Moby Wrap. By far the most universal, cost effective, and comfortable baby carrier on the market. You can use this carrier from birth on up to 35 lbs, which means I could still carry Staci in it if I wanted to (ahem, if she'd let me). A wrap style carrier like the Moby, Sleepy, or Maya wrap is the best type of carrier for a newborn--HANDS DOWN. Put a fussy, tired baby in a moby wrap, walk them around for a few minutes and VOILA!! Happy, sleeping baby on your chest. You can use one of the straps to anchor their head to you and it becomes completely hands free. *con*--it is hot and takes *forever* to put on. OK, only about 30-45 seconds, but when you have a screaming baby, 30-45 seconds is a REALLY long time!
|photo credit: www.wallababy.com|
Ergo baby carrier. One of my favorite things about this carrier is the learning curve--there is practically no learning curve at all. You just can't get it wrong with this thing, and it's SO comfortable. In this picture, Staci is about 4 months old, and you can see she is JUST big enough to not need the infant insert. This carrier can be used as a front carrier, back carrier, or side/hip carrier. Honestly, I hate the side/hip carry on the Ergo. It is useless because one of your arms is left behind the baby and virtually unusable, and the straps dig into the muscles on the side of your neck/shoulder. it isn't comfortable AT ALL. Want a hip carry? Use your ring sling! However, the front and back carries are awesome. Why do you need this carrier as well? You can't use a Moby Wrap for back carries (well, you CAN, but IMO you just shouldn't) and a ring sling doesn't lend itself to back carries, either. There are a few other soft structured carriers similar to the Ergo that also get great reviews, but I haven't tried them. Check out the babywearer for more info, reviews, and other baby carrier craziness.
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I'm sure if I had more baby carriers, I'd have reasons for why I like those specific carriers for different tasks. These are the 3 I have, and I use them all almost daily. I know it sounds extreme, but now that I have two babies, carrying one hands free is a necessity. I'd never get a single thing done without my baby carriers!