How to choose a carrier?
It can be overwhelming, to say the least, to try and figure out which carrier will work for you. That's why we offer regular babywearing meetings! You've got plenty of opportunities per year to get your hands on a variety of carriers to try out and learn how to use. Below is a list of types of carriers we've got on hand for you to play with. Below is not even close to an exhaustive list of all the different types of baby carriers- it outlines the carriers we have for demonstration purposes at our meetings (and some are available for loan to paid group members).
Woven wraps come in all different lengths and sizes and are, by far, the most versatile baby wearing apparatus you'll ever own. You can carry on front, on back or on your hip and there are literally dozens of ways they can be tied! Wrapping can feel daunting at first but with a couple weeks of perseverance and access to the Wearing Wiki, you will fall in love with your wrap in no time! We've currently got a silk blend Rebozo wrap, a cotton Pashmina, a cotton Bära Barn "knot shawl", a size 4 cotton Little Frog, Size 4 Elleville Cotton/Bamboo, and a size 6 Easycare Rainbow #1!
We've got a variety of mei tais for you to try, from the inexpensive Infantino to the mid-range Babyhawk. Some are better for infants, others are better for toddlers! They are pretty easy and quick to tie, offering flexibility in tie-off methods so you can choose where to wear your baby and where to displace their weight.
A quick and easy way to get in/out of the car, and small enough to fit inside your diaper bag! A ring sling is a great, versatile carrier for kiddos of all shapes and sizes. We've got two ring slings you can test out; one is brand new and a little stiff, and the other is wonderfully broken in (it has gone through at least 5 owners) so it's cool to be able to show what can happen with love and repeated use!
Ergo (soft structured carrier)
We have a well loved Ergo for you to try out- considered a staple in most mainstream babywearing households! You can wear the baby on front, on back or on your hip and it looks very much like a back pack. It's easy to work, with a chest clip and a larger buckle at the waist. As you may have guessed, it effectively carries the weight of your child on your hips, so it is a nice ergonomic carrier. An ergo is a great hiking carrier, but while it does hold a good deal of weight safely, a child's legs will outgrow it by 2 years of age (+/- depending on size)