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I have traveled to 6 countries with my little guy and navigated an international move and a carrier is a MUST HAVE. Even if you aren’t going to leave the house, a carrier enables you to cuddle your baby without sacrificing your hands, i.e. enables chores so is this really a win here? Which kind you prefer is a matter of personal preference but here’s what worked for me:
0-2 months: Boba Wrap
- 1. I was able to nurse in it and baby would nap forever snuggled against me. It was a lifesaver when I was trying to show our house!
- 2. Good for newborns because it is very womb-like
- 3. Makes baby (and momma) feel very snug, so good for hands free traveling
- In the summertime it was way to hot. Little man would come out all sweaty, poor thing.
- SO FREAKIN COMPLICATED to put on. I mean, it’s easy in theory, but it takes a minute and you definitely have to put baby down to get it on and off.
2-5 months: Infantino Advanced Convertible Carrier
- My kiddo LOVES this carrier as he likes to face outwards and see (and touch and grab) the world.
- He can also face inwards and nurse, which is nice.
- Super lightweight carrier
- Breezy and good for summer
- This carrier is comfy on their little legs because it lets their feet hang down instead of spreading them, which can be complicated when trying to nurse because then the baby’s legs are dangling over yours and makes walking up stairs almost impossible for shortish people like me (I’m 5’4”).
- There are lots of straps which can be confusing.
5 months- present day: Standard Tula
- This carrier is by far the easiest to take on and off which is crucial as baby has gotten a lot more wiggly.
- It is very warm and cuddly.
- Also, it’s a Tula so very cute and stylish.
- Nursing is super easy and once baby falls asleep I can raise him back up without difficulty. The position of baby’s legs also make walking easier.
- Little dude can ride piggy back (which he supposedly can too in the Infantino, but we never tried it. Somehow the Tula feels more secure)
- There isn’t an outward facing option for the standard Tula so my kid kinda hates it. He’s getting better (come on kid, this is an expensive carrier, PLEASE LOVE IT), but prefers the Infantino honestly.
- It’s expensive, even used, so maybe try a friend’s Tula to see if your kid likes it
- The straps are thick, which is good for support but bad if you’re trying to also wear a coat (HELLO WINTER WINDS!)
- It is bulky to store/carry around when not in use. When I get more motivated, I’m going to DIY one of those Ninja roll Tula carriers from Etsy.
I also have a mesh ring sling, a mesh wrap, and a Maya Wrap ring sling (well, I borrowed one for awhile). The mesh ones I didn’t really like because they had no ‘give’ so I couldn’t get to where I felt my little one was secure. The Maya Wrap ring sling was cool and I liked it. It was a bit of a learning curve to wear/nurse, but once I got the hang of it I enjoyed it. I would be willing to give that one another go for sure.
Next baby I am going to try the Tula from the get-go and see how he/she likes it then. I think going from the freedom of the Infantino to the restriction of the Tula was a bit of a shock for my little guy, but everyone who tries the Tula’s first seems very happy with them. Now that I have one, I’ll try it earlier. Check back for an update in a year or two. 😉
Best of luck finding a carrier that suits you! I hope my experiences have helped you a little in your search!