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Which baby carrier is right for me?

Which baby carrier is right for me?

Tula, Ergo Baby, Boba, Beco, Lillebaby, Cuddly Wrap, Sakura. Woven wrap, soft structured, mei tai, stretchy wrap, sling. What are the differences? What does all this mean? There are just so MANY!

There are so many brands that it is hard to know which one is the right one for you, your baby and lifestyle. Here are the basics of choosing a baby carrier that fits your lifestyle, your baby and YOU!

Our first recommendation that we make is to have one carrier for the newborn stage and one for the older baby/toddler stage. The needs for a newborn and older baby/toddler are much different. Newborns love to be close. They love to feel warm, hear your heartbeat and smell your body. They came out of a tight, closed up, dark space where they heard primarily your voice, listened to your heartbeat and cuddled up tight. Which is why we love recommending a stretchy wrap, woven wrap or sling for the newborn stage. The wraps and slings bring baby nice and close to you with a soft fabric. They keep them warm, well bundled and cozy. As babies age, they like to move more and see what is going on. They want more autonomy and as a result we recommend soft structured carriers where babe can be worn on the front or back. 

The stretchy wrap is my favourite newborn carrier because I find it distributes the weight nicely and has a relatively simple learning curve. Keep in mind that stretchy wraps will only work well for the first 4-6 months (but boy will it be worth it!). 

The ring sling is all around handy carrier to have in your "stash" (this is a word that avid babywearers use to describe their collection of carriers). Slings are fantastic in the newborn stage and work well as baby ages as a hip carrier. Since they are one shouldered some people find that they are not as comfortable as a woven or stretchy wrap or a soft structured carrier because they do not distribute the weight evenly (I agree!). However, they can be rolled up easily in your purse and once you get the hang of using one it can be put on quickly to soothe your baby or to run into a shop. We love our True North Ring Slings - they are made in Canada with the softest linen!

Soft structured carriers, or as I like them to call them back pack style carriers, are a multi purpose carriers with clips, buckles and straps that can be worn from newborn right up to 45 lbs (more or less for some brands). They are an all purpose, universal carrier that works well for most families.

They can be worn on the front or back (usually on the back once the baby is more than 6-12 months old). I still use one of these with my almost 4 year old when we go on long hikes. We use the same one for our 1.5 year old much more regularly (while cooking dinner, teething, out for a walk in the woods). View our soft structure carriers HERE.

 

In an ideal world, it would be great to have a stretchy wrap, ring sling and soft structured carrier. If you have a budget for this type of arrangement you will love having the choice of which carrier to use and when. But alas this is not possible for everyone, nor does everyone necessarily want that many carriers. One is often enough for many families. 

How do I decide which brand? That is a tough question and one that we get asked often. If you are lucky enough to live in Kingston, we have a wonderful Babywearing Tutorial and Loan Program whereby you can learn about all the styles in store and then try out 2 carriers in the comfort of your home.

If you are shopping online, we are more than happy to discuss with you via phone 613 344 0390 or email natalie@go-greenbaby.ca which one might be best for you.

There are many factors to consider - size of your body, size of your baby, lifestyle, etc. Here is a quick run down of how each one stacks up:

Overall, the Tula Free to Grow is a carrier that fits most easily and can be used with baby from 7-45 lbs truly and comfortably. The infant insert is incorporated into the design and fits newborn babies beautifully! I can't tell you how many parents with new babies we have fitted in this carrier and it just cradles the baby perfectly. 

The Lillebaby is a supportive carrier with many additional features. If you are simplistic parent this is not the carrier for you, there are too many bells and whistles. If you are a bells and whistles kind of person, then this carrier is for you. If you have back problems as well the added on Lumbar Support will treat your body very well! While this carrier does offer many features one of the drawbacks I find is that it is very bulky and big. Smaller, petite frame? This may not be the right fit for you (consider the Tula Free to Grow or Ergo Original instead). 

The Ergo Baby 360 is designed well for smaller babies and the first 1.5 years! If you are not planning on carrying a toddler around, then this trim carrier will do you well in the first year of their life! If you are looking for a carrier that will last until babe is 3 or 4, look towards the Tula Free to Grow or Lillebaby.

The Original Ergo Baby Carrier is our most basic and affordably priced carrier. I used this carrier for all 4 of my children and it did the job - well! Nothing fancy except the giant pocket at the front. 

As an example, a family that lives in a downtown core without a vehicle may want to have at least two carriers. They may want a soft structured carrier that has a tall back and wide base so that it can accommodate larger children (since they may be doing lots of walking) and a secondary carrier such as a sling for quick trips. Whereas a family with a vehicle who doesn't spend much time outdoors may not need the same features. They may just want a carrier to use casually around the house when their baby is younger as they will be using their stroller as the baby gets older. 

If you would like to purchase a carrier on your own without assistance, we are CONFIDENT that you will be happy with ANY of our choices. All of these brands are well tested, well loved and extremely reliable brands. That way we can help you make the best decision possible for your family - after all we have fitted new moms, dads and even grandparents with thousands of baby carriers over the past 8 years!

Give us a call at 613 344 0390 or email info@go-greenbaby.ca and we can discuss your personal needs!



88 Responses

April Miner
April Miner

March 03, 2016

I would LOVE a Tula!

Esther Simon
Esther Simon

February 29, 2016

I have a moby I bought at go green baby and a beco someone loaned me. I love them both but I’ve been dreaming of a Lile baby.

Karlee
Karlee

February 29, 2016

I loved using my Huggaloops (stretchy wrap) for when my daughter was first born. I still love it now, but also love to use a SSC. I have only tried the Tula. I found it very easy to use and it is really comfortable. I would love to try a Lillebaby as well!

Sharla
Sharla

February 29, 2016

We have (and absolutely love) our tula. But since we have a newborn due in a month, I would love a beco! Since they can be used a little younger than the tula and our 15 month old will likely still use the tula. I love to be able to baby wear both :) although, on different parents. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to tandem!

Rekha
Rekha

February 29, 2016

I’d love to try a Lille – extra back support especially! Though we’ve been lucky enough to start with a Moby (fantastic for wee babe!), and borrow a Baby Bjorn classic for a trip when she was 3 months, and then I got a structured carrier. I chose the Beco Soleil because it’s the only one where the straps can cross, and I just felt more secure with them that way (though the stores didn’t have a Lille to try out). Another mom lent me her sling and it’s definitely handy for quick trips where I don’t need both hands free. I really love having the choice!

Emily Khozeev
Emily Khozeev

February 29, 2016

We own the Tula and Solly Baby Wrap, and while we like both, our son was a big baby, so the solly wrap couldn’t be used for long, and the Tula I like but my son is not a baby wearing fan :(

Julie
Julie

February 29, 2016

Soft structure! Waiting for my chimparoo multi 2.0 to arrive!

Courtney Saccary
Courtney Saccary

February 29, 2016

Would love the Tula or Mei tai

Jessy
Jessy

February 29, 2016

Really want to try either lillebaby or tula. Will try both before buying…2nd babe due in July!

Lindsay
Lindsay

February 29, 2016

I want to try the Mai tai

Rebecca
Rebecca

February 29, 2016

I love my Original Ergo! Wonderful for our 2 year old & 2 month old!!

Elizabeth A
Elizabeth A

February 29, 2016

I’m a Boba fan!

Megan
Megan

February 29, 2016

My favorite carrier for our infant daughter is the Ring Sling, but I love the Ergo for our 2 year old!

Joann
Joann

February 29, 2016

Interested to try the Mei Tai

sarah charbonneau
sarah charbonneau

February 29, 2016

I want to try a ring sling and a bunch of different ssc’s want to find what I like best. Hubby likes the ergo, I have been looking into them all and wish I had a lending library near by.

Jacynthe
Jacynthe

February 29, 2016

I am pregnant with my second child and i am determine to find a carrier that I will be able to use with my newborn. The stechy wrap seems to be a great solution.

Erin
Erin

February 29, 2016

I love stretchy wraps and ring slings for squishy babies, then when their older prefer SSC

Kimberley Waddell
Kimberley Waddell

February 29, 2016

Soft structure carriers like the Tula or lillibaby

Chantal
Chantal

February 29, 2016

Also, I wish I lived closer to Kingston so I could shop with you more often, but it is probably good for my pocketbook that I don’t! :D

Chantal
Chantal

February 29, 2016

I’ve used various carriers as my little guy gets older – I went from a Baby Kt’aan to a Tula with infant insert to a Baby Bjorn (since my guy was only happy facing out) and now mostly use an Osprey backpack carrier. Would love to try a Lillebaby, and am also considering an Ergo 360 for my next baby!

Cassandra lee
Cassandra lee

February 29, 2016

Moby and boba!

Katie C
Katie C

February 29, 2016

I’d love the Lillebaby Complete!. I love carrying my 6 month old but I have a bad back and think the extra support would help :)

Danielle
Danielle

February 29, 2016

I’m expecting my first child and have done me research on baby wearing I think I would love the Tula.

Dee
Dee

February 29, 2016

I love ring slings best.

Kristie L
Kristie L

February 28, 2016

I would love a Lillebaby if I were to win :) Thank you for teaching me all about cloth diapering and for making so many wonderful products available!

Tannis W
Tannis W

February 28, 2016

I have a ring sling that we love. I’d love to try a SSC as a woven wrap!

Lisa B
Lisa B

February 28, 2016

I love a ssc. I have tried a stretchy wrap before but I’m terrible at wrapping and have no patience for it! Ssc are so convenient and I love Boba!

Juli
Juli

February 28, 2016

So true, different carriers for different situations. I love my wovens, but nothing beats a good ssc for walks to the store.

Katie Clarke
Katie Clarke

February 28, 2016

I love our Tula and my spouse has no complaints about the Ergo Organic – we tend to each use one so we do not have to re-size. I would love to try to the Lillebaby!! We keep saying we need to have a carrier dedicated to stay in the car so we always have one on hand wherever we go. It’s the perfect solution when the baby won’t go down for a nap out of the house.

Steph S
Steph S

February 27, 2016

I love our SSC, but I’d really like to try a wrap or ring sling!

Nikki
Nikki

February 26, 2016

I would love a Tula!

Laura
Laura

February 26, 2016

I love my ring sling, boba wrap, and (as of lately) my Tula all for different reasons! When my 4-month-old was first born, I had her in the ring sling ALL the time. I loved having her close to me but also the flexibility of being able to easily move around as well. I use my Boba when we do Mommy & Baby classes at the gym and just used it a lot over Christmas when trying to finish some shopping (instead of trying to push through the crowds with a stroller, she just happily napped away in her wrap). Now that she is a bit older, we have just started using the Tula when running errands as it’s much quicker and easier than the Boba to get her in and out of.

Melinda
Melinda

February 25, 2016

I’m borrowing an Ergo from a friend, but haven’t figured out how to get my 1 yr old in it yet. Need to try again! Anyway, great blog!

Betty
Betty

February 25, 2016

I am enjoying the lillebaby complete that I am borrowing.

Caitlin Stevenson
Caitlin Stevenson

February 25, 2016

I used a manan kangaroo stretchy wrap and an ergo with my son. I absolutely adored the stretchy wrap and wish I could have used it for ever. I liked the ergo, but wasn’t completely in love with it and found my son became to big for it pretty quickly. By the time he was about 18 months old, I found it painful to wear him in the ergo and it was disappointing. I would love to try a tula as I’ve heard they’re amazing.

Krista
Krista

February 25, 2016

I was reading this, and though, “what 1.5 year old is she talking about?”, thinking you must have wrote this a while ago, before Sadie. (Because Cara’s the same age as Sadie, and she’s not 1.5!) Then I realized the Cuddly is a new carrier, so I thought, “oh no, Natalie’s losing it, she forgot about Sadie!”

Then I realized. Oh F-WORD. Sadie is 1.5. Cara is 1.5. Somehow saying it as 1.5 years old sounds much older than going by months. It makes them sound like toddlers, not like babies. Because even though Cara and Sadie look like toddlers, they are obviously babies (in my mind).

So it turns out I’m losing.

Can I refer to Cara’s age in months until she’s 23 years old, please? So that I don’t need to acknowledge she’s not a baby?!

Erica Bilobroka
Erica Bilobroka

February 24, 2016

I love my Mei Tai and have an Ergobaby 360 on its way. I would love to win the Lillebaby – I was trying to choose between it and the ergo but I couldn’t find a local store that carried Lillebaby ?

Cara
Cara

February 24, 2016

Still in search of the perfect carrier :(
Haven’t had much success-perhaps wearing them wrong? Or just because I’m a short petite mom
I think I’d like to try a mei tai

Hanjia
Hanjia

February 24, 2016

I would love to win a Lillebaby or Tula! So many beautiful prints!

Jennie Carr
Jennie Carr

February 24, 2016

I love my Tula!

Meaghan E
Meaghan E

February 24, 2016

We really like our boba but with baby number 2, the Chimparoo has been a lifesaver!

Jodi Armstrong
Jodi Armstrong

February 24, 2016

I loved our ergo and Gemini until she outgrew them. I really like wraps but am such a novice, ssc are so quick to get on/off when little ones are fussy. Mei tail are a nice mix. I’m curious about the become toddler.

Katherina Sooley
Katherina Sooley

February 24, 2016

Love my Tula!! It is seriously a life saver for when you need to get anything done with little ones around !

TanyaJay
TanyaJay

February 24, 2016

My woven wraps are my fav they are so versatile and comfortable. SSCs are second I have owned and ergo and a Tula, I like to keep them in the car as they are quick and simple to put on when your out and about.

Kendra Valente
Kendra Valente

February 24, 2016

Have used a sling in the past but am thinking of starting of with a sakura bloom with my 3rd, who is expected soon, then switching to a lille baby or tula later on!

Rachel
Rachel

February 24, 2016

I have a Beco Butterfly 2, which I love. I also have a ring sling which I find pretty uncomfortable after a short while.

Amanda davis
Amanda davis

February 24, 2016

Through tour baby seeing days I have tried many doffrent kinda and brands of carriers from no u-Tula-ergo-boba ring sling I have never wrapped and would love to give it a go

Caitlin
Caitlin

February 24, 2016

I could not have lived without my Lillebaby, especially when my 6 month foster son showed up unexpectedly! I am so happy to hear that you are now stocking them.

Mary
Mary

February 24, 2016

I love my ring sling. I have a toddler Tula for my oldest that I love :)

Hillary
Hillary

February 24, 2016

Ring sling is my favorite, great for this mom on the go that has so much on her plate!!! ;) quick and easy!

Jen O'Neil
Jen O'Neil

February 24, 2016

I swore by carrying my first, even though I wasn’t very educated with carriers at that time. With my second, I have broadened my stash. I loved using a Moby wrap in the newborn stage. I graduated him to an Ergo – which he only liked for a short time as he learned that he doesn’t like to be restricted. I recently bought a ring sling and am loving it, but am always looking for new carriers to try!

Carolyn Law
Carolyn Law

February 24, 2016

I like a ring sling and stretchy wrap but ready to try a SSC now that baby is bigger. Would love a LIllebaby.

Courttney Maracle
Courttney Maracle

February 24, 2016

Im new to babywearing, only have a cheap carrier at the moment but would love to upgrade and start a ’ stash! ’ .. After looking into a few, i really fell in love with the pixelated tula!

Courttney Maracle
Courttney Maracle

February 24, 2016

Im new to babywearing, only have a cheap carrier at the moment but would love to upgrade and start a ’ stash! ’ .. After looking into a few, i really fell in love with the pixelated tula!

Laura Hutchinson
Laura Hutchinson

February 24, 2016

I am loving my Fidella ring sling and a stretchy wrap that my sister let me try for my 4 week old son Jackson. He just loves being up with momma snuggled right in and I love being hands free to get things done or just walking around the mall. I would absolutely love to get a ssc either a Lenny or a tula.

Debbie
Debbie

February 24, 2016

We love our lillebaby all seasons complete! We have it in black but I am obsessed with frosted rose!

Deirdre Waud
Deirdre Waud

February 24, 2016

I love my beco Gemini but haven’t had the chance to try a Lillebaby.

Cassandra
Cassandra

February 24, 2016

I’m partial to wovens at the moment but would love to try a ssc at some point!

Sarah
Sarah

February 24, 2016

I love my Lillebaby, I got one when babe was 2 months after using my Moby wrap for the first while :)

Emilee Rice
Emilee Rice

February 24, 2016

I would absolutely looove a Tula for my son! we have been looking for a SSC that would us and after our research- Tula or a similar carrier be perfect. All we have now is a very cheap brand of Mei tai but its very comfortable for either of us!

Christie
Christie

February 24, 2016

I love my ring sling I purchased from you! And I would love an ergo!

Teri Williams
Teri Williams

February 24, 2016

I’d like the Msi tai ?

Jennifer J
Jennifer J

February 24, 2016

I can always rely on Go Green Baby for the most update information and products – especially their carriers. My grandson would love to be carried in a Tula! :)

Courtney Snyder
Courtney Snyder

February 24, 2016

I have a woven I can’t figure out! I’ve yet to get a carrier but something draws me to an ssc I admire lillebabys and lenny lambs though!

Jacqueline Boehme
Jacqueline Boehme

February 24, 2016

I’d love a Tula!

Jenn
Jenn

February 24, 2016

Love my ring sling but looking at other options as my babe grows.

Melinda
Melinda

February 24, 2016

Been wanting a Tula!!

Holly Found
Holly Found

February 24, 2016

Currently looking at a Lenny Lamb SSC…love the structure!!

Megan Laan
Megan Laan

February 24, 2016

Love our woven wraps!

Reeva maybee
Reeva maybee

February 24, 2016

love WOVEN WRAPS !

Sarah dickson
Sarah dickson

February 24, 2016

I love my beco!

Kristina
Kristina

February 24, 2016

Fave carrier right now is my WCMT!! Would love to try an Tula!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

February 24, 2016

I’m 6 months pregnant with my first, so I haven’t tried out any of the carriers yet; the Tula & sling both look awesome (I’m planning to register a few different carriers at Go Green before my baby showers!) :)

Rachael
Rachael

February 24, 2016

Right now I love my ergo but I have only tried a few buckle carriers. Still looking for one that’s a perfect fit for us both

Kari Barone
Kari Barone

February 24, 2016

I love my Catbird Baby Pikkolo! My son has outgrown it. We are currently loving a Beco Toddler.

Cheryl st Jean
Cheryl st Jean

February 24, 2016

Would love any lillebaby carrier for my 5 month old! Have been researching the heck out of lillebaby and want one so bad!!

Melodie
Melodie

February 24, 2016

Love my Lillebaby All Seasons Complete! Wasn’t able to get the hang of wrapping and my Ergo hurts my back. Lillebaby carrier is super comfortable.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

February 24, 2016

Chimparoo ringsling-jazz or a Tula baby carrier ?

Meagan j
Meagan j

February 24, 2016

I love my Lenny paradiso and my zebra ergo. I have always dreamed of having a lillebaby or Tula!!

Nicole
Nicole

February 24, 2016

I love my Tula ring sling and I had the opportunity to use a friends Tula ssc. I also used a moby wrap and ergo with an insert for when my daughter was a newborn.

Katie
Katie

February 24, 2016

I love my Boba!

Sarah
Sarah

February 24, 2016

I love my baby K’tan for its ease of use and that I can just toss it in the diaper bag; the Mei Tai for longer adventures; just got my hands on a Didymos woven that I can’t wait to try out; my husband loves our Ergo!

Brie
Brie

February 24, 2016

I think I’d like the Cuddly wrap!

Michelle
Michelle

February 24, 2016

i use ergobaby carrier and boba wrap. Also have a boba 2G that I will use when baby is bigger.

Kristin D
Kristin D

February 24, 2016

I had the opportunity to try several buckle carriers at a local babywearing meetup. I loved the Tula and the Beco Gemini. They didn’t have a Lillebaby, so it would be great to win one! After following Maman Loup’s blog (& her recent 30 Days, 30 Wraps Challenge), I would like to try a wrap!

Marlee
Marlee

February 24, 2016

I love my SB sling!

Shannon
Shannon

February 24, 2016

Doing some research for one but leaning towards a more structured carrier, like Bjorn or something similar.

Deb Chapman
Deb Chapman

February 24, 2016

I love my Lenny Lamb SSC!

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