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8 Babywearing Accessories that You Should Know About

It’s International Babywearing Week and although carriers often are at the forefront of the babywearing conversations, today I’m sharing 8 accessories that you should definitely know about… including a few of my favorites!

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Some of the accessories have been around for awhile, so you probably know all about them, but some are new on the babywearing market and I’m telling you… they might be considered luxuries, but if you love to wear your child, you’ll definitely want to add them to your stash!

8 Babywearing Accessories that You Should Know About

1.  Infant Insert

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Photo courtesy of Ergobaby.com.

Although some carriers and wraps can be used with newborns, others recommend waiting until your baby is about 15 pounds and has good head control.  The Infant Insert is a necessity if your structured carrier requires one and you want to babywear your newborn!

2.  Hood

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.

 3.  Suck Pads

This is an accessory that I simply wouldn’t ever pass up.  Suck 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!

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Photo courtesy of Red Charlotte Etsy Shop.

One of my favorite type of Suck Pads come from Red Charlotte.  I have 2 pairs that I rotate between my carriers.  They wash well and make our carriers even more gorgeous!

4. babyWAWL

This is the newest addition to my Babywearing Stash, but probably one of the best.  I am seriously in love with the babyWAWL {that I was sent to review} and can’t believe the simplicity and genius of this product!

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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.  Although my babyWAWL looks like a plain black one, there’s actually a lovely lightly printed Houndstooth pattern that is gorgeous up close!

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The babyWAWL is a super small accessory that can be used with any front-facing wrap or carrier.  You can check the babyWAWL website to be sure it is compatible with your coat too!

At just under $50 for a babyWAWL, it’s definitely an accessory that I would recommend for anyone that lives in an area that has cold winters!  I find the babyWAWL so much more user friendly than an accessory that you have to put over the carrier since you probably already have a coat and it’s so small on it’s own that it’ll simply fit in your coat pocket!

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!

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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!

What’s your favorite Babywearing Accessory?  Did you learn about any new Accessories from the post?

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Comments

  1. Ashley Kline says:

    I really like the babyWAHL. I never thought of using a stuff sack for my carrier.

  2. I like the winter wear idea and its nice and usable.
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  3. Lisa Greene
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    That is a great idea! I am from Indiana and the winters get pretty cold. This would definitely come in use.

  4. your little one had her own and then they are neat you can put your coat so that good it keep them closer to you

  5. I haven’t started babywearing yet, but I love the idea of the Baby WAWL. I live in a very cold climate and will be having my baby in winter. This sounds like a necessity. The suck pads are new to me but a great idea.

  6. dana baird says:

    I love the look of the suck pads – what a great idea, I never would have thought to combine the two!

  7. Amanda E. says:

    The babyWAWL sounds awesome! I’m coming up on my first winter as a mommy and that would be so useful!

  8. Jessica Hughes
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    My favorite accessory is definitely suck pads! The poor straps on my Ergo got a workout before I found out about them! I can also see a need for something like the babyWAWL for those who live in a colder climate. Don’t know if it would be necessary down here in Georgia. =)

  9. Laura Miller
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    This is too cool! I have been borrowing my hubby’s jackets for this!

  10. I really love this carrier!!! The fact that it can fit in your pocket it makes it that much cooler! sometimes lugging around your other carrier can be a pain when your kiddo isn’t in it.

    • I’m sorry I guess I should mention I’m talking about the bitybean and for some odd reason I thought I clicked on that blog. Oops! ;) I do love all the baby wearing accessories. My favorite would have to be the BABYWAWL! Of course this would be much more handy for me if I lived in a state where the winters actually got pretty cold. Here they don’t. LOL

  11. Christina K. says:

    I like the infant insert and the suck pads. The waist extenders were new to me.

  12. natalie parvis says:

    OMG. This is so cute. I love how many options there are.

  13. Heather Gintoft says:

    The babyWAHL is awesome! We moved to Wisconsin recently, so I’ll have to keep that in mind for baby #2!

  14. Katrina Smith says:

    I live in a snowy winter state so I love the idea of babywawl. This would come in handy when my older kidddos want to play outside

  15. I love the infant insert. I never new there was something like this. So cool.

  16. Dina Isdaner says:

    Baby WAWL is awesome!!!! I had never seen that before!

  17. Oh I would love the BabyWAWL, that’s a wonderful invention! When my son was teething we used the teething pads quite a bit. But instead of buying them from the carrier manufacturer, I just made my own, very simple to make.

  18. My favorite accessory is 100% the baby carriers for dolls! So stinkin’ cute and normalizing babywearing for the next generation. I had no idea of the baby Wahl either, very interesting looking, thanks for introducing it to me!

  19. fourfreaks4 says:

    WAWL is amazing. Need one for our cold winters!

  20. Janice Auna says:

    I love the doll carrier. I never knew about the suck pads. Those are awesome!

  21. I’ve never heard of suck pads before; they sound like a must-have!

  22. jennifer v. says:

    The Baby WAWL, looks great, what a wonderful idea! I could see me using that with a little one suring the colder months. I wonder if they have a wool babyWAWL? I’ll check their website…

  23. The babyWAHL is a new accessory to me. Sounds like a great idea!

  24. I like the idea of suck pads. Do they have a waterproof layer on them? If not doesn’t your baby just suck through them. My son was a drooly monster and could easily suck through a piece of cloth.

  25. I wish I knew about suck pads with our first baby! She would drool all over the straps, so we’d have to swap out carriers and wash them more frequently.
    We’re expecting baby #2 and I’ll be getting my daughter the doll carrier for Christmas. Too cute!

  26. The suck pads and baby doll carrier are wonderful!

  27. krystal rivera says:

    well right now its definately the WAWL cause i just won one recently in a giveaway and i thinks not only is it great for the season but its a really innovative idea!

  28. Mary Schuh
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    I learned about BabyWaWL! I live in SD so that would definitely come in handy!! I would love to have one of those!

  29. Love the suck pads for teething toddlers!

  30. i had never heard of the babyWAWL before, but SO GENIUS. definitely would get a ton of use during winter! i also need to get some suck pads, as my boba straps are already discolored from baby chewing. i don’t have a fave current accessory, as i don’t have any accessories!! though my daughter does have a child-size beco and loves it.

  31. Amanda R.
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    I love the suck pads. i really wish the babywall was compatible with my coat!

  32. Nicole Daw says:

    I think the BabyWAWL is a wonderful idea! I am from South Dakota so it is definitely a plus! I think the suck pads are also awesome!

  33. First, what a wonderful blog! And you can tell through your writing how much you love each of these accessories. I had never heard of the BabyWAWL or the JR. Carriers! How awesome is that? I am in the market for a carrier I LOVE for my DS who is 4 1/2 months old. Each of these are awesome accessories! Thank you!

  34. Great option!

  35. Julia Pelletier-Osler says:

    The baby WAWL, I didn’t know these were around. Love the sucker pads too.

  36. Danielle Smith says:

    I love the doll carrier and the baby WAWL!! I have never seen that before :)

  37. This carrier looks very versatile. Love that

  38. Brittney Demeter says:

    I had no idea about the babywawl! How cool is that?! I think it would be fabulous for those cold winter days. Baby would stay so much warming being snuggled up to mama! I also love the mini doll carriers. So cute.

  39. Michelle Green says:

    Wow! The Babywawl is amazing!! I have a poncho style fleece cover that is great for fall, but I have struggled to use it without assistance. This looks like a new must have!

  40. This carrier looks very versatile. Love that!

  41. Erica Williams
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    babyWAL is awesomeeee! I’ve never seen that. I’m in the midst of registering for our first baby, and this post was super helpful.. things i wouldn’t have known to register. Thanks for all the helpful info!!!

  42. I think that the WAHL is the best accessory yet! I also learned about the waist extenders which would be great for mamas like me :)

  43. I need to find my daughter a mini carrier….actually both of my daughters. The one I wear now is constantly trying to put my ring slings on.

  44. Brittany K. says:

    My first little one will be here in February, so I have yet to actually use a carrier or any accessories, but I love the idea of the babyWAWL. I think it’d be so convenient and also really fun to snuggle in with your baby!

  45. Sarah Hayes says:

    i love the stuff sacks and the mini carriers! the stuff sacks are very useful and great to have and I def want a mini carrier for my daughter one day! I learned even more about them in this review

  46. Cindy Kong
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    i love having the hood on the carrier makes breastfeeding so much easier. i like the suck pads, will need that next time.

  47. Alycia Mundall says:

    would love to get the suck pads….also that mini carrier for kids is way to cute!!!!

  48. looks like the possibilities are endless! I guess I have three baby carriers (sling, wrap and ergo), so there must also be a multitude of accessories to go with them. definitely love the suck pads!

  49. Suck pads! Genius! I bet you could make those pretty easily too! Thanks for this post!
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  50. Oh, that BabyWAWL is neat!

    I LOVE Red Charlotte’s stuff!
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