Baby-wearing was one of those things I never really gave much thought to, until I was pregnant with my son. In fact, there’s a LOT of things I didn’t give any thought to until I became a parent (but that’s a whole other post, haha). I knew baby carriers existed, but the only type I’d ever seen was the big backpack style with the metal frames, and when I found out I was pregnant, I knew the LAST thing I wanted to do was wear my baby if it meant having a big metal contraption strapped to me all day long.
It wasn’t until a friend of mine tagged me in an Instagram giveaway on the Solly Baby page, that I realize baby-wearing was actually SO much more than just convenience and frame backpacks. In today’s post, I wanted to create a guide for new moms, addressing not only the different types of carrier and their uses, but also the maternal (and infant) benefits that come from wearing your baby. I have two types of carrier myself, and I plan on writing a follow-up post on each of those specifically, so stay tuned!
Although there’s no magic woven into the threads of your favorite carrier, there’s a reason your baby feels more calm when close to you. You may have heard of what many people call the “fourth trimester” – the first three months of your baby’s life outside of the womb – which is an extremely trying time for your baby, where he or she is rapidly developing and experiencing all sorts of new things that didn’t exist in the comfort of your womb. Carrying your baby against your body, where he or she can feel your heartbeat, and the warmth and smell of your skin can not only make baby more calm, but it can even help balance baby’s blood sugar levels, according to this article published by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
When I realized there were a few different carrier styles to choose from, I reached out to my friends in a Facebook post asking for advice, and as you can probably imagine, I got a TON of feedback in regards to type of carrier, different brands, different materials, weight limits, the list goes on and on. Although most of my friends had recommendations, a lot of them agreed on one thing: that there was no “right” or “wrong” carrier for me and my baby, and that I’d just have to figure out what worked for us. I started doing a little bit of research on each one, and learned that most carriers fit into one of five main categories of carriers:
|Bethany carrying hew newborn in a SollyBaby wrap.
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|Sarah carrying her infant in a ring sling
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|Danielle carrying her older infant in a soft-structured LILLEbaby carrier
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|Sarah carrying her older infant in an Infantino mei dai|
|Maci (left) wearing her newborn in a Lenny Lamb wrap
Kali (right) wearing her toddler in a phil&teds frame backpack
|Ezra in our LILLÉbaby All Seasons carrier at the pumpkin patch last year.|