Category: Slings + Carriers

Our 6 favorite baby carriers and slings, in honor of International Babywearing Month

October is my favorite month, because: hot cider, changing leaves, and sweater weather. And let’s go ahead and add International Babywearing Month to that list of loves too. As a new mom, I had plenty of unwelcome advice from strangers to not “spoil” my babies by holding them too much (which, if you were wondering, is not a real thing), but I just let that roll right off my back. Keeping them close to me was a huge comfort to us both, and sometimes, even now, I miss those months of snuggling all day long. So, in honor of babywearers everywhere, we...

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The new BabyBjörn watercolor collection is a thing of beauty

Okay so maybe we didn’t completely buy those pastel Pantone colors of the year during the winter. But now? Spring! And just in time, BabyBjörn is totally on trend with a new line of baby gear they call the BabyBjörn Watercolor Collection. In fact, I get a little daydream-y just looking at all those icy blues and soft turquoises, and not because I’m jonesing for a new baby to stick in their carriers.  (Though if you have one, I’ll gladly ooh and ahh at you.) Not every color is available for every item. Like you’ll find our highly recommended BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light in...

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The brand new Ergobaby ADAPT had us at use it from birth

Since we’re always looking for anything that will make parents’ lives easier, we’re so excited to break the news today about the brand new Ergobaby ADAPT. While Ergobaby already makes tons of fabulous carriers that moms and dads swear by, the ADAPT is the very first infant carrier offering a custom, ergonomic fit for your child — from birth — all without the need for any extra inserts. Life with newborns made easier? Yes, please. It’s hard enough to get kids and babies and all their gear out the door, so anything that requires fewer parts is a big win for us....

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The Mountain Buggy Juno baby carrier: From the high-end stroller company, comes a high-end baby carrier that’s really worth a look. And a carry.

When one of our favorite rugged, stylish stroller brands, Mountain Buggy, announced they were getting into the baby carrier business, I was definitely intrigued. I knew that keeping up with a baby and a six-year-old of my own was going to require some kind of super comfy carrier, especially with my neck and back issues. So I decided to put the Mountain Buggy Juno baby carrier through the ringer for a few months then report back on my real-life use experience. Turns out, this high-end baby carrier has a lot to offer. It won’t be for everyone, but what it does, it does well....

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3 of the best baby carriers for dads. Because dads are awesome baby-wearers too.

Around here, we’ve always rolled our eyes at people who refer to fathers watching their kids as “babysitting.” Which means we also love companies who know that moms aren’t the only ones doing the childrearing these days. From cool diaper bags for men (that, well, we like a lot too) to terrific baby carriers for dads that run a little larger, more and more baby gear is being designed with fathers in mind. And that’s a good thing — not just because it means he’s sharing diaper duty. As someone who’s worn quite a few babies myself, I like these three baby carriers because they each get high ratings from men I...

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Wearing your baby with even more style, thanks to 4 cool baby carriers.

One of the main reasons I always loved babywearing — besides having both hands free, which is the clear winner — is that cool baby carriers can be a stylish way for new moms to accessorize, especially when we’re not always feeling so fabulous in our regular clothes.  So we went looking for some cool baby carriers to help dress up the new mamas out there, and we’re loving four fun, stylish options we found. They’re great for those of you with newborns or a shower on your calendar. Related: The best baby slings and carriers in honor of National...

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Baby carrier covers that make instant Halloween costumes

Halloween means lots of clever costume ideas circulating for babies, but chances are that no baby under a year–or her costume, for that matter–is going to last long for trick or treating. However the hilarious new animal-themed baby carrier covers from CuddleRoo struck us as a hilarious option for an instant, no-work costume. Because let’s face it, if your infant is still young enough to be carried, most likely you’re not full of costume-making energy these days. Cuddleroo animal baby carrier covers slip right over pretty much any rear-facing soft structured baby carrier–they’re compatible with brands like Ergo, Infantino, and smaller brands like Boba and Tula. With choices like a giraffe, unicorn, lion, dragon...

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The Ergobaby 360 carrier brings in even more Ergo fans. And we’re not surprised at all.

We’re big believers in the benefits of babywearing around here. And now that my husband and I are planning an adoption, I’ve been looking even more into the benefits of attachment to adopted kids through babywearing, and I’m convinced it’s the right way to go for us. So when I found out the Ergobaby Four-Position 360 Carrier now allows you to carry your baby forward-facing, something you couldn’t do in their other models, I had to try it out. I admit I’ve been hesitant to invest in an Ergobaby carrier in the past, even as the designs got more contemporary, because I wasn’t...

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A perfect gift for baby-wearing dads, and their, um, sensitive areas

We’ve talked about baby carriers of all different kinds on Cool Mom Picks, but never before have we featured a product like the Kiccup, a baby carrier accessory that, shall I say, keeps all those cool baby-wearing dads’ parts protected from those dangling and kicking baby feet. My babies never really took to carriers, but in the few times I have worn them, I never considered the ergonomic challenges that dads have to face every time they wear a baby. But when you think about what’s in the baby’s kicking vicinity? A product like this starts to make a lot...

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The 5 best slings and baby carriers in honor of National Babywearing Week. (Though for us, every week is babywearing week.)

The Cool Moms agree: babywearing using a sling or baby carrier can be a real sanity saver and a great way to bond with your baby–and hey, maybe get some exercise or, you know, go out in the world. In honor of National Babywearing Week this week, here’s my picks for our top 5 baby carriers from the last few years. 1. LilleBaby buckle carrier Do you see how versatile the LilleBaby buckle carrier carrier is? Once your baby is three months old and has some head control, you can wear them in tons of different ways to free up your...

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Ergobaby X-tra: The baby carrier we love now with a little extra awesome.

My first son turned me into a hard-core babywearer when he made it mighty clear that he hated riding in strollers or car seats. We’d travel everywhere with nothing but our Ergobaby carrier and a diaper or two. Magic! So my ears perked up when I heard that Ergobaby’s got a new carrier…with even more appeal. Although the size of the Ergobaby carrier was never an issue for my husband or me, we definitely had friends and family who could have used a few extra inches on the straps. And that’s precisely what the folks at Ergobaby were hearing...

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Babywearing dolls? Whoa, the cuteness.

I’ve done a lot of babywearing in my day. A lot. And though my “baby” is a hand-holding toddler now, my daughter still remembers her little brother’s carrier days and wears her own doll babies with pride. While it’s no secret we at CMP love babywearing, it’s not often I’ve come across a really great babywearing doll. I just love the adorable Babywearing Mommy Doll (with equally adorable baby, of course!) from the Freja Toys Etsy shop. She’s so sweet and happy toting her baby around in what must be the world’s tiniest ring sling. And with several hair...

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Swaddle sweetness: a genius new product for fussy babes

It seems like no matter when you have a baby, a couple years later there’s a new product on the market you wish you’d had at the time. If it’s baby time right now in your world or a friend’s, you won’t want to miss this snuggly wonder. *sigh* Oh, how I needed the Zen Swaddle from Nested Bean.  This innovative new swaddling blanket is designed with lightly weighted (the key word is lightly) sections that mimic a parent’s warm, gentle touch and help soothe a fussy baby. For times when mama just wants five minutes of quiet time to brush...

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Sling savvy: we’re loving the LBD of baby carriers

If you’ve discovered the joys of babywearing, then you know that slings can be as addictive as shoes and cute dresses. But now we’ve found a super-light buckle baby carrier that shares the same magic as that perfect little black dress you can pull out of the closet and dress up or down for any occasion. Bonus: it folds to the size of a Ziploc baggie! The BobaAir is the carrier you want to keep in the bottom of your diaper bag or stashed in the trunk. It’s a buckle carrier, which means it’s very adjustable to fit all...

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A new Ergo designed by Christy Turlington helps moms in need

Recently, we introduced you to an incredible company making beautiful scarves that help significantly improve the lives of mothers and women in Africa. Along those same lines, we’re so happy to see that babywearing has also gotten more stylish and altruistic, thanks to a new collaboration between Ergo carriers and model-turned-maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns. Want to know how to to be the first to get one? Christy Turlington Burns founded Every Mother Counts to raise awareness about maternal mortality. Now she’s helped guest-design the Ergobaby baby carriers to support Every Mother Counts, the proceeds of which will...

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Rockin’ Baby Slings, relaunched, and giving back big time

We’ve loved Rockin’ Baby Slings ever since they started rockin’ the baby sling world with their simple, stylish designs that are great for even beginners. And now they’re doing it again with a gorgeous new line of fabrics for their ring slings and pouches, along with a brand new commitment to helping mothers in Haiti. Thanks to their Mother to Mother Initiative, any sling you buy means another will be donated to a Haitian mother in need. Baby slings can actually be the difference of life and death there, where a mother needs to carry her child along to find...

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It’s a baby carrier. It’s a seat. It’s a lifesaver!

What do you get when you combine a comfortable, easy-to-use baby carrier and a portable child seat? The distinct impression that someone should have invented this a long time ago. [don’t miss an amazing giveaway after the jump!] It’s called the Onya Baby Carrier, and it has the ability to make your life easier and your diaper bag lighter. The Onya has all the features I demand in a buckle carrier: it’s very carefully made, with tough seams and safety buckles. It’s comfortable and helps take the weight off your shoulders. It’s cozy for baby, with a darted seat...

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A baby carrier that might be the next best thing to your womb

I think one of my biggest surprises as a new mom was that the baby was a lot easier to take care of when she was still in my big, bodacious belly. (Ha.) Well, here’s a baby carrier that’s the next best thing. [don’t miss a fantastic giveaway after the jump!] The Lulu Wrap by ellemnop is a wrap-style baby carrier that I find especially awesome for brand new babies–and brand new mommies. At first, it simply looks like over five yards of soft, stretchy fabric. But with just a little practice, you and baby will both find that...

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The best baby carrier for a new parent (who’s new to baby carriers)

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by pregnant friends is what is the best baby carrier to get. Okay, so not everyone is going to want a hundred million carriers (as I have apparently needed over the years, ahem), but it’s still tricky for me to pick just one. My favorite answer for mamas looking to carry newborns, though, is a stretchy, comfy wrap that’s easy to use, like the Baby K’Tan carrier. Especially now that they’ve got a great new carrier available. Designed to have all the flexibility and comfort of a typical stretchy wrap, it’s...

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Swaddling blankets for the swaddling impaired

It used to drive me crazy when my son was a newborn that I couldn’t learn how to swaddle properly with a swaddling blanket. My husband could. In fact, everybody else could. Why wasn’t this genius product around then? I could have looked like a swaddling superstar! What’s cool about TrueWomb is that it not only secures your baby into the fetal position, which is how they feel most comfortable at that age, but is also made with stretchy, breathable, cotton, so that babies can extend their bodies and move their arms around when they want to–unlike the traditional...

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A shout-out to the liger of the babywearing world

Fun fact: when you combine a male lion and a tigress, you get a liger. It’s weird, it’s cute, it likes to swim, some people believe it has magical powers. It’s also the biggest cat alive, often growing to the size of both parents combined. That’s the kind of power packed by the half-buckle carrier, a mix of mei tai and soft structured carrier. (Yes, I’m the resident baby carrier geek.) And if you’re looking for a liger of your own, I suggest Baby So Smart. Baby So Smart. is a woman-run company offering hand-made baby carriers from lush,...

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Diehard Bjornies, rejoice

No matter how you feel about babywearing, one thing is certain: The BabyBjorn is a very popular carrier. From the shelves of Babies R Us to the celebrity pages of US Weekly, Bjorns are instantly recognizable even to folks who think a mei tai is an alcoholic drink with a small umbrella in it. Many families are understandably distraught when their baby sizes out of the Bjorn, a time that can come way too early if Junior is a chunk. You’ll be happy to know that BabyBjorn now has a solution in the BabyBjorn Comfort Carrier, a buckle carrier...

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The babywearing pack of all trades

So here’s the dirty secret about babywearing: Different baby carriers work for different people and different babies at different times. It’s totally subjective, and that’s why so many of us have a complete wardrobe of the darned things. But I now have a carrier that I can recommend almost universally, which makes me so excited I could almost scream like a girl. This jack-of-all-trades is TogetherBe‘s new FreeHand Buckle Carrier, available just this week. Newborn to toddler. Front or back. Outward facing or inward facing, all ergonomically designed to support your baby’s body. And it folds down smaller than...

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Hello Baby Hawk, my new love.

I’m so sorry, old buckle carrier, but we’re breaking up. I met someone new. My new love is the Oh Snap! by BabyHawk, and I’m trying to find out if it’s legal to marry your baby carrier.  I’m a monogamous sort of girl, and even though I have two bags of slings for the local babywearing meeting I lead, I always reach for my favorite buckle carrier. And now that’s the Oh Snap! How do I love it? Let me count the ways. First of all, the Oh Snap! carrier is gorgeous, made with high-quality materials and triple stitching....

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Baby slings with a story

I’d all but retired my baby slings with my youngest just turning one, but then I remembered how fantastic and handy slings are for toddlers (hello, hip carry!) thanks to Small Wish. It’s hard to go wrong considering the lovely fabric choices of their beautiful baby slings like my fave, the completely authentic African fabric sling (pictured), the careful construction, and the $39 price tag. Owner and mom Tracy Capobianco originally created these slings as a means to bond with her daughter, and is now setting aside a percentage of the profits to help with their upcoming Ethiopia adoption....

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Baby got back carrier

Caring for three kids under four on my own for more days than I care to think about makes outings extremely difficult. And while I definitely make use of my double stroller, whipping that out while putting my youngest in a baby carrier is a dance I don’t often like to do. Enter Kokopax, an amazing modern take on the traditional backpack baby carriers. You might think that a back carrier is not very versatile for all but the most avid hikers. But the beauty of the Kokopax is that not only can you get your baby or toddler...

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Lillebaby EveryWear Carrier – Have it four ways

I suppose you could say that since having kids, I’ve channeled my shoe obsession into a sling and baby carrier obsession. But with the new Lillebaby EveryWear Carrier, I can retire at least four carriers. Four! This ergonomically designed baby carrier grows with your child. It allows you to hold a newborn baby facing in or out, and then, as your baby grows into a toddler, you can convert the carrier to allow your child to ride on your hip or back. If you add in the sling converter, you actually can hold an infant in a reclined position —...

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Yes Virginia, there is a baby carrier designed for napping

With my first baby, The Nap was sacred. With my second, napping was important, but it was no longer worthy of capitalization. Now I’m on the go with the older two so often that I’m happy if the baby sacks out in his carrier for fifteen minutes.  Problem is, most babywearing contraptions aren’t really conducive to getting some shut-eye. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the soft structured Action Baby Carrier has a sleeping hood. Cradle that drowsy baby against your chest, secure the hood to the shoulder strap (don’t worry, there’s plenty of ventilation), and go about...

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The It Sling: This Year’s It Bag.

According to all the magazines and certain recent ad campaigns of over-the-counter pain remedies, babies are the new hot accessory. Carry yours everywhere and you’re sure to be in the in crowd this year. Or so we hear. So if you’re slinging your tot along to some swanky holiday party or museum benefit, you wouldn’t think of grabbing the stained Ergo and strapping it on over the LBD, right? Instead, allow us to offer up the fur mei tai carrier from Bronwen Handcrafted. Made of black silk dupioni and faux fur which reverses to a beautiful red floral, it’s...

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It’s a (Semilla) Wrap

Considering my son spent the first eight months of his life in a sling, there’s no doubt my new daughter will be enjoying the same comforts. But now that I’m chasing after two other ones, I’m looking at options that give me a bit more mobility, like the wrap sling. The Semilla Wrap, found at CMP fave shop Hazel Wood Children features long yards of fabric that at first glance might send reluctant babywearers running for the hills. But it shouldn’t. It’s not as difficult as you might think to get it on properly, and thanks to the super...

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