Thursday, October 13, 2011

Carriers vs Strollers: In celebration of International Babywearing Week

Because it's International Babywearing Week, I just thought it appropriate to share with you my thoughts between travelling with baby using a stroller vs a baby carrier.

I've been using baby carriers since Jack-Jack was a newborn. It did add some bulk to our diaper bag but the ease and convenience of going around crowded places, just minding your own footwork and making sure no one bumps into your baby's head was nothing short of great. I never had difficulty going up or down a floor or level of a shopping mall, I never minded where I'm going. I just made sure that baby was safe. I actually owned several baby carriers which I blogged about here. For a rundown of the carriers I own and owned: 2 ring slings by Jen Tan, a Blissfulbabes pouch, a Kangaroo Korner mesh pouch, a SaYa, a Baby K'Tan, and a mei tai. I've sold some but I retained four carriers.

Before Jack-Jack hit his second year, we wore him less and we sometimes forget to bring a carrier when we go out since he was very active already and liked to walk around. But then he would get tired and cranky and sleep so up he goes. Which resulted to aching arms and backs. That was why we thought maybe it was time we buy a stroller for him. It would especially be useful when Jack-Jack would fall asleep. We bought one and for a while, he liked sitting on his stroller. But that was only about two to three times. And those few times only lasted when he was asleep, or as soon as we got out of the car. Most of the time, the stroller became our shopping cart, wherein the diaper bag was sitting on the seat, shopping bags hanging on the stroller's handles...

While the weightless feeling of not having to carry Jack-Jack was very much welcome, the hassle that came with using a stroller was not. I was always annoyed at having to push the stroller since I now seldom carry him for long periods because of my pregnancy. I hated having to go around stairs on malls and find the ramp so I can go smoothly. It was a hassle going on escalators. I always had to mind where the wheels were going so as not to roll on somebody's foot. The first few times I ran over my husband's toes and he was really upset. What can I do? I'm not used to going around on wheels!

But then after those few times, he didn't want to sit on his stroller! He instead wanted to push it with us. And even after he'd fall asleep on our arms and we'd try to transfer him to his stroller, no more luck. That's why we're actually selling it right now.

So now, we're back to using carriers. Although I actually am looking at buying a soft-structured carrier, like the Boba 3G.

I guess my previous paragraph said it all. Baby carriers are better. Plus, my kid was more behaved when he was carried than when he was in the stroller.

And to end this post, a video I saw from Boba Family's site. View on full screen to fully appreciate the video. :)

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