Babywearing - carriers and wraps

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As a busy mother of two I loved carrying my babies - it gave us some close time, guaranteed a happy quiet content baby and kept my hands free for all the things a toddler needed. Here is a list of some of my favourite babywearing carriers and wraps. This guide is only my opinion and there are  many more options of course. 
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Best for small babies

The Close baby carrier is stretchy, versatile and comfortable for even quite small babies. It is a structured ring based carrier, which means that, once you work out which way is up, baby goes in quickly and easily. It also packs away into its own pouch and is washable, so handy for newborns.
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Best for bigger boys and girls

The Mei Tai is a simple carrier with a flat piece of fabric to support baby and ties which go over the shoulder and round your waist. The material tends to be non-stretchy and this carrier is more suited to children who can hold their own heads up. Perfect for a jaunt in the park if your little one isn't up for a walk. 
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Best for quick trips

A Baby Bjorn style carrier is more 'gadgety' - featuring buckles and clips and proper rucksack style padded straps. It is easy to clip baby in safely and quickly and you don't need to fuss about adjusting the straps as you can do this before you start. Make sure you get a newer style carrier  with a wider 'under-bum' fabric section as they hold baby's hips in a much better posture than older "dangly" carriers. 
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Best for versatility

A simple fabric wrap. This one is from Hoppediz and is  3.6m long. Since baby wearing has increased in popularity, you can find numerous methods for tying wraps on YouTube and it is worthwhile practicing with a cuddly toy, particularly for back wraps.  I recently used this wrap in a rucksack carry for my tired 3.5 year old. 
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Best for long hikes

A rucksack style carrier allows an older baby or toddler to sit comfortably for a long journey, in a well-supported seat. Features to look out for: a hood or sunshield; adjustable seat (both height and width); additional storage for drinks, snacks, nappies etc.; adjustable back supports so both parents can carry comfortably. Ours also had a little rearview mirror held in a pocket in the waistband so we could always keep an eye on what the small one was up to!
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