Some babywearers have one favorite carrier. Others have several that they love. Others, myself included, have specific carriers that we love for specific seasons or purposes. I think of it like a box of art supplies... sometimes, a paintbrush is perfect, other times, you need a charcoal pencil. It all depends on the situation - baby's size, the wearer's size, the length of wearing, the weather, etc.
For example, for that snuggly, wear-all-day, lightweight little newborn, I absolutely love my Moby Wrap*. It is comfortable, you can pop baby in and out for diaper changes, it is soft and snuggly, and it doesn't matter that it takes some tying because you're not taking it on and off a lot, it's staying on for a while.
But for a chunky 2 year old? Well, I could use it, but I wouldn't unless I had no other choice. Having that much weight on my front makes me feel like I'm going to topple over, for one. I know that some think that a stretchy wrap is safe for back carries- I'm sorry, but I cannot agree with that, and here's my post detailing why. For two, I feel that the Moby is just much more comfortable with a smaller baby, for me, that translates into under one. But for those first months, I think it is totally worth it's weight in gold, and the perfect carrier... for that time.
Later, I like a ring sling or pouch for errands (pop on, pop off!) and a ring sling for church (discrete nursing, comfy naps), and a mei tai or podaegi for walks, housework, yardwork, the county fair, etc.
Some carriers can "do it all"... but I would venture to guess that every carrier is ideal for a certain circumstance, and acceptable for others.
What do you think?
Do you have a 'one true love' carrier, or are you like me, unable to narrow it down?
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