With Baby 3 on his/her way and my first niece due in the next month, I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite baby items. One of my must-haves is a baby sling/carrier. I love baby wearing. It makes like so much easier to have your hands free and be “holding” your baby. Not to mention the perks of not galavanting everywhere with a giant, awkward stroller in tow (I didn’t even bother buying a stroller for Lucy)! But I always have a hard time answering the question, “What’s the best kind of baby sling/wrap?”
Here’s some I love and the pros and cons of each:
The Moby Wrap:
(Daniel and a sleeping Baby Benjamin)
Daniel and I both love using this one for itty bitty babes. They feel so snuggly and secure and the two-shoulderedness keeps it comfortable for your back.
Pros: Very Secure. Easy on the Back. You can make it yourself with some long, slightly stretchy fabric. Great for babies with reflux because they can fall asleep in an upright position.
Cons: Really annoying to take on and off. Also takes several attempts before you can remember exactly how to wrap it. And my personal pet peeve, when the long ends drag the ground in the parking lot when you’re putting it on. Eew! Also, the way it wraps really isn’t flattering on my post-partum lovehandles. Just sayin’.
(Lucy slept through her first Nutcracker very cozily.)
The Maya is one of my favorites because it’s so easy to put on and take off. Once I got the hang of tightening the fabric with the ring sling, it takes mere seconds to get baby in. I also really love the particular pattern of fabric I have.
Pros: Great for a newborn hold or an older infant. Easy and quick to put on and adjust to the right length. Attractive. Great for grocery trips, short walks and errands, etc. Very, VERY durable. I’ve used mine several times a week since Lucy’s birth and it still looks brand new. The “tail” of extra fabric is also handy as a nursing coverup.
Cons: The one-shoulder style hurts my back and makes my shoulder cramp after a long day of walking around with baby tucked in the Maya.
(Lucy loving the mesh sling on her first trip to the beach.)
This is simply awesome for the shower or the pool. I used this to take Lucy to the pool all summer and was able to keep both hands free for my daredevil 3-year-old’s antics while she happily dipped her toes in the water and napped. Lifesaver. Similar in design to the Maya. I even used when we weren’t going to be in water over the summer because it’s so darn hot in Florida and the mesh is breathable.
Be Cozy/Mei Tai
(Toddler wearing Lucy in a BeCozy.)
I was bemoaning that I couldn’t cook or garden with any of my wraps/slings because Lucy could reach out and grab things (making the kitchen especially dangerous). My friend Alyssa introduced me to her BeCozy wrap in a Mei Tai style which allows baby to be carried on your back or in front. I know that technically the Maya and the Moby can be used with babe on the back but it was honestly too tricky for me to figure out. This carrier is awesome for being in the kitchen or other tasks when you need both hands and don’t want baby’s hands in your project.
Pros: Two-shoulder design is very comfortable. Can be worn in front or back. Very secure. Better than the Maya for longer outings when you’ll be doing a lot of walking (I walked with 21lb Lucy on my back for over two hours with minimal discomfort even for my pregnant back.)
Cons: A little tricky to learn to put on. I needed an extra hand to get her on my back securely before I got it down.
So, what do I recommend? I really can’t nail it down to one wrap because each one shines in different circumstances. But if you were going to buy just two, I would recommend the Maya and the BeCozy–one for quick errands and one for longer walks/outings/cooking.
Do you have a favorite way to wear your baby?
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the BeCozy. All other wraps I purchased myself. I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are, as always, my own 🙂