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    How To Wear Your Baby Safely And Comfortably When The Weather Gets Warm

    By Eric Messinger

    Babywearing poses risks
    and challenges in hot weather. So we asked Adriane Stare, a certified
    babywearing educator and the Owner of Greenpoint’s Caribou Baby for safety and
    comfort tips, plus five suggested carriers for spring and summer. —

    Adriane writes…

    Babywearing is the single
    most important thing I learned as a new mother, but it is important to learn
    how to do it safely and comfortably. Please always consult your local babywearing
    instructor to help you choose and/or use your carrier! What most people never
    tell you about babywearing is that babies are like little furnaces. What’s
    worse, there is no single carrier that can alleviate the sweatiness associated
    with strapping your child on your chest, hip or back in humid, sticky,
    95-degree New York City weather. Here are a few things you can do to cope:

    1. Choose a carrier made
    of a breathable and/or lightweight fabric.

    2. Avoid carriers with
    batting or a lot of padding.

    3. Dress yourself and your
    baby in less and loose clothing, preferably made of breathable,
    natural fibers.

    4. Choose a carrier that
    requires less passes of fabric over you and your baby’s body.

    5. If the weather is
    unbearably hot and humid, find some AC or park it in the shade and let baby
    take naps or chill out off of your body for a bit to give you both a break. :)

    6. Drink lots of water,
    nurse your baby often, or offer them water and otherwise make sure they are
    ingesting lots of fluids!

    Without further ado, here
    are our top five carrier picks for warm weather:

    1. Carrier Type: Woven Wrap
    Manufacturer:
    Ellaroo (pictured above)
    Model:

    Cotton Woven Wrap
    Average Price:
    $99

    Woven wraps are long
    pieces of fabric used to carry children on your chest, hip and back. Because
    wraps are completely adjustable to both wearer and baby and distribute weight evenly
    and effectively, wraps are often considered your most comfortable, versatile
    carrier. Being able to wear a baby from the newborn through toddler phase, makes
    it a very economical investment. Depending on the way you are tying a wrap
    around yourself, it can cover quite a bit of your body, which often make them
    hot in the summertime. Finding a wrap that has a thinner weave may make
    summertime wrapping more tolerable. Ellaroo makes wonderfully light and airy
    wraps that come in saturated, summery colors with bright stripes and fringe.

    ellevill.jpg2. Carrier Type: Woven Wrap
    Manufacturer:
    Ellevill
    Model:

    Cotton Woven Wrap
    Average Price:
    $160-$200

    The general rule of thumb
    with babywearing is that the heavier the weight of the child, the heavier the
    weight of the fabric should be that is supporting them. Ellevill
    is Norwegian brand of wrap that is thicker, denser weave than an
    Ellaroo, but manages to achieve the difficult balance of being lightweight but
    still very supportive. Ellevills come in gorgeous, eye-catching patterns, and
    are often known for their steep tapers at the edge of the fabric that gives them
    a distinctly sleek and feminine look. Beyond being a less-bulk choice, the
    wraps come in cotton, bamboo or silk blends, so you can choose your preferred
    fabric weight and texture.

    3. Carrier Type: Ring Sling
    Manufacturer:
    Sakura Bloom
    Model:

    Linen Ring Slings
    Average Price:
    $88-$120

    A simple, linen Ring Sling
    is perfect summertime babywearing because they allow you tosakura.jpg carry your baby
    comfortably with only a single pass of fabric over both of your bodies. You can
    carry your child on your hip or your tummy, which supports the weight on one
    shoulder and your back. Although a single-shouldered carrier will never be
    quite as comfortable as two-shouldered carrier, it can be significantly less
    hot given that your hips and waist are not covered by the fabric. A
    single-layer cotton linen ring sling has the nice quality of being breathable
    yet supportive. It dries quickly if it gets sweaty and looks good with summer
    outfits. Ringslings can be used for newborn through toddlerhood, and become
    particularly good toddler carriers as your older child does more walking
    instead of being worn and wants a lot of quick ups and down throughout the day.
    Sakura Bloom’s new pixie prints are light and shimmery, perfect for summer!

    didytai.jpg4. Carrier Type: Mei Tai (pronounced May Tie)
    Manufacturer: Didymos
    Model
    :
    Didytai
    Average Price
    : $145-$175

    Mei Tais (pronounced May Tie)
    is an Asian Style Carrier which consists of a rectagular body panel with four
    long straps extending from it. Two of the straps are tied around the waist like
    an apron and the other two straps are crossed over your shoulders and tie
    around the baby and your waist. Since Mei Tais are usually a couple of layers
    of cotton fabric and the shoulder straps have very little padding, they can be
    surprisingly cool and thus great for summer. Air is able to pass through the
    sides of the body panel and keep your torso and baby’s body a bit cooler in hot
    weather. Didymos’ Didytai carrier has all of these benefits, plus the ability
    to cinch it in the crotch to accommodate a baby at a much younger age and a sleeping
    hood to support the baby’s neck through toddlerhood. This carrier has no
    padding and comes in super soft and lightweight cotton fabrics, making it a
    favorite of ours for the heat.

    5. Carrier Type: Soft-structured (or Buckle)
    Manufacturer
    : Onya Baby
    Model
    :
    Outback
    Average Price
    : $149

    One of the newest buckle
    carriers to hit the market, the Onya Baby Outback is a wonderful combination of
    support and coolness, with a surprising ability to accommodate a child as young
    as three months or as old as three years. The mesh fabric makes for a sweatless
    ride for your babe and the ability to cross the straps in your back make it
    much more supportive for ladies or anyone carrying a heavy load. The unique
    pocket-shaped body supports your toddler up to the neck and the carrier hides a
    small harness in the front pouch that safely converts any chair into a high
    chair—great for outdoor cafe dining during the warm months!

    Adriane
    Stare is the Owner of Caribou Baby, an eco-friendly maternity, baby
    and lifestyle store in Greenpoint – Williamsburg, Brooklyn offering products
    and classes for pregnancy, birth preparation and parenting. She is a
    certified babywearing educator and all staff are trained to help families choose
    and learn to use baby carriers safely and comfortably.

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