What is the Best Infant Carrier?

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B005U6ZESC” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41G-%2BNEleWL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”tiny00e-20″ width=”127″][easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B000OY539A” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/412p97yal6L._SL160_.jpg” tag=”tiny00e-20″ width=”127″]Carrying baby E was something I knew I wanted to do from the start, it would be easier to keep her right with me, and it would save space in the car to be able to leave the stroller at home. There are so many carriers around, the immense variety can be overwhelming for a new mom, or someone new to the whole baby carrying revolution. I researched the best infant carrier before I purchased my first wrap carrier, the Moby Wrap.

Moby Wrap

best infant carrier

Choosing a carrier with no real knowledge of the process or any experience can be daunting. While I was pregnant I began looking for something that was cost effective as I didn’t want to drop the big bucks, as there was so much else we needed for our new little bundle. I found that wrap carriers are highly recommended for infants, especially newborns. I dug into reading reviews and comparing pricing for the carriers that were readily available. The thing you should know about the Moby Wrap as well as other wrap carriers, is there is a bit of a learning curve. You have to figure out how to tie it to fit your body, and your baby. It can change as the baby gets older, how you sit it on your midsection and how tightly it’s tied, and how the baby will sit in it in general. After searching and searching I chose the Moby Wrap. It was priced right for our budget at the time, and it is gender neutral, allowing for both my husband and I to wear it with no shame, and any subsequent babies can be worn in it regardless of gender. Honestly, my husband wore the crap out of this thing. We took E everywhere in that thing and he always wanted to wear her, so I allowed it! He loved wearing her, and I’m sure all the mommies oohing and ahhing our tiny love didn’t hurt. She went to the grocery store, to doctor’s appointments, to run any and every errand in it! The only real negative about wearing the Moby Wrap was that it got super hot. We took her out and about for 5 or 6 hours in the May sun, and I was a sweaty mess underneath the baby, and the wrap. Though I don’t really think that baby wearing can be an airy way to travel. You are after all wearing another person, albeit a tiny person, against your body. As E got bigger it got tougher to wear her in the wrap, she wanted to move around and throw her body back, causing the Moby Wrap to stretch out and loosen, and it became a hassle to wear her, as I was constantly tightening her.  And so the hunt began for a ‘big girl’ carrier.

Boba 3g

boba carrier 3g

Soft structured carriers are where it’s at in the older baby category. There are several brands out there for mommies that are popular and readily available. I searched and searched for something that would work for me, was cost effective and was available easily and quickly. The Boba 3G Baby Carrier was my eventual decision. There were several contenders in the running and honestly it came down to what was easily and quickly available to us. I wanted to have something immediately, and have our lives go back to easy baby carrying and less junk in the trunk (literally). The Boba 3G Baby Carrier is really great in several ways. It is one of the few soft structured carriers that can transition from infant to baby by just adjusting the way the carrier is worn. I have no experience wearing it as an infant carrier, but other reviews say great things. It has thicker more cushioned shoulder straps than other carriers making it more comfy for mom or dad (i.e. the Boba) and the seat is wider allowing for a larger toddler to be carried safely and effectively. It was super easy to put on too, literally I strapped the waist belt, put E against me, snapped the behind the shoulders/top straps, tightened it and we were ready to go! The Boba 3G Baby Carrier comes in cute colors and prints too! I chose the Lila print, which in the long run may have been a bad move, since it’s not gender neutral, but it was too darn cute to pass up! I’ve worn it everywhere in the past week, and her weight is distrubeted nicely on my shoulders and my back. I checked for strap marks and there was nothing there after 2-3 hours of wear. It is also supposed to be fairly easy to nurse discretely in it, I have yet to try this because E gets super distracted by any and everything when she’s nursing. I will have to try it at home first where there are no distractions and she can focus solely on eating. It also comes with stirrups for baby’s feet to help keep the ideal ‘m’ shape longer, and keep her legs from dangling willy-nilly as she gets bigger. Another reason I fell in love with theBoba 3G Baby Carrier is it allows for front and back carry. As E gets a little bigger I will be able to rock her on my back, she can look over my shoulders and see what’s going on easily, plus I’ve read it’s better to carry a heavier child that way. The back carry will also be awesome if/when I get pregnant with baby dos, as the straps go under and above the belly!

So which is the Best Baby Carrier?

The Moby Wrapfor the price we paid, I feel like it was well worth the money, we got a good 6-7 months worth of wearing out of it! I felt like, and still do feel like the wraps are the best infant carrier, it gives them the security they had in the womb, and the closeness that will help bond you with your new babe. For older babies I really and truly stand behind the Boba 3G Baby Carrier, I’ve worn it for at least a good 10 to 15 hours now, and can say that I’ve had no back or shoulder pain, and E seems to be having a good time in it.

One thought on “What is the Best Infant Carrier?

  1. I love baby wearing! I made very similar decisions as you. We started with the K’Tan and just upgraded to the Tula. Both serve the same purposes as your choices. All in all, baby wearing is the best! I can’t imagine lugging a car seat everywhere!

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