. I’m not used to carryi... More

  • Elle
    Jul 24, 2018

    Yep! Try also, squats with baby.

  • Busayo
    Jul 24, 2018

    Cool thank you so much

How did you get your little one used to the carrier?

Mine seems to have mixed feelings, ha. He’s almost 6 weeks.

  • Katrina
    Jul 21, 2018

    Many babies who aren't worn from birth can be unhappy about changing the way they're used to being held. To help them get used to it, start with short sessions in the carrier while baby is content. Don't expect it to immediately work for fussy times. Make sure the carrier fits you and baby well and is adjusted right. This means safety first plus comfort - if baby isn't comfortab... More

  • Michelle
    Jul 23, 2018

    Start for short periods when you are both happy and relaxed. Worked for me. We both loved it. Started at 2mo, ended it when she started walking (she got wriggly, wanting to walk everywhere instead)

Anonymous posted in Babywearing Jul 19, 2018

How do you go to the bathroom when you're alone with a baby at a public restroom?

I'm going on a 20-hour road trip next month alone with my baby. If your car seat isn't the kind you can carry with a handle, where do you put the baby when you are in a store or stop at a gas station/rest stop to use the restroom? At home, I can put him in the crib, swing, etc. Mine is almost 8 months old so he can sit up but I don't want to let him sit on the floor and I'm too ... More

  • Hope
    Jul 31, 2018

    I had my twins on my lap. Otherwise stroller in the handicap stall. 1 second the don't leave the baby on the changing table. You don't know if the changing table will fall. I've seen it happen or if the kid will roll off even if strapped.

  • Lauren
    Nov 16, 2018

    I try to stop a kwik Trips since they have a baby seat in most changing stalls. If that isn’t the case I held him when I went as a little baby. But now I use our changing mat on our Tactical Baby Gear Daypack and he sits there while I go. It’s not ideal but I works well and the mat prevents him from touching the floor. I have a smaller car so always having a stroller isn’t an option.

Less Bulky Carrier

I have the Ergo360 but it’s much too bulky for my frame.. any suggestions for a soft structured / structured carrier for an almost 1 month old?

  • Kim
    Jul 12, 2018

    I love my Lillébaby all seasons complete carrier. The lumbar support is awesome!

  • M
    Jul 19, 2018

    Update: Ordered the new BabyBjorn mini carrier. We shall see how it works out!

Anonymous posted in Babywearing Jul 10, 2018

Water friendly baby carrier

Anyone have any suggestions for a water friendly baby carrier/wrap?

Baby K'tan Carrier

Anybody have experience with the baby k'tan carrier? I had the Boba wrap for my first and liked it, but it was cumbersome to wrap and would like some more breathability as we live in Fl. So I'm looking into purchasing a new and easier baby carrier for my second. I've heard some good things about the K'tan being one piece and having a mesh/"active" option...

  • Mimi
    Jul 09, 2018

    I really liked mine. I had both a Boba wrap and a baby k'tan and I ended up just using the k'tan because it was much easier to put on and take off! I had a summer baby so I mostly stayed indoors in the AC, but I imagine baby would get sweaty in both if too hot out. Didn't breastfeed in it.

  • Joy
    Jul 10, 2018

    The k'tan is convenient in that it doesn't have long tails, but stretchy wraps need multiple passes (layers) over baby to be safe and jersey is very warm. I found my son and I overheated easily in the regular k'tan. If you like stretchy, solly wraps are more breathable, or you can look into woven wraps that can be used all the way till toddler and beyond. Ring slings are great with ... More

Curious about favorite, breatheable ergonomic carriers for the (dry)hot summer months.

We have an infantino and I love it. It’s comfortable, quick & easy to put on, but it’s thick. Would love to find one that can keep my LOs somewhat cooler while I’m wearing them for under $100.

  • Ian
    Jul 12, 2018

    We have an Ergo 360 mesh, but daughter still gets hot. We invested in a Deuter kid comfort frame type. Best thing ever for hiking!

  • Michy
    Jul 13, 2018

    Boba's so thin it can pack into its own pouch. Make sure to purchase the updated version with the padded leg openings. I feel like since it's nylon it would be good for around the pool, too, since it would dry quickly.

Ergo is killing my back. Anyone tried another carrier for a 9 month old?

  • Stephanie
    Jun 02, 2018

    I the slings are the best for your back.seems that's how they worked in fields back in the day. And they were leather. Could carry two year olds...hmmm we should market leather slings.

  • Shauna
    Jun 30, 2018

    I swear by the Boba Wrap

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