Finding a carrier that fits well is essential to making comfortable babywearing a part of your life with your baby. Women who are petite need to choose carriers that will adjust to a small enough size to fit them well and to hold the baby securely. There are lots of available options, with most styles able to be adjusted to fit even very petite women.
Soft structured carriers (SSC’s) feature shoulder and waist straps that are quite adjustable. Some women with narrow shoulders do find that certain brands are too large for them, so comparing the strap lengths the manufacturer provides can be helpful while making your selection. Petite women often find that SSCs with unstructured waists, such as the Pikkolo, fit them especially well. Fully structured brands known for fitting smaller people well include the Oh Snap!, Beco Butterfly, Beco Gemini and the Angelpack.
When choosing a ring sling, size has more to do with fashion than function for petite mothers. Ring slings can be adjusted to fit any size, but smaller people will find that regular sized ring slings may leave them with a tail that hangs down quite far. This can look beautiful, which is why so many prefer the look of a longer tail. If you do not, it is easy to bring the tail through the rings to shorten its overall length. Some brands, including the Upmama hybrid pouch and the Sleeping Baby Productions ring sling, come in sizes allowing you to choose the right one for you.
Woven wraps can be ideal for small women, since most brands offer several choices on length. With a shorter wrap (3.7 meters), petite women can tie most carries suggested, without having excess tail length left over.
Mei tais come in varying dimensions and strap length, depending on the design. Petite women might want to choose a brand that has a smaller body size and/or shorter strap length. Freehand, Cat Bird and Babyhawk mei tais all fit that description.
Women tend to be the primary babywearers in most households, so designers keep that in mind when sizing their carriers. There are many options for petite women to choose from. Selecting a carrier that fits you well will ensure that you can comfortable wear you baby as much as you would like!
Choosing a carrier that will comfortably fit is a common concern expressed by parents who are plus sized and/or taller than average. Proper fit is essential to comfortably and safely wearing your baby, so this is a great subject to ask questions about. There are many carrier options available that work well for wide ranges in sizes, making this an easy concern to resolve.
As a general guideline, the less structured a carrier is, the more likely it is to fit well on a variety of sizes of people. Wraps, as a completely unstructured carrier, are the most straitforward to work with, since they can be used in many different carries. Stretchy wraps are sold in one size fits all, typically 5 meters long. They can be tied in different ways, so while larger people may not be able to tie the wrap in every single way listed, many options will still be available.
Woven wraps come in several different sizes, ranging from 2.2 meters up to about 5.4 meters. For carries requiring multiple layers of fabric, taller or plus sized people can choose from the longer wraps available.
For hip carries, ring slings provide flexibility for taller and plus sized parents. The open tailed design of the ring slings means that the carriers are infinitely adjustable, so you can always get a perfect fit. Some brands are sized from small to large; the sizing chart from the manufacturer will help you to select the correct size.
Mei Tais are another less structured design intended to fit most people. Most tall people find that mei tais fit them well, although people with very large waist sizes might discover that the waist straps on mei tais can be too short to wrap comfortably around. To help with this, simply compare your waist measurement to the dimensions of the mei tai’s waist straps; you will need an extra 6-12 inches of strap to tie a double knot.
Although they are among the most structured, soft structured carriers (SSCs) can work well for taller and plus sized people. The shoulder and strap lengths tend to be very highly adjustable so can you tailor the fit to your body. Dimensions vary from brand to brand, even from style to style, so taking a minute to check the strap length will help you decide if a certain SSC is right for you.
Tall or plus size parents can babywear in style as well as comfort! Once you have decided on the right style for you, comparing the sizing and dimensions of the brands you are interested in will help you to make the perfect choice.