In the past 20 years the baby carrier has become a favorite baby accessory among parents. Many studies have concluded that babywearing is beneficial to babies as well as very convenient for parents and grandparents. Babywearing promotes bonding with your child, calms babies, reduces crying and colic, allows parents to become attuned to baby’s cues and movements, reduces physical strain on a parent and allows freedom of movement.
Nurture Center offers several types of baby carriers to chose from for every size, fit and need: pouch, wrap sling, ring sling, soft structure carriers and Mei Tai. Choose the right kind for you and your baby from the detailed descriptions below.
Pouch carriers are constructed from a tube of fabric with a curved seam. Pouches are sized to the adult wearer, and once you find the right size, they are probably the most convenient baby carriers. Simply slip on the carrier, pop the baby in, and you are good to go! They fit easily in a diaper bag or stroller basket, and are cool and comfortable. However, Ring Slings are more adjustable. Nurture Center offers Serene Sling from Balboa Baby pouch carriers.
Wrap carrier is a simple strip of cloth that makes an elegant and comfortable baby sling. A little learning is required to wrap and tie the cloth, but easy to read instructions make learning a breeze. Wrap slings come in a variety of natural and organic fabrics. Wrap carriers are a great option for those preferring a two shouldered carrier with lots of flexibility. Baby can be worn on the front or back, and a wrap offers the ultimate in comfort for both mom and baby. A great carrier for babies that like to be held in the upright position. Nature Center offers Moby Wrap sling carrier in many colorful fabrics, organic fabrics and UV protection fabrics. This bestseller is only $44.95 and our local moms of newborns swear by it!
Ring sling is a shawl with a pair of rings attached to one end. The rings replace the knot or tuck-and-twist method of fastening used with traditional shawl carriers such as Mexican rebozos or Indonesian selendangs. Some ring slings have padding in the shoulder or along the edges of the sling. Nurture Center offers Maya Wrap Ring Sling with a lightly padded shoulder as well as several popular types of linen ring slings from Sakura Bloom. Prices range from $74-$160
Soft structure carriers feature a body panel and thickly padded shoulder and waist straps, which gives different weight distribution and overall different look and feel. Soft structure carriers hold the baby securely against the wearer's body, are suitable from birth through toddler age and provide the benefits of body-to-body contact for the baby. Soft structure carriers can be used in several carrying positions: front carry facing in, front carry facing out, back carry and side/hip carry. Nurture Center offers several soft structure carrier brands: Beco, ErgoBaby, Oh Snap, Cat-Bird-Baby Pikkolo Carriers and Scootababy, in a wide variety of color, pattern and organic fabrics.
Mei Tai carrier is a modern version of a two-shouldered carrier that also straps around the waist. This style of carrier is very popular in Asian countries, and is also known as Asian Baby Carriers (or ABC's). These carriers are an excellent option for people who want to spread the weight of the baby over both shoulders and the waist. They can also be shared by adults different in size. The biggest advantage of a Mei Tai carrier seems to be the beautiful fabrics on the panels! Nurture Center offers BabyHawk Mei Tai and Catbird Baby Mei Tai in a variety of styles and fabric patterns. Cost runs from $69-90
Babywearing can be convenient and fun, but it also comes with responsibility for your baby’s safety. These babywearing rules from Babywearing International™ are paramount for your baby’s safety: