Babywearing is all the rage and is beneficial for both mom and baby. Here are 8 babywearing accessories you need to complete your baby carrier!
It’s International Babywearing Week and we’re going to be talking all about baby carriers! I didn’t wear Sophia much as a baby, but my carrier was a lifesaver with Moreaya. I was able to wear my newborn so I could still be hands on with Sophia who was just 19 months old when her baby sister came along.
Although carriers often are at the forefront of the babywearing conversations, today I’m sharing 8 accessories that you should definitely know about. Some of the babywearing accessories have been around for awhile, so you probably know all about them, but some are new on the market. While you may think they aren’t necessities, they’ll make your babywearing experience even better – for both you and your little one.
8 Babywearing Accessories that You Should Know About
1. Infant Insert
Although some baby carriers and wraps can be used with newborns, others recommend waiting until your baby is about 15 pounds and has good head control. If you only want to invest in one baby carrier, you’ll definitely need to purchase an infant insert.
2. Sucking Pads
This is an accessory that I simply wouldn’t ever pass up. Sucking pads work well on both soft structured carriers and mei tais… anything with straps that little babies and teething toddlers like to chew on. Chewing on the straps of the carriers can cause discoloration and just isn’t too pretty on those gorgeous carriers. So, a great way to accessorize the look of your carrier is also a great way to protect it!
These beauties came from the Red Charlotte Etsy Shop.
Some soft structured carriers have a built-in hood, others don’t. A hood is a great accessory for when your child is napping and extra privacy.
4. Baby Carrier Cover – babyWAWL
This is the newest addition to my babywearing stash, but probably one of the best. I am seriously in love with the babyWAWL and can’t believe the simplicity and genius of baby carrier covers.
babyWAWL means Baby Wear All Winter Long and with this product, you definitely can! Simply put, it’s a panel of lightweight Polar Tech Fleece with an outer layer of Gore-Tex to keep the warmth inside.
5. Stuff Sack
A stuff sack is a great addition to any stash as well, because it helps keep your carrier neat and tidy while protecting it at the same time. I also find that it’s easier to take my carrier along because it’s more compact and travel friendly!
6. Baby Carrier Packs
Although you might think this is similar to the Stuff Sack, the pack I’m referring to serves a different purpose. When you’re babywearing, even though you’re hands-free, you may need some extra space to stuff your belongings. Some carriers offer packs that attach to the carriers to give you some extra space for your stuff.
7. Waist Extenders
Waist extenders are available in most soft structured carriers to make them truly a One-Size-Fits-All carrier.
8. Mini Baby Carriers – Doll Carriers
Last, but certainly not least… we don’t want to leave out our future babywearers! Some wrap and carrier companies, along with WAHMs, have started making doll carriers to encourage the babywearing habit early on!
These are a great addition to your stash and make a FAB Big Sibling gift when a new baby is born into your babywearing family!
Are you worrying about your babywearing accessories budget? These aren’t all things you need immediately so buy them as you can. Another great idea is to add them to your Baby Registry!