How To Choose A Baby
The Babywearing 101 Quiz
and dirty guide may
help you determine what features and style you would enjoy most in a
baby carrier. It’s a fun place to start, at the very least!
How will you be using your carrier?
Quick jaunts (easy on and off)
Mainly for nursing or carrying baby on my hip
Trying to clean my messy house
Going on long walks or hikes
Will anyone else be using your baby carrier?
No, just me (and the baby, of course)
Yes, with someone who is of similar size and shape
Yes, with someone who is a vastly different size or shape than me
Maybe, it depends on who else I can talk into using it
How much time will you spend learning how to use it?
don’t mind fiddling a bit
love a mind-bending challenge
would prefer to just snap and go rather than tie myself up in knots
With what ages do you plan on using your baby carrier the most?
Newborn to six months
Newborn to one year
Newborn to toddler
Newborn until my child refuses to let me
Which style most appeals to you?
Simple, well-tailored casual clothes and a pair of loafers
Long flowing skirts and sandals or better yet, barefoot
Ethnic tunics with comfy Birkenstocks
Sporty athletic wear with hi-tech, Gore-Tex hiking boots
How much shoulder support do you want in a baby carrier?
One shoulder, for ease-of-use, no padding please
One shoulder, for ease-of-use, some light padding might be nice
Two shoulders with little or no padding, for the greatest versatility
and decent comfort
Two shoulders, waist support, and high density foam padding please
(I’m going to be wearing this kid for hours at a time, and I
want to be as comfortable as possible)
Does it have to touch my shoulders at all?
up the number of times you chose answer A:
up the number of times you chose answer B:
up the number of times you chose answer C:
up the number of times you chose answer D:
up the number of times you chose answer E:
(That's the Answer Key, if you're not a Geek like me!):
your highest score was A, you might enjoy a pouch.
your highest score was B, you might enjoy a ring sling.
your highest score was C, you might enjoy a long wrap
(Didymos, EllaRoo, Moby Wrap, etc.) or an asian-style baby carrier
(a.k.a ABC or mei tai).
your highest score was D, you might enjoy a hip carrier (Mei
Hip, HipDaddy, Sara's Ride, etc.) or a technical carrier.
(Sutemi, Ergo, Patapum, etc.)
you chose E for #6, you might enjoy a chest carrier like
or The Baby Wrap.
the event of a tie:
which features are the most important to
you and give double
a few of your favorite carriers before you
decide on buying one (see
Frugal Tips Chapter
in the Thriving
Here are some other factors
into the mix:
portable is it?
you discreetly breastfeed in it?
carrying positions does it offer?
adjustable is it?
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