After having 2 settled babies, we had another. This baby wasn't quite the same...smaller and unsettled. She had an infection and wasn't growing. She wouldn't settle and so baby wearing became a neccesity. We'd carried our older babies too, but not as much. Not while carrying out house work, in the shower...almost everywhere. It took 2 months before our baby's infection was under control and she gained weight. Without a baby carrier, we would have been lost, especially with two toddlers to care for too. Baby wearing from that moment became the 'norm' for us. We didn't use a pram like we did with the older ones, we carried her...on our fronts, on our backs, she loved her carriers. We initially bought a 'stretchy'. This is similar to a woven wrap, but has a stretch. We found it to be the perfect solution to our baby's needs initially...but it wasn't long lasting. Although these types of carriers hold many positives, such as they can be pre-tied (before you put your baby in), once a baby reaches a certain weight, they are no longer supportive. This is why woven wraps are so fantastic! They can be used straight from birth, but the baby won't outgrow it like a 'stretchy' wrap. Woven wraps are also much more versatile as there are more ways to wear your baby (a stretchy wrap must never be worn on your back. It is not safe).
Fast forward to baby number 4. She was an emergency delivery and small too. She had no suck reflex and had terrible reflux. She failed to gain weight and needed to be held. We needed something comfortable and secure and so we found slings. We bought a ring sling this time, knowing that it would last (they're ideal for quick up and downs for toddlers too) and a soft structured carrier (ssc (buckled carrier with a wide base for optimal positioning)). Our baby wasn't the 3.5kg recommended weight lacked muscle tone, so we didn't feel comfortable using the ssc. I did however use the ring sling. I knew how to use one, I knew how to position my baby safely and I knew that just because she was close, didn't mean she was safe if she wasn't carried correctly (If your baby doesn't weight at least 3.5kg, you should speak to a doctor or health care professional with experience of baby wearing before trying*). Baby number 4 took 4 months to start growing, but she showed a fighting spirit. She is now a healthy, very determined little baby, which we are very grateful to have, every day. We now carry her in lots of different carriers. Baby number 3 is now a toddler and very rarely gets carried, only in extreme tiredness, in a mei tai or ssc. Baby number 4 is a cuddly baby and is carried a lot, mainly in a woven wrap, high up on my back.
We choose our products carefully, seeking baby carriers that will last until your child no longer wants or needs to be carried. They are all made with comfort in mind, both your and your baby's. They make for good positioning of babies hips (where a baby sits with knees above bum in an 'm' shape) and for optimal weight distribution for the baby wearer. All brands of baby carriers, ring slings and woven wraps that we sell have been tested by us for comfort and optimal positioning.
*According to the ASTM International Safety Standards, wrap and sling style baby carriers are required to be labelled with a minimum starting weight of 8 lbs (or 3.5kg). For babies under that weight, please check with your healthcare provider to get the ok before using a baby carrier of any type. Many hospitals use baby slings in their NICUs and baby slings are beneficial for practicing skin-to-skin contact with premature babies. For low birthweight babies and preemies it is especially important to be vigilant about checking baby's positioning and paying close attention to baby's breathing and sounds. No matter baby's size, make sure baby is always visible and kissable with no fabric covering baby's face.