Babywearing: Are there reasons to own multiple baby carriers?

Posted by Becca on 4/12/2014 to Baby Wearing

Multiple Baby Carriers

This is for all you moms who canít get enough of your baby carriers. I love to baby wear for many reasons.

Reasons to babywear?

1) Itís great to be able to snuggle your baby all day long.
2) Thereís nothing quite as therapeutic as having that sweet baby smell close to your heart, and being able to feel the gentle rise and fall of their breaths to calm a motherís heart.
3) Itís stress relieving for you and your baby.
4) Strangers are less likely to touch your baby when you pull them inside your personal bubbleóAmerican strangers, that is.
5) It frees up your hands.
babywearing 6) Itís less to carry. I never have to use my trunk for stroller space or my shopping cart for infant carrier space.
7) Babies brains develop better when theyíre held upright.
8) Itís liberating to a mom because you feel like you can do almost anything you did before having a baby. Large crowds? No problem. Big grocery shopping? Got that! Laundry? Check!
9) It facilitates bonding and is a great transition from the womb to the real world. But did you realize that it can be beneficial to you and your family to own more than one or even two baby carriers? I always thought it was frivolous when I read of Momís hoarding beautiful carriers like a stash of cloth diapers until a very sick baby enlightened me.

Baby Bear is quite attached to me. I donít know if itís nurture or nature, since I usually pick him up anytime he cries, but he really feels he canít go on without me. If heís playing happily on his own, itís because Iím in the room with him. If heís asleep by himself in his crib, itís because I carried him there after nursing him to sleep in my arms and he doesnít realize heís alone yet. If I leave the room to switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer, or to unload the dishwasher, or to pee by myself, he cries like heís lost his best friend. Now that he can sit up and move around on his own, Iíve found certain solutions to this separation anxiety that donít involve having him on one hip while I do what needs to be done with one hand. But those tricks donít always work, and they donít work indefinitely. In the end, I almost always have to turn to baby wearing if I want a happy baby.

Thatís why I have baby carriers, three of them, actually, but once doesnít really count since it hasnít left storage since Bunny was two months old. Ever since Bear was a newborn, Iíve relied on my baby carriers. I discovered the Moby Wrap shortly after my daughter was 2 months old. Her constant screaming and colic made it absolutely necessary to hold her 99% of the time she was awake, so after trying a homemade sling and feeling the negative effects on my bad back, the Moby Wrap seemed like the perfect solution for being able to get dishes and laundry done without leaving the baby to scream by herself. When I bought it, our life changed for the better and my stress levels went from a constant nine or ten to a two or three. I have always gotton home from work shortly after lunch and from that time until evening, my daughter lived in the Moby Wrap.

She accompanied me to the bathroom, when I did dishes, and even took her naps there.

I didnít see a reason to take her out when she and I were both so comfortable. Baby wearing brought a level of peace to my house that we hadnít seen since before she was born and it helped me to relax as an overwhelmed, new mother.

I knew that whether or not Baby Bear had colic like his sister I would wear him reguardless, so I bought a second carrieróthe Boba Air. I chose it because he was to be born at the beginning of the warm summer months and I felt the Moby Wrap would be too hot for us at first. He was born towards the beginning of July at a chunky 9lbs 9oz and weighed 11lbs by his 2 week check up. By 4 weeks old he was over 12 pounds and I found I could tuck his legs underneath him and carry him around in the Boba Air just fine, even though it isnít recommended for babies who weigh less than 15 lbs. He turned one month old at a week long retreat we attend every year with our denomination and it was the perfect time to try out the Boba. I immediately fell in love with it just as I had with the Moby.

babywearing,baby wrap carrier Thatís our baby wearing story in a nutshell. But still, why two carriers? I have a couple of practical reasons, but Iíll start with the one that was the deciding factor for us:

Sick babies

Baby bear has a great immune system. Iíd like to say itís because heís breastfed but his sister was breastfed as well and got sick quite easily. I think itís just his composition.

Heís a strong, chunky little man and he didnít get sick for the first time until he was eight months old. But when he did, boy was it a doozy! I spent a dizzying 48+ hours pacing with my moaning, groaning, listless, miserable baby boy in either my Moby or my Boba with a towel between us because he was vomiting so much. I thought my legs would fall off at the end of that day because I just had to walk and walk and walk. His tummy was achy so sometimes he would refuse the breast. But sometimes heíd take it despite his tummy ache and in 30 to 45 minutes it would all come back up. All over me. And my clothes. And my baby carrier. And since the baby carrier was the only thing that was keeping me sane during this riduclous marathon of vomiting, pacing, and sleeping (aaah), this was concerning. I barely got my carriers through the wash fast enough. I frantically searched for my old, homemade sling that Iíd never once used on him and couldnít find it and panicked because it was about time for him to throw up again and the Moby Wrap wasnít dry yet. The towel did the trick and the next time he vomited, it wasnít enough to necessitate washing the Boba. Thank goodness! But Iím pretty sure I spent a majority of our pacing or napping time on my smartphone looking at other baby carriers and at patterns for homemade Mei Tais. That was when I knew that having more than one baby carrier is not financially irresponsible, itís genius!

Dirty carrier

Vomit isnít the only way a baby carrier gets dirty. One time I wrote about how my little Bear had a big poop blowout in his Boba. It was huge. Yeah. I could have used a spare baby carrier that day. Besides that, teething babies love to chew on carriers and younger ones often spit up. That carrier is going to have to get washed at some point.

Different situations babywearing,dad

I love both my carriers for different reasons (I say both because the sling just collects dust in my basement, yes I found it!). The Boba Air tucks inside itself to a little pocket thatís about 8Ē long and 4Ē wide. It fits easily into any diaper bag and is about the size of a pocket diaper. Itís lightweight and easy to clip on and off. Itís great for warm weather and for when you need to wear your baby quickly. The Moby wrap is more comfortable, but takes up to a minute to wrap around you. It also has lots and lots of fabric so it isnít as easy to carry with you on the go, but if you wrap it before leaving, itís totally feasible to wear it for a trip to a grocery store or Third Day concert (Yep, did it!). However, a baby in the Moby snuggles more easily against your heartóespecially a newborn. Wearing it is like having an extension of yourself. I wear my Boba more because itís more convenient, but I do love my Moby the best. Then thereís my sling, which is my emergency only back≠ up. Slings are great and many moms love them. They just donít suit my body type because of back issues. Those are just three types of carriers. I know all of you who are reading this wish you could put your two cents in about your favorite carrier because Iím sure itís just as awesome as these two brands, or more so. Unfortunately, I havenít tried it yet ;≠)

babywearing Different ages

Babies at different ages, stages, and sizes work better in certain baby carriers. Bunny always loved to snuggle in the Moby. I think I even put her in there once or twice when she was a 3 year old, back before baby Bear was born. The mixture of the tight confines and Mommyís heartbeat were always just the thing to soothe the worst of temper tantrums and ease every stress that toyed with her heart. Of course, I didnít have anything with which to compare it. Baby Bear loved the Moby just find when he was young, but fights it now that heís older and more mobile. Itís too confining for his personality. He prefers it to not being held but doesnít like to be restrained, so heís always trying to free his limbs from itís cuddly confines. I can stick him on my back in the Boba, however, for an hour or two at a time and heís perfectly happy. He chews on the straps, fiddles with the buckles, rubs my arms, and grabs my shirt. I love wearing him this way as I prepare dinner because heís far from sharp knives and hot stoves, but also perfectly happy and safe.

Different Baby Wearers

My husband never was a huge fan of the Moby Wrap for himself. He wore it a couple of times but always felt self≠conscious in it and preferred not to wear it in public. The Boba, however, is very adjustable and easy and he has worn Baby Bear much more than he wore Bunny now that we have it. Baby Bear has slept against my husbands chest as he played Frisbee golf, through running errands, taking walks, and he enjoyed some time on his back as Dave hung the diapers up to dry on the clothesline for me (be still, my beating heart!).

All that to say, yes, go ahead and get a second or third baby carrier. Itís not irresponsible and itís not frivolous. Itís practical and smart. But maybe you should forgo the stroller, unless you buy it used for $20 from a yard sale. That becomes often becomes a frivolous expense when you wear your baby as often as we do.

So now, give me your two cents. What baby carrier do you have and why do you like it so much? I think I may be in the market for another oneÖ

Comments

Date 4/12/2014
Marie
Have two. A boba wrap and an original ergo. My daughter is 6 weeks old so she isnt quite ready for the ergo yet, but she practically lives in the boba. Half the time putting her in it is the only way I can get her to go to sleep. I bought a boba over a moby because the boba has some stretch to it where as the moby is 100% cotton. I use it for just about everything. I have a 5 year old daughter, a 15 month old son and my 6 week old daughter. The only way I can grocery shop without my husband is to use my carrier. I love it, seriously buying thr boba is the best $40 we spent. Not sure about the ergo yet as I haven't used it, but from the reviews im sure ill love it too!
Date 4/12/2014
Chelsea
We have 3. We have a moby wrap, which I love for when they are little and not wiggly. Then we have an Ergo for when they are bigger. And lastly we have a heavy duty hiking pack that we put kids in when we are hiking or going for a walk or you name it! : ) We just had our third child who is 5 weeks old who loves the moby and we have a 5 year old (who sadly has outgrown the carriers) and a one year old who loves the ergo and hiking pack!
Date 4/14/2014
Helen
I used a mamankangourou wrap (similar to Moby) from about 1 month to 3, we also had a Baby Bjorn but we don't use it since we got a Lillebaby, which we all love. I'm also waiting for a ring sling to come in the mail that I want to use around the house. The Lillebaby is awesome because it works for newborns without a special insert. You can also use it for front,back and hip carries as well as front facing. It's really comfortable and my LO loves it.
Date 4/14/2014
Leela R
I have several carriers and am glad I do. I used a Moby when my kid was little and he was colicky so having him in a carrier was a great way to soothe him. Once he got bigger I put him in an Ergo, but sometimes he wants to see the action better so I also picked up a side-carrying SSC and a Baby Nari hip hugger so that I have something to support him even though he wants to get up and down a lot.
Date 4/14/2014
Nicole P
Ive owned several through the years from a nb stretchy wrap that I wore with my oldest but never got into it, to a peanut shell (I think that's the name) that was like a padded sized sling. I had a long woven wrap and loved it for the winter when dd was little. But spring is in full bloom and we no longer have the patience so I traded it for a meitai and love it but the height of the back is getting short. I also have a ring sling for grocery shopping or waiting in line at the po. I just bought a short rebozo on Saturday because I miss wovens. I think this will be our answer for the summer :)
Date 4/14/2014
Colleen
My daughter is similar to your son in that she loves to be cuddled and held! I like the Baby K'Tan a lot. It is so easy and quick to put on. My daughter refused a sling and a Mei Tai for months because even early on in her life she didn't like her legs being squished in. But she likes the K'Tan because she can stretch her legs. You can use the K'Tan at 8 lbs and I'm sure it will be a lifesaver if I ever have a second child. I am wondering if I should buy another though and you brought up great reasons why!!
Date 4/17/2014
jazmin ybanez
I was just thinking about getting another baby carrier, because my daughter is always trying to worm her way out of the moby.
Date 4/17/2014
keya
I have an Ergo and love it!! I manage to get work done around the house only thanks to my ergo.
Date 4/18/2014
Annie Branson
First baby is due in June but I already have two carriers! Baby wearing just makes sense to me!
Date 4/18/2014
Rita Topper
I have several and found that I have had to switch them up as baby gains to give better support.
Date 4/18/2014
Jamiep24
I love my Ergo carrier and so does my baby. He gets really excited when I get it out!
Date 4/19/2014
Rebecca T
I have 3 different carriers, and I use them in different situations. It's nice to have one to take with me, one for home, and a wrap for those times you want to be snuggly. I'm often tempted to buy more! One where baby can face out, especially.
Date 4/22/2014
Lara Clinton
This is a good read! My stingy self doesn't want to spend anything above what's necessary but this might be necessary. :)
Date 4/24/2014
Kayla Stutler
I think I have just about every kind of carrier and I find myself switching around based on what I am doing. I have a Moby for the winter and when they are little (can't really do a Moby in 120 degree heat!). I have a few ring slings I have made for the quick trip to the store. Then I have my Ergo for longer trips, like when we went to the zoo it was fantastic! I've used all of mine and love them all so much!
Date 4/25/2014
Linda Hawes
I love babywearing. I grew up wearing my siblings. Now that I have my 3 boys, I wear them either using my Boba, ringsling, or woven wrap. I have a variety and love them all. :)
Date 4/25/2014
Lauren Harmison
Love all the ideas and suggestions. This is really useful!
Date 4/25/2014
Sarah Towers
I am new to babywearing but have tried both a Moby and an Ergo and love them for their own reasons!!
Date 4/25/2014
Sue B.
I started out with a Moby. I also have an Ergo, a mei tei, and a wrap! It's often about what I am feeling in the moment and what will work best to get on.
Date 4/26/2014
Allie
We loved the moby until baby girl was about 4 months. Now I usually reach for the ringslings but I think it's time to look at some SSC. Looking at Boba or babyhawk meitei
Date 4/30/2014
Kim H
I have a Moby that I love & a ring. Sling I hate! I carried my oldest in the Moby pretty regularly for the first 9 months (almost continuously for the first 3!) My youngest is 7 months & still gets carried in the Moby often. I would li e a Boba though!
Date 5/3/2014
Kathleen
I attended a babywearing workshop at a local cloth diaper shop, and it helped me a lot with understanding not only the different types of carriers but also the different situations in which each might be best. So far I have a ring sling and a mei tai - can't wait to try them out when the baby arrives in August!
Date 5/10/2014
Cassandra deNevers
We have 2 carriers, one moby wrap and the second is an infantino sash mei tai wrap. I LOVE the mei tai. For me the moby wrap is just too heavy and a pain to tie. But the mei tai is quick and easy. Thinking about getting another mei tai so I can tandem babywear my girls. :)
Date 5/12/2014
Riana Stromski
You can never have too many baby carriers!
Date 5/18/2014
Sara Walden
I love to babywear! an my little man loves it too! As he got bigger ive had to purchase other carriers tho.
Date 5/22/2014
Mackenzie
I have the Moby Wrap, a regular black baby carrier, and the Nuroo skin to skin baby wearer and I love them all. I am so glad to have a variety of baby wearers because sometimes I feel like using one over the other. It's great to be able to choose which one you want to use.
Date 6/5/2014
Tracy M Dennison
We have 3, a Moby, the infantino Mei Tai, and a Baby Bjorn. Life savers!
Date 6/5/2014
Casey Tannehill
I couldn't do my day without my ergo. I have 2 children and my husband is deployed. You can't chase a three year old with a six month old in a stroller!
Date 6/7/2014
Melissa
I never really thought about having two but it seems almost necessary now.
Date 6/8/2014
veronica carufel
I never used any sort of carrier with my oldest unfortunately since I didn't know much about them. I'm so looking forward to baby wearing with baby on the way and using our moby, ergo and baby hawk mei tei :D !!!
Date 6/17/2014
Melissa Topil
I have a wool wrap, a osna diy wrap, a ring sling, an ergo, a mei tei, and a moby and can't choose a favorite so I just switch all the time! Love BabyWearing!
Date 6/27/2014
Ainee Ramos
I used to have 3 standard Tulas but then he needed to upgrade to a toddler so i now own 5 toddlers and 1 standard. 1 from each car (we got 2) and the others are kept at home.
Date 7/6/2014
Kansas Montoya
I love the Moby wrap. Especially when little man was... well little! Lol. Now that he's bigger I'm going to be trying out a ring sling and I really want to try an ergo. I have to pace myself though before dh gets sticker shock! Lol.
Date 7/10/2014
Cindy Garcia
Out of my 5 children I have only ever worn my daughter who is now 2. I never had any of the beautiful, expensive wraps or carriers that I'm now seeing. I owned a cheaper one got from Wal-mart and it killed my back and shoulders but I wore it! Now I'm learning more about carrying but sadly can't really afford the fancy ones. I scored a moby for $15 on craigslist and am so excited about learn how to use it. Now I need to find another carrier that is suitable for a bigger little one.
Date 7/12/2014
Jennifer
Good article. I'm interested in this baby wearing thing.
Date 8/13/2014
Lindsey Campbell
I have worn 3 out of 4 of my children! I started out with an old school ssc that I hated. I also have a stretchy wrap and a lovely ring sling made of muslin! But now I am DYING for a woven wrap!
Date 8/15/2014
Allie Hall
I agree with the multiple carriers for different ages and stages!
Date 10/9/2014
Melissa Whaley
I love having multiple carriers. With my oldest i didn't get a Moby until she was 3 months and I loved it! When she was older we had a metal frame pack because we live on a ranch and were out and about a lot. Now with my son who is 6 months I have three carriers. I used my trusty Moby wrap while he was little, he napped in it quite a bit and it kept the whole family much happier. This time around I also got an original Ergo with infant insert. I used a little when he was small, but it wasn't as secure as the moby. Now that he's 6 months it is our default carrier, I keep it in the car and as soon as I take him out of the carseat he's in the ergo. Our third carrier is a Mei Tai. I use it as our back up in the house and on the go. I find it's the perfect balance between a Moby and Ergo, it's lighter and less fabric, and ties on pretty easily, but not as quick as an ergo.
Date 10/15/2014
Ashley Seymour
I wore both of my babies and wouldn't trade that time! #3 is due this month and I will be wearing him too! :-)
Date 12/22/2014
Sara L.
We currently only have one carrier. A jj.cole agility. I do think it's important to have multiple carriers because some work better for different stages. We are currently flip flopping between the ergo and the boba.
Date 1/5/2015
Holly Wilson
I have an Ergo Sport and a Moby Wrap. I had a cheap carrier my sister in law got from Walmart, and we hated it so much that we threw it away after we tried a wrap for the first time. It took a while to decide to get the Ergo because it was a similar concept, but the design is just worlds better. I don't know what I would have done when my little boy was tiny without those 2! And now we'll need them all over again in March!
Date 3/1/2015
Camille W
This was helpful...but also not helpful, if I'm being completely honest. I have been debating whether or not to get my first baby carrier and of course which one to get (I'm still expecting). I'm a little frozen about the issue because I have no idea how often I'll actually want to wear baby, if my hubby will want to babywear as well and of course, which style and brand will be best for our lifestyle. It's all so very confusing. Thanks for a great article though!
Date 4/11/2015
katie m
I have the ergo and moby wrap but haven't used them yet until our little one has better head and neck control. I bought them because they had really good reviews so hopefully they were a good investment.

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