By Ash Stevens
When you buy a woman a baby carrier, you’re giving her the gift of a deep and meaningful mama-baby bond. You’re also giving her the gift of having two useable hands. And I can’t even tell you how helpful that is when it comes to housecleaning, shopping, and running around town. And let’s not forget the greatest carrier perk of all; the ability to go to the bathroom. To top if off, carriers also allow for discrete and on-demand nursing. And I don’t have to tell you what a big deal that is when it comes to extending and expanding the benefits of breastfeeding.
One of the most famous baby carriers is the Ergo Baby soft-structured carrier (SSC). Thanks to the simplicity and comfort of its backpack-like style, it’s practically developed a cult-following from ecstatic mothers. It’s ability to support healthy hip positioning is another huge cherry on the cake. Another bonus, is that it can be used from birth through toddlerhood (via Ergo ADAPT or via their newborn insert). And if expectant mama is gung-ho for organics, their organic cotton Ergo will tickle her all-natural fancy.
Other noteworthy SSC’s include Tula, Catbird Baby, Lenny Lamb, and Beco. They’re all high in design and quality, and worthy of every dollar spent. Of course, buying one of these awesomely-wonderful-fantastic carriers will cost quite a few dollars (like, 130-180). When it comes to the benefits of hours of comfortable babywearing, they’re 1000% worth the price, but they do cost more than some parents care to fork over. If you’re looking for something more affordable, then check out green and organic baby carriers like the Yoshino, or the affordable and ergonomic Infantino Support (only $45 and scores a review rating of 4 out of 5 stars).
Wraps are another fab baby carrier option. Stretchy wraps like the Boba and the Moby offer a colorful and cozy carry for newborns and younger babies (and for a very reasonable 40-ish dollars). Of course, stretchy wraps get to be a pain with bigger babies and warmer climates, so they’re not always the greatest value. That’s where woven wraps come in. Wovens like those offered by Maya, Didymos, and Lenny Lamb are famous among babywearers for their exceptional fabric, design, and prints. So much so, that women are getting rid of clothes so that their woven collection can fit in their closet (or to give themselves more room so they can justify buying the latest from Lenny Lamb). Their length allows for gorgeous and creative ties that make women swoon in awe and delight. And while the art of tying takes some practice, this can be remedied by using the woven as a ring sling using either metal sling rings or the sling tie.
Woven wraps are absolutely exquisite when it comes to comfort and design. However, quality brands like those mentioned will cost a pretty penny (as in 15-18 thousand pennies). If you need a woven that fits within the ole budget, check out Soul Slings and Butterfly Baby’s USA-manufactured wraps. And if you’ve got a sewing machine, you can make your own custom woven with Osnaburg fabric from the closest craft store. That’s a great gift for the buyer thanks to the discounted purchase price, but the opportunity for customization and creativity can turn a DIY woven into a thoughtful and highly-functional gift. All great things!
Ash Stevens is a gardener, a writer, and a fan of all things green. Her love for health and sustainability began with her journey into motherhood, and it’s grown exponentially ever since. She’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors. If she isn’t writing or reading up on exciting green trends, she’s probably playing Connect Four or swimming in the river with the kids. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.