Posted on 09 February 2009
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Baby Hawk Baby Carrier
Have you ever tried a Mei Tai Carrier? They are surprisingly comfortable to wear! Because you wrap the straps around yourself each time you put them on, the fit is always perfect. It does not matter who wore it last or what you had on (thin tee, coat etc) when you wore it last. It’s a custom fit, every time.
Putting on a Mei Tai can be a little tricky at first but is one of those things that becomes second nature very quickly. The more you do it, the faster it gets and the more you realize the many benefits of this style of carrier that allows you to carry your child in multiple positions. This is a carrier that works from day one on into the toddler years, and allows you to carry baby in front, on the side and on your back. No matter the position, your carrier is always perfectly adjusted which is the ultimate key to a positive and comfortable babywearing experience.
BabyHawk carriers are my favorite Mei tai style carriers that I have ever tried because they are so exquisitely made. They have just the right amount of padding in just the right places. They are sturdy and beautifully sewn. As a picky person and former manufacturer, I am a stickler for stitching! These carriers could not be more meticulously crafted.
And then there are the fabrics…
BabyHawk uses gorgeous prints in their carriers, elevating babywearing accessories into the fashion realm. In this particular instance it is possible to both look and feel great at the same time.
Posted on 27 January 2009
Newsflash: Babywearing does not have to hurt! In fact it should not hurt if you are wearing a properly fitted carrier. I cannot think of one that is more comfortable, adjustible and pain free than the Ergo Baby Carrier.
It’s pretty easy in the beginning when your baby probably weighs ten lbs or less. Any carrier that offers any support at all is not likely to strain your back and shoulders. But as that baby grows, and begins to get active, the fit becomes more critical.
What I love about the Ergo carrier is that it is so fully adjustable that it can be worn at every stage and age, and not just by me, but by my husband too. It has a lot of different adjustment points so both of us can really fine tune the fit for ourselves, even though we are miles apart in size and shape. The Ergo is also versatile, offering multiple wearing positions in front, back and even as a side carrier. It can be used similarly to a sling with a newborn, with the aid of an insert. It’s easy/quick on and off with the click connectors – no wrapping and tying, which is great in a hurry. It stays (mostly) adjusted when you take it off so you can get it on and get going in a snap.
Ergo has gone one step farther and has developed a diaper back/backpack, and front pouch carrier that integrate with the carrier perfectly. They attach to the carrier ingeniously and with these added accessories you really are good to go – hands free for the entire day. They’ve even created some “sucking” pads to attach to the straps for those of us with babies that like to chew and suck on their carriers. Extensions are available for the waist straps of the carrier, making it one of the few that truly fit all, even plus sizes.
Ergo Baby has an extensive gallery of photos on their site illustrating the many ways the carrier can be worn. Their site is very user friendly and includes detailed instructions on how to use the Ergo carrier in a multitude of positions and how to use the built in sleeping hood (great for keeping baby asleep and/or out of the sun). Choose from several solid colors and one print or from solid and embroidery embellished organic fabric combinations.
If you banished me to a desert island and I could only take one carrier for myself and my husband, it would have to be the Ergo Baby. I have plenty of fashion carriers that I adore as well, but when it comes to utility and the most bang for carrier buck for the whole family, Ergo wins… Hands Free! I can’t think of a nicer gift to give new parents than the gift of pain free baby carrying.
Posted on 31 December 2008
Are you one of those people that is secretly convinced they are too uncoordinated to sling a baby? Putting on and adjusting a sling can be tricky business! Getting the fit right is very important too. If the fit is compromised, the sling is not comfy. Or safe.
Roundhouse Design Collaborative has made it easier to get your sling on and adjusted in a jiffy with their Roundhouse Carriers. These slings feature a seatbelt-like buckle that snaps together and adjusts with a tug of the belt. It’s genuinely easy to maneuver with one hand. And less likely to mangle your long hair (I live in fear of getting my hair caught in ring slings!).
The slings are very well made in a variety of cute, quality, washable fabrics. The Roundhouse site offers detailed instructions on how to wear your sling. They even have instructional videos that make it easy to learn how to get the most use and comfort out of your sling.
If you have considered slinging but worried about the fit, being coordinated enough to try it, and/or if you wanted to be sure to get a simple sling that would work not just for you but also for your partner or other caregivers – the Roundhouse Sling Carrier is a great one to try.