How do I know which carrier or wrap is right for me? 

Selecting a carrier or wrap that works best for you and your baby can be a daunting decision at first. A carrier or sling that works for your friend may or may not work for you. In our experience, the best way to work out which carrier works for you is to try a range of different options. This is why we offer a personalised virtual babywearing assistance service with our qualified babywearing consultant and owner of Little Greenie, Jess to help you select a carrier most suited to your needs. In addition to this, we also offer hassle free returns so that if after trying your purchase on, you are at all unhappy with your purchase, you can return it for a full refund less postage costs, no questions asked (subject to our returns terms and conditions).

What types of wraps and carriers are available on the market?

Baby carriers come in a variety of different forms and it can be a little confusing to differentiate between them all when you are first starting out. We have summarised some of the main types of carriers on the market for your reference below, but if you would like to know more, or to learn how to safely and optimally carry your baby simply get in touch with our qualified babywearing consultant today.

Soft Structured Carrier (SSC)

A soft structured carrier or SSC is a backpack style carrier that usually has straps and buckles, enabling the wearer to quickly put it on and take it off. There are many different types of SSCs on the market. Some are made of canvas type fabrics, while others, often referred to as 'wrap conversions' are made from woven wrap fabric. Some require inserts to be used from birth, while others are highly adjustable to accommodate your growing baby. We have a growing range of SSCs available online via our online store.

Woven Wrap

A woven wrap is a length of specially woven fabric in which you can carry your child. Woven wraps come in a range of different sizes, fabric blends and weaves - each with their own benefits and versatility. Women wraps are the most versatile babywearing option - one wrap can be tailored depending on your preference to wear your baby on the front, back or side and provide a custom fit every time.

You can view our range of woven wraps online via our online store.

Ring Sling

A ring sling is a short length of wrap fabric with a pair of sling rings attached to one end, through which you thread the other end in order to carry your baby on your body. Ring slings are a great option for people who want a quick, yet easily adjustable carrying option for their baby. They are particularly great for newborn babies due to their easy adjustability and the fact they don’t require you to pass any fabric between baby's legs. You can view our ring sling range online via our online store.

Stretchy / Jersey Wrap

Like the name suggests, a stretchy or jersey wrap is a stretchy length of fabric in which you wrap your baby to your body. They come in a variety of styles and blends, although most are made of 100% cotton, or cotton elastane fabric blends. Stretchy wraps are an affordable option which many new parents choose when beginning their babywearing journey with small babies. You can view our range of stretchy wraps online via our online store.

Meh Dai

A meh dai (also sometimes referred to as a mei tai) is an Asian style carrier typically made from woven wrap fabric. It consists of a square back panel with straps on all four corners that are used to tie the carrier and your baby to your body. Without any buckles or clips, most meh dais are highly adjustable and a great option for people who don’t want to wrap, but also don’t want to be restricted by the structure, buckles and clips of a buckle carrier / SSC. You can view our range of meh dais online via our online store.

Can I try on a carrier or wrap before I commit to buying it? 

We know what it’s like to invest in an expensive item without first being able to try it on. That’s why we are pleased to offer an obligation free baby carrier ‘try on service’ where you select and pay for your chosen baby carrier and if after trying the carrier on, you are at all unhappy with your purchase, you can return your carrier for a full refund less postage costs, no questions asked. (subject to try on service terms and conditions)

Can you teach me how to use a carrier or wrap?

We offer a range of different online babywearing video and photo tutorials available on request by our Approved Babywearing Consultant and Owner of Little Greenie, Elise for each of the brands and carriers that we stock. Elise is trained by the Babywearing School Australia. If you have a question and you can’t find the answer here, feel free to contact us – we’d love to help you out!

What are the most important safety considerations when wearing your baby?

In order to wear your baby safely, we recommend that you follow the T.I.C.K.S rule for baby sling safety in accordance with the Queensland Government T.I.C.K.S flyer about baby sling safety.  The key points are summarised below:

  • Tight - The carrier/sling should be tight with your baby positioned in a high and upright with their head supported.
  • In View at all Times - You should always be able to see your baby's face, nose and mouth when in the sling simply by looking down. 
  • Close Enough to Kiss - Your baby should be positioned high enough on your chest that you can easily tip your head forward and kiss your baby on top of their head.
  • Keep Chin off Chest - Your baby's chin should always remain up away from their body. When a baby's chin is on their chest, this can easily compromise their fragile airway and their breathing, so it is important to regularly check your baby.
  • Supported Back - Your baby's back should be supported by the carrier / sling in a natural curved position, with their tummy and chest against you. 

Are there any other safety considerations I should know about when wearing my baby?

    • Ask someone to help you when using the carrier / sling for the first time.
    • Always pay close attention to your baby - a baby experiencing breathing difficulty may be unsettled, or they may make no obvious sound or movement at all, so it is important to always keep your baby in view.
    • Don't forget your own safety and wellbeing — carriers and slings can affect your natural movement and centre of balance, particularly on stairs. Also be cautious of things that could potentially fall on your baby while in a carrier / sling, such as hot drinks and food.
    • Be mindful that your activity and movement may loosen the carrier / sling or the baby inside the sling, so it is important to check the tightness and security of your carrier / sling regularly, particularly after physical activity.
    • A qualified babywearing consultant can help you learn how to wear your carrier / sling safely and in a way that supports your baby's natural development. Find a qualified consultant near you on the Babywearing School Australia website.

    SourceQueensland Government T.I.C.K.S flyer about baby sling safety

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