BABYWEARING 101

WOVEN BABYWRAPS


My favorite of all wovens is my Chococabana; a teal and tan woven wrap.  

You can buy wovens in  differing lengths, differing colors, and all depending upon your height and build and what type of carry you want - front, back, et cetera.  

Wovens offer every option from newborn to toddler! They look like a giant tablecloth; please don't use a tablecloth.  

Wovens are especially constructed with a warp and weft that will NOT stretch so baby stays secure and tightly comforted.  

***Easy to breastfeed in***  
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Watch this amazing mama in Holland "Wrap You in Love."
She explains what different wraps and carriers can do 
for your mama style and breastfeeding journey.  


Front wrap cross carry (FWCC)




Newborn Kangaroo Carry







BUCKLE BABY CARRIERS

BUY AN ERGO BUCKLE CARRIER


ERGOBABY:  Newborn to Toddler Buckle Carrier


I USE THE "ORIGINAL" ERGO BUCKLE CARRIER AND HAVE TWO OF THEM THAT HAVE LASTED ME YEARS. 

They work for mom, dad, grandparents, care givers, and even for siblings to wear baby.

I LOVE THE ZIPPERED POCKET FEATURE.

***Easy to breastfeed in***  
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TULA:  Newborn to Toddler Buckle Carrier
I have one Tula standard. I do not like how it fits on my hips because I have a smaller frame and am short.  It may fit better on larger frames or Dads.  

I prefer the Ergo personally, even though they are both buckle carriers there are slight differences in the fit.  

I keep my Tula for emergencies.  The baby hood is way too small and it has no zippered pocket.  
***Easy to breastfeed in***  
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MOBY:  Newborn ONLY stretchy babywrap
 
I used the Moby wrap classic only when our first baby was tiny - up to ~12ish -  15 pounds, which is not a long time.   

Personally, it is a waste of money for me since you cannot use them after baby is around 15 pounds maximum.  

It is very long and stretchy so you cannot do a back wrap with it.  It is ONLY for a newborn, or tiny baby and after that cannot be used as other things, however the wovens CAN.

I soon realized a woven would hold newborn up to a toddler and was more practical, financially sound, and came in far more colors and patterns. 

***Easy to breastfeed in***  ( . )( . )

BABY HIPS AND BABYWEARING TIPS!


PROPER baby facing inward baby carry
(clickable links below) 
Hip Healthy Products from the Hip Dysplasia Institute (alphabetical list of ergonomic baby carrier companies all over the world)

Baby Carriers and other Equipment (diagrams of baby hip joints in utero and in carriers)

Carrying Babies or Toddlers in Baby Carriers or Shawls (journal article of what to do and NOT to do with photos)

Always face baby towards the adult.
Front carries with baby facing away from the adult are: 
physiologically
physically
emotionally
and ergonomically 
not recommended for proper hip and brain development.  

WHY?

---Should baby become overstimulated there is no respite for baby, too much pressure is put on the socket of the hip joint, and circulation to lower limbs and genitalia may be adversely affected.  

**Proper carries with baby facing Mama/Dad/care giver alleviate all this.**

In the 10 years I have baby wrapped our babies, the styles and themes and types of carriers have changed drastically from only a few traditional ones to an explosion of buckles and wraps and ones with more appropriate ergonomic leg positioning.  

Please take your time to do your research, 
test out a few, and make a choice that you are comfortable with.

Many families have carriers for different occasions; some in the car, some for home, some for hiking, some for Daddy, some for Mommy and some for grandparents or care givers.

**IF YOU WANT BABY TO BE ABLE TO SEE HER SURROUNDINGS, 

CONSIDER A BACK CARRY (LIKE BELOW), 

WHICH CAN BE DONE SAFELY WHEN BABY CAN HOLD HER HEAD UP INDEPENDENTLY, OR WITH A PRACTICED CAREGIVER 

WHO USES A WOVEN, NEVER A STRETCHY WRAP.  **