BabyWearing for Beginners: Which Carrier is Best For You? (Part 1- Buckle-less)

If you’re new to BabyWearing and you happen to check the types of carriers, I’m sure all of it may appear to be very confusticating, especially if you have never seen or  tried any before.

 I had the exact same feeling when I first came across the concept. I was so unsure of the whole thing and even hesitated to invest in one. Seriously.

If you’re apprehensive too, then this article is for you! 🙂

To make it easier to understand and less confusing, I’ve divided this topic into 2 parts: Buckle-less and Buckled Carriers. 

Let’s just discuss the buckle-less variants in this article to simplify it. I share more about the buckled ones soon.

Types of buckle-less carriers:

1. Ring Sling 

Image courtesy: Soul’s Official Website

A Ring Sling is one of the most inexpensive and widely used options of all carriers. It’s basically a long cloth with rings on one end. The other end of the fabric goes inside these rings, making a pouch for the baby to sit in.

Age range: Newborns to preschoolers

Difficulty level: Medium to hard for beginners. Once you get a hang of it, it’s a lot easier.

Price: Starts from ₹1,500/-

Pros: 

1. If you’re looking for a budget friendly and durable option, this one is for you. 

2. It can be wrapped creatively by those who love playing around with various finishes.

3. Takes less space in diaper bags.

Cons:

1. Slightly more time consuming to use.

2. If you and your partner both plan to carry, take his consent first. Men generally don’t like using Ring slings.

3. Not the most comfortable option to breastfeed. Atleast I didn’t find it very user-friendly. Although it can be used as a cape to cover yourself while nursing.

2. Wraps

Image courtesy: Soul’s Official Website

Wraps are one the oldest types of carriers. They say there are two types of babywear-ers. 1. Wrap-lovers and 2. Others 😝

Yeah, the ones who love wraps don’t opt for anything else. Because a wrap gives the most cushion-y feeling, snug fit and mouldabity like none other. Although I’ve never tried, but I honestly can’t wait to try one. Probably very soon, once I master all the other types. 

Age range: Newborns to preschoolers

Difficulty level:  Medium to hard for beginners

Price: Starts from ₹2,800/-

Pros: 

1. One of the biggest pro of wraps is the fact that they can be used with ample of creativity. You can make bows, knots and finishes that look absolutely stunning. 

2. They grow with the baby. Meaning, theycan be used right from Day 1 until the baby decides to finally stop being worn!

Cons:

1. Beginners may find it a little difficult to wrap, but once they nail it, there’s no looking back. 

2. It takes relatively more time to wear in a wrap. May not the best option while dining out or going to a market for shopping, especially in India, because if the baby insists on coming out of it, wearing it again might be a task.

3. Meh Dai

Image courtesy: Soul’s Official Website

A Meh Dai is a hybrid of a wrap and a Full Buckle. It has a proper body, like that of a full buckle and straps to knot for firmness and sturdiness, like a wrap.  

Age range: Babies weighing 7kgs and above

Difficulty Level: Easy to Medium

Price: Starts from ₹3,500/-

Pros:

1. Its a perfect carrier for people like me and who like the versatility and mouldability of wraps but are to hesitant to try them. 

2. Far more adjustable than Full buckles

3. Takes lesser space in diaper bags while giving almost the same look as that of a full buckle.

Cons:

1. Slightly more time consuming as compared to Full buckles

2. If worn incorrectly or loosely, might cause back ache. Although that’s applicable for all carriers. But I experienced this, hence shared.

3. Might require tightening if the knots get loose. 
I hope you found this helpful. Please like, comment, subscribe and leave some love!

Thanks for reading.

Elina

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