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Comparison of Baby Carriers

Comparison of Baby Carriers

Caboo DXgo

Connecta

Connecta Toddler

Connecta Preschool

Integra Baby

Integra Toddler

Kokadi Flip

Kokadi Flip Toddler

Manduca

Ruckeli birth to toddler Carrier

Soul Slings Anoona

Soul Slings Onbuhimo

Storchenwiege Carrier

Tula

Toddler Tula

Tula Free-to-Grow

Front Carry

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Back Carry

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hip Carry

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Forward Facing Carry

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Weight Limit

20kg

24kg

24kg

24kg

24kg

24kg

15kg

15kg

20kg

20kg

20kg

18kg

20kg

20kg

tbc

Newborn Use?

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes, with built in insert or additional purchase of cinch strap

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes, with seperate, padded insert

N/A

Yes

Infant Insert needed?

N/A

No

N/A

N/A

No

N/A

No

N/A

Yes, build it

No

No

N/A

No

Yes

N/A

No

Suitable from

8 months

3.5kg

18 months

3 years

3.5kg

18 months

3.5kg

12 months

3.5kg

3.5kg

3.5kg

Independently sitting

3.5kg

3.5kg with insert or 7kg without

18/24months

3.5kg

Hood?

Yes

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes, integrated

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes, removable

Yes, removable

Yes

Crossable Straps?

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

Yes

No

No

No

Body Width (extended if adjustable)

36cm

44cm

52cm

36cm

44cm

34cm

38cm

35cm

tbc

37cm

45cm

37cm

48cm

tbc

Body Height (extended if adjustable)

46cm

51cm

55cm

46cm

51cm

42cm

47cm

42cm

tbc

41cm

46cm

39cm

45cm

tbc

Hot Weather Ideal

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Good

Good

Okay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Okay without insert

Okay

Yes

Padded Shoulder Straps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Suitable?

Yes, Solar version

Yes, Solar version

Yes, Solar version

Yes, Solar version

Yes, Solar version

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Other Features

Compact, lightweight, easy to use

Fit petite to large wearers well. Compact, lightweight, easy to use

Fit petite to large wearers well. Compact, lightweight, easy to use

Fit petite to large wearers well. Compact, lightweight, easy to use

Fit petite to large wearers well. Compact, lightweight, easy to use. Head rest, dual adjustable straps

Fit petite to large wearers well. Compact, lightweight, easy to use. Head rest, dual adjustable straps

Shoulder straps buckle to waist, width adjustable with velcro

Shoulder straps buckle to panel or waist, width adjustable with velcro

Adjustable body height. PFAs (buckles at top of panel allowing a quick, additional adjustment)

Supportive hood, headrest. Straps fasten to wait and panel. Unique safety features, removable panel for easy of washing from nappy leaks, neatly stows away into waistband. Folded up carrier works as hip seat too

Easy to use, adjustable, front, back and forward facing carry positions

Simple, compact, waistless toddler carrier

Half buckled baby carrier (buckled waist, long shoulder straps), adjustable height and width, adjustable neck support, woven wrap fabric

Leg extenders available, pfa’s. Coast version good for hot weather

pfa’s. Coast version good for hot weather

Easy to use. Coast version good for hot weather

Are you looking for a baby carrier comparison chart? View ours, it includes the best carriers on the market A comparison chart detailing the specifications of buckled baby carriers we stock. All meet US and EU/UK Safety Standards (there are no baby carrier safety standards in Australia currently).

We stock hip healthy, ergonomic carriers. Get in touch to try some on if you’re local to Mandurah, Western Australia or Maitland, NSW.

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Choosing The Right Baby Carrier

How to choose a Baby Carrier (or wrap (or ring sling!))

So, you have a baby and you’d like to carry them, but you’re looking at all of these contraptions and don’t know where to start. Sound familiar? With the large range of carriers, ring slings, woven wraps, knit wraps, the choice can be daunting. Working out what ticks all of your needs will help.

Start by asking which type of carrier appeals most. Below are some simple descriptions to help:

Stretch Wrap

The perfect newborn carrier. Often a long length of fabric, that you need to wrap around yourself before popping your baby in, but not always (see Caboo), they’re soft – perfect for newborns delicate skin. If a length of fabric is daunting, a Caboo is likely ideal. Some of the regular long length Slings and Close Caboo (Lite) are lightweight enough for summer. Due to the stretch in the fabric, your baby can start to feel heavy at about 8kg. For this reason, if you’re looking for a carrier and your baby is already 3 months old or more (I know, where did the time go?!), we suggest purchasing a more supportive carrier.

Our recommendations on Stretch Wraps are:

Caboo – simple to use, goes on like a t-shirt, yet adjustable and secure.

Woven Wraps

A versatile choice. Woven wraps are suitable from newborn, right through to toddlerhood or preschool should you wish to continue carrying your little one. The options can be overwhelming, sizes, blends, what??! The easiest way to learn to use a woven wrap, is to learn one carry well. Don’t overly worry about sizes, this one carry may be all you need.

The most used ‘first carry’ is called a Front Wrap Cross Carry (you may see it abbreviated to FWCC). The most popular size is a size 6 (approximately 4.6 metres of fabric). This is sufficient for this carry. If you’re small, try a size 5, larger, try a size 7. A Front Wrap Cross Carry will help you learn how to tighten well and thus be supportive for your baby.

If you worry about getting red dirt on your carrier, or rain in winter, or you’d like somethink more ‘click and go’, then a woven wrap may not be the choice for you.

Our top recommendation for woven wraps is Storchenwiege. It’s a long standing brand, that is known for being sturdy and supportive right through to heavy toddlers, while the diamond weave ‘Leo’ is still soft and smoochy for a newborn. They also colour differentiate the top hem and bottom hem, making them perfect for learning how to tighten.

Buckled Carrier

Buckled carriers are the most popular type of baby carrier available. They’re easy to use and quick to put on (for the most part). Those that offer adequate support for your baby have a wide base or an extending base.

For a newborn, there are two options, either a baby carrier that requires an infant insert for adequate support or a baby carrier that adjusts to fit and grow with your baby. Considerations to make regarding an infant insert are convenience (do you want to spend the time putting your baby into an infant insert and then into a baby carrier?), cost (do you mind the additional cost if the insert is an additional purchase on top of the baby carrier purchase cost?), weather (many infant inserts are a similar feel to a doona, does the climate allow for your baby to be hugged into a doona?).

Our top choices are:

Ruckeli – no infant insert needed, it adjusts in both height and width to fit from newborn up to approximately 3 years. Designed by Dads for simplicity and comfort. A uv rated hood and a removable nappy area for a quick wash and dry in case of nappy leakage. Tucks away neatly into a smart pocket on the waist belt. Fits a large range of shapes and sizes and we also offer waist extenders at no additional cost if required.

Integra Baby – a popular choice with the wide range of patterns available. No infant insert is needed. Lightweight and easy to use, just ‘click, click, click’ and away you go. Compact and fits into a bag easily too. *by the designer of the modern Connecta Baby Carrier, with a few upgrades, such as head support.

Soul – Adjustable, so no infant insert needed, making it a ‘not too hot’ choice of carrier with infant insert. Can face baby forward.

For the slight alternative, we stock Storchenwiege Half Buckle Carriers. These have a buckled waist, yet straps like a woven wrap at the shoulders. These adjust in both width and height and are ideal for people looking for a half way point between a baby carrier and a woven wrap. They do take longer to put on that a buckled carrier, so are not for everyone.

*we no longer stock Tula Standard Baby Carriers due to their lack of adjustment for size of both baby and user. We also feel that once a carrier is purchased, an additional cost of an insert should not be necessary. There are, in our opinion and experience, better options. *updated* We do now stock their amazing Tula Free-to-Grow (FTG) Baby Carriers though. They adjust from birth without an insert! Perfect for those who already know and love Tula’s, but without needing to use an infant insert (no longer stocking due to inflated rrp price increase). Other brands such as Emiebaby won’t be stocked at Carry My Baby due to their lack of simplicity. We feel that baby carriers should be the easy, convenient, get up and go option. All baby carriers stocked by Carry My Baby have the option to cross the shoulder straps on the users back, offering additional back support and weight dispersment. This is why we have taken the decision to no longer stock Kokadi Flips.

Ring Slings

Once a ring sling has been threaded, it doesn’t need to be taken apart after each use, it can be slackened and left ready for next use, making it a quick, easy to use carrier, once you know what you’re doing. They’re the perfect, quick, fuss free carrier for a newborn, but there can be a learning curve to be had to begin with. If you’re preferring the idea of quick and easy for a newborn, a Caboo may be a better choice, or for longevity, a buckled carrier. As a one shouldered carrier, a ring sling may not be suitable to you if you have a shoulder or back injury as your babies weight won’t distribute evenly across your body. Ring slings are great for quick trips and for sitting down in, for example, with a small, sleeping baby or for an aeroplane trip.

Our recommendation is a Comfy Joey ring sling. These offer good support, being linen, as well as airy and lightweight. Ring slings come in varying shoulder styles, with a Comfy Joey being a hybrid shoulder, the most versatile and comfortable shoulder style available.

For a cotton option, we also offer the budget friendly Soul ring slings, with a gathered shoulder. If you have narrow shoulders, you may prefer to flip your ring sling (twist at the back) for comfort.

Why are we confident in recommending the brands that we do you may ask. All products sold by us at Carry My Baby have been tried and tested by our family of 5 children. A vast number of brands have been tried and tested with our family and friends and many haven’t made it onto our shelves. We are confident that we have a good range of products for all needs and that are the most versatile for all people.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We offer fitting services in Mandurah WA and Maitland NSW by appointment, to help you find the ideal carrier for your needs.

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Connecta vs Integra Baby

For those of you who know and love Connecta Baby Carriers, you may be wondering what is going on! Here’s a quick run down of the new Integra Baby (photos will follow soon):

Until 2017, Connecta Baby Carrier was owned by Sarah Sadler. Having worked hard on a great design, she wanted to keep helping people carry their babies close and so the new carrier Integra Baby was born. The design is oh, so similar…
The fit and feel is that of the Connecta Baby Carrier.
The hood has a curve shape to the top for added head support for tiny babies.
There is elastic on the ends of the webbing to neatly tuck esxcess of the straps away.
There is a loop on the waist webbing to secure the cinche strap – a real saver for anyone who keeps loosing their cinche straps (this would be me!)
The shoulder straps are dual adjustable.
There is slightly more padding to the shoulder straps.
I personally love Connecta Baby Carriers and now also love Integra Baby Carriers. They are similar enough that if you are familiar with one, the other will feel the same in comfort, security, breathability.
While Sarah Sadler no longer owns Connecta Baby Carrier, both companies exist and carriers by both brands are in manufacture currently. If you love one, you’ll also love the other.
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Tula Free To Grow Carrier

Tula free-to-grow carrier

Clementine is 23months and 10kg

The Tula free-to-grow carrier has finally made it to our NSW site and I’ve been itching to test it out. Having been a Tula fan for a while, I was keen to try out the new features offered by this convertible carrier. So here are some of my thoughts about this carrier, and some snapshots of our adventures with it.

 

One of the first things I notice is the fabric is cotton as opposed to the usual canvas of the basic Tula carrier. It definitely feels cool and thin, as if it would dry quick in summer or after a wash. It’s interesting, it makes the carrier feel lightweight whilst being worn as well. I found the fabric to be breathable and comfortable to wear. It was also feather light to carry and folded away nicely.

 

The adjustable width at the base of the seat is what makes this carrier different from the standard Tula carrier. With 3
different settings for width, that’s what makes this carrier suitable for all ages as it can be adjusted without the need for a bulky infant insert. Personally I don’t prefer to use an infant insert from birth, but if I was to use a structured carrier from a young age something adjustable would be my choice. The free to grow instruction manual states that this carrier is recommended from 3.2kg so this wouldn’t be a suitable choice for a smaller newborn.

 

I used this carrier on the widest setting for my toddler and it still doesn’t come knee-to-knee on her. It doesn’t feel like the widest setting of the base is not as wide as the standard Tula carrier we currently use. But according to the babytula website the widest setting on the free to grow and the standard Tula carrier are the same width. I also had it on the tallest height setting, also useful for adjusting for various sized babies. As my baby is older, the fact that she’s taller and her knee to knee gap is wider than the base isn’t important so long as she won’t fall out or be uncomfortable. Her hips are spread, and her knees would be higher than her bum if she wasn’t pushing up to kiss me while we took this picture.

 

The free to grow carrier is suitable for both front and back carries depending on the age of your baby. We recommend not back carrying a baby that cannot sit unassisted, your baby should be able to support themselves upright in the carrier.

 


The carrier still has
padded leg opening and padded shoulder straps for comfort. I comfortably carried my baby uphill and up stairs on our trek until she wanted to walk.

 

The free to grow carrier retails at $229 whereas the standard Tula retails at $199 (but does require an additional infant insert for use for babies under 6 months old at the cost of $55 bringing the cost to $254).

 

 

So if you’re looking to buy a structured carrier that is easy to use from birth to
toddlerhood, this carrier is probably a good option.

It’s easily adjustable for all ages and sizes.

It’s supportive from 3kg to 25kg.

It’s comfortable and easy to use likes the original Tula carrier.

And the fabric is just really nice to touch.

 

Tula are now making the free to grow in the coast style with the mesh panel so there’s another variation of this carrier.

 

If you have any questions about this carrier, or would like to try one from our store, please contact us on our website www.carrymybaby.com.au or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/carrymybabyaustralia

Love kirryn xx

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The new Ruckeli Slim

The new Ruckeli Slim

Ruckeli have brought out a slim version of their carrier. If you aren’t familiar with the Ruckeli baby to toddler carrier, you can read more details here: Ruckeli

We have been super impressed with this carrier from the start; it fits a wide variety of shapes and sizes, it adjusts really well (our 4yo still fits in one!). We’ve tested these on different sizes users and babies and the fit has always been amazing for front carries. For back carries, small frames always struggle with finding that ‘perfect’ carrier, where you may want your little one to sit that little bit higher than they do. Our 9 year old has always found this. He’s average height for a 9 year old and slim – there was no way he could back carry in a buckled carrier until now. Scroll down for a picture! This is awesome – the new Slim Ruckeli is the only carrier that I have ever seem to fit so well on a 9 year old child (and with 5 children, I’ve seen a lot of carriers (and also researched and tried brands for research for stock purposes)). Granted, my 9 year old is not going to carry often, but I have friends who are very petite and these are awesome. In the picture, the shoulder straps still have room for adjustment too!

Here’s Ruckeli’s specifics:

  • New model with modified shoulder straps
    a good fit for all sizes
  • adjustable to the size of the baby
  • Supports the ergonomic positioning of baby for a healthy development of the hip joints and a good posture of the back
  • Adjustable leg length
  • Headrest for a good head support of a sleeping baby
  • Rolled up and tucked into it, the carrier waist forms a convenient pouch to stow the carrier
  • Very comfortable to wear thanks to wide but flat shoulder straps, which help to relieve the back and make it easy to wear under a jacket or backpack
  • Especially soft and skin-friendly fabrics and straps
  • BPA free, nickel free, without optical brightener
  • Nappy area can be washed separately
  • Fairly manufactured in the EU according to DIN EN 13209-2 for baby carriers
  • Suitable for babies and children from 3.5 kg – 20 kg
  • Waist belt adjustable from 75cm – 125cm (extension + 20cm available at no additional cost)
  • Weight 790g
  • Recommended by midwives and orthopedists
  • Used by Kanga-trainers (suitable for exercise classes tailored to the use of carriers)
  • Award winning

 

(carrier width has further adjustment. Height isn’t even to allow for one arm out, while keeping good back support.)

 

 

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Meet Mark and our new, versatile carrier

I was never a big fan of baby carriers. Prams though are big, chunky, wastes of space in my car boot. I have 6 children and another imminently due. My wife has bought prams, so many prams and barely used them, just wasted space storing them. She uses carriers, woven wraps and ring slings. She never pushed me to use any. She knew I didn’t want to. That’s what hands are for, right? Wrong! My oldest child is grown up. It took until 18 months ago for me to want to use a carrier, to see the benefit of a carrier over using my arms. I’ve spent that time trying a lot of carriers out. I may be fussy, it may be my build, but I can only truthfully, comfortably use 2 buckled carriers.

The One that changed my mind.

The Connecta Baby Carrier, simplicity at it’s best. I’ve watched my wife use woven wraps, standing by the car for 20-30 seconds feels like forever (I know it’s not and I can now use woven wraps too). So what changed? My wife was busy working for a brand one day with an overtired baby and bags full of carriers. Myself and our children had gone too, to allow the children time at the beach where she was. It just happened. I picked up a Connecta Baby Carrier and put it on. It looked simple, it was simple, 3 easy buckles, with the straps crossed at the back, easy. From the first time I tried it, I managed solo. It was comfortable. That was the beginning…

I’ve since worked at the  PBC Expo (Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo) and at various other events, helping other people find the perfect carrier too. I’ve undertaken Babywearing Consultancy training through the world renown Die Trageschule. This is where I found my appreciation for woven wraps and ring slings. It’s also where I first saw the second comfortable carrier – The Ruckeli baby to toddler carrier.

Having had opportunity to try so many different carriers, the Ergo, Manduca, Tula, Beco, Boba, Kokadi Flip…the list goes on…I found them either too small, restrictive on my shoulders or just ‘not quite right’. My frame, to give you an indication is currently 115kg, with most of the weight in my shoulders and upper torso (think triangle). What makes the Ruckeli different?

Ruckeli, a baby carrier designed by Dads.

If you’d like to try on the Ruckeli carrier, email me  info@carrymybaby.com.au You can also buy these here: www.carrymybaby.com.au/brands/Ruckeli.html

1. It packs away – I don’t need a pram or a bag to throw it in.

2. It has a unique design feature, which works as a safety mechanism. There’s no worrying about supporting baby while wrestling to fasten shoulder straps.

3. It may look complicated, but it’s actually really simple and easy to use.

4. It fits my 3 year old and it will fit my impending arrival, without needing an infant insert. The adjustments are easy to make and it is supportive for the wide range in baby, toddler and preschool size little ones.

5. The excess strap lengths have nifty elastics on the end to keep them out of the way.

6 and 7. It’s soft. All padding and shell is soft, organic cotton and it isn’t bulky!

8. Leaky nappy? I haven’t experienced this in a carrier, but should it happen with our soon to arrive baby, the inside of the body panel detaches to wash, saving both the drying time and saving the buckles from unnecessary washing machine bashing.

9. It fits me. I don’t need the waist extension straps (which are available). It fits my average sized 10 year old. It fits a newborn, it fits my 3 year old. It’s completely versatile between sizes!

Miss 10 with Miss 3 in a back carry

Amber with her 7 month old baby

Amanda with her 22 month old

The back of a Ruckeli carrier. Baby in the picture is 12 months old

Always make sure your baby is safe, as you would a car seat, by following the manufacturers instructions. We also recommend the following ‘Visible and Kissable’. Follow the link to Health Canada for further details: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/kissable-visible-calin-eng.php

And TICKS for optimal positioning: http://www.schoolofbabywearing.com/Images/TICKS.pdf

TICKS was created by a Uk Consortium, including the owner of Connecta Baby Carriers. Ruckeli is German design and made and a listed partner of Trageschule Berlin along with Fidella, with various other Trageschules, including Austria and Switzerland demonstrating the brand on courses.

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Summer Babywearing

Summer babywearing – our experience and advise *updated January 2018*

With four 5 children, we’ve used and tried a lot of carriers, slings and wraps over the years. Here are our thoughts.

Airflow: ring slings and buckled carriers allow air to flow from the sides, whereas a woven wrap has covered sides when used.

Lightweight: ring slings are light weight. The lightest material is linen, so coolest for summer. Carriers can be bulky, so although your little one may feel airflow (so long as it’s not a carrier that needs an infant insert for a young baby), you may not. Integra Baby Carriers and Connecta Baby Carriers are made differently. They lack the bulk of other carriers.

Comfy Joey: these ring slings weight approximately 300g. Much lighter than cotton, hemp etc

Integra Baby/Connecta Baby Carrier: these weigh from 350g to approximately 450g. A better option than other carriers, which usually weight above 650g (a comparison of these two brands can be found here)

We’ve created a handy area on our website, where you can view those carriers and slings that we feel are the best for summer: here

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Babywearing Lego Figures!

Who’d have thought it, there are now baby wearing lego figures available! We have some here at Carry My Baby. Due to our dismal exchange rate currently, we have them available at cost price too! In the package comes a classic yellow lego figure, along with a baby carrier and classic yellow lego baby.

We do have a few skin tone lego figures and babies, so if you’d like a variation, get in touch

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Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo 2015

We recently attended our first Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo (PBC) and had a great time!

We had a few hiccups, one being that we ended up flying solo as a family as our paid help cancelled at last minute. We were however saved on numerous occasions by the awesome Evoke Photography. among others. We hadn’t anticipated the popularity of our stand. We had barely advertised it and had no mention by our local Not For Profit, baby wearing group, so we were surprised when so many people came! It has really made us eager to attend further events in the future! Thank you to everyone who came and supported us.

Here’s what our stand looked like before the crowds descended on the event:

We did so many demos…so many ring slings and so many carriers…it was great fun! It’s made me wonder whether we should do a sort of ‘open house’ once every so often, so that you can come and get help, or try demo carriers on before purchasing to see what suits your needs best. It’s still just a thought at the moment…let us know what you think of the idea

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PBC Expo 2015

What is the biggest Baby Expo in Australia? Of course, it’s the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo which takes place in each major city in Australia. It comes to Perth this weekend and for the first time will have an array of the best woven wraps and ring slings on the market. It’s our first year in attendance and we’re looking forward to it.

Come and see us. Among woven wraps and ring slings, we will be taking award winning Connecta Baby Carriers and Tula Baby Carriers!

Also on offer from our stand (B07) will be Kangaroo Care crocheted teething necklaces, Buttons and Beau silicone teething necklaces, handmade earrings and hair ties and Vanilla Mozi too.

*eftpos machine available, so no need to worry about taking cash