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

Anonymous posted in Babywearing Dec 12

How do I leave the house?!

I have a 2yo still naps religiously and a 4mo who we are just starting to get on a regular nap schedule. I am just wondering how other parents in this situation found success in leaving the house for errands, appointments, etc. I feel a bit trapped in the house (it's also winter in New England) and don't know how to go about doing this. Maybe I just need to give it some time? I'm no... More

  • Kieli
    Dec 13

    I just go ... mornings are usually busy, my baby wakes up early and my toddler sleeps in. So after my baby goes down for her morning nap, I get my toddler ready and fed. Then after the baby wakes I get her dressed and then leave immediately. I try not to be out of the house for more than an hour or two tops, my baby gets cranky when she’s in the car seat for too long. My toddler has not been wa... More

  • Jennie
    Dec 16

    I have 5 kids under 9 so trust me when I say I've been working around nap schedules for years. Lol At 4 months, the nap schedule isn't totally consistent yet so don't kill yourself over it but in the next couple months this is what I usually do... errands/park/library etc. are done in the morning. Baby naps in stroller or in carrier. We get home by lunch time, or plan to eat out/pa... More

Toddler carrier

Is it weird that I bought a toddler carrier for my two year old? He can walk but I live in NYC and I don't think he will sit still on the bus and train . I don't think it's really safe especially on the train platform to just hold his hand . Does anyone use a toddler carrier or I'm the only one lol

  • Bethany
    Oct 09, 2019

    Nope I use one for hockey games and concerts. My daughter will be two in January

  • Marie
    Oct 10, 2019

    Man, I lived in NYC for my first pregnancy and a grown man was "bum-rushing" me to get up the steps in the middle of train rush hour in the city. I had to speak up and tell him he is pushing a pregnant lady and several people started pushing him around for me. Some people just dont care about their surroundings. So doing that would probably be the smartest thing ever. In fact, I'm... More

baby wearing?

Hey - when you guys are at home and generally sitting in place working at the computer, where is your baby? i feel like i hear so many people say they're wearing the baby in a k'tan or wrap all day at home as well and i wonder if thats necessary or comfortable while sitting all day? I put my girl into the boppy or bouncer (at 1 month old) and we hang out on the bed together while i'... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 05, 2019

    There is several benefits to having your baby close to your body esp if your not moving and just sitting in-front of the laptop your baby will be content snuggling with mama while you handle your business 🤗

  • Anonymous
    Aug 17, 2019

    I never once wore my baby in the house and he's now he's a cuddly, happy toddler.

Baby wearing

I would like to try baby wearing. We never did with our first but I would like to try it with our second who is going to be making his entrance in about 2 weeks. I was wondering what people thought about the Moby wrap or the baby k’tan wraps and which one people preferred? I’ve looked up some things on them but I thought I’d ask on here.

  • Paige
    Aug 25, 2019

    I absolutely LOVE my Moby wrap! It seems like my baby is in that 24-7. If he’s mad, Moby. If I go anywhere, Moby. If my husband isn’t home, Moby. 😂

Is the Hipseat worth it?

I have a baby carrier (backpack style) that did not come with the hipseat (sold separately). I need to return the carrier due to minor issue. Should I buy the hipseat baby carrier set or just exchange for the harness only? Baby seems to like the harness- I just don't understand the importance of the hipseat. Is there any "real" benefit to the "M" position or is it only ... More

  • Hailey
    May 14, 2019


  • Emily
    May 14, 2019

    If it’s one of the hipseats that can be used on its own as well I would say it’s worth it. When baby gets bigger it’s great to snap on quick and have your LO on your side. Gives great relief on your back and arms too. You may want to shop around more though. There are some carriers/hip carrier sets out there that are cheaper than $56.

Has anyone had postpartum knee pain?

Has anyone else experienced postpartum knee pain or notice it gradually with baby wearing? My 5 week old is about 12 pounds and I wear him kangaroo style in a Moby wrap about 4-6 hours of the day. I also have been strength training for the past two weeks, with appropriate rest days, and cardio via incline walking and elliptical use everyday. (No running). Any thoughts before I make a trip to ... More

  • Sara
    May 28, 2019

    Yes! Postpartum is so brutal on your body! I did a lot of damage to my knees and feet in the first months after having my son by not being careful about my posture and form throughout the day. Bouncing and carrying them around are very physical activities (especially while relaxin is still in your body), but I didn’t treat them as such. Be sure you’re wearing supportive shoes and watching your ... More

  • Elle
    Jul 07, 2019

    Try building up muscles in your quad. Will help stabilize the knee. My pbysical therapist also has a vendetta against the ellyptical for how many ppl come to him for knee pain after swearing by the ellyptical.

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!!

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...

  • Sara
    Mar 20, 2019

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

  • Janis
    Apr 30, 2019

    I think wraps are better for newborns than baby carriers, because they have a much better kangaroo hold. It keeps the little one snug tightly to your chest (which they love), and it also supports their hips and legs in a frog position. If you research about baby hip development and baby carriers, there is more information about proper support so they do not end up having problems with hip dyspl... More

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.

  • Christina
    Apr 17, 2019

    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, 2019

    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)

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