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
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.
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
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
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
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:
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!
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.
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 ;≠)
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
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
Marie Date 4/12/2014
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!
Chelsea Date 4/12/2014
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!
Helen Date 4/14/2014
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.
Leela R Date 4/14/2014
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.
Nicole P Date 4/14/2014
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 :)
Colleen Date 4/14/2014
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!!
jazmin ybanez Date 4/17/2014
I was just thinking about getting another baby carrier, because my daughter is always trying to worm her way out of the moby.
keya Date 4/17/2014
I have an Ergo and love it!! I manage to get work done around the house only thanks to my ergo.
Annie Branson Date 4/18/2014
First baby is due in June but I already have two carriers! Baby wearing just makes sense to me!
Rita Topper Date 4/18/2014
I have several and found that I have had to switch them up as baby gains to give better support.
Jamiep24 Date 4/18/2014
I love my Ergo carrier and so does my baby. He gets really excited when I get it out!
Rebecca T Date 4/19/2014
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.
Lara Clinton Date 4/22/2014
This is a good read! My stingy self doesn't want to spend anything above what's necessary but this might be necessary. :)
Kayla Stutler Date 4/24/2014
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!
Linda Hawes Date 4/25/2014
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. :)
Lauren Harmison Date 4/25/2014
Love all the ideas and suggestions. This is really useful!
Sarah Towers Date 4/25/2014
I am new to babywearing but have tried both a Moby and an Ergo and love them for their own reasons!!
Sue B. Date 4/25/2014
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.
Allie Date 4/26/2014
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
Kim H Date 4/30/2014
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!
Kathleen Date 5/3/2014
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!
Cassandra deNevers Date 5/10/2014
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. :)
Riana Stromski Date 5/12/2014
You can never have too many baby carriers!
Sara Walden Date 5/18/2014
I love to babywear! an my little man loves it too! As he got bigger ive had to purchase other carriers tho.
Mackenzie Date 5/22/2014
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.
Tracy M Dennison Date 6/5/2014
We have 3, a Moby, the infantino Mei Tai, and a Baby Bjorn. Life savers!
Casey Tannehill Date 6/5/2014
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!
Melissa Date 6/7/2014
I never really thought about having two but it seems almost necessary now.
veronica carufel Date 6/8/2014
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 !!!
Melissa Topil Date 6/17/2014
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!
Ainee Ramos Date 6/27/2014
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.
Kansas Montoya Date 7/6/2014
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.
Cindy Garcia Date 7/10/2014
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.
Jennifer Date 7/12/2014
Good article. I'm interested in this baby wearing thing.
Lindsey Campbell Date 8/13/2014
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!
Allie Hall Date 8/15/2014
I agree with the multiple carriers for different ages and stages!
Melissa Whaley Date 10/9/2014
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.
Ashley Seymour Date 10/15/2014
I wore both of my babies and wouldn't trade that time! #3 is due this month and I will be wearing him too! :-)
Sara L. Date 12/22/2014
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.
Holly Wilson Date 1/5/2015
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!
Camille W Date 3/1/2015
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!