HOW TO PICK A BABY CARRIER (Pros & Cons of Each Style)

Picking a carrier for babywearing can feel intimidating, especially when you fall into the bwing world and discover the “stashes” that people have. Babywearing doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In this video I talk about the pros and cons of each option so that you can decide what kind of carrier works best for you. Would you prefer a soft structured carrier like an ergo, tula, or liliebaby, a mei tai like the Infantino or Babyhawk, a woven wrap, gauze, a ring sling like a sakura bloom or maya wrap, or a stretchy like a moby or solly. What are the pros and cons of each and which ones are my favorite?











MY FAVORITE RING SLING(Wearing Ruby Review):







Ana says:

Heidi, What do you recomend for a big baby / toddler. My 18 month old hates the stroller and has always been a worn baby. I loved my moby for when we brought him home from the nicu and got a ton of use out of our ring sling. I did ring sling back carry with him around the house when doing laundry and dishes when he was about a year or a bit older but he is too squirmy now and a BIG BOY at 30lbs. I have a tula and use it daily but im looking for a toddler ssc and was wondering what one you like best for bigger babies or toddlers. I have never been able to get a woven because of price and worried i wouldnt use it as much as my ssc. Would love to hear what you think i should do. Buy a toddler tula?

Katelyn Sanders says:

Great video. I think Irene is going to be a vlogger.

Whitney Sews says:

I have tried a few wraps. Didn’t like the Moby because it was too hot. So I made myself a woven wrap, a mei tai, and a toddler SSC. My go to is the mei tai…use it all the time with my 5 month old and use the SSC whenever my toddler wants to be worn.

Beautiful Beginnings Doula Services says:

Great video! I will share with my doula clients interested in babywearing!

Isabel Smith says:

Your baby is so adorable <3

Amy Jones says:

I love our local babywearing group…it just so happens that Wrapping Rachel is one of the VBE’s and she helped me with my first wrap last summer with my now 1-year old. I just recently got the Ergo Adapt & you don’t need an infant insert with it! Definitely great for hotter climates. I also have a set of sling rings so I need to get a short woven wrap or tablecloth to make a sling with. Great reviews!!

FndngHufflepuff says:

Right now we only have the infantino mei tei but I asked my parents to buy us a Tula for Christmas

Jane York says:

IRENE! <3 Great, informative video but I’ll admit I was happily distracted for a large part of it lol

Becky Edwards says:

OMG Irene’s so cute! Her facial expression at 14:01 had me cracking up!

Ebone Cardenas says:

Wonderful video love the pic inserts really gives a good idea of how they will fit. I had a Becco the first time around and my cousin has it now for this second baby I’m going to get a mei tie.

Laura Bush says:

omg, Irene was so cute and sweet. I think she is a vlogger!

Dina Noor says:

i think irene wanted give reviews on her babywearing too

Angelica Ingersoll says:

I love how vocal your little one is!

NOWis theTIME says:

Awww! Baby wants to host the show!. Lol

Bridget andBump says:

I remember watching babywearing videos when I was pregnant with Jacob and could never understand why people had so many! My son is 2.5yo and we own 4 carriers and I’ve found its so easily done without even trying to have a stash! My most recent purchase is the ergo adapt and it has been awesome, I’m looking forward to trying it with baby #2 as well and I love how easy it is to adjust. Did you babywear much when you were pregnant with Irene?

Bea chantel says:

I love how your baby steals all my attention during this video. So cute!!!

Stefani West says:

Heidi my 4 mo old LOVES you. She is in her jumper and when your videos come on she just laughs, and talks and starts bouncing like crazy. Wish you could see it. You’re a favorite in our house. :)

Miriam Mince says:

Thanks so much for this video! I heard you mention that infantino is putting out a soft structured carrier. If you get a chance to try one out, I’d love if you could do a review on it! I’m a second time mom, and I’ve tried a few different carriers, the boba wrap and the infantino mei tai, and I like them but now that my little girl is getting bigger, I feel like I need something with more support. I can’t afford the more expensive brands like Tula and Lillebaby, so something similar would be great! Btw, Irene is just adorable! My little girl was born just a couple of weeks after her, and it’s been fun to see another little around her same age❤️

Deeba Troha says:

OMG mommy, i loved your presentation, HOWEVER LOVED LOVED the impromptu star of your show Adorable…..

The Sweetest Vegan says:

I’ve always wanted an expensive woven wrap but I was given a Moby and it has worked so far. And she’s 1 and about 25 pounds. We also use an old wrap/scarf that I just had around the house. I’ve also been away from home and used a towel.

Christine James says:

I have shoulder problems and my mei tai killed me. I am waiting for my Tula I just ordered, tried an ergo and did not care for it. My Question is have done a lot research and I am finding some conflicting information the standard Tula say up to 45lbs and I read that they are only recommend until 2T pants others say you do not need a toddler carrier as long as they do not out weight it that they just may be more comfortable? My frugal nature is hoping this one will last me a long time

Mollie Devenbaugh says:

This was a great informative video. Thank you!

Zul Steadman says:

Thank you for this video ! You explain everthyibg so well and put it in perspective.

Lea Hildebrandt Rossander says:

Oh, my – your baby is absolutely adorable!! – and really nice walkthrough of the various options for babywearing too 😉

Lauren Pina says:

The Baby Bjorn One Carrier is a massive improvement over the previous Bjorns. I’m a nanny and also work at a baby/children store. I’ve used the old Bjorn with the little guy I nanny for and tried the One and others at the store. Much wider seat and significantly more back support.

But my most common recommendations when I’m working with parents is usually the Gemini because it’s one of the simpler more user friendly ones.

Stephanie A says:

Heidi. great video. Thank you. I don’t think you said which one is your ultimate favorite though? You mentioned your husband likes Mei Tei, but what about you??

Somos más que dos says:

Great video!! but the narrow base ones are not ergonomic, they can be harmful to babies hips. And you should never wear baby on front either

kreakyfrog says:

all back carries should always be for babies that are sturdy .. sit up unassited… never before… meaning 5 m +

FutureMommyQuiera says:

I also want to say that your toddler getting older doesn’t make baby wearing impossible. My 2.5 year old is still regularly worn, I just bought a toddler kinderpack since she’s getting a bit big for our standard (especially since she enjoys being worn arms in). In her life, we’ve used an Ergo, a Tula, a Moby, and now two Kinderpacks. Love them all, the wraps are great for squishes, but KP is by far my fave!

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