Babywearing may seem strange to some people. A Mei WHAT? A soft structured carrier? A size 7 wrap versus a size 2 wrap? What does all that mean?
When my first child was born I had a Moby stretchy wrap. I didn’t really like how hot it was, but there was something about being able to clean a bottle and get it ready while holding my screaming not-quite-as-much baby that left me amazed and wanting to dig in more.
Within the next year I fell into the rabbit hole of trying ALL the sizes and ALL the carries.
A soft-structured carrier, or buckle carrier, can be snapped around the waist and arms and then a chest clip snaps the arm straps around to help secure baby.
Mei-Dai is shaped like a soft structured carrier, however, the waste and arms are tied, not buckled. Sometimes the straps are wide providing more support for baby’s bottom.
Ring Slings act as a “pouch” that can be adjusted using a specifically designed to carry weight ring to adjust to baby’s size.
Wraps appear to be “just fabric,” however the rules for selling tend to be strict, such as being able to carry 300 lbs and woven with care for baby. Although cotton is the most used and least expensive, other blends may include wool, cashmere, camel hair, silk, bamboo, tencel, and even linen. Many brands exist that make these wraps in all kinds of shapes and sizes. On the more expensive side, handwoven wraps can be customized based on colors and weave designs that the purchaser prefers.
The length of the wrap is identified by sizing, with size 2 being the shorted up to an 8. The wraps are measured in meters, generally starting at 2.6m all the way up to 8m. These lengths determine what type of carries (ways of wrapping) can be done as well as what works best based on the woman’s size. For example, a tall and average weight woman might use a size 7 as her “base” for front wrap cross carry (often the first wrap taught), while a more petite woman might have a size 6 base wrap.
All babies are different and they will like different carriers. Check for local Babywearing Chapters or Moms Groups where you can test out carriers. Some retailers will have them available to try out as well.
The Mommy Wrap is a great resource for babywearing! It is not completely hands-free but it carries the same benefit. The Mommy Wrap can also be used with carriers. It provides extra support, keeps mom and baby warm, and it is lightweight. Bulky items can make babywearing difficult, especially during cooler months.
Let us know what you love about babywearing and which carrier is your favorite!
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