When my first baby began teething so badly that I could hardly get anything done all day (except comfort her), I decided to fork out the big bucks and get my first high-quality baby carrier (an Ergo). When my second was newborn, I realized that the Ergo and it's additional newborn insert just didn't work for me with a teeny tiny baby in the heat of the summer.
When my third came along, I opted for a fitted sling and although my back certainly didn't love it, my colicky baby did enjoy it quite a bit. Carrying her throughout most of the day got me through those early newborn weeks with two other young children to care for, and the sling was easy to take on and off, but still I wasn't entirely satisfied with any of the options I had tried so far in my baby carrying journey.
If you can relate to my plight at all, you might be very interested in today's giveaway of a Chai Wrap Tai baby carrier!
Designed by the same naturally-minded mama who sought out truly sustainable cloth diaper options for her babes, the Chai Wrap Tai offers the best of most baby carrying options:
:: An adjustable carrier, that can be worn on the front (facing in or out), back or sides, as well as mom's changing body sizes after giving birth (or even with carrying an older baby while pregnant)
:: A soft carrier, that fits both mom and baby snuggly.
:: A combination of a versatile wrap style carrier (like a Moby Wrap) and a Mei Tai carrier (with a specially designed body area and hammock-style seat to keep baby's spine well-aligned).
:: Allows for skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby, including breastfeeding.
:: Wide straps that help to disperse the weight of baby over the entire torso, giving mom's shoulders and back a much-needed break.
:: One size fits all babies, from newborn right up to large toddlers.
:: A 14-day trial option, for those who want to give it a try before they commit.
What I think of the Chai Wrap Tai
I've been able to try out my own Chai Wrap Tai with my 17 mth old and I really like it. I chose the long-strapped version for more varied wearing options.
Once I figured out how to get it on (and you can get a wonderful tutorial in the video below), I found it to be far more comfortable than my other carriers. Even with a chunky monkey of an older baby like my Johanna, I was able to wear it quite comfortably for about an hour, and I could have continued to wear it if necessary.
What I liked best about it was the wide, adjustable shoulder straps that I could spread across my shoulders, or pull further down my arms or further up towards my neck as needed. As I have leftover issues from a back injury many years ago, having her weight distributed so evenly across me made carrying for long periods of time a much more feasible option for me.
The design is beautiful and I *heart* the choice of a custom-designed carrier in adorable Amy Butler fabrics with black straps. I love the one that I got in a non-girly fabric that even my husband won't mind wearing.
I also love how versatile the carrier is for all stages of babyhood.
Carrying my older babies on my back while I cook or do preserving, go to the zoo, worship at church or garden is just so helpful when they are in that "only mommy will do" phase. Carrying my young babies on my front to soothe them, bond with them and make those early days of new motherhood less exhausting is so important to me, and as I learned with my 3rd, essential if you have several young children to care for.
Unfortunately, I didn't get it until she was already 16 months old, and beyond the newborn stage, Johanna just doesn't enjoy being carried as much as my other two kids did (she's very curious and prefers getting into things!) so I haven't been able to wear it as much as I hoped for. Here are a few more testimonials from other moms for those who are curious to learn more.
Take a look at the Chai Wrap Tai in action:
Laura has made a great video tutorial of how to use the Chai Wrap Tai, showing you how to wrap it and get baby safely in and out.
Want to win a Chai Wrap Tai of your own ($98-110 value)?
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Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 1st at 4pm (PST).
This post was sponsored by Eden Sustainable Cloth Diapering, who specialize in natural beginnings for the eco-friendly family. They carry wool and hemp cloth diapers, natural skin care, litterless lunch bags, and more. I did receive a carrier for the purpose of review.