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Finding the Perfect Baby Carrier for a Bigger Baby

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Babies come in all sizes. I was blessed with a tiny little 6 lb 15 oz little girl. I have friends who have been blessed with beautiful 9 lb babies at birth. No matter what the size, they are a blessing.  Baby wearing is becoming more popular, and quite frankly, it’s just easier!174

When you have an infant, it’s much easier to pop them into a carrier then drag out a bulky stroller. Babies feel more secure right next to momma, so make it easy. What if you are blessed with a bigger baby? Which baby carriers are best for your back? Which carriers are the most comfortable for baby? Here are a few I would recommend.

  1. Boba Soft Structured Carriers: These carriers are just amazing. I purchased a Boba 3G when my daughter was 3 months old, and we still use it. (She’s 17 months old!) This carrier is very structured and comes with storage compartments. It has a place for your cell phone or keys. It’s a longer carrier, so it’s ideal for a taller mom or a longer baby. The carrier features soft shoulder straps that are easy to adjust, making it very comfortable and easy to use. My daughter was in my Boba every time I went to the store for months, especially around 3-6 months. I didn’t have to worry about her getting squirmy in her infant seat. She was right by my side. I have worn this carrier at a professional baseball game with no discomfort or back pain. The weight requirements are 7-45 lbs. It retails for around $125.
  2. Baby Hawk Mei Teis: These carriers work great, as well. My good friend has had three bigger babies, and she has used this carrier with each one. This carrier features a few different options for how you tie it to make it comfortable for mom. The baby’s weight is well distributed in the front carry, because you can tie the soft strap behind baby’s back. I have worn this carrier with my daughter and it always felt very secure. The weight requirements for this carrier are newborn to 40 lbs. It retails for around $95
  3. Moby Wraps: These are such popular wraps. The Moby is a long piece of fabric that can be manipulated in several different ways to do different holds. The fabric is stretchy and sturdy. I wore my daughter in a Moby for a long period of time with no discomfort. While I do prefer a structured carrier, if you are going to use a wrap, I recommend a Moby. The weight requirements are 8-35 lbs. These retail for around $50.

No matter how big your baby is, you can find a carrier that is right for you. Find one that is comfortable for baby and for you, momma. Enjoy the bond and the ease of baby wearing!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a baby-wearing lover. She plans on getting a new carrier with baby 2 and still uses her Boba with her first baby. 

Just Say No to the Bumbo Seat

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Bumbo seat has gained popularity in recent years, but is one product we did not use with our children. With my oldest I did not even want to try it; she never sat in one. I was a more relaxed with our second child and let him try one out (a hand-me down), but ended up not really using it.

First of all, when you put your baby in it, baby is sitting upright before they are developmentally ready to sit upright. Babies were designed to develop and learn over time, and oftentimes this product has the baby in a position they are not yet ready for. An article in the Chicago Tribune further discusses this from a physical therapist’s standpoint, not to mention recent recalls due to the flip-over hazard.

Many parents find the Bumbo helpful when they need their hands free to attend to another kid, cook diner, wash

Carriers go anywhere! Bumbos, not so much.

Carriers go anywhere! Bumbos, not so much.

dishes or do laundry. The Bumbo seat could be used in this manner, but is it really what is best for the baby? We used baby carriers when trying to get chores done around the house, both the Moby Wrap and the Baby Hawk. These allow your child to be attended to while you get work done. When I tried the Bumbo seat with my second, all I could think about was someone (a 3-year old) bumping into the Bumbo or knocking it over with the baby sitting in it. We have lots of tile floors and best-case scenario of a knock over would be many tears. When your baby is in a baby carrier they are right next to you and much less likely to be hurt by a “helpful” older sibling. When cooking dinner with my babies I always made sure to have them on my back, which kept them away from the hot stove top or oven.

A Bumbo seat can be a great prop for pictures, but if you are using please make sure you follow all safety warnings. The Bumbo should only be used on the floor, never on any raised surfaces. This seems like common sense, but I have seen babies in their Bumbo on the counter. For all other times, try your baby carrier for a hands-free solution. My babies were always much happier when worn by a parent than when they were laying on a blanket alone. This allowed me to get much more work done around the house.

Kristen Beggs lives and writes in Midland, TX.


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