I am currently pregnant with my first baby and I am starting to research baby carriers for when my little one arrives. I have been looking at different options such as structured baby carriers, wraps, and slings. However, I am having a difficult time deciding which one would be best for me and my baby.
I am curious to know what the benefits are of using a structured baby carrier versus a wrap or sling. I have heard that structured carriers can provide better support for both the baby and the wearer, but wraps and slings can be more comfortable and customizable.
I would love to hear from anyone who has used both types of carriers and can provide insight into which one worked best for them and why. Additionally, if anyone has any recommendations for specific brands or models of structured carriers, wraps, or slings, I would be grateful to hear those as well.
Thank you in advance for any guidance you can provide!
I've used a wrap, a ring sling, and a structured carrier with my three children. I found that my personal preference changed with each child and their individual needs.
When my first child was born, we used a wrap, and I loved it. We used the Moby Wrap, and it was easy for me to learn the proper wrapping techniques, and it allowed me to have my baby close to me while still being able to move around freely. However, once my baby became heavier, wearing him in the wrap became tiring, and I found myself switching to a ring sling for a little more support. The ring sling was much easier to adjust on the fly and could provide the extra support I needed while still feeling comfortable.
With my second child, I started with a structured carrier. The Beco Gemini was my carrier of choice, and I loved it because it provided great support and could be used for multiple positions. I found that this carrier was especially helpful for grocery trips or walks outside when I needed my hands free. As my baby grew, we switched to a ring sling for shorter carries when he wanted to be close to me, and the structured carrier for longer walks or hiking.
With my third child, I used both a wrap and a structured carrier. I would use the wrap when we were around the house, and I needed to be hands-free, but I didn't want to put the baby down. Whereas when I needed to go to the store or outside for a walk, we would use the structured carrier.
In conclusion, what you use can depend on what stage of parenting you're in, the needs of your baby, and your personal preferences. I think it's a good idea to try different types of carriers and see what works best for you and your baby.