Feb 5, 2012

Adventures in Babywearing (& Reviews)

I  knew before I had my baby that I wanted a sling to help keep baby close and let me do other things at the same time. I wanted one that I didn't have to adjust or tie or anything complicated like that. I was given a hotslings pouch sling, which I had registered for at Target.  I also wanted a cheap option because I knew they could cost a lot and I didn't want to burden my relatives.  I used the sling only a few times because I could never really get Tubby or myself comfortable in it. I had hoped it would help me breastfeed but the pouch just didn't have him positioned well enough for it.  The pouch didn't stretch so Tubby sat too high when he was bigger and too low when he was newborn.  Most of the time I just  plain forgot about using it. Here we are one of the few times I had Tubby in my hotslings pouch sling. He got super chubby from all that breast milk. I stopped using it completely shortly after this; I think he was about four months old.

I looked around for another alternative. I was lucky enough to find the HugaMonkey organic sling; bonus, it was cheaper then my first sling! It was stretchy because of the organic fabric but also had a wider fabric style so it could accommodate a larger baby. I got the XS size after contacting the company to see how the sizes worked out. I usually opt for the smallest size for myself because I am fairly thin and just about 5"4'. I was very happy with my decision. The HugaMonkey sling allowed me to breastfeed comfortably and also fit Tubby a lot better. I used this sling for over a year; it went on vacation with us.  Whenever we went anywhere my baby was happily snuggled and secure. Here we are waiting at the airport for our night flight to Sweden. I was hoping he would be lulled to sleep next to my chest but that plan failed miserably.
When Tubby got too heavy for the pouch sling I did some research and decided we needed a backpack carrier. Enter boba.  It was perfect. It literally resembles a hiking backpack with padded straps, a chest clip and a padded hip/back supporting waist belt.  I could not believe the relief and comfort of putting my heavy toddler in this carrier and walking around like a weight was lifted off my (one) shoulder. It was fantastic. Tubby loved it and I had tremendously more freedom of movement.  We have used it around the house so I can get cooking or chores done when he is cranky. We have also used it on walks to Target or the library, both in warm weather and recently in the snow. Here is a picture of my sister using it. I don't think there is a single picture of me using the boba carrier because it is usually during the day when I am home alone.
Have you ever used a baby carrier or considered using one? Did my information help you find out more about carrier choices? I hope you at least got an idea that there are many types available and that you may need to have several different types as your baby grows and changes.


  1. HI! Stopping by from the Super Stalker Hop.
    I have a Cuddly Wrap and love it despite the fact that it can be a pain to put on b/c of the wrapping and tying.


  2. Found you via Super Stalker Sunday, New Follower, Hope You'll Follow Back!


    these sound great! I have never used one and have never thought about it before now, Thanks for the post!

  3. i used a sling with all my babies..that was the only happy way to get things done!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  4. my daughter in law used one with our grandson and loved it

  5. I think the Boba carrier would work well for us. We've tried a slink but didn't love it.

  6. We never got into babywearing, but with baby #2 here, we need to change that! The Boba seems like a great option for both Mom and Dad.

  7. Laura P8:57 AM

    I'm expecting our first now, so I don't have any experience. But it seems like babywearing is the way to go! You get to bond with your baby while having hands free to do other things! We have a hotsling, so we'll see how that works. My friend raves about the Mai Tai carrier for her son. I've also heard great things about a Boba.. seems like a good option for an older child!

  8. I'm thinking about one of the Mai Tai style slings. They seem easy to use, at least on the youtube videos!

  9. Tracy Dennison7:55 AM

    I use a Mei Tai type carrier and love it. We are saving fore either a Boba or Ergo.

  10. Kylie M.12:42 PM

    Not sure how I feel about baby wearing but my sister loves it.

  11. I just received a Tula and have not started using it yet but am excited to.

  12. I definitely want to babywear once baby gets here but I haven't picked a carrier yet. There are so many to choose from - it's a bit overwhelming. Not yet sure if I will get one before baby arrives or wait until after...


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