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Baby Carriers = Sanity
My oldest girl (now almost 4!!!!) was a very snuggly, “I need mom all the time” kind of baby.
Well, even at almost 4 years old, she’s still a little like that.
I’ve written about how I survived the newborn stage with her, and honestly, it didn’t really turn around until I discovered babywearing.
I also have a lot of time on my hands currently.
So I’m reflecting on things that went well and things that didn’t with my first delivery and first year with my daughter.
One thing that strikes me most is how effective babywearing was in that first 2 years of her life.
Once I discovered the practical side of babywearing (hands-free housework! Breastfeeding on the go!), I also jumped into a magical world of baby carriers that I had no idea would benefit me so much.
Here’s some great benefits of babywearing:
- Instant naps for cranky kids
- Soothing closeness that babies crave = achieved
- Warm baby during winter months
- No stroller dragging in tight spots when I go shopping!
- Momsanity = restored!
The Best Wrap-Like Carrier for The Inexperienced
To be 100% honest, when I started researching what wrap I wanted to buy, I was 100% overwhelmed. I wanted my sanity, and all of my mommy Facebook and BabyCenter groups suggested getting a wrap.
But seriously, have you seen a diagram to put one of those things on?
You need a degree in structural engineering to pull that off (kudos to you if you do it regularly!).
I can’t even tie a bow on a Christmas present without letting people think my kid did it, so in trying to tie a big hunk of fabric behind my back while holding my 2-week-old and being sleep deprived at the same time? I don’t think so.
Enter the Baby K’Tan.
This thing is literally genius to put on. It consists of 2 pieces and is basically idiot proof! I used this carrier until Casey was about 4 months old.
Pros of the Baby K’Tan:
- She nursed in it.
- We went for long walks in it.
- I wore her to weddings.
- It was super easy to wash whenever she spit up on it (which was often).
- It fit into my diaper bag so I could pull it out at any time!
- It was easy to put on and take off for nap transfers to my bed or her crib!
The really nice thing about the Baby K’Tan is the price tag. It’s not crazy-expensive, and when I was ready to step up my baby carrying game, I was able to sell it second-hand and only lost about $10 on the purchase because it was actually in pretty high demand.
Cons of the Baby K’Tan
Some cons of the Baby K’Tan that you should be aware of:
- Once my daughter hit about 15 lbs, her weight caused the wrap to stretch out quite a bit. This could be remedied by washing it semi-often, but it got a bit annoying toward the end.
- I didn’t find this carrier worked as well as the Tula did for her overall baby-hood. It definitely had a time limit on how long it was useful.
- With that heavier baby also came a strain on my back. The K’tan is pretty adjustable, but nowhere near as accommodating as the Tula, which I’ll talk about next.
The Cadillac of All Baby Carriers
Seriously, I cannot say enough about how much I love, love, love my Tula!
Here are some of the pros that I loved so much:
- This carrier is fully adjustable! From the shoulders to the waist to in-between. You can make this thing fit like a second skin. It especially helped when I lost all of my baby weight and was looking a bit trimmer than directly after giving birth.
- No back pain. Even when my daughter reached 2-years-old, I was very comfortable wearing her.
- Front & Back carries. Once my daughter got a little older, she loved being worn on my back so she could look around.
- It’s solidly built. Seriously. It feels like it’s bulletproof. The buckles are heavy duty, and the material, while soft and comfy, is very durable!
A couple of Cons:
- Price. With baby carriers, I promise you do get what you pay for, and this one is a bit pricier. I would encourage you to do some research though, I think you’d agree and still purchase this item.
- Storage. It’s been almost two years since I’ve worn any babies, and I understand there’s some more options available from some great Etsy moms out there, but it was not as easy to pack into my diaper bag. I hear rumor that an AppleCheeks size 1 storage sac is perfect for folding them into, and will definitely test this out once Baby Brother is here!
- You have to buy a separate insert to use for newborns (boourns!). I did buy one second-hand to use for Baby Brother as I definitely prefer the Tula to the K’Tan.
So there you have it! I loved both carriers we used for my daughter, and am looking forward to using the Tula with my son.
We liked the Tula so much with my daughter that we even invested in the Toddler Tula. It definitely didn’t get as much love as the standard one, but it was so great when she was clingy and I had to get housework finished or dinner made.
So tell me… do you have any babywearing memories to share? What carriers or wraps are your favorites?