Baby carrying has evolved massively of late having been a practice which has transcended the centuries especially in parts of the world where women have large families or go straight back to work after child birth. It is us mimicking nature and animals that have evolved to transport their babies from birth into childhood whilst remaining close to them.
For me, I don't think I would have coped without my baby carriers for any of my childen. Especially this time round with an active 3 and 5 year old and my own business to contend with. Molly is never happier than when she's snuggled up close to me being carried.
She's happy to hear my heartbeat up close once again, feel my warmth and remember what it's like to walk around with me. She's soothed so much by this feeling of closeness that without it I would have been lost.
It's certainly easier dealing with two others on scooters and bikes when I have my hands free and Molly safely stowed in a carrier. It's quick and easy to put on, no struggling to put up a pram in a rush!
Here's me with Molly at the park on a crisp winter's day. I'm wearing my Boba Hoodie to keep us both warm - this is a great new addition to my wardrobe. Its really stretchy so goes over any carrier, it fits underneath my coat on very cold days and looks stylish on its own.
Molly has had a lot of reflux and wind since birth and to be able to carry her upright to expel gas and wind has been invaluable. Carriers are also proven to reduce possetting (spitting out milk that comes back up). If you've got a relux-y baby invest in a good carrier now!
So, the two carriers that I've been using are these ones. I can't fault them. Both are suitable for indoors and outdoors but for me I tend to use my Boba Wrap around the indoors and for shorter walks outdoors and the Mountain Buggy Juno Carrier for our longer outdoor adventures. Here's a short version of what I love about them both.
The Boba Wrap is a wrap-style carrier which is really simple and buckle free. Essentially it's one piece of fabric which is easily fashioned into the wrap. The fabric simply distributes the weight of the child evenly across the fabric. It's a one size fits all piece of kit that is suitable from newborn up to 35lb. The child is always carried at the front. It's suitable for use indoors and out and is perfect for Summer time and warmer climates outdoors. It is fully machine washable and washes really well in my experience. I can't stress enough that this carrier is the ultimate ergonomically designed simplest carrier I know. And there is a massive advantage to that simplicity! For those of you like me looking for something with organic credentials it also comes in a bamboo version.
This is my carrier of choice for the great outdoors or for when chasing other children around! Again, it's got great longevity as it's suitable from newborn through to toddler stage. This carrier has 4 carrying modes and a host of other great features that really do set this carrier apart from the rest. All four modes are ergonomically tested and really do pass with flying colours. So, baby can front face both inwards (when newborn) and outwards (once bigger and neck better developed), baby can be carried on the hip with this carrier and also as they get bigger baby can be worn on the back rather than the front. All in all this carrier is a great investment especially when bought for baby number one. The junior insert that comes with the carrier means that this carrier is the perfect fit from Day One. There are storage pockets for essential items when out and about and also a hood to pull over if you're out in adverse weather (that folds away neatly in a storage pocket).The other thing I love about this carrier are the pockets for your hands which allow you to a. keep your hands warm but b. also to feel that close connection with baby whenever required. It's the gold standard of carriers that grows with your child. It also comes with the most comprehensive guide to how to carry your baby safely and securely at all times in the different positions - really handy if you're unsure like I was as a first-time Mum.
So, whatever stage your baby is at have a really good think about which baby carrier would suit you (and baby's Dad or carers) best. Plenty of Dad's love the feeling of carrying baby around and baby loves it too! All of these carriers are easily adjustable to fit different wearers. They are truly one baby essential item that have been around FOREVER and for good reason!