One of the most common babywearing-related questions people ask me is, “What carriers do you use that aren’t so stinking hot?!” (Or, something like that.) This time of year, the heat is definitely a concern, and rightly so. After all, it’s not just comfort we’re after, but safety for you and your baby. Overheating is certainly a danger to avoid any time of year. So let’s talk about hot-weather babywearing tips.
First, let’s begin with a disclaimer: A certain amount of sweating comes with the territory. Babywearing is, after all, two bodies more or less sandwiched together for a period of time. Even if the thermometer reads below 80°F, it is still likely to be a warm experience. That being said, however, there are certain carriers and carrier types that will allow for more airflow than others. I will do my best to overview these in this post.
Second disclaimer: I am by no means an expert. I am, like anyone, limited by my own experience and research. So please, be aware that the following summary is just that: a summary. Please comment with your own tips and experiences as well.
For the purposes of this post, I will refer to the five basic types of baby carriers: pouches, ring slings, soft-structured carriers, mei tais, and wraps (including stretchy and woven). Of course, within these categories are endless variations, but to be succinct, we’ll keep the categories broad.
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Certain carrier types tend to be a bit cooler than others. Although you will find different fabrics and features within each type that lend themselves better to heat, the basic shape and design of some carriers naturally allows for more airflow.
Let’s start with a simple guideline. Less fabric = less heat.
“That’s all great,” you may say, “but I really like my __________ carrier. What choices do I have for a cooler variation?” Let’s face it – many of us have a preferred type of baby carrier toward which we gravitate. In that case, you should know a little bit about fabrics and blends.
Hot Weather Precautions
When babywearing, just like any other activity, remember basic safety precautions. Appropriate clothing, shade, hydration, and limiting time in the heat will keep you and your little one healthy. Be safe and have fun in the sun (or…shade)! Happy Babywearing!
What is your favorite hot weather carrier? What other tips and tricks have you found helpful? Share below!