This post is also about acceptance, encouragement & sorority.
– Baby Carriers For Newborns IN THIS ARTICLE –
After the first days (weeks, or months) of adaptation to a newborn routine, you may feel the urge to reconnect with yourself as a woman beyond the mom. If you are style-conscious, including your baby in your dressing routine may be a great starter. Of course, baby carriers for newborns are mainly functional (and adult life-saving) but there is no law forbidding them from being an amazing fashion accessory as well!
Besides all the important information about baby carriers for newborns, this post brings a lot of inspiring real moms. We encourage you to open your heart to their pictures and follow everyone who resonates with you! From badass stay-at-home moms to badass executives, we have much more in common than we think!
The part about encouragement
Dressing yourself after having a baby may be challenging, after all, your figure has been changing since pregnancy. So yes, sometimes you may feel like not doing it. That’s totally normal. And if you often feel self-conscious about your body: it is not your fault!
Magazines, Hollywood, Photoshop, and Society have been teaching us how to hate our bodies for centuries, no matter how we look. Think about it: how often do you get or give unsolicited opinions, advice, or “compliments” about your / somebody’s shape? It is huge pressure on and from us!
Taking your time to embrace your ever-changing new figure, as you navigate all the other aspects of motherhood, is an act of self-love and it may or may not come naturally. Just remember that you are the master of your life, even when you don’t feel like it. So, if you care about style, but feel guilty or self-conscious about dressing up, remember fashion is one great self-expression tool and, beyond the mom, there is a human, with all sorts of emotions. And it’s all good.
And in case you need any more encouragement: the reason why carriers can be a great fashion ally in your wardrobe is that they are all about fabrics and temperature control. So, in order for you to wear your baby safely and comfortably, besides safe positioning, you will have to take into consideration the weather X the carrier fabric anyways! In conclusion, safe babywearing is pretty much layering + right baby positioning!
If you want more details on baby carriers, check our cheat guide: What baby carrier is best for you! You will find all the answers there!
Do You Need A Baby carrier for your newborns?
Holding a newborn for the first 1000 times is an experience. They can’t hold their necks, they are sleeping most of the time and they are so f-r-e-a-c-k-i-n-g soft. Despite all that, it is an amazing feeling and it brings a lot of benefits for the babies and adults involved.
Additionally, unless you have help 24/7, you have to feed yourself, do laundry, walk the dog, and take the trash. At some point, you may feel like having a specific baby carrier for newborns in opposition to leaving them in a bouncer all the time or going out with a stroller for small errands.
In conclusion: no, you don’t need baby carriers for newborns. But oooh, having your arms back and putting your offspring to sleep as you give him love is amazing!
Sling, Wrap, or Soft Structured: what baby carrier is best for newborns?
In real life, the crushing majority of parents (and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute) agree that slings and wraps, in comparison with regular soft structured carriers, are safer and more comfortable for newborns and infants with no muscular control. The reason is they allow for perfect adjustment around your torso and the baby’s body, regardless of your body size! This fine adjustment is crucial to provide the right amount of support required by a newborn who doesn’t have muscular control yet!
However, great brands like Ergo, Boba, and Baby Bjorn have soft structured carriers designed for the newborn stage, making them perfectly safe when used the right way. Some may see it as a major advantage to be ready to wear in opposition to the wrapping and tying. Therefore, some parents love it, considering it more practical than the wrap and the sling!
The decisive factor will come down to your personal preferences regarding your confidence zone and the everyday use of each type of carrier.
The only thing you cannot do when baby-wearing is been reckless, no matter which type of device you are using. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe positioning, because they know what works best for their fabrics and design!
5 Best Soft Structured Baby Carriers for newborns
Usually, Soft Structured Carriers are a hit for bigger babies with full muscular control.
However, some brands designed SSC especially for newborns, offering the ergonomic support required for that stage, with the easy buckle-and-go convenience
For this post, we selected carriers that don’t require any extra insert to be worn with newborns. There is nothing wrong with wearing an “all-in-one” carrier with infant inserts or adjustments if that’s your preference. As long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, you will be fine!
ERGObaby Embrace, The Traditional Brand Baby Carrier For Newborns
ERGObaby is probably one of the most popular baby carrier brands in the US.
They have an entire line of carriers for every stage and of course, they have the Embrace for newborns and infants. This means that they carry babies from 7 to 25 lbs without any additional inserts!
Their carriers are made of OEKO-TEX certified soft knit fabrics, meaning that they are non-toxic and smooth on baby’s skin!
The soft knit may not be as breathable and lightweight, so if you live in a hot area, you may prefer the mesh BabyBjörn.
The Embrace baby carriers for newborns are machine washable and ergonomic for carrying babies face-in and out (after muscular control is developed)
♥︎ Infant inserts are not necessary
🌿 Non-toxic OEKO-TEX certified
Boppy® ComfyChic Carrier, The Hybrid One
You probably know Boppy from their famous pregnancy/nursing/lounging pillows. However, they also make great carriers and wraps.
With mesh panels, vegan leather details, or not, and yoga-inspired fabric, their carriers suit babies from 8 to 35 lbs.
On the reviews, most parents prefer it for smaller babies, claiming it doesn’t offer as much support for heavier babies.
It is machine washable and supports 4 carrying positions: newborn front face-in, front face-in, front face-out, and side-hip carrying.
♥︎ Infant inserts are not necessary
➕ Hybrid between soft-structured and wrap
BABYBJÖRN® Baby Carrier Mini, The Scandinavian Baby Carrier For Newborns
BabyBjörn is a family-owned business from Sweden. Their products are internationally famous for their high-quality and Scandinavian-Modern Chic design!
The carriers are no less of style and safety, made of 100% OEKO-TEX certified fabrics, meaning that they are also non-toxic!
They have an entire line of carriers, for every stage. The Minis are designed for babies from 7 to 24lbs and they come in 3 different fabrics:
3D Mesh: 100% polyester. It is high-tech quick drying and more breathable.
Jersey: 80% polyester, 16% cotton, and 4% elastane. The softest and most velvety material.
Satin Cotton: 100% cotton. The most compact and flexible.
They are all machine washable and ergonomic for carrying babies face-in and out (after muscular control is developed).
♥︎ Infant inserts are not necessary
🌿 Non-toxic OEKO-TEX certified fabric
Sakura Bloom Scout, The Baby Carrier For Newborns Made in the USA
Sakura is a great local company from San Diego, California. They are a family-owned business, focused on slow fashion, low waste, and high-quality fabrics.
You will find linen, silk, bamboo, and cotton with details in real leather or not. Its design is a beautiful mix of modern and artisanal work.
They have an entire line of carriers, also with amazing ring slings and back carriers. Their baby carriers for newborns are the Scout and they suit babies from 7 to 45 lbs, depending on the fabric.
The Scout is not machine washable and it is ergonomic for carrying babies face-in or on the back (after muscular control is developed)
♥︎ Infant inserts are not necessary
🇺🇸 Made in the USA
🌟 Slow fashion
The Best Wrap Baby Carriers for newborns
Wraps are a long piece of fabric, like the sling, but with both shoulders support, like the soft structured carrier. Consequently, it has all the tying, but with extra support on the back!
You can use pretty much any wrap with a newborn, as long as you follow the manufacturers’ instructions. The ones we selected for this list are the most popular and more focused on the newborn infant stage (Solly and ERGO), are great for twins (Moby), or have an organic option (Boba).
Solly Baby Wrap, The Sustainable Baby Carrier For Newborns
$69 – $74
Solly Baby is a fantastic American brand! Her founder and CEO Ella is an American mom of 4, who started her company 10 years ago, selling her homemade wraps on Etsy. Her story is really inspiring and you can read it here.
Moreover, the Solly Wraps are eco-friendly and sewn in Los Angeles. They are sustainably made from 100% certified Lenzing modal, sourced from the pulp of Austrian Beechwood trees!
The Lenzing modal is a really soft, breathable, and lightweight fabric, so this wrap is designed for babies from 8 to 25lbs.
Because of its lightweight, the Solly should only carry babies in the inward front position.
To top it off, it is machine washable, has an integrated pouch for easy storage & fits from petit to plus-size adults!
♥︎ Best Wrap by NYT’s Wirecutter
🇺🇸 Made in the USA
🌷 Mom owned
ERGOBaby Aura Baby Wrap, The Traditional Brand One
$32.99 – $49.99
ERGOBaby is a staple American brand for baby carriers! They are mostly known for their award-winning ergonomic baby carriers, so you can expect high-quality baby wraps!
The Aura Baby Wrap is on the breathable lightweight side & it is made of 100% Viscose from eucalyptus & acacia. Therefore, it will safely support less weight, from 8 to 25lbs.
The main reason for the price difference between Solly and the ERGO is the fabric and cost of production. The Solly is made in the USA, in Los Angeles with sustainable European fabric, which adds to the cost.
Besides, it is machine washable, has an integrated pouch & fits from petit to plus-size adults!
♥︎ It has a color-coded stitching feature to guide you as you wrap it! Also, they resell lightly used carriers for a cheaper price!
Moby Wrap Classic, The Best Wrap For Twins
$32.99 – $49.99
The award-winning Moby Wrap Classic supports babies from 8 to 33lbs, being sturdier than the ERGO and the Solly
It is made from soft 100% cotton fabric. Therefore it can heat things up but will last you longer. Also, it is a phenomenal baby carrier for twins!
Because of its sturdiness, it allows you to safely carry your baby in 3 different positions: Inward, front, and hip. Not every wrap is ergonomic for that, so always follow the manufacturer’s instructions!
Finally, it is machine washable and it fits from petit to plus-size adults!
♥︎ They offer FREE online 1-on-1 babywearing training via Facetime, Skype, or Zoom!
Boba Wrap, The Long-lasting Baby Carrier For Newborns
Boba is also an amazing American company, founded by a mom of 5, Elizabeth. It is a family-run business and they also own Beco, another great baby carrier company! You can read more about their story here.
The Boba Wrap Black supports babies from birth to 35lbs making it the long-lasting one in this wrap list.
The black one is made of 95% French Terry Cotton with a touch of Spandex. And as you can see, they have several different colors in different fabrics! If you are looking for a tougher / warmer one, Boba is a great choice!
In addition, it is machine washable and it fits from petit to plus-size adults!
♥︎ The combination of elastic & thick gives this wrap a unique four-way stretch that provides flexibility, adjustability, and real support.
The Best Ring Sling Baby Carriers for newborns
Maybe the ring slings are the mother of baby carriers. No one knows for sure, but women wear this piece of fabric for centuries to carry their babies and work at the same time
while their husbands complain about doing their own laundry. P-O-W-E-R!
We selected 4 amazing brands, that not only make safe amazing slings, but also have a deeper purpose beyond just making money and, somehow, honor the legacy of our inspiring ancestors!
Nalakai Ring Sling, The Eco-friendly One
Nalakai (former Pura Vida) was founded by an American mom of 2, who runs her business out of sunny Costa Rica!
She creates breathable lightweight slings, using vegan and natural fabrics and dyes, making her slings an amazing option for green parents.
Nalakai slings are made of 2 types of fabric: bamboo and linen.
The bamboo is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and offers UV protection.
Linen is a natural woven fabric. It is known for lasting a long time without stretching or losing its shape. It can be a bit crispy in the beginning, but will soften after a few washes!
Even though they can be used year-round, they will work amazingly under hot weather.
To top it off, it is machine washable, & it fits from petit to plus-size adults!
🌷 Mom owned
WildBird Ring Sling, The Transparent Production Chain One
WildBird has a fully transparent production chain website. They break it down from the material sourcing to the manufacturers and pricing, including their margins percentage.
Their ring slings are made of premium fabrics such as Austrian beechwood modal and European flax linen (Modal), and Belgium linen (Double & Single Layer Slings).
All of WildBird ring slings support babies from 8 to 35 lbs. Also, they have options to be used year-round, from warmer to colder temperatures!
To top it off, they only use soft dyes and it fits from petit to plus-size adults!
✨ Sustainably made
♥︎ Sewn by independent seamstresses
Hip Baby Wrap Ring Sling, The Colorful One
Hip Baby Wrap is a family-owned business based in Oregon. Their slings and wraps are manufactured in fair-trade cooperatives in India.
They only use non-toxic eco-friendly dyes and locally sourced high-grade hand-loomed cotton. They also have slings in lightweight bamboo linen, a great option for warmer temperatures.
These ring slings come in a wide range of beautiful colors and are suitable for babies from 8 to 35 lbs.
To top it off, it is machine washable and it fits from petit to plus-size adults!
🌿 Non-toxic dyes
♥︎ Family-owned business
Kyte Baby Ring Sling, The Minimalist One
Kyte Baby is a mom-owned brand, famous for offering an entire line of baby sleepwear, apparel, nursery, home, and bath made of natural fabrics.
Their ring slings are made of 100% pre-washed flax linen and can hold babies from 8 to 35 lbs. You will find beautiful nature-inspired solid colors. So if you prefer neutrals, you will love it!
The rings are made of 100% aluminum and you can choose from different colors!
To top it off, it is machine washable, has 2 pockets & fits from petit to plus-size adults!
🍃 Environmentally friendly
The part about acceptance & sorority
Every human is different. Not only that, as women, every day we are different. Because we can manufacture other people and, as far as I am concerned, no lab or technology was capable of doing that, a woman’s body is the absolute more fantastic high-tech machine on Earth.
All of that awesomeness comes with a price: we are beautifully complex! We are cyclical, hormonal, and moody. And every day we are different. That doesn’t make us crazy. It makes us versatile!
That being said, and because this is a post about baby carriers for newborns, acceptance, encouragement & sorority, every mom is different and should not be judged whether she wants to dress up or not. – Are you judging this text or do you wanna share it with all of your friends?
So, if all you can and wanna do is wear pj’s and not shower for days in a row, you are absolutely right, queen. If you wanna wear heels and fake lashes, you are absolutely right, queen. And if you wanna turn baby carriers for newborns into fashion accessories and have them match your outfits and post 1000 pictures on Instagram, you are absolutely right, queen! ♥︎