Baby Carriers For Men
As with everyone, a baby carrier is a very personal choice based upon comfort, ability to use and the wearer/baby dyad. Finding a baby carrier for men doesn’t have to be a difficult process though and once they see how amazing babywearing (see more here) is, it can become one of their most important parenting tools.
During babywearing consultations, the common themes that I hear from dads is that they want something functional, easy to use and has a ‘manly’ design. At the end of the day, it is what is most comfortable for them so that they will use it often. Generally they prefer half buckles and soft structured carriers over ring slings and woven wraps.
It is also necessary to consider the fit as carriers also sit differently on men as they often have a longer torso so depending on the size of the baby, the carrier may need to sit higher on their waist rather than their hips. Because of this and as their shoulders tend to be broader than women, it is important to find a carrier that can be adjusted to their body type easily to get a good fit for father and baby.
If you are ever unsure, a babywearing consultation can help find the perfect dad or family carrier. If you can’t have a consultation or go to a babywearing meet to try a baby carrier, here are my top 4 baby carriers for men.
- Kokadi Tai Tai
This is my number one carrier for men! It is a half buckle (buckle waist belt and tie shoulder straps) and the perfect family carrier as it is easy and there are no major adjustments when swapping between wearers. The padded shoulder straps tie off which allows for a great fit with different body types and are easier to use then buckles if someone is unable to grab the strap without assistance (due to arms being unable to rotate easily or shorter straps). With a range of designs that are specifically made for men, this is a fantastic carrier. As one dad said during a recent babywearing consultation “it’s functional, comfortable and I will wear it”. The Kokadi Tai Tai also has an adjustable seat for babies and with the back panel being made out of woven material, optimal positioning is easily achievable for your baby.
A full buckle carrier (or soft structured carrier) with a difference, this is also a great carrier for men. It is a combination of a woven wrap, ring slings and buckles which grows with your baby. While it does require adjusting between wearers to get the perfect fit, this can be done quickly and it is very comfortable for both the wearer and baby. Back carry in full buckles can also be easier to learn and back carries are very popular for men. Emeibaby also come in a lot of designs so you can find one that suites everyone. Some men can struggle reaching for the shoulder straps to pull tight if they don’t have a good range of shoulder rotation, so this is something to consider. Emeibaby is made out of woven material so it adjusts perfectly to your baby and assists to put them in an optimal position.
- Fidella Fly-Tai
The Fly-Tai is Fidella’s version of a Meh Dai (tie waist and shoulder straps) and as it is all tied off, there is no adjusting required between wearers. The padded waist and shoulder straps also allow for comfort for the wearer. Some men can be turned off by both straps being tied but it is easy to use and with a generous amount of fabric in the straps, this will fit the majority of body types. Fidella has so many designs that there will be something for everyone. Fidella is also made from woven wrap material and has numerous options to adjust the back panel to get that perfect fit for your baby.
This was my husband’s favourite carrier with our daughter. As a soft structured carrier (full buckle), you will need to re-adjust between wearers. As it is made of canvas, it tends to be a bit more structured than the carriers above which some men prefer however on the downside, it doesn’t mould to a baby as well as a carrier made of woven wrap so it tends to be more comfortable for babies when they are 6-9 months. Manduca’s do have a lot of options for adjusting (eg back panel can be increased/shortened, shoulder straps can be tightened both ways making for easy back carry and the waist belt can be tightened on both sides) so it can fit a man’s body well. Manduca’s also come in solid colours so if your partner is looking for something simple, this may be the carrier for them.
Babywearing is a fantastic parenting tool and can be a special time for dad’s (or grandfather’s, uncles, other caregivers). If you have any questions about which carrier is right for you and your family, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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