The first thing you want to do is track down your local babywearing club. Facebook is a good place to find them, but google sometimes works and there may be a listing on tbw too. Clubs often have lending libraries, which are the best way to see in real life different carriers. Good carriers are often only available online. The ones in chain stores are usually not as good.
The carrier you pick depends on your personality. Are you a quick and simple no fuss het it done and get on with it person ? If so, you want a soft structured carrier (SSC) like tula, beco, boba. Kinderpack, ergo, oh snap.
Are you a person who wants quick but likes more adjustment optionsoptions without learning how to wrap? Do you like fabric options and color? Mei tai might be for you. Kozy and babyhawk are popular.
Or are you a geek like me who loves learning new skills, gets excited by fiber and color? Do you have a crafting hobby? If so, you will probably love wovens. Wovens are the most versitle and comfiest, but they are a skill to learn and it takes practice. Which is part of the fun. Didymos, hoppendiz, storchenweige, natibaby and more.
Stretchies are great intro wraps but only good for about three months, so by secondhand. Moby is common. Wraposdy and je port mon bebe are others to consider and rated for back carries.
Wovens are expensive, but they also have a second hand market unlike any other gear. If you buy on the swap, you can typically sell on the swap for exactly what you paid (all you have to cover is paypal fees and shipping). Because of this incredible value retention, wrappers collect and churn and have large stashes. You don't have to get all that to love wrapping, but trying and selling is part of the fun. The active swaps are on tbw and facebook (the babywearing swap, babywearing on a budget, high end babywearing).
Everyone should have a ring sling. They should be standard issue.... Sakura bloom and sleeping baby productions are great.
Diy is generally a waste of money compared to the swaps, and really not as comfortable. It is worth it to buy something rather than make it.
Let me know if you want me to get into brands, sizes etc.
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