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8 Babywearing Accessories that You Should Know About

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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

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.  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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  1. I love Poppi beads – which are similar to the suck pads but are a clip on string of cotton crocheted beads on elastic, sewn over on the ends and knotted between each bead. It distracts bubs and is great for them to teeth on.

  2. Thanks for sharing all these accessories, I had no idea there were so many for baby carriers. The suck pads would be great, and the mini carriers are adorable!

  3. The BabyWAWL is such a wonderful idea! We lived in AZ when we wore our little girl the most so did not need it, but now that we live in Illinois, we may need something like this next time around.

  4. I really love the infant insert–how smart! But can it be used in other carriers/slings or just with the Ergo? I had not heard of most of these accessories, so I feel like I am in a whole new world. Thanks for sharing all of your favorites!

  5. This is an amazing idea! I’m new to babywearing as I am currently expecting our first baby. I didn’t know about “suck pads”, so I’m glad you brought that up. 🙂

  6. That is really neat! I didn’t even realized there were so many babywearing accessories! My current favorite would probably be a hood because it helps keep my little guys head in place when he falls asleep in the carrier.

  7. the baby WAWL is a FANTASTIC idea!!!! i have the ergo newborn insert and loved it (but its wicked hot in the summer!) and we really need to get teething pads!

  8. My current favorite accessory are my suck pads…I learned about the Baby Wahl…and now I think that is my favorite!!

  9. Im in love with the stuff sack- I want to get one so badly! It would look adorable in my diaper bag too! Whyd it have to be so cuteeee??

  10. I really love the WAHL and am going to have to get some suck pads for my next baby! My first would suck and drool all over my wraps! LOL

  11. Love the suck pads 🙂 I want some!

    My baby hates, hates the hood on our ergo. She’ll wake from a dead sleep if I try to use it lol

  12. I love this idea! A coat that not only is practical but also looks nice. I always worried I would look like a giant elephant if I bought a babywearing coat but this takes the cake! I love the bright color too. As for a babywearing accessory, I think a hood is the best investment to keep a child’s head protected from the sun and other elements!

  13. I learned that there are waist extenders….I thought that it was the size you got and that is it. It is nice to know that some companies know that there are larger people in the world and make it possible/more comfortable for them to babywear also. I did not know that they made mini carriers for baby dolls…that is so cute

  14. wow. the babywawl! what a genius idea! I have a coat that would fit this perfectly, and what a great concept to keep my baby closer to me!

  15. I love the teething pads and the BabyWAWL thing. I had never seen something like that. It would be great if you lived up north-unfrtunately, we live in FL and the winters aren’t that drastic here.

  16. I often tuck a blanket around my babies in the winter time after putting them in the carrier. The babyWAWL looks so much more convenient. I also love the idea of suck pads, a stuff sack, and a carrier pack. I never realized baby wearing came with so many accessories.

    On a side note, I often use a scarf or similar piece of fabric to wrap a doll onto my older daughter. She’s always loved wearing her toy cat, even more so since my second was born.

  17. I’ve never seen the Baby WAWL before and love it! Would definitely use it all winter, as we walk EVERYWHERE and babywear every day!

  18. I’m new to babywearing, so there a lot of things here that I had never heard of! I’ll have to keep these in mind, though…baby girl gets here in January and the babyWAWL would be especially handy!

  19. The accessories were all new to me 🙂 I think the Baby Wawl would be the most useful for me as I live in Alberta and there is lots of cold weather where you would like your baby tucked into our coat.

  20. Love the BabyWAWL, what a great idea. I’m always cold in the winter so of course my first thought was how warm wearing my baby under it would keep ME!

  21. There are so many fun accessories, the babyWAWL to keep the baby warm when it’s cold it looks like a great idea. I also like the baby carrier back pack…I am new to baby wearing and was wondering how I would hold all the stuff I need for baby.

  22. I’ve always likes the suck pads since my son has to chew on everything! I’ve never heard of the WAWL before. I love it!!!

  23. Love the babywahl! I hadn’t heard of it until I was directed to this blogpost. Thank you! My husband is in the Army, we’re stationed in the desert. But we are originally from Alaska, so it will be perfect for my LO’s first trip to our home

  24. I love them all!! But my favorite would have to be the BabyWAWL & the doll carrier. My daughter loves doing what I do & has started fashioning her own carriers for her dolls out of whatever she can find. This would be great to have for her!

  25. The babyWAWL is amazing! I have never heard of anything like it! I’d have to say the suck pads are my favorite, I love the idea of keeping the straps dry!

  26. With winter coming, I’m loving the idea of the WAWL – I’ve seen babywearing coats, but I love that this adapts to a coat you already own!

  27. I’ve got to get the babyWAWL! It will be perfect for babywearing during MI winters. I love the drool pads too but I’m a wrapper, I wish there was an easy way to combat chewing on the wrap.

  28. 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.

  29. 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. =)

  30. 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.

    1. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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…

  35. 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.

    1. The ones I have, do NOT have a waterproof layer. They have an absorbent layer inside the cute fabric though, so they are padded, not just one piece of fabric around them. I’m sure you can make some with a waterproof layer if your baby is a drooly monster, though. 😉 Thanks for your comment, Tara!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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!!!

  44. 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 🙂

  45. 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.

    1. Amandah, there are a ton of mini options. There’s the one from Red Charlotte I pictured here. Some of the bigger companies like Beco, Boba, and Ergo have minis and Comfy Joey actually makes mini ring slings! 🙂

  46. 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!

  47. 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

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

  49. 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!

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