If you’re just starting your journey into babywearing and researching your options, you might have been surprised to find that a lot of parents own more than one baby carrier. Crazy, right? I mean, you only have one baby that you’re babywearing at a time (usually!), so that seems a little excessive!
But for many families, having more than one carrier can be extremely practical and useful.
Is One Carrier Enough?
First things first. YES! You can make do with just one carrier. In fact, you don’t need a carrier at all. People have carried babies in their arms since forever (and still do!) and if you want to keep it simple like that, you totally can!
But if a carrier is on your list of essentials, that’s great. You won’t regret it! If you’re planning to own just one carrier, you should take into consideration a few factors:
Why Two Carriers Can Be Helpful
If you’re struggling to find a carrier that meets all the above requirements, or if you have a little bit of extra budget to spend, it can be worthwhile acquiring a back-up. Here’s why I personally prefer more than one carrier:
You may decide that only one carrier is needed, your needs may change over time, or you might decide that it’s worth investing in a couple of different types. It is totally up to you!
What about MORE Than Two Carriers?
If you’ve got two carriers that you are using regularly, but you still feel like there’s a gap in your babywearing collection, you’re not alone. Many babywearers find that they use their carriers so often that it’s worth adding even more.
The benefit of this is you can have a carrier in the car, in the nursery, at Grandma’s house, and so on. And with lots of options to choose from, you can go with whatever is most appropriate for the occasion.
It’s a bit like choosing your outfit. Sure, you could survive with just one. But do you really want to wear one outfit to workout in, go to weddings in, the beach, the rain, summer, winter, etc.? Nope! And for some people, having the same options when it comes to babywearing is just as important!
Or maybe it’s more than practicality and need, but about what you want. Maybe they just bring you joy. For some people, babywearing is as much a hobby as it is a parenting tool! If you like to collect pretty things, this might be you. And that’s totally okay too, as long as you’re comfortable with it, and it’s affordable for your budget. If you’re starting to feel like things are out of control though… read on.
Uh Oh… I might be Getting Addicted
Some people are prone to taking things a little too far. I am somewhat speaking for myself here. When I do something, I REALLY do it. Do you resonate with what I’m saying here?
I fell down the babywearing rabbit hole very quickly. I went from one carrier to six in a very short amount of time. I spent a lot of late night feeds browsing the buy-swap-sell pages to find my next “perfect” carrier.
It doesn’t help that as a new mum, your whole world shifts. Your friendship circles and social life changes. Suddenly, your phone and Facebook groups keep you company through the night, your hormones and emotions are going through a lot of changes, and you’re potentially poised to make some crazy impulse buys to fill the gap. This doesn’t just happen with baby carriers – people get addicted to buying other products too, like high end prams, bags, baby clothing (Bonds!), and more.
Fortunately, I mostly bought low-end secondhand carriers, and have since re-sold most of them without losing too much money. And while I still like to browse the pages occasionally, I feel like I have tamed my obsession into more of a hobby. I get joy out of my babywearing collection, but it’s not out of control.
My collection from a few weeks ago. Not as small or big as some, but everything in it is loved and used, has some variety, and adapts as our needs change. It brings me a lot of joy!
If you’re feeling a little out of control, I can recommend a great Facebook group called “Staying Stashified”. It’s full of other babywearers who are in a similar position and it’s a safe place to talk about your struggles and get help. This includes help with resisting new purchases and reducing the size of your collection by selling, or even just loving your existing baby carriers so you can “stay stashified”. This group has played a big part in helping me see where my obsession was headed so I could put the brakes on!
Hopefully you have some idea of how many carriers are right for you! The next step is to figure out what carriers are best suited to you, your baby, and your needs. The best thing you can do is head to a local meet to try on as many as you can or book in with a babywearing consultant who will make sure you have the right carrier and fit.
And remember, it’s not about how many carriers you have or the size of your “stash”. It’s about holding your baby close – whether in your arms, in one carrier, or in fifty!
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P.P.S. Brooke is a qualified babywearing consultant based in North Brisbane and happy to help you figure out the right carrier for your needs. If you’re further away, please don’t hesitate to message or comment with any questions though – she can still help you find a baby carrier that will work for you.
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Babywearing is a beautiful tool that so many parents find invaluable in those first few years.
Unfortunately, even in this industry, there are companies and people who sell carriers that are fakes or blatant rip-offs of well-known brands.
I thought it was time to talk about shopping while babywearing. After all, it’s a bit of a different experience than shopping with a pram ;-).