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What You Need to Know about Baby twin carriers

Twin carriers are a necessity If you’re expecting twins, or are already the proud parent of two identical or fraternal twins, you may be searching for the most affordable, safe and comfortable twin baby carriers. When it comes to choosing these important baby accessories, it’s all about searching for quality.

Some baby twin carriers manufacturers have strong and positive business reputations, because they provide consumers with durable, reasonably-priced designs that are safe for baby and comfortable for Mom, Dad or babysitter. In order to help you learn what you need to know about these types of products, we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide.

When you follow our tips, you’ll be able to find the perfect design, for a price that really fits your budget.

 

Know Which Style twin carriers are Available.

Baby twin carriers come in a variety of styles, such as twin baby slings. These designs may also be called ring slings, and they are front-carrying designs which offer superior comfort. Typically, these sorts of slings will support weights of up to 35 pounds, so they are good choices for newborn twins. Twins will be able to ride around in these adorable and practical slings until they weigh about 17.5 pounds each.

 

Baby wraps are other popular twin carriers design which are utilized by parents of twins. These wraps put babies in front, centered upon the carrier’s body. The weight of your twins will be well-distributed, in order to provide optimum comfort as you tote your beloved infants around. Wraps may take a little practice to use. However, most parents and caregivers quickly master the art of wrapping the carrier properly.

Backpack twin carriers are a lot like typical camping rucksacks. They put twins behind you, and they have more structure than ring slings (baby slings) or baby wraps. These baby carriers are best for older babies who are able to sit up by themselves. Simple to use, these twin carriers are also easy on your back, because they ensure good weight distribution.

Now that you know the most impressive and sensible baby twin carriers, you’ll be ready to decide which are best for you. By checking out these various styles, you’ll be one step closer to making a purchase that works with your needs. Always consider your twin’s weight, state of development and so on, before deciding which carriers offer the most benefits for the price that you will pay.

Check Product Reviews.

Choosing the right type of baby carrier will be simpler when you check product reviews. Because real-life parents and caregivers leave lots of product reviews online, at review websites there are plenty of ways to find the vital feedback that you need. Once you’ve checked out a few designs which may work for you, it’s time to see how they measure up in the real world. If baby carriers get rave reviews from parents and babysitters, they are likely to be manufactured by good companies that really care about the safety, comfort, ruggedness and reasonable prices of their designs.

Select a Reputable Online Retailer.

If you’re wondering whether or not to shop online, you should know that ordering your preferred baby carrier via the World Wide Web will be a great way to save money, while also enjoying all of the ease and convenience that online shopping is known for.

Because online retailers are able to operate with lower overhead (in most cases), they are often able to pass on the savings to their valued clientele. When you select a great retailer via the Web, you’ll save money, and you’ll also be able to order what you want from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

So, why shop the old-fashioned way?

Certain valuable online resources, such as http://www.slingmemommy.com/, provide excellent advice about the right products. Be sure to utilize Slingmemommy.com if you’re interested in finding the perfect baby carrier for your needs.

As you can see, there are a few things to consider before purchasing baby carriers. You need to decide on the most appropriate style, whether the front facing baby carrier, soft structured carrier or others. And you need to ensure that real-life customers get superlative value from the styles that you’re considering. This is best achieved through the checking of product reviews. Lastly, you need to choose a reputable online retailer such as Amazon.

Now that you’re ready to shop online for a baby carrier, you’ll be prepared to make the most of your purchase. Once you’ve received your new design, your cute little twins will be able to enjoy being carried by you and others, any time of the day or night. Because almost every baby loves being toted around in this manner, it’s such as great way to bond, and it’s also so practical. Run your errands, get some exercise and fresh air, and enjoy some meaningful moments with your twins, by selecting the right product today.

 

Toddler Carrier

Okay, your little one is not too little anymore. No longer an infant, your baby has grown into a toddler. Too big to be considered a baby anymore; he or she is still young enough to want to be carried around. And even when they are old enough to walk around, it’s so much easier to have them strapped on you safe and sound in some form of toddler carrier. Running around after a child in a store just ends up taking twice as long to get things done and it’s not enjoyable for you or your child. Luckily, there are many carriers for toddlers. This way you can still have your child close to you and they can still take in all the sights and sounds of the world without getting into any trouble.

Before we take a look at some of the best carriers available, perhaps we should ask ourselves exactly what it is we are looking for in a toddler carrier? The official definition of a toddler is a child between the ages of one and three years old – the age at which they start to ‘toddle’ and then walk. The average 3 year old will weigh approx. 35 lbs so any carrier which holds a child of 40 – 45 lbs will certainly cope with any toddler and even a little beyond that.

Your choice of toddler carrier.

The BabyHawk Oh Snap! will carry a child weighing up to 45 lbs and comes in a whole range of various colors and patterns. Not only is it flexible for the size of your child, it is also possible to adapt the straps to cater for small to large parents too.

The Ergobaby Performance Collection carrier will carry your newborn (using an insert) right up to when they are 45 lbs in weight. Like all the Ergobaby carriers it is ergonomically designed to be comfy for you both. It can be carried on your front, back or hip.

The Boba baby carrier range includes the Boba Air which will carry babies and toddlers up to 45 lbs. This is also available for various sized parents and will fold up for easy storage.

The Union from the Infantino baby carrier range will take you far as it can accommodate your baby from 8 pounds up until he or she reaches 40 pounds. Your child can ride facing you on the front or backpack style. The ergonomic design gives you and your child enough comfort that will let you both go all day without a hitch. The padded back and head support keep baby happy and the super wide padded shoulder straps help absorb some of the shock from walking keeping mom or dad happy.

The Pikkolo baby carrier can be worn in four various positions – hip, back or on your front facing either in or out. It comes with a detachable sleeping hood and is for babies and toddlers up to 40 lbs.

If you are looking for a hiking baby carrier which can be used as your child becomes a toddler then it is worth looking at the Kelty baby carrier range. The Kelty Junction 2.0 is a mid range carrier which carries up to 40 lbs in total weight. As with any toddler carrier of this sort, you do need to determine what you intend to carry. Whilst it doubles as a rucksack with lots of available pockets and compartments, remember that the 40 lbs refers to the total weight – not just that of your toddler.

A hip seat carrier is a perfect solution for carrying kids up to about 3 years of age. Unlike the above this is no toddler carrier for long walks but is ideal for short journeys where ease and convenience are the key. While not completely hands free it is so easy to pick up and put down your toddler as necessary.

Toddlers and beyond…..

The following products are not what you would consider to be ‘normal’ baby wearing products. While each is a perfect toddler carrier they are also ideal for carrying your child for several years after that…

The Piggyback Rider is a clever idea which allows you to carry a child of up to about 7 years old or 60 lbs in weight. He / she can stand on the sturdy foot bar, hold on while peering over your head or shoulder, and still be securely strapped to you. It folds down to the size of a towel when not in use.

And then we have this Saddlebaby baby shoulder carrier. We can all remember being carried this way as children ourselves – but now we as parents can do it safely and in comfort. The foam seat is comfortable for both parent and child while the Velcro straps mean that you can carry safely and securely while hands free. This child / toddler carrier can be used for very small children upwards depending how long you want – and are able! – to carry them.

Baby Doll Carrier

Your little one is growing up. They have watched you and wants to be a good parent just like you. With the positive experience of being held close to you in baby carriers through their life, they wants to do the same for their “baby.” If you want to give your little boy or girl the same joy you felt carrying them close to your heart, there are several companies that have created a baby doll carrier just for little children who like to play mommy or daddy.

These are also a wonderful way of including older siblings in the whole process of having a new baby. They can take care of their own baby while mom and dad also care for their little brother or sister.

Of course a baby doll carrier can just as easily be used for teddies or other soft toys. Below are some of the baby doll carriers on the market.

Which is the best baby doll carrier?

Ergobaby has a Doll Carrier that is just like mom and dad’s. It is just the thing to make your son or daughter feel like a big girl or boy as they takes care of their baby just like you. It’s the perfect gift for any child who is now in the position of big brother or sister. This carrier can be worn in the front or in the back like a backpack. These mini ErgoBaby carriers come in a fun giraffe print, zebra print, galaxy gray or mystic purple and have a nice pocket in front to stash other toys and goodies.

AmericanGirl has a Bitty Front Pack that is made to accommodate the Bitty Baby from their doll collection. The pretty-in-pink carrier has an embroidered heart-shaped flower on the front. The Bitty Baby should be placed in the carrier facing inward. The shoulder straps adjust in the back and criss-cross to get the best fit.

Another option for those with the Bitty Baby doll is the Starry Front Carrier. The giant pink star has an embroidered heart on the front and is made from a soft material with adjustable straps. It’s a very simple carrier and lightweight enough even for the smallest child to wear.

The Boba Mini was created just for little girls to carry their dolls or toys around. This child’s version of the Boba baby carrier matches the company’s real adult carrier from its Classic Collection. It comes in 8 different colors and patterns and is great for a little boy as well.

A sweet little baby doll carrier created for dolls is the Baby Carrier Luca which is simple and lightweight. It has a Velcro closing and comes in an adorable blue print, lined in pink, and has a pale green panel in the front where the doll’s legs go. It has a cute little butterfly adorning the front.

Mattel not only has a baby doll carrier, they have the doll and all the accessories that make her as close to a real baby as possible. The Little Mommy Laugh & Love Baby Doll is interactive and you can feed her, play with her and she even can make sounds and phrases. The carrier is worn on the front with baby facing inwards or outwards.

Snuggy Baby sells regular baby slings so it was the natural transition to baby doll slings. Made to carry your son or daughter’s baby doll, sometimes kids tend to pack it up with some of their favorite things. The carrier is made in the pouch style making it so easy for little ones to put on and take off by themselves. Your little girl or guy can just put it over her head and put in her doll or toys. You don’t have to worry about straps or buckles or any kind of adjustments. It measures 18” by 14” and is great for kids up to 5 years of age. There are many different colors and patterns to choose from. It is not meant for small animals (children do tend to take a good idea a little too far sometimes!).

The Beco mini can be worn on the front or the back and is modelled on the adult Beco baby carrier.

This Moby Wrap mini is another big name brand made for big brothers and sisters. This baby doll carrier comes in a huge range of colors – olive, black, burgundy, forest, indigo, moss, natural, navy, red, sand and sky.

And not only can you purchase toy doll carriers, it is also possible to find branded doll strollers, such as the one in the Chicco umbrella stroller range.

 

Hiking Baby Carrier

If you’re an active mom or dad who loves the outdoors then you will want to share your love of nature with your little one. So you should look for those baby carriers that are designed especially for hiking. Each hiking baby carrier will incorporate all the safety and comfort functions for baby and parent so you both have an enjoyable experience.

What makes a hiking baby carrier?

There is no actual definition to this – it depends what you are looking for. But generally a hiking baby carrier should:-

  • be weatherproof / waterproof.
  • be lightweight.
  • include (or have available) weather protection for baby – sun visor, rain cover etc.
  • have plenty of storage space.

Of course you will have your own priorities depending upon your circumstances. For instance cost, age of your child and how exactly you intend to use it. Week long treks in the wilderness? Or the occasional walk in the park?

An important point to consider when making your choice is the total carrying weight. Most hiking baby carriers are meant also to be used as a backpack – so lots of pockets, compartments, loops etc. So consider your intended load – the weight of your child and the items you expect to be carrying. Many of these products can be used not only as a baby carrier but also as a toddler carrier. But this will affect what else you are able to (safely) carry on your journey.

All the below products come highly recommended.

Which hiking baby carrier?

Kelty are a well known manufacturer of quality camping, hiking and outdoor products. Each Kelty baby carrier within the range is of exceptional quality:-

Deuter offers the KangaKid, which is a sturdy carrier that is made of nylon making it lightweight and resistant to rain. It can fold up and fit in the overhead compartment of a plane and is comfortable and secure for moms, dads, and little ones.

The KangaKid Sunroof is made for this carrier and is sold separately.

Another backpack carrier from a well known brand is the Smart Support Backpack from the Chicco baby carrier range. With an aluminium frame and waterproof canopy with sun visor and detachable rain cover, it is padded with energy absorbing lumbar padding. A kickstand make for easy loading and unloading and creates a stand alone chair.

The Onya Baby Outback carrier is a soft structured carrier which can be carried on the front, back or hip. It comes in 4 various colors and is perfect for newborns up to toddlers of about 45lbs. For those long walks there are pockets, toy loops and D-rings for keys etc. while a tuck away sun protective hood protects baby. It is waterproof and durable with a mesh lining keeping both parent and baby cool.

A very novel touch is the integrated seat which will fit almost any chair. Ideal for when you stop off on your way for something to eat or drink.

The Phil & Teds Escape baby carrier is made from durable and washable fabric. It is ultra comfortable for parents and children from 3 months to 3 years old, with a moldable head and neck support and 5 point adjustable harness. It has a lightweight aluminium frame, removable wind and rain cover, sun hood, plenty of pockets and a water bladder compatible sleeve for those long and thirsty treks. The large storage compartment can be zipped off and carried by a hiking partner as a day pack in order to share the load.

The Osprey Packs Poco hiking baby carrier is the entry level carrier in the range. Like all the Osprey range there is an abundance of pockets, mesh panels and compartments and is easy to adjust for size of baby. It has an aluminium frame and ample padding with child’s foot stirrups. There are several additions you can buy such as a sunshade or raincover, and the Daylite extra clipon carry compartment. Higher grade carriers within the range include the Poco Plus and Poco premium.

 

Front Facing Baby Carrier

If there is one topic guaranteed to create a lively debate on any baby wearing forum it has to be that of the front facing baby carrier. Why? Well there have been several ‘reasons’ put forward against the practice but no scientific proof (as far as we are aware!). However – there are certainly many industry experts who are adamant as to the health problems which can be caused.

Let’s take a closer look at the whole subject. Is the forward facing baby carrier good or bad? These are the usual arguments …….

“The front facing baby carrier causes hip problems.”

Is this true? As already mentioned – there is no scientific evidence to support this statement. Which of course doesn’t mean that the statement is untrue – simply unproven.

However – common sense tells us that if baby’s legs are hanging down in an unnatural position this cannot be a good thing. This would apply regardless of the direction your baby is facing. So called ‘crotch danglers’ in which a thin strip supports the crotch but not the legs must be uncomfortable for your baby at the very least. It would seem to be generally accepted that baby is most comfortable when sitting in an ‘M’ position (where the knees are at the ‘tops’ of the ‘M’). This is often known as the ‘froggy’ position.

Which would seem to make the question of hip / leg problems almost academic!

Our opinion – A good quality, well designed carrier such as the Snugli baby carrier range which supports baby and in which he / she seems comfortable is unlikely to cause future hip problems.

“The front facing baby carrier causes baby’s back to arch.”

This statement hardly needs scientific investigation! Yes it can be seen quite obviously that baby’s back is arched uncomfortably – in a poorly designed carrier! This particularly applies when using a simple form of sling.

Our opinion – Our answer here is very similar to the previous one. A parent knows their own child and knows when baby is uncomfortable. A quality product with the correct insert or padding such as an Infantino baby carrier will cause no problem whatsoever.

“The front facing baby carrier is over stimulating.”

In other words – baby can see too much of what is going on! Is this really a problem? For some babies yes it is. For others it is a problem if they can’t see what is happening around them. Babies are people with their own personalities and their own likes and dislikes. For every baby who cries because he / she can’t see mom, there will be another who cries because they can’t see in front!

Our opinion – This would seem a senseless argument which is just bandied around as additional fuel for those who are anti the front facing baby carrier.

“The front facing baby carrier is bad for newborns.”

Again – we need no scientific tests to tell us this! Until baby can support his / her own head then this type of carrier is a definite no-no! It is suggested that the neck muscles are developed enough by 4 months old to hold up the head.

Our opinion – 4 months is simply a bench mark figure. Don’t consider using a front facing baby carrier until at least 6 months old.

“The front facing baby carrier is bad for mom & dad’s back.”

Certainly this is a carrying position which creates a center of gravity which is further from the parent’s body. It also allows baby more freedom to kick or move which in its turn can move that center of gravity. Not enough to make you fall over but enough to put extra pressure on your back.

Take a look at the picture to the right. You can see how mom is having to lean back slightly to account for the weight of baby at the front.

And let’s not even talk about how baby’s legs are hanging straight down! A perfect example of poor design!

Our opinion – it’s your back!

So why and where did this fuss begin????

It’s difficult to say exactly. An eminent German expert – a Doctor Kirkilionis wrote a book in the 1980′s upon the subject which caused quite a stir. In this book she stated unequivocally that the front facing baby carrier caused future health problems in babies. She was probably right at the time she was writing, when a simple home made sling was the norm. Today the research, development and design of the modern baby carrier has corrected any problems which may have once existed.

Added to that is the fact that we are a society that cares very deeply for our children (admittedly – what society doesn’t?). Anything which may be deemed ‘cruel’ or ‘uncaring’ is likely to attract attention and comment. Whether or not the facts are true or totally groundless won’t stop the debate!

And lastly – we have to ask ourselves if it may be in the interest of some parties to support the ‘front facing baby carriers are bad’ theory? For instance – Boba published a blog page a few years ago which fuelled the fire, regarding how ‘bad’ these carriers are. And there are of course no forward facing carriers within the Boba baby carrier or Boba wrap product range. Is this because they refuse to trade in such a ‘bad’ product? Or because they are using an existing rumor to promote the range they already have?

Our Conclusion.

It would appear that the front facing baby carrier isn’t quite as ‘natural’ as other forms of baby wearing. Facing inwards and cuddling up to the parent is reminiscent of the foetal position in the womb. But this most definitely does not mean it is ‘wrong’ or in any way harmful. As mentioned earlier – we are all individuals, and this includes baby as well as you. What is right for one may not be right for another.

This comes down to personal preference. You as the parent know your own baby! Just ensure that it is a good quality baby carrier such as the Pikkolo baby carrier or some form of well known wrap like the Maya Wrap and both you and baby will be fine!

 

Twin Baby Slings

Choosing the Right Twin Baby Slings.

Are you the proud parent of bouncing baby twins? If so, you may need quite a bit of baby gear in order to take care of your beautiful infants. Whether your twins are newborns or older babies, you’ll find that selecting the right twin baby slings will help you to enjoy better mobility and comfort as you carry your babies around with you.

The best designs of this type will distribute weight evenly, in order to ensure that babies are super-comfy during all of their rides. These types of products will also be carefully designed in order to make certain that you don’t experience undue strain and soreness while you tote your infants around.

To help you learn what to look for when shopping for the right twin baby slings, we’ve created a practical quick guide. Our tips and suggestions will assist you in discovering the secrets of choosQing the right styles, brands and features, for prices that you can really afford.

Are All Twin Baby Slings the Same?

No, they aren’t. There are different styles available, so parents and caregivers do have plenty of choices.

One style to consider is the “ring sling” style, which is great for younger babies that weigh 17.5 pounds each (or less). These types of carriers may also be referred to as baby slings, and they come with front-carrying features which allow babies to see everything that is happening around them. If you want to carry your babies on your chest, rather than your back, you’ll find that ring slings offer a host of advantages for the price that you will pay.

While there are ring sling styles at all price points, it should be possible to find a reasonably-priced, high-quality design, as long as you shop with care. One of the best ways to comparison-shop for ring slings and other baby carrier designs is to use one of the Internet’s premier, free comparison-shopping services, such as PriceGrabber.com or Nextag.com. When you select one of these services, you’ll be able to enter your preferred product type, as well as your preferred price point. Then, the interface will do all of the work for you, by offering you an instant list of appealing products, from a range of online retailers. All that you’ll need to do to click on designs that you like, in order to see them at their retailers online.

Another style of twin baby sling is the mei tai baby carrier or soft structured carrier. This type of design is crafted from soft fabric which is wrapped around in such a manner as to support both babies and to provide optimum comfort to Mom, Dad or caregivers. While getting the hang of using baby wraps may take a couple of tries, it’s well worth the effort. These designs will usually come with full instructions that make it simple to master the entire process.

Baby wraps are also front-carrying styles (which isn’t necessarily the same as a front facing baby carrier), which center babies on their parent’s chests. If you think baby wraps may work for you, be sure to check out styles online. By shopping via the Web, you may be able to save a significant chunk of change. Because online retailers typically have lower overheads, they are able to offer savings to their customers.

Lastly, you may consider backpack styles, which work well for babies that are a little older. Since these designs are more structured, they tend to reduce back strain for parents, while giving babies support that makes them feel quite comfortable. Babies that ride around in these types of baby carriers should be able to sit up on their own.

As you can see, there are several twin baby sling styles to consider. You may want to choose more than one! Before investing in these styles, it’s important to consider how much you have to spend. Since it’s possible to find these designs at budget, mid-range and high-end price points, you will be able to find a wrap, sling or backpack style that fits your budget perfectly.

WarningDon’t assume that a larger sling will accommodate twins. As regards space they may do – but not regarding safety. You should only use twin baby slings which are manufactured for that purpose. For example, the Baby K’tan carrier has been used previously for this purposely but the manufacturer warns strictly against this today.

Shop for the Perfect Twin Baby Slings Today.

Now that you know more about twin baby slings and how to find premier designs of this type online, you’ll be ready to make smart decisions when it comes to purchasing these products. Because the right baby slings will be comfortable for you, while also ensuring that your babies enjoy the ride, they are well worth the money that you will pay.

Once you’ve picked the perfect designs, you’ll be ready to enjoy running errands or getting a little fresh air, while also bonding with your twins. Babies just love being carried, so these baby accessories always provide a wealth of advantages for the price that you will pay. So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of parenthood by toting your babies around in the most high-quality, affordable twin carriers. Thanks to the power of the Internet, you’ll be able to choose superlative designs that get wonderful reviews from real-life parents and caregivers.

Over the Shoulder Baby Holder

Over the Shoulder Baby Holder.

Originally the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder – or OTSBH – was a branded product name for a baby sling. Since going out of business the term now tends to be used as means of describing any form of babywearing sling.

The OTSBH is a wonderful way to travel with your child. From infancy to around three years of age you can put your little one in a carrier that keeps them close to you at all times. The selection of fabrics to choose from will probably be your hardest decision once you decide to order the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder. It’s one thing to say it’s a great product – but the proof is that it won the Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center.

 

Bonding with Your baby

The Over the Shoulder Baby Holder is a carrier that will help you bond with your baby. With your little one tucked into the holder he or she will feel safe nestled against your chest. The rhythm of your heartbeat is a familiar sound for babies and will continue to nurture them.

There is a form of child raising that is called attachment parenting. This process encourages parents to always be in contact with their child. The Over the Shoulder Baby Holder makes this an easy option.

 

Carrying in Comfort

If you’re worried that this carrier is going to be hard on your neck and back think again. With this sling the baby’s weight is evenly distributed so neither side of you or your back has to work hard to support it. Baby can be cradled which is a perfectly comfortable position for him or her. If you are nursing your baby you won’t have to even move them to be able to feed them discreetly.

As they get older, children can be positioned to hang out with you in total comfort. With legs and arms free they are securely transported whether they are facing you or looking out into the world. The Over the Shoulder Baby Holder adjusts to your child from birth to around three years old.

 

The Over the Shoulder Baby Holder – One Size Really Does Fit All

One of the great things about this type of sling is that it can accommodate a tiny frame on a woman or a large sized man. You don’t have to worry about getting one to fit a certain size. That means when grandma and grandpa come over and want to take the little one out the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder will fit them comfortably as well.

 

Is it Hard to Put on Correctly?

A DVD is included when you purchase an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder to clearly show you how easy it is to put this wrap on. It simply slips over your head just like you would put a sling on a broken arm and is one of the easiest forms of baby transport to put on. The folds in the wrap are soft and flexible to easily mold to baby‘s shape yet strong enough to securely hold him or her up to around three years old.

The fold in the wrap can hold baby in the cradle position as well as hold a three year old with arms and legs freely hanging. Once you get the hang of it you will see how easy it is to put on and how versatile it is. Baby can be positioned in the front or on the side of your hip.

 

The Votes Are In

Parents who have used the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder love it. But just as important, chiropractors and physical therapists who see so many people with back problems applaud the way the child’s weight is evenly distributed preventing any strain on the back.

The best reviews are the ones from parents who actually use the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder. Once they buy one they usually pick up another one for dad. It is the gift of choice at baby showers. Many big name brands are available such as the Maya Wrap, Boba Wrap, Moby Wrap, and the Seven Slings range. There are even specialized twin baby slings. Of course you could always use a baby sling pattern to make your own ….

Baby Sling Pattern – How to Make a Baby Sling

Baby Sling Pattern

Transporting your baby from one place to the next is going to be one of your greatest challenges for the first few years of his or her life. There are several modes available – but one of the easiest, most economical and comfortable baby carriers seems to be the baby sling. This is often known by an ex-branded sling called the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder. So having your own Baby Sling Pattern to use could well turn out to be very useful.

 

What is a Baby Sling?

Baby slings, also known as a baby ring sling, are materials that you wrap around your body in such a way that you can tuck your little one safely inside and close to your body. Infants can be wrapped so that they can be cradled right against your chest. Older children can be nestled in against your hip to distribute their weight a little better. Deciding what position to carry your baby in will determine which Baby Sling Pattern you will need to use. There are even twin baby slings.

The baby ring sling merely has a ring implemented in the design to make it easier to adjust it making it the choice of nursing mothers. The design is simple and it’s really the kind of material you select and the way you wrap it that make it true to your style.

What Kind of Fabric Should You Use?

You can choose whatever fabrics you like to use with your Baby Sling Pattern. Pick two contrasting fabrics or make your baby sling all one pattern or color. You can use stretchy material or cooler stronger cotton fabric. You’ll need around two yards of each fabric or four yards if you’re using one pattern or color.

Where Can I Find a Baby Sling Pattern?

You can find several free Baby Sling Patterns online. The sling itself is made from a simple baby sling pattern almost like a giant tube that you slip over yourself. The way that you put it on is what forms the pouch which is where you will slip in your baby. Below is a simple baby sling pattern you can use to try making your own baby sling.

How to Make Your Own Baby Sling.

While there are a variety of baby slings on the market, you can easily make your own with just a simple Baby Sling Pattern and a lovely piece of fabric. You will need a few items when you begin your DIY baby sling project. The easiest sling to make is the reversible pouch.

You’ll need four yards of fabric. Cut your material in half lengthwise making two pieces. Now you are going to round off the edges. Fold your material by length and width bringing all four corners together. Cut an arc from the bottom folded area taking from two to three inches off and rounding all four corners at one time.

Putting the right sides together sew the rounded edges together. This is the area that will be bearing the weight of the baby so make sure you sew it several times to make it secure.

Turn the material inside out and fold a ¼” hem along the lone side. Sew with your sewing machine and then turn the material right side out again.

Fold the sling in half with both hemmed areas together. Put your head through the center with one piece over your shoulder and the other under the opposite arm like a sash. Your baby can be tucked right into the material close to your chest.

Making a Ring Sling with a Baby Sling Pattern.

Choose 2 ½ yards of material and two large rings. Make sure that you purchase sturdy rings. These are going to bear the weight of your baby and must be secure enough to hold his or her weight. You don’t want to run the risk of the material breaking away from rings that are not strong enough.

On the wrong side of the material, turn in a ¼” hem and stitch three sides. Fold the fabric side that is not hemmed lengthwise. Fold it into pleats and secure the end with tape several inches down so it doesn’t unravel.

Put this pleated material through the two rings and sew this material under the rings so it is secure. This is the part of the fabric that may need extra stitching as it is how you will adjust the weight of your baby.

 

Putting Baby into the Ring Sling.

Take the edge of the material that is hemmed and feed it through both of the rings and then feed the end through the lower ring. Slip the wring over your shoulder and adjust the size by pulling the material through the ring to tighten. The rings should be positioned at your shoulder.

Your baby will fit in the pouch that is formed from the wrap after you slip it over your head and wrap it around you. You cam position your baby in a cradled position or when they are big enough, in a seated position.

 

Extra Help Online with a baby sling pattern.

There are free patterns online showing you how to make several styles of slings. Each one only takes around five or six steps to make. You could probably turn one out in around an hour or so. There is even a Baby Sling Pattern that doesn’t require any sewing.

If you have extra material you could add a pocket to your sling or a cover to use when nursing. Many people like stretchy material that has a little “give” to it. Stretch cotton and jersey knits make great wraps, especially for babies up to around 15 pounds. You may need more sturdy material to hold bigger kids.

Use your Baby sling pattern to Make Them for Friends and for Shower Gifts.

Once you see how comfortable they are to wear and how easy they are to make, you might want to make some baby slings for all the moms you know. The different materials make each one different and you can make them casual or fashionable. You can even make them for the dads you know. They make great baby shower gifts. Your friends won’t believe how talented you are and only you will know how easy they are to make.

With prices ranging from $39 to $90 for baby slings sold online from companies such as seven slings, you can not only save money, you can make a couple for the price of one store bought sling. All it takes is a couple of yards of fabric, a few rings, and an hour of your time.

 

Baby Sling Pattern.

Obtain your fabric. Note that a properly sized sling is determined by the size of the babywearer, not by the size of the baby. To find correct length, measure the babywearer from the shoulder to the opposite hip. Triple that measurement to find the length of fabric you’ll need. A person measuring 24″ from shoulder to opposite hip, for example, will need 72″ (2 yards) of fabric for a sling. A person measuring 30″ will need 90″ (2 1/2 yards) of fabric. The finished length of your sling will be approximately 4″ shorter.

Obtain your rings. I use rings that have been manufactured specifically for slings, and rigorously tested for safety. Craft rings and other similar products are not designed for use in infant carriers – using them compromises the structural soundness of your finished product, and jeopardizes the safety of the child.

Wash and dry your fabric, if desired, to preshrink it. (The only fabrics I preshrink are linen and raw silk.) Press, if necessary.

Trim your fabric to the desired width. I use a 22″ width for a preemie sling, and 30″ – 36″ to make a sling for a full-term infant.

 

Hem both long edges (along the selvages). Hem one short edge.

So the baby sling pattern is Simple so far? Now comes the tricky part of the baby sling pattern, and the feature that has made the fanned baby sling pattern shoulder a great favorite. When I made my first sling, other slings were made by folding or pleating the fabric onto the rings. I didn’t know that, so I did what made the most sense to me — I gathered the fabric onto the rings instead. I like my design: the gathering is aesthetically satisfying to me, it fans very nicely across the shoulder, and it spreads out generously to accommodate Baby. What’s more, gathering the fabric onto the ring is easy!

Here’s how. Fold the unhemmed short edge of the fabric down (wrong sides together) about ½” and press. Make another fold, this one 5” wide, and press. This makes a straight line across your fabric, which will soon prove very useful. I make this second fold with the right sides of the fabric together. It doesn’t really matter, but I think that it makes the fold line on the inside of the fabric easier to see.

Open the wide fold and – starting at one corner – put both rings inside the fold. I put the slings into the upper left corner, working with the length of the sling on my right. With both rings inside the fold, fold the ½” pressed edge to the 5” pressed line. If you have done this correctly, the rings will be about 2½” from where you will be stitching. I hold the rings in my left hand and work the fabric with my right, matching the pressed edge to the pressed line, and stitching, a few inches at a time. Every time I do this I am reminded of the importance of “living in the present.” I can’t change what I have already stitched, and I can’t match the two lines for the whole width of the sling, but I can match them a few inches at a time, and if I give careful attention to each few inches in succession, the result is an astonishingly easy and even line.

Gather or fold the tail, and thread through the rings — through both, then back over one under the other your baby sling pattern is now complete .

Soft Structured Carrier

Choosing The Best Soft Structured Carrier.

Do you have an active lifestyle? Or are you the type of parent who spends a lot of time home taking care of your baby? Either way, you need to think carefully about what soft structured carrier – or SSC – you decide to buy and use. While it might seem like an unimportant purchase, it can make all the difference in the world. To help you out, we’ve come up with a list of tips and advice you should follow in order to find the absolute best baby carrier no matter what type of lifestyle you live.

What is a Soft Structured Carrier?

A soft structured carrier is a mei tai baby carrier with straps or buckles instead of simple ties. Many parents feel this to be more secure though they do tend to have the down side of taking some adjustment when worn by both mum and dad.

Choosing a Soft Structured Carrier.

Here’s a look at how to choose a better baby carrier for you and your child.

  • Weight Recommendations – One of the most important things to think about is the weight recommendation for the baby carrier. It’s crucial to get something that’s going to be able to support the weight of your baby without breaking. If it does break, there’s a chance of harming your child.
  • Style and Design – You should also look closely at how the baby carrier is designed. There’s not a lot of variation, but enough that you should be familiar with them and know which style you (and your baby) prefer.
  • Comfort – Going along with the point above, you want to make sure you think about how comfortable the carrier is going to be. Additionally, the comfort of the baby is very important. If the baby isn’t comfortable, they’re going to let you know and the whole idea of a baby carrier will seem rather pointless.
  • Ergonomics – To find something comfortable, look for a soft structured carrier that was built with ergonomics in mind. While a lot of baby carriers might look nice, if they’re not easy on your back and comfortable for the baby, they’re not going to be very useful at all. One of the best ways is to actually try the baby carrier out before you buy it. This can be difficult if you shop online, but you can always read reviews other consumers have left.
  • Pockets – Don’t forget to look for handy pockets – especially ones with zippers! You might not think this is important on a baby carrier, but if you’ve been a mother for any time at all, you know well that pockets are practically priceless when dealing with infants and small babies.

Finding the best soft structured carrier to fit your lifestyle is an important step for you and baby. Once you have one, you’re going to see why so many other women (and men) have said that soft baby carriers are the best way to go.

Of course the choice is down to individual taste as with any form of baby carrier. Some of the brands on the market include the Baby Bjorn carrier, the Beco baby carrier, various ErgoBaby carriers, Babyhawk Oh Snap, Pikkolo baby carrier, Action baby carrier and Boba baby carrier. There is no shortage of choice!

Mei Tai Baby Carrier

What is a mei tai baby carrier?

To start with it should be understood that the mei tai baby carrier is a style of sling or wrap as opposed to a brand. So we would discuss one in the same way we would talk about a front facing baby carrier or a hiking baby carrier – there are many brands on the market.

At a very basic level a mei tai baby carrier is a square or rectangular piece of cloth with a strap at each corner, though of course different manufacturers have their own slightly unique take on this. These straps will tie up either infront of, or behind mom or dad’s body depending upon how baby is being carried to create a cross pattern. In this way baby is kept immediately next to the parent and can cuddle right into them.

It is pronounced ‘may tie’ and the literal meaning is to ‘carry with straps or bands’. This style of wrap originated many hundreds of years ago in China but has only recently been introduced in the West as the concept of babywearing has become popular.

The mei tai baby carrier today.

Whilst each manufacturer will be slightly different in style the same basic concept is the same in each. The same advantages and disadvantages listed below will apply to varying degrees. Some may have longer or shorter straps or padding to add comfort for both parent and baby.

What is notable is that there are a whole range of colors and styles to suit even the most fashion conscious of mums and dads. What is also obvious – and strange – is the lack of big brand names who have the mei tai baby carrier within it’s range. There is an Infantino baby carrier in this style as well as a BabyHawk. But others such as the Catbird and Freehand are less well known.

 

What are the advantages of a mei tai baby carrier?

As with all forms of baby carriers it is down to the personal preference of the parents. What suits one parent and child my not necessarily be ideal for another. But generally the following are considered the positive reasons to opt for a mei tai baby carrier:-

  • close proximity of baby to parent. While any form of carrier does this to a degree, a wrap or sling is particularly close. This also makes it ideal for nursing.
  • flexibility as to carry position. It can easily be used as a front, back or even hip style of carrier. What is perfect at home – for instance – may not be ideal while out and about. Different situations may require different carrying styles and these changes can be quickly ad easily catered for.
  • flexibility as to size of parent. Because the mei tai is simply tied at the required length it can be immediately adapted for any size adult. It can be passed from a large framed person to their smaller partner with ease.
  • longevity of use. The mei tai can be used for newborns as well as a toddler carrier.

Regarding the use of ties as opposed to buckles? This definitely comes down to what mom and dad are happy with. It is probably fair to say that ties give that greater versatility and adaptability as baby grows. But many parents will find them more fiddly and time consuming than buckles. And what is more important – just don’t feel them to be as safe and secure.

As already stated – it is about what is right for you that is important.

How to tie a mei tai baby carrier.

Let’s not pretend this will be easy straight away! After a few tries it will become second nature but do avoid the temptation to give up after your second attempt!

front carry mei tai baby carrier.

  • Ensure the panel is at the front and then tie the bottom two straps around your waist with them looping right around to tie at the front.
  • Pass the two upper straps over your shoulders so they cross at your back and then go around your waist to also tie at the front. This knot may be over or under the material panel depending upon the make (and how you and baby prefer it!)
  • Place baby into the front ‘pouch’ and hold him securely while tightening the upper straps.

back carry mei tai baby carrier.

  • Ensure the panel is at the rear and then tie the bottom two straps around your waist with the knot at the front.
  • Unless you have someone to help you, you will now need to place baby in the correct position. You may be able to do this by leading forward and manoeuvring him onto your back while you pass both upper straps over your shoulders. However – we strongly suggest you sit baby in a chair behind you and place him into the ‘pouch’ from this position before passing the straps over your shoulders to your front.
  • Pass the straps behind your back, loop them around each other and then back to your front to tie securely at your waist.

Important – which ever method you use, make sure you tie the knots in a secure manner. Do not use a bow style of knot which may come undone.