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ShopRite Plaza
264 Main Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
Mon-Sat 10-6
Friday 10-8
Sunday 10-5
(845) 255-0624

Baby Wearing 101: Fitting a Baby Carrier

You walk in to shop our carrier selection. Either you aren't sure whether you want a sling, wrap, or a backpack-like carrier, or, you've done research online and are sure you want a specific brand, or you are more confused than ever!

What do you do now?

First let's look at some of the advantages of baby-wearing:

-  It frees up your hands so you can do things

-  You can hug your baby all day long which makes them feel calm and secure

-  You can breastfeed discreetly.

-  Baby can snooze while you get things done!

-  Each carrier is a little different and there is a carrier for every situation


There are four major types of carriers. Slings, Wraps, Soft-structure Carriers, and Frame Carriers

1.  Slings

 Ring sling – We stock Sakura Bloom silk and linen slings. The advantage of ring sling is that they are adjustable and can easily accommodate mom, dad or anyone else who may be baby wearing. They accommodates new babies through toddlerhood. They are durable, washable, and as beautiful as a scarf or shawl.

Fitted Sling - these slings are non-adjustable. They are sized to fit you and your baby. They are durable, washable and come in a variety of fabrics that you can mix and match with your daily outfit. The advantage of a fitted sling is that they are a simple, one piece of fabric, no assembly required and no hardware. The disadvantages is that you cannot adjust the size.


2. Wraps

We have MobyWraps. This affordable, stretchy long cotton piece of cotton interlock fabric winds around you and yout baby resulting in an extremely comfortable and stable baby-wearing situation. The advantage of a wrap is that it fits everyone. The disadvantage is that is can be complicated to put on. However, if you have a newborn, you can put it on instead of a shirt and keep your baby skin-to-skin resulting in a calmer baby and easy breastfeeding.These wraps can accommodate young babies through early toddlerhood. Tying a wrap becomes easier with practice and many women grow to love the flexibility of a wrap and the beautiful woven wraps that are also available.

3. Soft Structure Carriers

In these backpack-like carriers, the baby's weight is evenly distributed over the hips and shoulders. The adjustability, quick release clips and ease of use can easily accommodate mom, dad and any one else who may be carrying the baby. Carriers are made in cotton, organic cotton and breathable outdoor polyester fabrics

Popular Brands we carry: Ergobaby, Onya, Tula, Lillebaby, and Moby Comfort.

 4. Frame Backpacks

We don't stock frame backpacks but they are wonderfully comfortable for larger babies, toddlers and small children.


We talk with you about how you plan to use your carrier, getting all the details that are important to you. And, after we have explained benefits of different carriers we will recommend one or two that we think will work best for you. We fit you for it either with a weighted baby doll or with your baby or child. If it's a gift, the recipients are always welcome to come back for a free fitting or adjustments as the baby grows.

If you aren't ready to buy, we'll write down what styles you tried so you can remember. We can also take pictures so you remember how it was adjusted. We want you to be comfortable and enjoy using your carrier over and over again.

Happy Carrying!

Carrier Fitting Instructions