Before You Shop
The Worn Baby is dedicated to helping you make sure that your money is being invested in the right carrier for you! There are many different carriers on the market and it can be very overwhelming. As a certified babywearing educator, I'm happy to help! Feel free to contact me with any questions before, during & after your carrier purchase.
Local to Oklahoma? Awesome! I am happy to provide hands-on assistance and an option for local pick-up.
What do you need to know before you shop?
Think about what you are wanting out of your carrier:
- Quick fast carries?
- Long-term carries?
- Tandem wearing?
- Big baby?
- Special needs child?
- One carrier for multiple wearers?
These are the things that will help you pick the best carrier!
Ring Slings - Ring slings are great for quick carries. They can be used for newborns through toddlerhood, however, since they are one-shouldered carriers, heavier babies may not be able to be carried for as long as lighterweight babies. If you have neck or back issues or injuries, a ring sling may not be the best option for your wearing needs. The ring sling is best used for front and hip carries.
Mei Tais - A mei tai is a wonderful two-shouldered carrier. The shoulder straps are wide and help distribute weight. They also add extra support for baby's hips and bottom. The mei tais you will see here, also have an adjustable body. Why is this important? The body can cinch down to properly support a small baby from knee to knee with legs outside of the carrier. As baby grows, the body widens to keep that proper support. A mei tai will also do front and back carries.
Woven Wraps - The wraps you will find at The Worn Baby are woven wraps. They do not stretch, so they will work from newborn through toddlerhood. Wraps are very versatile as they will conform to baby & wearers of all sizes. Wraps do come in different lengths. The most popular sizes are size 5, size 6 and size 7. What does that mean? A size 5 is approximately 4.1m. A size 6 is approximately a 4.6m and a size 7 is approximately 5m. It is always better to start with too much fabric than not enough. Wraps can be used for front, hip and back carries.
Soft Structured - Soft structured carriers are wildly popular right now. The padded shoulder and waist straps make them incredibly comfortable for longer carries. However, there are very few that allow the transition from newborn to toddlerhood. There are many buckles and clasps to help get the correct fit for baby and wearer. Body width of soft structured carriers differ from brand to brand. Some soft structured carriers work better for wearers that have a shorter torso while others work better for wearers with a longer torso.
At The Worn Baby, our goal is to help you find the best fit for you and your worn baby. We know that each situation is unique and understand that we may not carry the choice for you. We will gladly help you find a retailer that has the carrier you're looking for so that your money isn't wasted!