All the Baby Carriers

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So I was going through all my baby stuff the other day, organizing + such – when I realized just how many baby carriers I’ve used in the past 2 years. I’ve been lucky enough to try out a BUNCH – there are so many to choose from out there and I have to say, they are all really great for different reasons.

I’ve found that each different carrier can be really great at different stages with your little one. I thought it would be fun {and hopefully informative} to share my thoughts on the different brands + styles I’ve tried over the past 2 years with Brooks + Graham!

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I’ll give you the run down in order of my current favorites – First up is a carrier I rarely leave home without -> The Sakura Bloom is a ring sling wrap.

Sakura Bloom is special because it’s crafted from a single or double layer of Belgian linen. I didn’t have this bad boy with Brooks and I’m sad about that because its not cheap. I purchased for myself this when I was pregnant with Graham and I am so glad I did because I love it. It’s so simple to put on super quick, which is sometimes really important. I’ve also been able to nurse on the go with this bad boy, which has been awesome. sling

The fabric is amazing – you can choose from linen or silk – I went with the chambray in Marin because I have a serious grey obsession. The fit is adjustable, one size fits most adults and you can carry your baby from newborn-35lbs. It comes with a detailed booklet with instructions, tips, and many photos. Can’t wait to see how this grows with us as Graham gets bigger! Love this thing, it’s amazing. 
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Next up is Solly Baby! This is an amazing wrap carrier – the fabric is what made me a lover of this brand. It’s light and breathable – Graham doesn’t overheat in this, which is awesome. I didn’t have this with Brooks, it’s another new purchase, but I tried one out from a friend and knew I needed it! It was especially my favorite during the first few weeks when Graham was really tiny but I had to be out and about on the go – he was secure and comfortable in there for sure.

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 I love how easily I could just snuggle up Graham in the wrap – it was the easiest carrier for me to use those first few weeks. It takes a little bit to get used to wrapping a certain way – maybe 2-3 times and it was really easy to just scoop the little one in there, now I’m a pro at it. This carrier is also the easiest to just fold up and toss in any diaper bag. I haven’t been reaching for this as much as it’s gotten colder because I want something with a little extra warmth, but I’m excited to see how this works for us as he grows as well.

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I’ve been a fan of CatBird Baby since the beginning with Brooks. The lovely company sent me two carriers to try out with B and I’ve loved them both equally. First up is the Pikkolo carrier – which has been a real favorite of mine. I loved using it with Brooks and I am loving using it again with Graham.

You can check out my CatBird Baby specific posts here!

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I find that this is my most “secure” carrier – I will put this on when I know I will be carrying G for a long time – if we are out on walks or out shopping, it’s great to strap him up in. He can “sort of” look around and see things if he wants, but at this point he pretty much still just naps. We used frog positioning when he was really small and just started putting G’s legs out the side.

It is meant to use from 8 to 40 lbs., you can use it in four ergonomic carrying positions. It also has memory foam padding in shoulders, which is really comfortable. I also love the hideaway hood/head rest – which I use all the time when the little one is napping. 
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Another CatBird Baby favorite of mine that I got to try out with Brooks is their Mei Tai carrier, which is sort of a combination of a traditional baby carrier like the Pikkolo but it also wraps, so you can adjust for comfort. I love this one but it’s not one I need everyday all the time. I typically leave it in my trunk for emergencies or leave at my parents because it’s nice to have there when I need it as well – but it’s a great carrier for sure!

The Mei Tai is recommended for 8 to 35 lbs., it also has wide, padded shouler straps for comfort.  This one you can use with 4 different carrying positions – face in, face out, hip, or back. 

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Next up is the ERGObaby Original which I was sent to try out before Graham was born, so I’ve been able to use it with him from the beginning, with the newborn insert. This carrier is really great and similar to the Pikkolo – I know so many people love and use the ERGObaby brand all the time. For me, it was a little hard to get used to the straps and putting it on a certain way, I think because I was already to used to the CatBird baby after having used that constantly with Brooks. The ERGO was a little hard for me to put on by myself – but once it was on, it was a really comfortable carrier for sure.

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This carrier  focuses on baby’s weight being evenly distributed between the wearer’s hips and shoulders – so the little one is ergonomically cradled in a natural sitting position. You can use this carrier for front, back, and hip carry positions. 

You can check out my ERGObaby specific post here.

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 The Moby Wrap is a carrier {similar to the Solly Baby wrap} that I used with Brooks. I borrowed this from a friend and we only used it a few times. Not sure why, but the fabric was heavier and was harder for me to get him in there right.

The Balboa Baby Sling is another carrier that I used with Brooks, similar to the Sakura Bloom. I never really felt comfortable with the sling or I just never really figured it out – but it’s the same thing, just different fabric pretty much!
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So there you have it – all my baby carrier experiences thus far. I feel like with my second baby {and both of them being under 2 years old} along with living in the city, my carrier needs are a little different than one might think. I rely heavily on wearing G during the day, because he loves to be held, and because it’s easier for me to do everything, specifically chasing after Brooks when I’m wearing Graham. It works for us and honestly we both love it!
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Now it’s your turn to share – what’s your favorite baby carrier!?

I can’t wait to hear!

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5 Comments

  • Reply neena December 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Nice post! We have one similar to the moby wrap from a cute local brand but I was never a fan of all the fabric. Should have tried more often, but then my son got really heavy at 3-4 months. We loved our ring sling from German brand Hopediz, it’s a thick fabric but always worked great. Now at almost 10 months we only use the ErgoBaby, which I think is great for bigger babies.

  • Reply Leslie Mullins December 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve used sollybaby, moby, k’tan, and ergo but my favorite by far (after baby is about 8ish weeks) is Tula! So comfy and fun.

  • Reply Patty O December 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    All I can say is that baby carriers have come a long way since I used one over 31 years ago. I think the only one out there at that time was called a “Snuggly”, at least that’s what I used. I remember it being pretty decent though!

  • Reply Krista K December 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Lillebaby. Only carrier I’ll ever need 😉 I did try a wrap with my first, but couldn’t quite get the hang of it. If I had the opportunity to try a ring sling with this third baby, I would maybe consider it, but I don’t feel a burning need to buy one.

  • Reply Sara December 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I love my Tula!!

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