Babywearing in Winter

Peekaru vest baby carrier

In winter, you can protect your baby from the sharp bite of the frosty air by babywearing. Keeping your baby close to your chest allows you to share body heat. Just remember to keep the rest of your baby covered.


Use a Wrap Carrier

Baby wrap carrer from Blue Celery

For younger babies, this is the ideal season to use a wrap baby carrier. Baby wrap carriers don’t leave as much room for air flow, which is a good thing in the wintertime.


Cover Those Baby Legs

Baby Spats for warm ankles

If you use a baby carrier that leaves legs free, be sure to cover your child’s legs to keep them warm. Pants can ride up and leave bare skin. Baby spats and baby legs will protect little legs.


Wear a Baby Carrier Cover

Peekaru babywearing vest

Rather than covering each spot the wind and snow try to sneak in, you can wear a cover over you both. Peekaru’s fabulous vest covers every little hollow between you to keep the cold out. This vest fits over you and your baby together. If you only want to cover the baby and the carrier, Catbird Baby makes a baby carrier cover that works with most styles of baby carriers.

Your Summer Baby Carrier

Ergo Baby Carrier for summer

Windows are open. I notice the occasional warm breeze. It’s time to ask whether you have the right carrier to take advantage of this beautiful weather with your baby or toddler. Do you have your summer baby carrier?

As you are out and about this summer, how active will you be and for how long?


Mei Tai Baby Carriers

If you will just be walking around town or going to the park, a soft mei tai baby carrier gives you a good balance between comfort and support for both you and your baby.

The FreeHand Mei Tai Baby Carrier is soft like traditional Asian baby carriers.

Free Hand baby carrier at bynature.ca

The BabyHawk Mei Tai Carrier has thicker, padded shoulder straps.

BabyHawk baby carrier at bynature.ca

Both of these mei tai carriers get great reviews from our customers.


Soft Pack Buckle Carriers

If you will be hiking and spending a lot of time wearing your baby, a soft-pack buckle baby carrier will give both of you more support.

The Ergo Baby Carrier is our most popular baby carrier—lightweight an very comfortable.

Ergo baby carrier

The Boba Baby Carrier takes the traditional mei tai shape and adds zippered pouches, straps, and buckles to make this adaptable for long periods out.

Boba baby carrier

Ergo always gets great reviews, but none of our customers has reviewed the Boba yet. Be the first!

A comfortable baby carrier that fits your lifestyle makes an active summer with your baby so much easier.

5-star Sale

BabyHawk Baby Carrier Cammo

As I’ve been checking out the byNature.ca sale on baby products today, I see that there are some great bargains on some of the most loved products in the store. I love the review system, and I admit to skipping straight to the highest-rated products because I figure I need to check them out before everyone has the same thought that I do and they are all gone.


Baby Carriers

BabyHawk mei tai (above) is a versatile, reversible baby carrier that makes babywearing easy for mothers and fathers alike.

Couldn’t live without it!
Price – 4 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 5 stars

Our babyhawk is our workhorse carrier. It is SO comfortable. I’ve carried both kids in it at different ages, including my 2 year old daughter on my back while I was 36 weeks pregnant! Its easy to use, comes in great fabrics, is durable and just all around fabulous. Big thumbs up! (Posted by Kalista on 6/7/10)


Off Season

When you are looking for a bargain, it helps to think ahead. If you can manage to look past the snow to next summer, think of your baby swimming. Bummis Swimmi swim diapers are the best swim diaper around, and Badger Non-toxic Sunscreen is a best seller every year.

Bummis swim diapers

My search for the best reusable swim diaper is over!!
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 5 stars

I’ve tried a few different reusable swim diapers and this is the only one that has held in the really loose newborn poop, which saves me from a lot of embarrassment!! We go swimming often and it’s nice to know that my kids are keeping the water clean. (Posted by Nicole on 7/2/10)

Badger non-toxic sunscreen

The best natural sunscreen!
Quality – 5 stars
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars

Since discovering my daughter is allergic to the active ingredient in most chemical sunscreens, I started investigating natural options. I have tried a number of different zinc oxide and titanium dioxide based sunblocks and Badger is far and away our favourite. It rubs in easily and doesn’t leave large white streaks like many zinc-based products. This sunscreen does have an oily texture so I would not recommend it for adults with oily skin, but for children and adults with normal skin, it is just fabulous! (Posted by Lorraine on 6/30/10)


Cloth Diapering

Cloth diapers and diaper accessories have no season. The constant need for diapers is one of those realities of parenting. So, when the sales come around on your favorite products or products you’ve been considering trying, it’s time to act. Berry Plush minky diaper covers and two styles of FuzziBunz, Classic one-size and Perfect size, are on sale. We also have vinyl-free changing pads.

Berry Plush cloth diapers

LOVE this one, so soft, really absorbent, very much worth the price
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 5 stars

I love this diaper. I don’t think I could say enough about it. It is a little expensive, but so worth it. The mink is soooooo soft – I have a hard time resisting touching it when I take it off the line. It is so absorbent and the outside is so soft to the touch and so cute that I love letting my son run around without pants when he’s wearing it. I love that it can used as a wrap, and that the inside unfolds to dry easy and fast. (Posted by Miranda on 6/12/10)

FuzziBunz perfect sized cloth diapers

Great Diaper
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 4 stars

I’ve tried a bunch of different diapers and this is my favorite. It fits great for new babies and is very adjustable as they grow. . . . For those that think cloth diapering is leaky… every morning, my little one completes her morning routine…smile, eat, poop,blowout. Since we switched to cloth, everything has stayed IN the diaper. (Posted by mom2three on 12/3/10)

FuzziBunz classic one-size diaper

Love these!
Price – 5 stars
Value – 4 stars
Quality – 5 stars

These are our #1 choice for going out in. They have never leaked on my 5 week old and we were able to start using them when he outgrew the newborn disposables at 1 week (he was 9lbs 11 oz at birth). I just wish the price was lower but they are worth it and come with 2 inserts. (Posted by NinaN on 11/9/10)

Diaper changing pads

Great and Simple
Quality – 5 stars
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars

I bought one and ended up buying a few more. It’s a simple product, but so effective and practical. The fleece truly is super soft and of good quality (stays clean and nice after many washes and things don’t stick to it like some fleeces). Even the vinyl-free material is nice to the touch. The material is much like the pocket diapers but in a changing pad format. I ended up putting two under the cribs fitted sheet. They fold very small and, the best part, no vinyl! (Posted by Michelle on 7/1/10)

You can get some great bargains with the other bynature.ca sale products. These are only some of the items that have already been reviewed. Help other parents make the best choices, and help us know what you like best, by leaving reviews for products you like as well as for products you don’t like. It’s fast and easy. Your honest reviews help everyone.

Happy bargain hunting!

Compare Baby Carriers – Soft Structured

Ergo soft structured baby carrier

Adding a few buckles and snaps to a Mei Tai, with some extra padding and structure, will give you a soft-pack or “buckle” baby carrier. Soft structured baby carriers include the popular Ergo Baby Carrier, a favorite for Dad, as well as the hip-carrying baby carriers that are gaining in popularity for toddlers and older babies. Just because baby is getting bigger, doesn’t mean you have to stop carrying them!

A structured baby carrier evenly distributes the weight of your baby across both shoulders and hips, making it comfortable to carry for long periods of time. Most parents find they can carry a baby, especially a heavy toddler, the longest in a structured carrier. Our best-selling Ergo Baby Carrier can be used with a baby more than 40lbs and the Beco Butterfly II can be worn with a child up to 50lbs.

Because the tiniest babies need more support for head and neck, a structured soft pack carrier is best for an older baby with head control (3 months+).

With their comfort, ease of use and mainstream appeal, it’s easy to see why soft-structured baby carriers are so popular among parents. If you do a great deal of walking or hiking with your baby, this is the baby carrier to choose.

This post is part of a series in which we give an overview of baby carrier styles, comparing the specific baby carriers available within each style. Despite the variety of baby carriers on the market today, nearly all fall into one of four basic styles.


Soft Pack Buckle Carriers


Advantages

  • easy to use
  • ergonomic, so weight is evenly distributed to hips
  • very supportive
  • usually Dad’s favorite
  • high resale value


Disadvantages

  • not usually recommended for newborns who cannot hold their heads up well (3 mo +)
  • does not fold compact for travel or in a diaper bag
  • can be more expensive due to the amount of workmanship required in their manufacturing


Soft Pack Baby Carriers Compared

BabyHawk Oh Snap Baby Carrier

BabyHawk Oh Snap Baby Carrier

Style: Soft Structure Baby Carrier
Age: 15lbs to 45lbs
Carrying Positions: Front (in or out), Back

Beco Butterfly Baby Carrier

Beco Baby Carrier, Beco Butterfly II

Style: Soft Structured Baby Carrier
Age: Suitable for newborn to 50+ lbs
Carrying Positions: Tummy to Tummy, Back Carry
Origin: Made in the USA and China

Beco Gemini Baby Carrier

Gemini Beco Baby Carrier

Style: Soft Structured Carrier
Age: Newborn to 35+ lbs
Carrying Positions: Tummy to Tummy, Back, Hip
Origin: Made in the USA and China

Ergo Baby Carrier

Ergo Baby Carrier also in Sport Style

Style: Soft-Pack Structured Baby Carrier
Age: Suitable for newborn (with infant insert) to 40lbs
Carrying Positions: Front (infant to toddler), Hip, Back (with older baby only)

Ergo Performance Baby Carrier

Ergo Performance Baby Carrier

Style: Soft-Pack Structured Baby Carrier, light and durable for activities
Age: Newborn to toddler
Carrying Positions: Back, Front, and Hip

FreeHand Baby Carrier

FreeHand Baby Carrier

Style: Soft Structured Carrier
Age: Newborn to 35lbs
Carrying Positions: Front (facing in or out), Newborn carry, Back carry

Pikkolo Baby Carrier

Pikkolo Baby Carrier

Style: Hybrid Mei Tai & Soft Structured Carrier (A Mei Tai with Buckles!)
Age: Newborn to 40 lbs
Carrying Positions: Forward Facing In or OUT, Hip & Back Carrying

Scootababy Soft Structured Baby Carrier

Scootababy Hip Baby Carrier

Style: Soft Structured Hip Carrier; a cross between a Mei Tai & a Sling
Age: From head control (approx. 5 months) to 40 lbs (toddler)
Carrying Positions: Tummy to Tummy, Hip/Side, Back (short periods)

Compare Baby Carriers – Mei Tai

Babyhawk mei tai baby carrier

The Mei Tai baby carrier is comfort and fashion all in one. Mei Tai is pronounced “may tie” and is also referred to as an Asian baby carrier. Unlike baby wraps and baby slings, a Mei Tai adds padded shoulder straps and waist straps to a small, square body to give the Mei Tai unlimited options for babywearing positions. Because the adjustability is in the long straps, a Mei Tai is a one-size-fits-most baby carrier, easily shared between Mom, Dad and other caregivers.

We LOVE this baby carrier in particular for its versatility in the extremely varied weather of Canada. It can easily be adapted to use over light clothing in the summer time, or over a big, bulky coat when you need to keep warm during a blustery winter day.

Pikkolo hybrid mei tai baby carrier

Mei Tai Baby Carrier is comfortable and versatile like no other baby carrier. You have complete control in the positioning of the baby within the carrier, based on how you tie the straps. Baby likes to be tucked in and hidden? No problem! Your toddler wants to be propped up to see the world? A re-tie here and there, and you’re set! Baby’s arms are out and he can watch as Mom goes about her day. This adaptability means it is easy to get a comfortable fit on any wearer.

This soft, strappy baby carrier is easy to use, comfortable for you, fun for baby, and stylish. What more could you ask for in a baby carrier?

This post is part of a series in which we give an overview of baby carrier styles, comparing the specific baby carriers available within each style. Despite the variety of baby carriers on the market today, nearly all fall into one of four basic styles.

  • Baby Wraps
  • Baby Slings (includes pouch slings and ring slings)
  • Mei Tai Baby Carriers
  • Soft Pack Baby Carriers


Mei Tai Baby Carriers


Advantages

  • our favorite for back carrying a young baby (less than one year), especially when there is a second child to attend to
  • weight is evenly distributed over both shoulders and hips
  • very supportive
  • very versatile, offering unlimited number of carrying positions
  • can be used front and back with a newborn to 30+ lbs (3 years or more)
  • big variety of beautiful fabrics available
  • higher resale value


Disadvantages

  • not as heavily padded as most structured carrier (but this can be an advantage for a parent that wants less bulk!)
  • straps are long and can drag on ground when tying (difficult in the rain or slushy weather)


Mei Tai Baby Carriers Compared


FreeHand Mei Tai baby carrier

FreeHand Mei Tai Baby Carriers, also comes in Embroidered style
Style: Mei Tai Baby Carrier (Asian Inspired Baby Carrier).
Age: Suitable for newborn to toddler.
Carrying Positions: Front, Hip/Side, Back (all positions, infant to toddler)
Fabric: 100% cotton straps/structure. Printed fabric will vary.
Origin: Made in USA


Kozy Mei Tai baby carrier

Kozy Mei Tai Baby Carriers
Style: Mei Tai Baby Carrier (Asian Inspired Baby Carrier).
Age: Suitable for newborn to toddler.
Carrying Positions: Front, Hip/Side, Back (all positions, infant to toddler)
Fabric: 100% cotton canvas straps/structure.
Origin: Designed & created by work-at-home moms in the USA.


BabyHawk mei tai carrier in Calaveras print

BabyHawk Mei Tai Baby Carriers
Style: Mei Tai Baby Carrier (Asian Inspired Baby Carrier).
Age: Suitable for newborn to 35+ lbs.
Carrying Positions: Front, Hip/Side, Back (all positions, infant to toddler)
Fabric: 100% cotton straps/structure. Printed fabric will vary. Reverses to solid (except camo).
Origin: Made in USA


Pikkolo hybrid mei tai baby carrier

Pikkolo Baby Carriers
Style: Hybrid Mei Tai & Soft Structured Carrier (A Mei Tai with Buckles!)
Age: Newborn to 40 lbs.
Carrying Positions: Forward Facing In or OUT, Hip & Back Carrying
Fabric: All cotton (exclusive of trim)

Interested in other Asian-inspired baby carriers? Wondering about pods and onbus? See our post comparing Podaegi and Onbuhimo with the mei tai.