January 16, 2011 (12:45 am)

Review (video) of Babywearing Carriers – Pros and Cons

topics: Babywearing
by Kristen Suzanne

Below are two videos showcasing my favorite babywearing carriers and wraps. I tried to cover some basic information as well as some pros and cons of each. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them in the comment section below. I also put a summary list of the pros and cons below the videos, with links. Remember… these are my opinions. Certain baby wearing carriers can be great for some moms and not for others. It can depend on the size and shape of the mama, the baby’s body and desires, the climate, the way they’ll be used, etc. My review is based on trying many different models, (some of which are not even mentioned in the video – ring slings, Karma Baby – because they didn’t work for us). To save time, I went ahead and showcased the ones I liked the best and used the most.

Wrap (Moby, Gypsy Mama)

Pros: Looks and feels all-jedi-bad-ass when it’s on, very earth mama, pretty, versatile, folds up easily for travel, organic available in some

Cons: Not always easy to use, fairly steep learning curve,  baby sags after a while (although the “woven” wraps might help with that), no pocket

Pikkolo

Pros: great sun shade, ability to wear front/facing out, super cute, rolls up fairly small, supposed to be able to use with an infant but I didn’t try that, multiple positions

Cons: waist buckle doesn’t have a second security feature, no pocket, have to buckle shoulder straps every time you put it on which isn’t super easy, the place where the baby’s butt goes doesn’t feel as secure as it does in the Ergo and Beco, not organic but I use these organic sucking pads with it

Ergo with infant insertErgo

Pros: organic option, easy to use(!), has a pocket, sun shade, rolls up fairly small, infant insert available, multiple positions, waist buckle has second security feature, super comfy

Cons: there aren’t any really… this carrier does not allow for front/facing out, but I don’t use that position much in the other carriers that allow it anyway. Kamea likes this carrier quite a bit, but prefers the one mentioned below…

Beco Gemini

Pros: organic option, easy to use(!), multiple positions including front/facing out (neat to have even if I don’t use it much), waist buckle has second security feature, super comfy and sturdy, can be used with an infant but I have not tried that, it’s Kamea’s favorite.

Cons: the black collects lint like mad, doesn’t roll up very well, no sun cover, no pocket, due to its “sturdiness” it might not be optimal in hot weather like we experience here in the desert.

I forgot to show you (in the video) the cover I have for babywearing in cold weather. It’s very cool, useful, and super snuggly. Here is a link.

What are your favorite baby wearing carriers and why?

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  • elainie

    Question- you look fabulous and I like your nursing tank- where did you get it? Thanks!

  • elainie

    Ever tried a Kozy carrier? That’s the third one I am considering- doesn’t have an organic option though as far as fabric choices.

  • http://www.peacekaleandyoga.com rachael

    We tried a bunch of acrriers as well. The Ella Roo Mei Tai was my favorite. My son hated the ring slings!

  • jen

    thank you so much for posting this!! I couldn't wait for this post – and you did so much work! Thank you – it was very informative for this mama-to-be!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Glad you liked. :)

  • http://girlonraw.com/ GirlonRaw

    Never mind the baby carriers, HOW SMOKING HOT DO YOU LOOK!!!!

    Ok back to business. THANKYOU so much for this. Even though Pat reckons he’s going to be the one wearing our bub all the time – does Greg wear Kamea sometimes? If so which one does he prefer?

  • http://gingeristhenewpink.blogspot.com/ Lauren519

    Thanks so much for this! I only have the Moby right now (same exact one btw). And I haven't even attempted it because I am so intimidated! I def plan on getting the Ergo because I want ton wear it hiking with her once the weather warns up. You look great and Kamea is so adorable! Love you gals!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Love you too!

  • elainie

    I'm a ring sling fan (they are easiest for me to nurse in) and I just got a beautiful BB sling for my new baby but I also ordered a Hoppediz Mei Tai (Hop-tye) because it's so adjustable for newborns but not sure how it will pan out over the long haul. Over the years I've tried so many wraps slings. My other favorite are the Didymos wraps. I used that with my 4th in addition to a ring sling. With the next baby I didn't use a wrap I found the Moby to sag (cause my babies are large /heavy), also tried a Hug a Bub and had the same issue. I like wraps but they are a bit more difficult to nurse in (I nurse on the go a lot so I need a carrier that is very nurse friendly). I might get an Ellevill wrap too because the fabrics are just so gorgeous.I found the more structured type soft carriers to be too bulky for my liking (Ergo and others) but everyone is so different, got to choose what works best.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Nursing on the go … Awesome.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thank you… it's one of those Glamourmom tanks. It's not organic

    unfortunately – I couldn't find that.

    http://www.glamourmom.com/inde

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    No I didn't try that.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    LOL SS Thank you :)

    Yes, he does and prefers the black Beco… simply because it's manly

    and black. But, I'm going to get him one of those Performance Ergos I

    think where the material is lighter, more manly colors, and good for

    hiking and such.

  • elainie

    Okay thanks! There is one that is organic I am going to order (I buy from this company/maternity/baby clothes) http://us.hessnatur.com/shop/p

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thx. I'll check it out.

  • Maida

    I have the same Ergo as you and I really like it. When Amanda was a baby, I carried her in it sideways so that her head was near my left shoulder and her feet stuck out near my right hip. It's probably not recommended, but she didn't fall out and it worked for us. We're at a weird in-between stage now in that it is too far to straddle her legs to use it front facing, so I'm using my Bjorn that I have from my first born. I'm going back to the Ergo once she is .comfortable straddling her legs that far apart.

  • Kaytee

    Could you sew a pocket on the carriers you like that don't have pockets on them?

  • http://ashleysgreenlife.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    Very helpful videos for a future baby-wearing momma! It was great to see you actually put them on and wear Kamea in them…because all I see when shopping for them are pictures, so thank you for that! I've always wondered about the logistics of some of these wraps/carriers and you helped answer a lot of questions for me! Can't wait to try out some of your favs when my little girl comes along! ( :

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Perhaps? I'm not a sewer so I'll have to find someone. Maybe my MIL. :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thank you. I know when I was searching some videos demonstrating them I saw some people doing it with a doll. Useless lol. Gotta see a real baby ;)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Unfortunately it looks very “under-garment” like so I suspect you have to wear something over it. The Glamourmom top I can wear out, as is, with nothing covering it. Still, I like the organic option you showed for wearing around the house. :)

  • elainie

    I know, I will order one anyhow just to wear around house but it really does look too lingerie like for outdoor wear. Will get a Glamourmom top too- I also like the Bravado gathered design on their top as well.

  • http://team-fox.net Bandora

    I love my Ergo, it has saved my sanity for the times that LO has been fussy, I never leave the house without it.

    I also like the Baby K'Tan Breeze for it's breathability in the hot Florida weather but a change in my size lead to it not fitting as well anymore and the in/out is more complex than the Ergo's quick load and go

  • Mccallum Sara

    Thank you so much!! I look forward to your reviews!! They are always so much fun. I have two Ergos. I recently ordered the Ergo performance and love it!! It is super light weight too. I live in AZ also, so I know it will not stay cool for long. Could you think about doing a video about diaper bag essentials or stroller/umbrella stroller review. I am always lost when it comes to these :) Thanks mama for all your help. I am eating better thanks to you!!! :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Oh I'm so glad you like the ergo performance. I plan on getting one for Greg. What color did you get?

    Good ideas… Yes I will ;)

  • http://makingagoodlifeonedayatatime.blogspot.com/ Tararoseconnolly

    Thanks, this was really helpful. We used (and LOVED) the Moby wrap till baby was about 4 1/2 months old. Then she started getting pretty heavy in it. We switched over to an Ergo that my sister had handed down. It is pretty handy and simple to put on. It was interesting to see the Gemini in action… I have been eyeing that one as a back-up. We wear Sadie so much that it would be nice to have an extra when one is in the wash. (or one adjusted to mom's size and one for dad, so we don't constantly have to fiddle with the straps. A lot of people also swear by their Babyhawks–have you had the chance to try one of those yet?

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I didn't use a baby hawk but heard good things. I agree about mom and dad having their own. ;)

  • Shamima

    This is a great review, thank you!! For the pikkolo, they also sell a waistband for when baby gets heavier.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Hmmm. That's kind of interesting? That explains at least a little bit of my not liking the way it currently is I think.

  • Donna

    Hi Suzanne, I recently found your site and love it. I have been a vegan for two whole weeks now and do some raw food as I learn how to make it. I'm sorry for posting this on the wrong topic but was not sure how else to post a question. I am trying to have my first baby and I'll be 43 this June. I was pregnant a few weeks ago but miscarried at 2 1/2 weeks. I'm terrified but trying to stay positive that I will be able to have a baby. Can you recommend any books, websites, medical experts etc? I feel bombarded with negativity from the internet and I'm hoping to find some positive support. thank you

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Hi Donna,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm not sure if you are aware, but we had our own fertility challenges and I blogged about them on my Kristen's Raw blog. Do a search once you're there for: Fertility Adventure. A bunch of posts should come up. My recommendations for books is kind of based on what and where you want to go with this. Why don't you email me and we'll take this off line and I can share more with you.

  • K&M

    We have the Ergo & Gemini. I thought I would like the Gemini more because of the front-facing feature. And, I thought we'd get rid of the Ergo. But, it is not the case. We are keeping both. The safety security feature on Gemini doesn't allow for unbuckling with one hand like on the Ergo. A big plus when trying to put the baby down while s/he is sleeping. If only the Gemini was made with pockets and a safety feature like on the Ergo. Almost perfect.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I'm actually able to use one hand in some instances for the Gemini. ;)

  • http://greenmanolo.com/ Christa @ Greenmanolo.com

    I am a fan of my Calin Bleu wrap, even if I never did get the hang of it frontways. For a back carry, I love it. And I think the woven fabric does make all the difference – I've never experienced a sag even with my toddler on my back for quite a while.

  • Ttsinger

    My wife and I are fans of the mei tai we have about 5 of them. We have one's with a girlie print on one side (for the wife) and manly print on the other (for me). great

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    That's very cool!

  • Tess

    Kristin!

    This is totally unrelated, but I have been wondering for a while now since you are so all natural, etc – what do you use for Birth Control. I am assuming the pill is out. I hope this is not too terrible a question! But I am wondering about reliable alternatives to hormonal birth control.

  • mercedi

    I LOVE my ergo! I have a almost 3 year old and a 11 month old. I love being able to wear my little one on my back. It makes my life so much easier when I need to be chasing around my 3 year old. And my baby loves to be in it. He has never fussed to go in. LOVE IT!
    I had a moby wrap for when he was really little and I loved how snuggly it was for a small baby. But once he got a little bigger it wasn't very comfy on my back and shoulders. That's when we switched to the ergo.
    Great reviews! I think they will help a lot of people since it's such a hard thing to figure out!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thanks. I look forward to wearing her on my back as she gets bigger.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    You're right, I don't take Birth Control pills, etc – no way As of now, we are not in need of preventing a pregnancy, but when the time comes, after baby number 2, we will go back to what we used to do, and that was good ol' fashioned temperature charting / cervical mucus checking. Very reliable and has always worked for us. I believe it's called “Fertility Awareness” and it's just a natural way to prevent (or plan) pregnancy.

  • Jessegale

    Love this review of baby carriers! Just wanted to mention a coat that I have (and love) for baby carrying in super snowy/crummy weather: suse's kinder coat http://www.suseskinder.com/. My baby and I are in NYC and we go out everyday — even the snowiest days — for a walk or a trip to a museum. It's awesome!

  • http://www.todayslesson-theartofbalance.blogspot.com Lauren M

    First of all, I don't have babies anymore and have no plans to, but I definitely enjoyed these well made videos. Kamea is adorable as always and you are a beautiful mommy.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    You made my night. Thank you :) ))

  • Jamielornorris

    Kristin, you look so put together! I look like I'm falling apart all the time since I've had my baby. Who watches her while you get ready in the morning. How do you manage to braid your hair like that and put make up on! I'm lucky if I can get a shower and my baby wines for me the whole time so I can barely enjoy it.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I just give her tummy time on my bathroom floor. :)

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  • Anonymous

     Do you have the K’tan Breeze in white or black? I live in Indiana and we are expecting a summer baby.

    It’s not Florida, but it get’s pretty hot and muggy here too.

    I was worried about white getting dirty but thought black would be too hot. And if you have it in black, does it pick up a lot of lint? We have dogs, so I wondered if the material was slick or if everything stuck to it.

    Thanks!

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