How many baby carriers do you own? One…two…more? For a lot of people one baby carrier is enough for them. They find the one baby carrier that does everything they want. Then there are others. I ended up falling into the others category. I didn’t mean to. I was just going to get 2, a stretchy and a mei tai. Then I decided I needed another kind of baby carrier because my baby was too big for the stretchy, but wasn’t fitting in the mei tai very well… then I wanted something for quick trips to the store… then I wanted something I could wear in the water. You see how it goes!
Currently I own 4 carriers; 2 ring slings, a BB Slen woven wrap and a Kozy Carrier mei tai. I also have a Hotslings pouch that I’ve borrowed from a friend and a Sleepy Wrap stretchy that a friend of mine is borrowing for her newborn. I also have a mesh ring sling on the way from Boutique Bella Bambini. I think after this there is only one more baby carrier I would like after this, a shorter woven wrap.
Here is how I got my carriers. Originally, as I said, I had decided I would get a stretchy wrap and a mei tai for when my newborn outgrew the stretchy wrap. I lucked out and found the Sleepy Wrap and Kozy Carrier at a local consignment sale for major bargains. I was so excited! All my baby carrier shopping done at one time. Once my baby had arrived I loved snuggling him in the Sleepy Wrap. When he got a little bigger I tried out the Kozy Carrier, but found it was a bit big for him, even when I rolled the bottom up several times. After doing some research, I decided to get a woven wrap and chose to get a BB Slen as I’d seen many opinions that they were fairly easy for new wrappers to figure out. I loved it when it arrived, but soon found that for quick trips into the store or many short trips in a day I found that it was fairly awkward to keep wrapping and unwrapping my baby. Then I decided I wanted a ring sling for trips like this. I bought a Zolowear ring sling, but had a hard time getting the shoulder just right. I happened upon a garage sale where there was a lady there who was selling ring slings she made and sells on Etsy. Her Hippie Baby Designs ring sling was so comfortable! Then summer hit and my daughter likes to swim and go to parks with water features. I wanted something that would be quick drying for times like that and to be able to keep my baby close while I’m near the water. So I ordered a mesh ring sling by Boutique Bella Bambini. And now I’m pretty sure there is only one more baby carrier I want. A shorter woven wrap in order to do some short wrap back carries.
So, how many baby carriers do you have? Are you at your “perfect” number? If there are other baby carriers you want, what are they?