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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Baby Carrier Options- Part 2

Yesterday, we talked about slings and wraps as a couple of carrier options. Today, we’re going to look at the pro’s and con’s of both the soft structured carrier and the mei tai carrier.

1. Soft Structured Carrier

There are lots of soft structured carriers available on the market including the Ergo and the Boba. They are usually used on an older baby up through the toddler years.

** The Ergo carrier picture shown is borrowed from the Ergo website. Their carriers and additional information can be found here: http://www.ergobabycarriers.com/babycarriers/item/BC2EP/

Pro’s:

1. They are so easy to put on and take off. There’s no wrapping involved, just put it on and go.
2. It’s very easy to learn how to use this kind of carrier.
3. Like other carriers that go over both shoulders, this one offers some shoulder and back support.
4. Your baby will be close to you in this carrier.
5. You can adjust this type of carrier to fit well.

Con’s:

1. This type of carrier isn’t really great for a newborn, though I believe Ergo offers a newborn insert option to solve this problem.
2. Nursing isn’t as discreet in this carrier if you’re looking to be less obvious about it.
3. While there is some foam support in the padding, there may still be some digging in your shoulders from the straps.

2. Mei Tai Carrier

A couple of examples of a Mei Tai carrier are the Babyhawk and the Ellaroo. Mei tai’s are slightly different from other carriers because there is still some tying involved but there are also straps and a pouch already formed for the baby to sit in.

**Picture shown is borrowed from the Babyhawk Mei Tai Carrier website found here: http://www.babyhawk.com/

Pro’s:

1. The instructions are fairly straight forward and easy to understand.
2. Babies from infant up to toddler can fit in this carrier.
3. The Mei Tai can be folded up pretty small and fit into a small space.
4. There are multiple carrying positions.
5. As with all carriers, your baby will be close to you at all times in this.
6. This carrier goes over both shoulders offering evenly distributed weight to cut down on shoulder pain.


Con’s:

1. This carrier doesn’t work well for newborns.
2. There is little to no head support for a young baby or a sleeping baby.
3. Some of these carriers lack padding in the shoulders and/or waist which may get uncomfortable.

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