What is the Best Baby Carrier

Hey, everyone. It's Lisa from the blog and my little

two month old baby, Daniel.

And today I'm going to be doing a video

I've been promising you and that is

comparing a bunch of different baby

wearing options.

So today we're gonna talk about knit wraps,

woven wraps, a few different varieties of

those. So there is the Baby K'tan which is

supposed to make wrapping a bit easier.

There is the Mei Tai. I'm going to go in

depth on all of these different baby

wearing options. I'm a mom of six. I've been

baby wearing regularly pretty much for

the last ten years. This is my key to

getting everything done around the house

and everything that needs to happen

with my home business and homeschooling

and just having other kids. Baby wearing is

an absolute must. I feel like anybody who

hasn't gotten used to it yet. If you just

get past the learning curve, you find what

wrap works best for you, you will be in

love with it. I have not met a baby yet

who does not like to be worn. And it just

makes life so much easier. I do not know

what I would do without a baby wrap.

This kid never gets put down. He does not

like to get put down. If he does, he cries.

But I can still get a lot of stuff done

around the house because of my wraps.

So let's dive into it. I do want to do a

quick disclaimer before I go into all of

my favorite baby wearing, baby carrying

options. Safety is definitely a concern.

Babies should always be close enough

to kiss, you should be able to see their

nose and be sure that they are breathing.

Baby wearing can be dangerous if you

don't know how to do it properly. As always

do all of your research and this is just my

opinion. I cannot tell you what is best

for you and your family but definitely

take caution with baby wearing. I personally

love it, but you need to know all of the

safety concerns. Also, just use common

sense too, on strangulation. So obviously

some wraps contain longer strings and

ties and that can be really dangerous

around small children so obviously

always close supervision with all wraps

and carriers. The first category we're

gonna talk about are knit wraps so what

I'm wearing right now is a knit wrap.

It is made with stretchy long fabric, it's

basically just a long piece of fabric with

tapered ends. There are probably dozens

and dozens of different varieties on the

market. I've tried probably six or seven.

I'm gonna go into the pros and cons of

knit wraps verses woven wraps and then

some of my favorite brands and what I

like about some and the pros and cons.

The pros of knit wraps, so they can carry

kids up to 45 pounds, depending on the brand.

Some of the more lightweight brands can

only carry smaller babies. I'll go more

into that with each brand. One of my

favorite pros of knit wraps is that you

can tuck the head in. So when I'm going

about my day and I'm down doing dishes or

changing a diaper, on the floor cutting out

fabric to sew, yes I've done that, anything

I need to do. Cooking in the kitchen, I can

do it when I'm wearing a knit wrap because

the head is tucked in. So as you can see

he is super secure and he's not going

anywhere. Now some of the styles of

wraps, it's not as easy to do this part.

It's not as easy to get them in nice and

securely and you feel like you need to

hold their head when you're doing things.

Not so with the knit wrap. Now the reason

for that is because it's stretchy this

feels comfortable. Whenever you're pulling

over something that isn't stretchy this

isn't as comfortable to be against

their head and also it can't be as tight.

Because it's stretchy, you can tie it

super tight. Now I do have a video here on

my channel where I show you how to wrap

one of these. And the key is to get it as

tight as possible. You'll think the baby

isn't gonna actually fit in but they do.

And that's really important because to

get this kind of security where they're

not gonna fall out, you need to get it

really tight. Now another advantage of a

knit wrap is they are so comfortable. They

wear like a t-shirt. So as you can see it's

broad across my shoulders and my

back and this just makes it feel like a

piece of clothing. I don't feel burdened.

When I first started baby wearing I

tried a couple of carriers that are more

like straps and my back hurt so bad.

This just makes it so much more comfortable

because it is evenly distributed and that

is something that is a pro of the knit wraps.

Another advantage of the knit wrap is they

are one size fits all. With wovens, with

different varieties, you get different sizes

for different styles of wrapping, for

different sizes of babies, and this one is

just you buy it and you can wrap it tight.

If you're a smaller person, you'll have

more tails at the end. If you are a

larger person, you won't. But it's one

size fits all. Now if you are a smaller

person, another option is to tie it

around the back so that you aren't

tripping over any strings. So as you can

see here I've tied it with the knot in

the front but I just have secured it

around the back so now I don't have

a lot of excess fabric to deal with.

Another advantage of knit wraps is that

the baby can come in and out of them

without taking them off. So I will take

Daniel in and out throughout the day

out of a knit wrap whereas the Mei Tai,

which I'm going to be showing you in a

little bit, you cannot. You have to redo it

each time. Alright some of the cons of

knit wraps. One, is there is a bit of a

learning curve. So I am so comfortable

with these from using them for so many

years. I know just what I'm doing. It goes

on really quickly. But if you've never

done it before, the first couple times

you'll probably not get the baby tight

enough, you won't feel like they are secure,

you might have a hard time remembering

the steps. So there is a learning curve

to that. The next con is it's a lot of

fabric. So you might feel like you're

just getting a tangled up mess of

fabric, you might feel like there's tails

hanging on the floor. Again I showed you

this trick which, kind of as a solution

for that, but that is considered to be

a con. Another con is you cannot do a

back carry with a knit wrap. So older toddlers

are more comfortable on the back for the

wearer but you can only do that with

non-stretchy wraps because they could

fall back and fall out of it because it

being stretchy. So that would be a con is

that you cannot do a back carry.

Alright let's go into a few of my favorite

brands of knit wraps. Okay this wrap here

is the Boba, it's another knit wrap option

that you can find on Amazon, I will leave

a link in the description below. This is

my current favorite. Now it's a lot like

the Keababies. I will say it's a little

bit stretchier which I do like because he

feels a little bit more snug and secure.

But that could just be because I've owned

it a lot longer. Again, like all knit wraps

it has the great support. I would say

as far as weight, this one is a little

bit heavier than Solly but quite a bit

less heavy than Moby. Also I noticed that

Boba just rolled out some pretty cool

print options. So it has that going for it.

It's less expensive than the Moby and the

Solly, so this is also a great budget

friendly option. It is definitely my

current favorite and the one that I use

the most often. Another brand is the

Solly wrap. I ended up sending mine to

a friend with a newborn because I have

so many other wraps. But some of the

advantages of the Solly is it's super

super lightweight. It wears just like

a t-shirt. For having a summer baby, it's

perfect for that. Another advantage of the

Solly wrap is they come in all kinds of

really beautiful colors. They kind of have

that minimalist feel and the colors and

prints are just more stylish in my opinion

than a lot of the other brands. The cons

are you can't really wear older children

at all because the fabric is so light that

the support just isn't there. Another con

is just that they are really expensive.

So they're not really of the budget

friendly option. But again you are getting

those really pretty prints, so if you're

thinking about it more as wearing a shirt

it's great for that. Alright this here is

the Moby wrap. Now I used this one first.

This is my first baby wearing knit wrap

I ever had so it is a bit old. It's a little

bit faded in spots. Now one thing I will

say about this one is it is not very

stretchy. And I definitely do not prefer

that. I definitely prefer the Boba over

this one. Maybe they've improved the

fabric since the time that I bought this one.

I'm not totally sure. But I will say that

my sister also had a Moby that was not

very stretchy and so that just might be kind

of how they are. He does feel secure.

I could go on with my day just like any

other knit wrap. One thing about the

Moby wrap is it is a thicker fabric.

So if you are wanting to get a wrap for

the warmth, if you want to go out on

a fall or winter day, this one is a lot

thicker than the Boba and the Solly

and the Keababies. Okay next up is

the Baby K'tan. So this is technically a

knit wrap, it's made with the same kind

of fabric pretty much as the Moby.

It's not as stretchy as the Boba, the Solly

and the Keababies. But the reason that

this Baby K'tan was designed is for

people who don't feel very confident

wrapping the Moby wrap or the other

different knit wraps. So this is a little

bit easier. Let me show you how it goes on.

This getting out of the wrap is not fun

for him at all. You put it on like a necklace.

You put your arms through.

So this is kind of like the first part

of the knit wrap is already done for you.

And you just put your baby's feet through

like you usually would once you've tied

the other one. Tuck the little head in.

He's gonna be nice and sleepy and

then mommy's gonna get him up again.

And then you tie the sash around the middle.

This is to mimic the exact same set up as

the other knit wraps but without all of

the wrapping. Now some advantages of this

is obviously it is a little bit easier to tie.

Now me personally I'm so used to

my other knit wraps that this is not easier

for me to do actually at all. Like I can

do my other one faster. Probably once you

get used to it, maybe it isn't. Another

advantage is there's just less fabric to

deal with. So whenever you're done doing

the wrap, you only have these tiny little

tails as opposed to the big long ones.

So it feels a little bit trimmer. Now some

disadvantages. They aren't really

one size fits all, so currently I have

the extra small size. Daniel is two months

old, he feels secure. I could go about

my day. I could do dishes and sew.

However, I don't think this is going to

work much longer. So if he were to be

six months or twelve months, I don't

know that this size will still work. Now that

could possibly not be the case but as of

right now it feels super comfortable, it

totally works. It just feels like he doesn't

have a whole lot of room to grow.

It's not super stretchy. It's more like

the same fabric as the Moby so I don't

like the stretch factor near as much.

Definitely prefer the stretchier Boba

and Keababies, hands down.

This one here is the Keababies

knit wrap. Now I like this one because

it's very budget friendly. I've found it on

sale for really cheap. I will leave a link

in the description box below where I find

this one, now the pros is all the same

pros as the other knit wraps. I like that

he's super tight, I can put his head in,

I like to have the tag right in the middle

so that I can easily find the middle point

so I can put it on really quickly. This one

you can tell is just a little more cheaply

made but you really can't even, in my

opinion, get the fabric on your own this

cheap anyway. So if you're looking for a

really budget friendly option, this one

is perfect. I would say it has about

the same weight as the Boba so it's

lighter than the Moby, heavier than the

Solly. It is not quite as stretchy as

the Boba which is something I'm not

as into but he feels totally secure.

If this is all I had I would be just fine.

I have Daniel here in a front wrap

cross carry in a woven wrap that I DIY'd.

I'm going to be sharing a tutorial on that

so stay tuned, I'll link it in the

description below if you're watching

this later. Now let's talk about the

pros and cons of woven wraps. They are

a lot more supportive for larger babies

and toddlers. Now on that same note

they also are appropriate for a back

carry. So I could take this same woven

wrap and I could wrap Micah on

my back for a day at the zoo or something

like that. Now, because I have two I

probably would just wrap Daniel and

put Micah in a stroller. But if you are

looking to wrap an older child, a woven

wrap is great. Another pro is they come in

some really beautiful fabrics. So because

they're made with woven cotton or linen

there are just some beautiful fabrics.

If you go search woven fabric on Etsy and

you want to make your own with 5 yards

of fabric you're gonna find some beautiful

options. And so if the beauty of the wrap

is important to you, woven's probably are

hands down the best. You can find some

amazing colors. Another pro is you can

find them in some really nice organic

and sustainable fabric choices like bamboo,

hemp, linen, 100% cotton, things like that.

Okay another advantage of a woven wrap

is if you are excited to learn a bunch of

different carries, the woven wrap is

notorious for that. There are so many

options. There's the front wrap cross carry,

scarf carry, rucksack carry, and so many

other options I've seen. If you get into

some baby wearing groups, they're

going to be showing some really

beautiful twists and braids and

kangaroo style, there's just a bunch of

options. So if you are wanting to kind of

you know, explore a bunch of different

options the woven wrap is perfect for that.

Now some of the cons is they can be

really expensive. Because they come in

those beautiful fabric choices, sometimes

they cost up to $200. Now I did DIY this

one with some osnaburg and dyed it with

some fabric dye so it was probably around

$30 to DIY but that is still more expensive

than buying a knit wrap. So they do

carry a heftier price tag. Another con, to

me they're just not as comfortable. You

can spread the fabric out and really

support the weight, but because it isn't

stretchy, it feels like you have something

on verses the knit wraps they wear more

like clothing in my opinion. It feels more

like a t-shirt. Alright next up is the

Mei Tai. Now this is one that I DIY'd.

There'll be a tutorial here on YouTube if

you're watching this in the future

there already is. This is an East Asian

style of wrap or carrier that is essentially

a square piece of fabric with four straps

coming out at each corner. Now I also did

add a little hood to mine which is great

for in the winter if you're gonna be

outside and you want a little bit of warmth.

Also, you can cinch it based on the size of

the child. And if they're sleeping

you can tie it like this for a little

head support. Alright let's talk about

the pros and the cons of the Mei Tai.

The biggest pro that I see is they are so

easy to do. So if you've tried knit wraps

and woven wraps and you just can't seem

to get them right, your baby always feels

really insecure like you can't move around

and do things, this is probably one for

you to try. You essentially just put

the square over where the baby is on

your chest and then wrap around all four

of the ties, just around your back. And then

you have the baby tied on nice and secure.

I also do like that if you have the head

support hood, which many options on

the market do have, I will leave several

links in the description box below to

some really beautiful options that do have

this hood, then you can still move

about your day and do all of your chores

and not worry about the head flopping

out. So if you want to get down on the floor

and you know change a child's diaper if

you have more than one child, then you

can totally do that with the Mei Tai.

Another advantage is it is super

comfortable because the straps are wide

you can put it across your shoulder

with lots of weight distribution unlike

a lot of carriers and you'll feel

really comfy. Another advantage is

because it is made with woven fabric

there are some beautiful options on the

market if the aesthetic is at all a concern

to you. When my second daughter was

born, a friend of mine made me a Mei Tai.

I ended up leaving it at a museum when I

got her out to nurse her, unfortunately.

But one thing I really loved about it is I

found that if the baby fell asleep in this

kind of wrap I could undo the ties and

easily lay the baby down on the Mei Tai

without waking him up. Whereas with

the knit and woven wraps they're so

tight on you that it's very difficult to

remove the wrap with the sleeping child.

Another advantage is if the baby is

already sleeping, it is possible to

tie the baby on without waking them up.

Whereas with the Moby I totally have to

lay the child back down, wrap it all

up, then put the baby back in. So a lot

of times you can kind of work with

this one while still holding the baby

and that's an advantage. Another

pro of the Mei Tai is you can carry

older toddlers with the same size

of wrap and you can put babies on

a back carry. Now I wouldn't put a

newborn on the back carry because I want

to see their face but for a baby that's a

little bit older and for toddlers, this is

supportive enough because it is made

with non-stretchy fabric, to put on

your back and carry the baby that way.

Also is a one size thing. So this works for

Micah and then it also works for Daniel.

Some disadvantages, I would say it is

still not as comfortable as my knit wraps.

I love this wrap, I think it's a lot prettier

than those however, for the day I still

find the knit Boba wrap to be the most

comfortable that I can wear all day

and totally just put the baby in and not

worry about it. Another con of this is that

you can't take the baby in and out.

So with the knit wrap, I will take the

baby out, lay them down if they're being

happy or hand them off to you know Luke

or his sisters or brothers, and then I'll

leave it on and put the baby right back in.

The knit wrap just kind of stays on all

throughout the day. Whereas this style

of wrap, if I were to take him out, I really

can't get him out, he's too tight.

Because it's not stretchy, it's too tight,

so it has to come off to get him out.

So, I won't be wearing this throughout

the day, I'll either be setting him down,

taking the wrap off, or I'll be picking him

back up and putting it on, but I won't

be leaving it on in between time.

Whereas with the knit wrap, I can do that.

Another disadvantage is I haven't found

a way to nurse in this. Now technically

you can nurse in a woven wrap and

a knit wrap. I will say that I've never

figured that out. To me it is just too

difficult. I'd rather just take the

baby out, nurse and then put the baby

back in again. So, that is a disadvantage.

If you find that you are able to nurse

in wraps, this one is not going to be

your wrap because you can't.

Alright well thank you so much for watching

this video. I'm going to leave a master list

in the description box below with all of

my favorite wraps of each of those

different brands. I'm also going

to have a blog post where I have all

of these pros and cons typed out so

that if you want to refer back to that and

make the decision that's best for you

and your family. You might find that you

want one knit wrap for around the house

and then maybe a woven wrap for when

you're out at the zoo. You can evaluate

that list and check my sources and make

those decisions for your family. As always

thank you so much for watching this

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I also will have tutorials in the

description box for how to make this

and a DIY woven wrap both which I made

with osnaburg fabric and some fabric dye.

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