Many baby carriers are created by the one person who uses them the most – the mom – such as the Snugli baby carrier and Pikkolo baby carrier. And the BabyHawk is no different. Eight years ago, Robyn Bellovich had just given birth to her second child and was looking for one carrier that was comfortable while freeing her up to do all the things that moms need to do in a day. As someone who was going to be using this carrier herself, her heart and soul were in it. She wanted to help make being a parent just a little bit easier for everyone, herself included.
Her first creation was a Mei Tai baby carrier. While it sounds like a cocktail you order during happy hour, it is actually a carrier that is inspired by a Chinese design that allows you to hold your baby on the front, hip or back safely and comfortably. The Baby Hawk Mei Tai is easy to get on and off quickly. The main thing is that it distributes the baby’s weight more evenly so you can keep going for longer periods of time.
It is now 8 years and 2 more kids later and as a mother of four children, Robyn began looking for carriers that could accommodate the growing size of her children without having to buy different carriers for each little one. In addition to the Mei Tai she has added a structured carrier called Oh Snap!
Here are the styles of BabyHawk carriers that are available today.
The original BabyHawk Mei Tai – for newborns to toddlers up to 40lbs.
The design originated from a Chinese babywearing method of old that was one of the first baby carriers. It used a large piece of cloth that was brought together with all four corners tied together. The Mei Tai has many different patterns and colors and each one provides three positions to safely and comfortably carry your baby – on the front, on the back, and on the hip. The Mei Tai can be tied to securely fit your body. Sizes go up to XXL with options for longer straps to accommodate a variety of body shapes.
Some of the different patterns include:
- Ahoy! Features a blue anchor on a white fabric carrier
- “Birth Without Fear” is printed in black against a grey background
- Camo – perfect for Dads
- An assortment of lovely patterns and prints with something for everyone
BabyHawk Oh Snap! – for babies 15lbs to 45lbs.
The Oh Snap! is a decked out version of the regular soft structured carrier. It has buckles that adjust at the waist making it easy to fit just about any size person. Top straps easily accommodate different heights, from petite moms to tall dads. The Oh Snap! can be worn two ways, with baby in the front or on the back.
Because the BabyHawk Oh Snap can carry up to 45lbs it also makes an ideal toddler carrier.
There are nine different patterns available for the BabyHawk Oh Snap! carrier, most of them the same as the Mei Tei. You can wash your Oh Snap! carrier is machine washable but it is suggested you spot clean with a wet sponge and line dry.
How to put on your BabyHawk Mei Tai.
Many parents are put off the Mei Tai because of reservations regarding putting it on. Take a look at this video to see how easy it is (with a little bit of practise!).
All of the materials that Robyn uses in her BabyHawk carriers are pre-washed and put through the dryer so that they won’t shrink. The straps are all ample and can accommodate a variety of different shaped moms and dads. She made sure that the shoulder straps are padded for the parent wearing it and put in a headrest for baby’s comfort.
All of the BabyHawk carriers are made in California using 100% cotton chino twill and the softness and extra support comes from a 100% cotton that is used for quilting. Her commitment remains the same and is evident in all of her baby carriers. Parents should be able to keep their baby close to them and both should be able to safely stay close and comfortable for long periods of time.
All Mei Tai carriers are machine washable. It’s suggested to use just a small amount of laundry detergent in cold water and line dry.
A nice addition is the strap protectors cleverly called Oh Spit! A wise investment for anyone carrying small babies.