Since International Babywearing Week starts tomorrow (October 8th-14th) I wanted to write yet another blog post on babywearing. I thought back to when I first started babywearing. I had no idea what the different type of carriers were and how they worked. So if you are interested in getting started with babywearing or want to learn about other carriers here is a list of the different types of carriers and their functions!
Ring Sling- A ring sling is basically a wrap with rings attached to it and instead of tying and knotting you use the rings to fasten the sling. While a ring sling can carry newborns up to toddlers, but in my opinion it is ideal for newborns and small babies. The ring sling was the main carrier I used when Isaac was a newborn. It was so simple to use and kept him super close to me at all times. There is no tying or wrapping with a ring sling so it makes for a perfect beginners carrier.
|My friend Katy using a Mei Tai.
Mei Tai- I haven't tried a Mei Tai yet but in my own words they are basically a cross between a soft structured carrier and a wrap. I'm not sure that is the best description for them but basically you have the structure and stability of a SSC but you wrap the straps around you like a wrap. I really want to try one of these. A lot of my friends have one and they love it! You can adjust easier by being able to wrap the straps around you and baby. Mei Tai's can also carry newborns up to toddler( around 40lbs).
|Soft Structured Carrier
These are the main types of carriers you have to choose from when choosing a carrier. If it's possible visit a local store that sells a few different kinds and give them a try to get a feel for them! Or if you have a friend that has any of these ask them if you can try it on! All of these carriers are great for different types of parents, babies, and situations! Finding the right one for you and your baby is simply a matter of personal preference and style!
Have you tried any of these kinds of carriers? Which do you like the best? If you haven't, which would you like to try the most?