Before having A I wondered how I would be able to get everything done once he came. I knew Leighton would be home for the first month, but he did eventually have to go back to work and I wondered if I was going to be able to keep up with the daily chores.
Then I discovered babywearing, a life saver for any new mom or dad on a homestead. Today I’m sharing my experience with different carriers that I have tried and used.
I have been wearing A since he was born in August and he is very comfortable in a carrier. At around 4 months old A no longer liked being held so closely by a wrap, this is when I started looking at soft structure carriers. Soft structure carriers let A move his feet and hands freely, he enjoys these the most and we no longer use our wrap.
Disclaimer – I bought my Tula carrier at full price and have not received any compensation for this review, my opinions are my own. I was gifted my Moby wrap and my beCO from family and did not receive any kind of compensation.
When A was just a few months old his fussy times were right around supper and chore time. So, I would put him in my Moby wrap. This was my favorite carrier when he was tiny (newborn to about 4 months), using this wrap you can keep an infant close to your chest while being hands free.
The Moby wrap can be used for infants from 8-35 lbs and has the ability to adjust to a growing baby. This wrap also keeps baby supported from knee to knee which is so important for proper hip development and allows babies back to remain curved as it holds baby against your chest. The Moby wrap allowed me to make supper and do the outdoor chores with A resting comfortably on me.
I was gifted the Moby wrap from my sister, but if I hadn’t of gotten it as a gift I would have spent the money to buy it. The Moby is very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I’ve had A in the Moby wrap on our bush hikes, he stayed comfy and cozy in the wrap for three hours, most of which he spent sleeping. I also loved this wrap in the winter because I could keep A right next to my body where he was warm. The downside to this wrap is it can be uncomfortable in the warmer months as it gets hot.
It can take some practice to get the hang of wrapping baby securely, but by practicing at home I became a pro and had no issues when going out and using it. Some moms also nurse while wearing their baby in the Moby wrap, I never tried this but can see how it would work with some practice.
The Moby is easy to take care of, it is machine washable and comes in a variety of colors. All in all, I loved this wrap and recommend it to any new parents, it’s great for encouraging close bonding with your baby and getting things done.
Things I loved about the Moby:
- Hands free
- Ergonomically correct for baby
- Wide shoulder straps for comfortable wearing
- Warm in the winter
- Front and back carry (I never used it to carry on my back)
- Great for newborn infants
Things I didn’t love:
- Takes practice to get use to wrapping baby safely
- Long wrap – can drag on the ground while wrapping
- Hot in the summer
After the Moby wrap I used a beCO Baby Carrier, but found it hard to wear with A in a front carry (it hurt my shoulders). My sister uses the beCO and likes it, she uses it for both front and back carrying. I couldn’t get use to it and found it difficult to put A in it alone.
Things I loved about the beCO:
- Quicker to use than a wrap
- Hood for head support while baby sleeps
Things I didn’t love:
- Lots of straps and buckles
- Hurt my shoulders when wearing for long periods of time
- Shoulder straps were uncomfortable
- Difficult to use alone
Knowing that I would be using a carrier a lot I started doing some research on different types of soft structure carriers. A friend of mine had recently gotten a Tula carrier and loved it, I was able to try it on and liked the fit so I ordered one. The Tula is very popular right now and many parents even collect them. I don’t have the need or the money to collect Tula’s as a regular standard sized Tula costs around $200.00 (with shipping).
It took some time to get the Tula, because of the demand I had to be on a wait list to pre-order the Tula I wanted, but I believe it is a good investment for a carrier that I know I will be using a lot.
The Tula can be used both for a front carry and back carry. It provides knee to knee support so that baby’s bum is lower than their knees for the perfect ‘M’ shape. The standard size can be used for infants 15-45 lbs and they make a Toddler Tula for children 25-50 lbs. For infants under 15 lbs they have a Tula infant insert that can be used with the standard Tula.
They come in a wide range of colors and patterns, I have the Anchor’s pattern.
I still alternate using the front and back carry depending on A’s mood or what I’m doing. It is a huge help when out running errands as I don’t have to worry about him being in cart. I am able to get everything I need done outside with A on my back, I’ve done fencing and gardening all with him safely in the carrier. I also use the carrier inside when A needs to be cuddled but I still need to get things done, like making supper. So far I love my Tula and recommend it, although I do suggest trying it before buying, since not all carriers will work for everyone.
Things I love about the Tula:
- Easy to wear and use
- Fun prints and colors
- Ergonomically correct for baby
- Front and back carry
- Hood for head support for sleeping baby
- Easy to switch users, buckles adjust quickly
- Pocket to hold cell phone, wallet, etc
Things I don’t love:
- Takes practice to safely put baby on your back in the back carry position (great YouTube tutorials are available)
- Because of the high demand for Tula’s it can take time to get one
I get the chores done, I can work in the garden and go for walks without having to worry about the terrain for a stroller. When out doing errands I don’t have to pack the stroller or worry if the stores are stroller friendly. He can fall asleep in the carrier so I am free to stay outside and continue working without having to go in to put him down for a nap. It keeps him close to promote bonding and keeps him safe.
I love babywearing on the homestead. In my opinion it is one of the best tools for a modern homesteading parent.
Do you use a carrier? If so, what kind and why?