I’m a devoted babywearer from way back, and for me, the appeal is convenience, not crunch. Being able to use both hands while still holding my infant securely? That’s pure genius no matter how much granola people think you eat. But the key word here is convenience. If a carrier isn’t intuitively easy to use, or the instructions are overly detailed, then it’s not my style.

The Baby Wrap Carrier from mom-run Picara passes my convenience test with flying colors. Thanks to the clear instructions and the stretchy fabric, I easily turned a five-yard cotton rib-knit wrap into a secure and comfortable baby carrier. The lightweight fabric is ideal for wearing indoors or in warm weather, unlike the heavy fabrics used in most baby carriers, and I know it was comfortable for my son because he immediately settled down and fell asleep.

I can’t guarantee that it will send your fussy baby off to dreamland. I can tell you that you’ll have the use of both hands – to grab the phone or answer the door, or maybe pour yourself a little glass of wine after all those months of abstaining. Ahhh. –Julie

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