I am expecting my second son and I think it would really help my chaotic life if I was able to cart this kiddo around without a stroller. My first son had some health issues that made baby wearing not a possibility for us, so I do not have much experience picking the best options. Since I am a big gal I’m wondering if some products work better for larger bodies. My partner is also chubby and proud so suggestions for big papas would also be helpful!
A quick skim of the baby wearing archives told me we’d never covered this topic before, so I figured it was time to dive in. Here are a few options I found — we’d love to know what your faves are!
I found this link on The Baby Wearer that explains a few key differences pretty clearly:
Since my son’s birth (July 24, 2002), I have owned some 35 slings and carriers, helped dozens of parents learn to use slings, including many plus-size parents, and finally opened an e-store specializing in slings and carriers. This article addresses other parents like me. If you are a size 20 (or thereabouts) or smaller, you will probably be able to use slings and carriers in standard large sizes without a problem. However, if you are larger, there are some special considerations you may want address before you begin to buy.
Most slings available today come in larger sizes. I am thrilled that this is so, but as we all know, just making things bigger is only part of what we need. Who among us has not gone to try on a new shirt and found that, although it fit well everywhere else, the neck hole was huge, or the breast pocket was much too far to the left? Just making everything bigger doesn’t always work! Our proportions are often very different from those of our smaller friends. We also wear more natural insulation, so many of us tend to be warmer than others, making the weight and padding of a sling an important consideration. Digging and pinching are also bigger problems for us because we are softer all over.
Here are a few ring slings that you might dig:
The Maya Wrap ($68) is lightly padded for maximum comfort.
According to their website, Snuggy Baby slings “Snuggy Baby slings are completely adjustable so you will get a custom fit for you and your baby every time no matter what your body type is. Plus sized baby wearers will have a shorter tail, and petite wearers will have a longer tail.” Win!
But of course, if ring slings aren’t your jam, a lot of baby carriers will work, too. Here are a few we’ve featured before, with additional info for plus size parents, courtesy of Plus Size Birth:
The Baby K’tan ranges up to size XL (women’s size 18-22), which is pictured above.
Another oft-mentioned carrier is the Beco Butterfly, which has a waist belt that can be adjusted up to 57″.
Plus-size parents: what carriers and slings work best for you?