One of our mommy readers asked for suggestions on outward facing baby carriers for 25 lbs.+, but I learned something when trying to find the answer for her: outward facing your baby is not good for him, or you. Who would have thought?! I mean, doesn’t it make sense to have your baby see the world while you carry him? Don’t worry, facing him towards you, he can see the world just fine (and snuggle up to you when he’s tired of the world). Here are some of my suggestions for baby carriers for baby’s 25 pounds or more.
Baby Carriers for 25lbs and Up
I want a Tula carrier! Ok, so these are great carriers, for front and back and up to 45 pounds. It is more natural and comfortable for your baby to be facing you, so these carriers, while you can wear them front or back, are meant for your baby to face you. You want your baby to be sitting in an M-seat position, and the ergonomics of the Tula carriers support that (it’s best for your baby’s development and stuff). You pay for good quality things, though, so check out their website (it’s so hard to choose!)
The carriers are great! You can choose a carrier or a wrap, and you can build your own or order one ready to ship. The wrap is more of a stretchy material. Mei Tais can be worn front or back, and with baby facing you (it’s the most natural way). The straps are comfortable and wide enough, so you are not straining to carry your tot. From their website www.meitaibaby.com, you can order a ready to ship for under $80 and free shipping if shipping in the US (they are made here).
Beco Butterfly II
This one is a bit on the pricey side, but we are talking about carrying your little one here. This carrier is great for your tots up to 45 pounds. It comes with a cute little hood to protect your baby’s precious little head from the elements. It is a soft structure carrier (which I prefer). You can check out their website for more options at www.becobabycarrier.com
This is another great option (I also want one of these!) You can make this on your own, you just have to know the length of fabric you need. The sling wrap is a long piece of fabric, wrapped in a certain way to be sure your baby is comfortable (and in that M-seated position) and you can carry in many different ways (back, hip, front). The weave of the fabric is important when it comes to the weight of your baby. The sturdier, the better. You can always YouTube how to wrap it!
Outward facing (I have learned) is not a good way to carry your baby, for you or your baby. It puts a lot of pressure on the groin area of your baby, lots of strain on your back and leaves your baby feeling like they need to lean forward (regardless of the support). Carrying your baby facing out can over stimulate him whereas facing you, they can take in what they want, and rest when they feel like it. It is a more natural fit to be facing you.