Babywearing has become an integral part of the attachment parenting style. Apart from its many benefits such as promoting skin-to-skin contact, kangaroo care, and bonding, babywearing makes multitasking easier (it frees up your hands) and even dads love it, too!
Some parents, however, worry about "wearing their baby" — it might spoil him or make him bow-legged Babywearing consultant Blanch Pennings, who busts babywearing myths here, assures parents, "Next to breastfeeding, babywearing is one of the healthiest things you can do for your child. Filipinos are very superstitious people and believe old wive’s tales that don’t have any medical basis."
Pennings, who also runs the Facebook group and page Babywear Becuase You Care PH, coined the term "C.A.R.R.I.E.R.S." to help parents check if they're wearing their babies correctly.
Check your carrier for any defects.
Airway must always be open.
Raise your baby to chin height.
Recognize baby's cues.
The face is In view at all times.
Ensure that the environment is conducive for babywearing.
Read the manufacturer's instructions and always follow them.
Here, we list expert-recommended and hip-healthy baby carriers and slings that many parents love.
Nanay at Ako Starts at Php799 (ring slings) to Php6,800 (CarGo Fit carriers)
If you don't want buckles, Nanay at Ako offers you two choices: the ring sling and the Meh Dai. A ring sling is a piece of long cloth with rings sewn on one end, and it makes an excellent pouch for baby. The Meh Dai, on the other hand, is a traditional Asian carrier; it has body panels attached to long straps and is secured through knots. Both locally made carriers are adjustable and can carry children as old as age 2 or 3. The brand also offers locally-made Cargo and Cargo Fit carriers, which are similar to typical baby carriers in the market.
Saya Php950 for SSK or VTB and P1,200 for hybrid fabric
Saya feels like being in a constant snug hug with your child. Choose between the Semi-Stretch Knit (SSK), which is 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex (similar to regular shirts), the Versa Tekk Blend (VTB), 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex (think exercise garments), or a hybrid of both fabrics. Saya is easy to put on and off, and it doesn't take too much space in the bag.
Shadrach’s Collection Starts at P1,500 to P3,300, depending on size and fabric
The natural fabrics linen, silk, and cotton are naturally hypoallergenic and soft to the touch. Handwoven fabrics are known for its breathability and sturdiness. Its ring slings and wraps are also easy to maneuver into positions comfortable for you and your baby. Shadrach’s Collection not only helps moms and babies but also supports local weaving communities in the country. Order via Facebook.com/shadrachscollection
In My Arms (IMA) Starts at Php2,400 to Php5,000
In My Arms is one of the local baby carrier brands many moms love. Its body panels are made from comfortable fabrics, like woven or brushed cotton. The carrier comes with a hood that protects your baby's head and also doubles as a breastfeeding cover. The IMA Amihan version is made of mesh panel that offers more comfort and breathability to the baby and the wearer. IMA also carries the Onbuhimo, a traditional Japanese waistless soft baby carrier design perfect for toddlers. IMA can also customize a wrap for you! Check out their Wrap Conversions.
The Baby K'tan's double-loop design is easy to put on, and lets you wear baby in multiple positions. It evenly distributes the baby's weight across the wearer's back and shoulders. The Original carrier is made of natural cotton fabric that offers you and your little one a warm and cozy hold. The Breeze version is made of a unique cotton-mesh hybrid, while the Active variant is made of polyester to helps absorb moisture and sweat and even block UV rays.
It's the most lightweight hip seat carrier available in the market. Bébéar carriers are made of breathable mesh material suited to our climate. It's boasts of double safety technology, plus high-grade Velcro straps and an anti-slip seat. Bébéar is also the very first hipseat carrier that's foldable, which makes it perfect for travel.
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Lillebaby Starts at Php3,999 to Php9,999
With the Lillebaby, you can wear your baby in six different ergonomic positions. Its carriers have built-in cooling and warming features, adjustable cupped seat, sleeping hood, and easy-access pockets. It also provides the wearer with different kinds of back and lumbar support he or she needs. The brand also offers wraps, which is cheaper compared to typical baby carriers.
The I-angel is the first ever hipseat carrier from Korea. What makes it different from other baby carriers is the hip seat that helps distribute the baby's weight. Celebrity moms have been seen using this, and they swear they and their babies are comfy using it.
The Ergobaby has been one of the most-trusted brands when it comes to babywearing, and it has numerous awards to prove it. No matter what three positions you choose, the baby is supported and follows the recommended carry position from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. The baby's weight is evenly distributed between hips and shoulder, which helps both baby and wearer be comfier.
Tula Starts at Php7,499.95 to Php9,499.75 Tula is the type of carrier that grows with your baby. No need for inserts as its adjustable and ergonomic design allows you to use it from your child is a newborn up to toddlerhood. Choose from free-to-grow standard, toddler and coast carriers.