Category: Slings + Carriers

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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