When I started to wear my newborn baby, I mostly used our stretchy wrap and baby carrier at home. As I got more comfortable with carrying him, we started going outside more often. And I had to carry stuff while carrying him. Sounds easy, right? Well, not so much. I had to find out that not all bags are created for babywearing. And not all are great for all carrying positions and situations. So let’s see which bag types were my favorite bags for babywearing.
Bags for Shorter Walks
Often, we just went walking around the area where we were living. I didn’t need to carry a lot of stuff as I knew that we can get home quickly if needed. My favorites for these walks are small crossover bags. They work well both when carrying on the front and on the back. I just had to remember to remove them before getting my baby out of the carrier or wrap to avoid the bag’s straps getting tangled up. Besides, some parents prefer fanny packs or waist bags for shorter walks. I also like to keep a folded linen bag in my small crossover bag just in case I drop by the bakery nearby.
Larger Bags for Babywearing on the Front
While wearing my baby on the front, I like to carry a backpack if I need to carry more stuff. I wrap my baby or put him into the carrier first and put on the backpack after that. This way, it was easy to get things from my backpack without removing the baby from the carrier. One thing I noticed though is that not all backpacks feel equally comfortable with all carrier types. Typically, soft-structured carriers with padded shoulder straps and backpacks with padded straps don’t work well together because the straps of the backpack slide down easily. But of course, try it for yourself with your particular carrier and backpack. Another alternative I like is a messenger (or similar) bag with longer straps worn crossover. This way, the bag itself is below the baby and not weighing on him.
Larger Bags for Babywearing on the Back
When I started wearing my baby on my back, I wanted to carry the backpack on the front. While I know that this works for many parents, I just couldn’t get used to it. The crossover messenger bag with longer straps is something I like even if my baby is on my back. Another option I found comfortable is a tote bag from fabric with long enough straps so that I can wear it crossover close to my body. I make sure that the straps are going through the top of my back (above my baby’s head) so that the weight isn’t affecting his body.
There are also bags created for babywearing, usually made of woven wrap fabric. They have adjustable and long enough straps so that they can be worn just like the messenger bag explained above. Basically, low enough so that the weight is not on the baby. While these bags are great for both front and back carrying, they’re not necessary if you are comfortable using your existing bags as explained above.