I was given two different baby carriers as gifts. The first was the Infantino Infinity, and the second was a Maya Wrap ring sling.
Both are good products in their own right, and I used them both regularly. However, there were some issues with both that led me to believe that you shouldn’t depend on either style without having a different version on hand.
This carrier takes the guess-work out of the wrapping techniques needed with slings. You can wear baby facing you or facing out just by buckling the straps in a different direction. Stiffer and more supportive than a sling, the Infantino Infinity can also be used to turn a shopping cart or regular kitchen chair into an infant seat, which was really helpful when visiting.
[covertplayersinglevideo trvideoid=”FOrQrW5iA5w” trdisplaytype=”5″ trnumbervideosdisplay=”” trvideoperpage=”36″ trthumbnailwidth=”160″ trthumbnailheight=”110″ trpopupwidth=”640″ trpopupheight=”400″ trvideoalign=”left” trytautohide=”0″ trytautoplay=”1″ trytcontrols=”0″ trytrelvideo=”0″ trytshowlogo=”1″ trytshowtitle=”0″ tryttheme=”dark” trythighquality=”0″]For me, the carrier was more comfortable to use when walking long distances, since the harness style helped support the baby better, and the straps were padded well enough to keep them from digging in to my shoulders.
What I did not like about this system was the confusing number of straps, snaps and buckles. It was almost impossible to get it on and get baby inside of it quickly without help from a second person. Adjusting the straps as baby grew was a nightmare, and it seemed like she was always being held too tightly or too loosely.
Another downside was that even though the padding offered a lot of support, it was much too hot for our climate. Maybe if my daughter had been a winter rather than summer baby. As it was, she would become overheated too easily from our combined body heat and the outside temperature.
I love how chic the Maya sling looks. It is much more practical than a buckle and strap carrier for keeping baby close, plus the extra material and different methods for wrapping can be adjusted to fit individual moms and babies.
[covertplayersinglevideo trvideoid=”h4UF25q6A8Q” trdisplaytype=”5″ trnumbervideosdisplay=”” trvideoperpage=”36″ trthumbnailwidth=”160″ trthumbnailheight=”110″ trpopupwidth=”640″ trpopupheight=”400″ trvideoalign=”left” trytautohide=”0″ trytautoplay=”1″ trytcontrols=”0″ trytrelvideo=”0″ trytshowlogo=”1″ trytshowtitle=”0″ tryttheme=”dark” trythighquality=”0″]Although still a bit warm for our hottest days, the Maya sling was a lot more comfortable for baby in the summer. At the same time, it still kept baby close and safe as well as offers on-the-go breastfeeding privacy, which was important to me.
The ring sling still had some major cons though. For one thing, it caused a major backache if I used it for too long. Although it was great for walking through stores, or while doing a few simple household tasks, I found it very hard to work with baby strapped to me. I ended up bumping her against furniture, or straining my back and shoulders trying to lean around things.
Also, too much movement caused her to slip down into the cloth “pocket” and I had to constantly check that she could breathe, as she would be sandwiched awkwardly against my chest or tummy.
Once baby reaches the age where they can sit up and support themselves (around 8 months old), you can sling them on your side. This is supposed to free up mom’s hands. But, all it did for me was cause one shoulder to ache painfully, and she would fall out of the sling if I leaned over. So much for hands free!
Infantino Vs Maya
For outings that required a lot of walking, I preferred the Infantino. It was sturdier and easy on the back. Plus, my husband didn’t mind wearing it.
For visiting or other “lightweight” occasions the Maya was best, especially on hot days. It was also better when I knew there wouldn’t be any privacy for breastfeeding or if I were going to be in a place where it would be difficult to remove baby from a carrier in order to get situated for breastfeeding.
Both carriers were great in that they kept baby close to me, away from germy strangers and unwanted touching. They also soothed her better, and allowed her to fall asleep from the natural rhythms of my movements.
Neither carrier type was ideal after my daughter reached the age where she was both heavier and more active. Not only did she hate being in them, her movements and struggles either caused her to slip out (of the Maya) or caused me a lot of back and shoulder discomfort (both carriers).
If you are trying to decide between the two types of carriers, I suggest getting one of each, since both are quite easy to handle and lighter to use than a stroller. For hardcore household tasks, though, I recommend having a walker to place baby in temporarily. Your back will thank you!