When I was pregnant my plan was to babywear, everywhere. I was told by many parents that it wouldn’t work because you don’t want to wake the baby once they’ve fallen asleep in the car. In fact, even if she gets fussy pulling her out of the car, the wraps are like a sleeping pill! I’ve never had a desire to carry around a car seat carrier and I have yet to use the stroller. In fact, it scares me if I ever face that need of using the carrier. It’s so heavy and it feels like my hands, arms, hips and thighs are all bearing the weight just to walk. Luckily, I’ve only been forced to use it once, to get my hair done, and I’m positive I looked like I was having trouble walking and trying to carry everything else.
I was desperate, it was my first post-baby hair appointment! Dad forgot about my schedule, so the car seat carrier it was. To top it off, I have the mac-daddy car seat in my car that isn’t a carrier so before dad left in the morning I just put the carrier in my car so I could transfer her once we arrived, I hope no one was watching me because I definitely looked like a first timer. Baby was only three weeks old and I wasn’t really driving much without dad which is why the car seat with the removable carrier was in his car. Once I parked it looked like she didn’t ride in a car seat because I pulled the carrier from the trunk and then strapped her in. It might have even looked like I made her ride in the trunk just sitting in the carrier gazing out the back window. It’s a Prius, that’s how we wanna-be hippies roll, it’s like the old school station wagons when the back seats faced the back. I’m the cool mom.
Lo, and behold my love of baby wearing. I’m also a big fan of skin-to-skin bonding, how wearing promotes physical development and the attachment style of parenting. I take her everywhere, she’s been more places I can count. I’ve even perfected eating with her strapped to my chest. Now if only I could figure out how to safely breastfeed her in the wraps, that would be a dream. Currently I own three wraps and two carriers by ErgoBaby, Boba, Moby and Stokke. The only wrap you don’t see below is the Moby; I wore it once and never looked back because the fabric didn’t stretch, at all.
As I’m scrolling through my photos wearing the wraps I’m realizing how many different places she’s been and how much we eat out (and also how many photos are taken of me while I’m drinking a beer). Luckily for you, since we like to eat out a lot, here’s a mini food tour of our favorite local spots in Tampa!
This is my favorite wrap so far because the fabric is very comfortable and stretchy. The black pocket in front is meant to fold the wrap for storage, but I use this pocket as a purse. I’ve stored a couple diapers, a travel pack of wipes, credit cards, cash, iPhone and of course the Wubba which you’ll see poking out in a few photos. This wrap comes in a couple other colors if you wanted a more neutral look. The only negative I have is the fabric length; there’s a lot to tie around your waist so it’s definitely a one-size fits all!
My other favorite wrap. The fabric isn’t as nice as the Ergo, but it’s stretchy and the ends aren’t as long. When I don’t need a pocket to use as my handy purse or I’d rather wear a more neutral colored wrap, I’ll wear this one.
Dad loves this one, the wrap is a little feminine for him to wear in public, but he loves wearing this one. Once you learn how to put the carrier on it’s easy to pop baby in and out. The feature that sold me was it lasts until baby is 35lbs and it’s a 3-in-1 carrier; forward or chest facing and on your back. This carrier is on the pricey side, but we like this company and trust the quality. Buy right or buy twice!
We haven’t used this one very much because it requires you to use an infant insert and it’s just too darn hot in Florida right now to stuff baby in there. This photo is the one time I tried it and it was very comfortable, but without the insert she wasn’t very secure and snuggled. I chose the travel version because it’s light weight and easy to fold away, I’m excited to use this on our first trip in August. Sadly, this model was actually discontinued April 2014. I’m foreseeing the longevity of this carrier not able to carry baby at a high weight because it’s so lightweight, thus the Stokke.