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Choosing the best carrier/sling for yourself

How to choose the perfect carrier?

Parents often ask us: Which carrier should I choose? What is the difference between them? Which one will be most comfortable for us?

It is hard to give an unambiguous answer. All wraps are good, and what is good for one family may not work for another.

Choosing a wrap you have to consider the following factors:

● how old your baby is,

● how much your baby weighs and on what development stage your baby is,

● do you intend to use your wrap for walks or will it only be quick help at home or as an addition to the pushchair to be hands free,

● what is your house budget.

You have to analyze your needs and capabilities very carefully. Nobody will make that decision for you, but simple analysis of existing wraps and carriers may help.

There are seven basic groups of LennyLamb wraps and soft carriers:

● long, tied woven wraps

● long, tied elastic wraps

● ring slings

● ergonomic baby carriers LennyGo

 LennyUpGrade baby carriers

● WrapTai baby carriers

● Buckle Onbuhimo baby carriers

Every family will be able to choose something suitable from the above range of products.

Within the group, wraps and carriers can differ in fabric composition.

The most popular are 100% cotton wraps and carriers, but also loved are cotton and bamboo viscose blends, which give the fabric a bit of softness. Bamboo fibre has many other advantages (absorbs moisture and dries quickly, reflects UV rays, so it is more breathable and ideal for summer). Similarly wraps with wool – everyone knows wool’s properties : thermo regulative, hypoallergenic and even healing. At the same time it is worth remembering, that wraps with blend are a little bit more expensive. Deciding to buy a wrap with a blend we pay for better quality fabric improved with additional properties. It does not really have great impact on the way baby is carried though.

Fabrics used to manufacturing our wraps and carriers are also characterized by different types of waves.

To be honest, all wraps have similar functional and carrying properties, but differ in production process and final fabric structure. The most basic one is a very durable cross twill wave, making the fabric look classy. Another is diamond wave derived from specialist and detailed technological process. All this to create fabric with characteristic, original texture. To manufacture wraps and carriers for our most exclusive and limited lines we use jacquard fabrics. They are more ‘fleshy’ and bit thicker than the others, giving endless opportunities to create unique patterns for our products.

Woven wraps

You can choose from single colour, striped or more unique pattern in following weaves cross-twill, diamond or jacquard. 

The most important advantage of the wraps is the fact that there are no age or weight limitations.

You can start wearing your baby from day one and continue till your child gives you clear message that this way of travel is no longer good for him or when you decide that it is no longer comfortable because of child’s weight.

It is very important to change your carry as your baby grows and pick suitable carry.

There is almost unlimited number of carries you can do with a woven wrap. You can try: ‘tummy-to tummy’, cradle, hip or back carries.

It all depends on the baby’s and babywearer’s needs in this particular moment.

Those wraps are perfect for long walks, as they distribute weight very well, taking baby’s weight off your back and so they are highly recommended by physiotherapists.

You may be a little overwhelmed to start with and it may take long to wrap your baby, but it will get easier as you practice the carries. There is an instructions attached to every wrap. If you do not feel confident enough to do it on your own, you can contact your local Babywearing Consultant for advice.

Stretchy wraps

Those are 100% cotton single colour wraps made from best quality fabrics.

Stretchy wraps can be used from the day one till your baby is 10kg. You have got two carries to chose from: cradle and ‘tummy-to-tummy’, both based on one basic carry.

If you are not financially restricted, stretchy wrap is a perfect option for a newborn and a few months old baby. It is a very comfortable and quick to wrap. Once you wrap it you can use it whole day. But as the baby grows and will reach 10kg you will have to either start using woven wrap or ergonomic carrier.

Ring Slings

You can choose from single colour, striped or more unique pattern in following weaves cross-twill, diamond or jacquard. 

You can use it with your newborn baby in a "tummy-to-tummy" or credle position. As your baby turns 4 months you can also use it for hip and back carry. There is however a weight limit of 15kg.

Ring Sling is a quick, easy to use and lightweight option. Its great advantage is the fact that you do not have to wrap it. The only thing you have to do is to pull the fabric correctly through the rings, adjust it, put the baby in and tighten it (according to the instructions). One disadvantage is a fact that it is ‘one shoulder’ carry. Frequently used, straining just one shoulder it can cause spine pains.

But luckily, there is a solution to it – just change the shoulder you are using to carry your baby in a ring sling.

Ergonomic Baby Carriers LennyGo

You can choose from single colour, striped or more unique pattern in following weaves: cross-twill, diamond or jacquard. 

Suitable for babies age 6 months and older till they reach 18-20 kg (depending on the carrier size). You can wear your baby in a tummy-to tummy position or on your back.

It is a soft structured carrier, which thanks to specially designed buckles and straps system

ensures perfect fit for little baby’s body. LennyLamb Ergonomic Carrier is manufactured from wrap fabric, and because of that it perfectly moulds around the baby. It is a perfect solution for parents and guardians who doesn’t like to play with the wrap, and so will appreciate the fact that our carrier can be worn and fasten in a very intuitive way. It is very quick and easy to buckle and unbuckle the carrier.

Our Ergonomic carrier is also equipped with a handy hood, which helps keep baby’s head in comfortable position during the nap.

LennyUpGrade baby carriers

LennyUpGrade carriers are available in variety of designs, colors and weave types. They are sewn from high quality “wrap” fabric, which wraps and moulds around your baby. LennyUpGrade is adjustable carrier, which grows with the baby and its shape perfectly fit to body of the baby and parent. A few step adjustment possibility of panel and shoulder straps ensures perfect fit and correct, ergonomic position of the baby. The carrier was designed to meet requirements of parents who are looking for safe, simple and functional solution for carrying the baby close to them. In LennyUpGrade carrier you can carry your baby safely from the second month of life (from weight of 3,5 kg) till weight of 20 kg. You can carry at front your baby from the second month of life and on back children older than four months..

WrapTai Baby Carriers

You can choose from single colour, striped or more unique pattern in following weaves: cross-twill, diamond or jacquard.  

Lenny WrapTai is a combination of a MeiTai carrier and a wrap. It has a very comfortable panel that snugs your baby but it also has a four-way wrap straps that will distribute the weight evenly over the shoulders and the upper body. You can use the Lenny WrapTai for front and back carry. Every Lenny WrapTai is a wrap conversion which means it is made of the same high quality fabrics we use for manufacturing our wraps :)

Buckle Onbuhimo Baby Carriers

This carrier is designed for children who can already sit unassisted. It is most commonly used for back carry. Lenny BuckleOnbuhimo is available in two sizes Standard and Toddler.Standard size is a universal size of the carrier - it will fit an infant (who can already sit unassisted) as well as an older child. Toddler size is designed for toddlers over the age of two. However, it has a panel that can be adjusted in its width - this makes the Lenny BuckleOnbuhimo a truly universal carrier.