One of the easiest ways to soothe your baby is to keep her near you. The familiarity of your voice, your heartbeat, your smell and your touch are all comforting, but it's not always easy to actually hold your baby, especially when you have other children to care for. For those times when you need a a little help, baby carriers are a fantastic option.
And fortunately for families who care about the environment, there are several eco-friendly options to choose from. Here's a list of some tried and true favorites:
Made in India of 100% certified organic cotton twill and sateen, this carrier features padded shoulder and waist straps to take pressure off your back and distribute your baby's weight between your hips and shoulders. The carrier is designed to mimic the way parents naturally hold their children, in a seated position with support for baby's legs.
It is available in 3 solid colors and 4 prints, weighs 1.52 lbs. and is Oeko-Tex 100 certified to be free of harmful chemicals.
This carrier also features an integrated, adjustable sleeping hood to support baby's head while sleeping and protect him from the sun and wind, adjustable chest straps, a small storage pouch and a larger zippered storage pocket.
You can use 3 different carry positions with this carrier: on your chest, your back or your hip. It is designed to fit adults from 5' to 6'5” tall and, with an organic infant insert that must be purchased separately, can accommodate children from 7-45 lbs. Other accessories for this carrier include organic backpacks, organic front pouches, organic teething pads and weather covers.
Ergobaby recommends washing the carrier in cold water on a gentle cycle and drying on a delicate cycle until the seams are just damp. The carrier should then be removed from the dryer and line-dried.
Crafted from 100% certified organic cotton, the Moby Wrap is an 18-foot-long piece of stretchy fabric that can be tied 4 different ways and accommodates children up to 35 lbs. It distributes baby's weight across your entire back and shoulders and doesn't have any buckles, snaps or other fasteners. To adjust the carrier, you simply change the tightness of your wrap.
To give baby extra support while sleeping, you can tuck your baby's head under the fabric. Because of its wide fabric, this carrier allows for discreet nursing while baby is inside of it and also allows you to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby discreetly. It is also designed to mimic the way caregivers naturally hold babies.
To care for the Moby Wrap, machine wash in cold water and tumble dry on low. You can expect some shrinkage after washing, but Moby Wrap has designed its carriers to account for that shrinkage.
This carrier is available in 3 solid colors and 1 print.
Designed for parents who want to carry their children until they're 2 years old, this organic baby carrier features an adjustable waist belt that transfers your baby's weight to your hips and takes pressure off your back and shoulders. It also allows parents to change how wide apart their child's legs are positioned.
This carrier is designed for children from 13-31 lbs. It allows you to carry your child on your front, either facing you or looking out, although the forward-facing position can only be used for babies up to 26 lbs.
The primary fabric used in the carrier is 100% certified organically grown cotton, but some of the materials are made of 100% polyester. It meets the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for baby products. Babybjorn recommends machine washing the carrier separately in warm water with a gentle detergent that is free of bleach.
This carrier is only available in black.
Made of 100% organic cotton, the Baby K'tan is a mix between a sling, wrap and structured carrier. The innovative double loop design means you can take it on and off without any wrapping, buckling or straps.
It can hold infants and toddlers in 6 positions from 8-35 lbs. and features two shoulder straps and an adjustable back support band to take pressure off your back and distribute baby's weight. The wide fabric also allows you to carry your baby in an ergonomic position.
The carrier comes in 5 different sizes and can be machine washed and dried. It only comes in a natural color, but it can be personalized with embroidery at an additional fee.