Babywearing: Why Carriers are the New Dad Hack

Babywearing: Why Carriers are the New Dad Hack

 There are many types of carriers: ring slings, buckle carriers, woven, stretchy and hybrid wraps, meh dais, onbuhimos, narrow-based carriers, and more. And guess what? They are all for everybody/everybody.

There is an unfortunate misconception floating around out there that babywearing is only for women. The reality is that there are enormous benefits to babywearing that are in no way gender-specific.

Babywearing is comforting and promotes the parent-infant bond

For one--and this is a big one--babywearing is an amazing way to bond with your wee one.

Those extra snuggles help them feel secure and often have an instant calming effect. It’s the next best thing to skin-to-skin contact and allows them to feel your body’s warmth and hear your heartbeat. It’s no surprise that babywearing has even been shown to reduce crying in infants. And, hey, calming your little one is calming for you too, no?


Back Carry Didymos Prima Blues Hemp Woven Wrap             Front Carry Woven Wrap
Dad Back Carrying in a Woven Wrap           Dad Front Carrying in a Woven Wrap
Photo by Courtney Glode                          Photo by Magdalena Wojtas


Front Carry Ring Sling

      Dad Front Carrying in a Ring Sling
Photo by Erin Nicole


Babywearing is convenient

Once you learn the correct way to adjust your carrier to fit you, there is no easier way to get around with a child in tow. At home, babywearing helps you go hands-free. For many parents, this is pretty much a game changer. There is so much this can allow you to do such as working remotely, cooking or even tending to your older kids.

Carriers also eliminate the need for a big clunky stroller. In fact, there are many places you simply can’t go with one or where you may be deterred from due to the extra hassle.


    Buckle Carrier         Back Carry Buckle Carrier

Dads Back Carrying in a Soft Structured Carrier
Photo by Aimee Laz  
                        Photo by Patricia Lowry

    Ring Sling        Didytai Mosaic
  Dad Front Carrying in a Ring Sling       Dad Front Carrying in a DidyTai Meh Dai
Photo by Amber Rivera                    Photo by Avie Hermann


Babywearing removes this obstacle entirely.

How about those days where you have to get things done but are beholden to a rigid nap schedule? Carrier naps are a great alternative! In fact, some babies only nap in carriers because they are just so darn cozy and soothing. You can immediately address your babies sleep cues or need for comfort on the fly. Any parent will agree that is no small advantage!

Front Carry Ergo Baby buckle Carrier     
Dad Carrying Baby in an Ergo SSC       
                Photo by Sarah Sharpe                       
Free to Grow Discover
Dad Wearing a Newborn In a Tula Free to Grow
Kelly Bertrand 


Back Carry Hiking Backpack
Dad Back Carrying in a hiking backpack
Photo by Rebecca Chadwick


 Babywearing is stylish

There are so many different carrier options out there that can cater to your exact lifestyle and personal aesthetic. There are literally hundreds of patterns and weaves to choose from at Little Zen One.


Back Carry Onbuhimo

Dad Back Carrying in an Onbuhimo
Photo by Nicole Rosenberg

 Front Carry DidyKlick Prima Mars                            Carry Tula buckle carrier Believe

Dad front carrying in a DidyKlick Half Buckle Dad back carryingTula Baby Carrier
   Photo by Cait Roy-Bell                                  Photo by Erin Nicole


And--frankly--I’m not sure anything is more attractive to a tired parent then their partner giving them a much-needed break.

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