Carrier Recommendations for Carol
Betty here. I looked over your preferences for baby carriers and pulled together some options that I think you'll like. There's a lot on your wish list and unfortunately I don't think you can get all of them with one carrier, so my recommendations touch upon most of the key features you want.
My first recommendation is for the Original Baby K'tan. This is a wrap which is an all-cloth carrier that fits snug to your body, perfect for those early days of skin to skin. The Baby K'tan is one of the few ready to wear wraps on the market which means you get all the benefits of a snug tight wrap without the hassle of actually tying the wrap. The only downside is that this is not offered in a one-size-fits-all option.
My second recommendation is for the Baby Bjorn One. This is a structured carrier which is a carrier that has more padding and support for long walks or trips out and aboute. Baby Bjoin is touted for being very comfortable for both the wearer and baby.
My last recommendation is for the Ergobaby Omni 360. There are many options for structured carriers, which is why I recommended a second one for you to consider. The Omni 360 is a little bulkier but that's because it has thicker shoulder padding and a solid waistband for lumbar support. It's also one of the few other carriers on the market that has the most carrying positions.
Some things I suggest thinking about if I were you are:
- How important is ready to wear vs. one size fits all? Unfortunately the ready to wear wraps are only available in sizes (to ensure the fit is snug). If it's really important for you to have a one-size-fit-all wrap, then you might have to consider a traditional wrap or a ring.
- Do you want one carrier vs. two? The wraps are great because they fit snug and don't have buckles and straps. However, their weight limit usually maxes out at ~25-35 lbs. If you don't want to buy two carriers, you might wan to opt for a structured carrier like the Tula that can carry your newborn up until 45 lbs.
- How important is the front-carrying outward-facing position? This is the position that allows your little one to be carried in front of you and look forward. Not all carriers have this position available. If this position isn't important to you, there are several other options that have a slimmer profile.
I've given you plenty to think about here. Look it over and shoot me a text if you have any questions. I'm also happy to setup a quick consultation to chat more.
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Baby wearing is a great way to continue bonding with your little one, especially in the 4th trimester. Not only does it strengthen the bond between babies and their parents, but it's also known to aid in the baby's development and decrease the risk of postpartum depression. There are different types of carriers and so many options. Here's more on what to look for.
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|Original Baby K'tan||Baby Bjorn One||Ergobaby Omni 360|
|Product weight||2 lbs||3 lbs||n/a|
|Child weight range||8-35 lbs||8-33 lbs||7-45 lbs|
|Material||100% polyester||60% cotton / 40% polyester||100% polyester|
|Key differentiator||Sized to parent for a snug fit, patented ready to wear design||Slim profile, made of breathable cotton blend||Comes with UV protecting privacy hood and detachable pouch, offered in a cool air mesh for extra breathability, can carry children up to 45 lbs|
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