There are many types of carriers: ring slings, buckle carriers, woven, stretchy and hybrid wraps, meh dais, onbuhimos, narrow-based carriers, and more. And guess what? They are all for everybody/everybody.
There is an unfortunate misconception floating around out there that babywearing is only for women. The reality is that there are enormous benefits to babywearing that are in no way gender-specific.
Babywearing is comforting and promotes the parent-infant bond
For one--and this is a big one--babywearing is an amazing way to bond with your wee one.
Those extra snuggles help them feel secure and often have an instant calming effect. It’s the next best thing to skin-to-skin contact and allows them to feel your body’s warmth and hear your heartbeat. It’s no surprise that babywearing has even been shown to reduce crying in infants. And, hey, calming your little one is calming for you too, no?
Photo by Courtney Glode Photo by Magdalena Wojtas
Dad Front Carrying in a Ring Sling
Photo by Erin Nicole
Babywearing is convenient
Once you learn the correct way to adjust your carrier to fit you, there is no easier way to get around with a child in tow. At home, babywearing helps you go hands-free. For many parents, this is pretty much a game changer. There is so much this can allow you to do such as working remotely, cooking or even tending to your older kids.
Carriers also eliminate the need for a big clunky stroller. In fact, there are many places you simply can’t go with one or where you may be deterred from due to the extra hassle.
Dads Back Carrying in a Soft Structured Carrier
Photo by Aimee Laz Photo by Patricia Lowry
Dad Front Carrying in a Ring Sling Dad Front Carrying in a DidyTai Meh Dai
Photo by Amber Rivera Photo by Avie Hermann
Babywearing removes this obstacle entirely.
How about those days where you have to get things done but are beholden to a rigid nap schedule? Carrier naps are a great alternative! In fact, some babies only nap in carriers because they are just so darn cozy and soothing. You can immediately address your babies sleep cues or need for comfort on the fly. Any parent will agree that is no small advantage!
Dad Carrying Baby in an Ergo SSC Dad Back Carrying in a hiking backpack
Photo by Sarah Sharpe Photo by Rebecca Chadwick
Dad Wearing a Newborn In a Tula Free to Grow
Photo by Kelly Bertrand
Babywearing is stylish
There are so many different carrier options out there that can cater to your exact lifestyle and personal aesthetic. There are literally hundreds of patterns and weaves to choose from at Little Zen One.
Dad Back Carrying in an Onbuhimo
Photo by Nicole Rosenberg
And--frankly--I’m not sure anything is more attractive to a tired parent then their partner giving them a much-needed break.
Vic and 11 months Oscar in a Front Carey in a Woven Wrap
Brad and Freja in a Hip Carry Woven Wrap Brad and Freja in a Woven Wrap