Based upon the responses to last week's Mommy Mondays, I thought this would be a good time to talk a little bit about baby carriers.
- Can be used from birth.
- Super cute (because we all know how important that is)
- Very easy to put on - Thatboy is jealous of how quickly I can throw this on since it's just a quick tie.
- Lightweight - this one doesn't have to be retired no matter how hot out it is.
- Can do a high-back carry. I haven't done this yet (I need to practice), but in theory, this is supposed to help Thatbaby see over my shoulders when doing a back carry.
- Great for nursing!
- No sleeping hood. So sometimes I have to drape a blanket over Thatbaby if he's too distracted.
- Long straps are no fun when it's wet outside since they seem to be a magnet for water on the ground.
This was the last carrier we received as a gift. Due to the weight requirement, we couldn't use it for a couple of months, but it was perfect for our first trip to Palm Springs in January. It was a little too warm for the Pikkolo, and this is open enough to stay cool. At 3 months, it was perfect for Thatbaby. Now, at 10.5 months, Thatboy discovered last week that it's no longer comfortable for either of them to wear, so it will probably be retired.
- Lightweight - perfect for summer/warm weather.
- Can't be used from birth.
- Short lifespan - since at less than a year we're already done with it.
- It's a "crotch dangler" - see the way Thatbaby is positioned in the carrier? All his weight is pretty much being held up by his groin area. Despite the fact that doesn't even sound comfortable, it's also been linked to hip dysplasia and other not-so-fun developmental issues when worn for long periods of time. This carrier really only got worn for short trips from the car to the restaurant, or around the house while Thatboy vacuumed, so it's not a major concern for us, but since this is a post about carriers, I do think it's really important to mention. It's much better for the baby to be in a carrier that supports their entire bottom/hip area.
- Not a lot of variety to the carries.
As much as we love our other carriers, we decided to invest in one especially for hiking since Thatboy and I do love our hiking and camping trips. After seeing good reviews for the Kelty (and because H had one), we used our registry completion discount to get this. But it requires the baby to be 7 months old, so we didn't use it for quite some time.
- Built in backpack - with this, you don't need to carry a diaper bag!
- Cool - the baby is kept a little bit away from your body, which keeps him cooler.
- Sun hood - perfect for protection, while still letting him have a good view.
- Can't be used for the first 7 months.
- Not as comfortable as some of the other carriers.
- Not a great place for napping. (Here's a picture of our sleeping baby, hanging out since there's nothing to keep him in and secure)