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We heard a lot of older people say that we held Jake too much, and we were going to spoil him. I don’t really believe you can spoil a baby this age, but now he does want to be held pretty much every second of the day.. So, there’s that. And since I don’t get much time with him, I do really enjoy holding him, but it makes it tough to get any of the 8 million things on my to do list done. Baby carriers help tremendously on that front. I can strap on a carrier, pop him in, and he can “help mama” with the chores. This allows me to be pretty much free to use my hands to load and unload the dishwasher, fold laundry, whatever. I typically don’t use them while I’m cooking or prepping food for safety reasons, but most other chores get done with a baby strapped to my front.
We actually have 2 different carriers, and I have used both of them a ton. Both of ours were bought at children’s consignment stores, so they were very reasonably priced, but if you want new ones, they are gonna run in the 50 dollar range.
The first one is a Snugli, and it is a pretty standard baby carrier. It has about 3240283403298 snaps and adjustments (okay, but seriously, it has like a dozen). This is good for getting a good fit, but bad for getting it on and off quickly. I have mine adjusted how I like it now, so I only have to snap/unsnap 3 total to get both of us in and out. We have used this on multiple outings, and we do really like it. It was the first baby carrier we ever used, and we used it for the first time when he was maybe 6 weeks old. Now, he’s big enough that he can face in or out, and we like the versatility. It’s nice for when we run to the grocery store and he falls asleep on the way there in his carseat, I can strap him into this and he will sleep on my chest through the whole trip without random people touching him all through the store. You may laugh at this, but one of the reasons that I love babywearing is that less strangers try to touch my baby at the store than when he is in his carseat. True story.
Our other is a Balboa Baby, and it is a sling style carrier. Seriously, y’all, this thing is worth it’s weight in gold. Not only can my baby nurse while I wear him in this, it puts him to sleep almost every single time. And even on the rare chance that he doesn’t fall asleep, he’s so calm when he’s in it. It does have a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s definitely manageable, especially since the site has links to YouTube videos that show you how to do different holds. I find that it hurts my back a little less than the regular carrier, but you do have to make sure you are wearing it correctly. I also love that if he poops/spits up/whatever on this carrier, it goes right in the washing machine. I cannot recommend a sling-style carrier enough, and this one is very good quality. Now, I don’t know how I ever lived without it!
As I mentioned before, both of our carriers are used, and they are both still holding up excellently. I would definitely imagine us being able to use them for another child. They both do have pros and cons, but I would absolutely say that they are both useful in different arenas. However, if you are only going to invest in one, I would definitely go with the sling!