It can take a little bit of extra thought and effort when babywearing in summer, and choosing the right baby carrier can make all the difference. Baby carriers that work well in summer / warmer weather fall into 2 categories, generally speaking:
- those that are lighter / less structured, and therefore naturally cooler in themselves, and;
- those that have been specifically designed for babywearing in warmer weather (using a mesh fabric for the main panel, for example).
A really good buckle carrier (also known as a soft-structured carrier) will allow you to carry your little one in such a way as to be respectful of their physiology. Their back should be soft, yet supported. Not stiff, not rigid. Their legs should be supported all the way along the thigh, to the knee pit. Their bottom should sit lower than their knees. Traditionally, this is called the ‘spread squat position’ or ‘M’ position. It is often defined now as the ‘hip healthy position’. Their head should be free and clear, unobstructed.
Soft Structured or buckle carriers are versatile and relatively easy to learn. The basic design is a front panel, where baby will be ‘seated’, a waist strap and two padded shoulder straps, all of which are adjustable to achieve a comfortable fit, and secure with buckles.
Buckle Carriers can be supportive and baby can be worn on the front or back, sometimes on the hip too. Buckle carriers are probably the most popular design of carriers.
Lighter & Less Structured Carriers
Lighter Carriers work well in warm weather as they weigh less, so it’s less bulk for you to carry, and a lack of padding, or lighter padding means less foam and structure, which usually equals more breathable fabrics.
The Integra Baby Carrier is the best example of this.
The Integra Baby Carrier
The Integra is a very simply designed and lightweight yet supportive baby carrier with a softly shaped body and wide base - providing superb anatomical positioning for your little one.
It has an un-padded waist, so has a very light form-factor and is therefore cool to wear. The shoulder straps have just enough padding to make them comfy, yet not too much to be burdensome.
The crossable shoulder straps make front-carrying simple and supportive for you. The super-supportive 'X' shape created on the back means no awkward reaching for hard-to-find back clips!
The Babylonia Flexia Carrier
The Babylonia Flexia Carrier is made from a light, organic cotton fabric which is super breathable, and it’s a fantastic option for newborns (there’s UV protection in the sunhood!).
The carrier comes with 3 different panels, and each panel can be easily changed with zippers, depending upon the age / size of your baby. This allows the carrier to grow with your child from newborn all the way to toddlerhood - we say around 3 years.
The Little Frog Baby Carrier
The Little Frog Baby Carrier is padded in the waist and shoulders, but it’s made from woven wrap fabric, so it’s lightweight and breathable.
Each carrier is a wrap conversion carrier made from Little Frog woven wraps, both beautiful and soft. The soft contoured panel ensures your baby is carried in their natural ergonomic position with their knees slightly higher than their bottom. The width- and height-adjustable panel means the carrier can continue to support your child knee-to-knee as they grow. The integrated hood with extending panel provides head support and protection from the sun.
The Lenny Lamb Baby Carrier
The Lenny Lamb Carrier is made from woven wrap fabric too, which many people find a great option year-round. It's lightweight and breathable in summer, as it's made from 100% cotton.
Carriers Specially Designed For Warmer Weather
Some carriers have been designed specifically for the heat - most using a mesh fabric for breathability. They are all structured buckle carriers.
The JPMBB Physiocarrier
The JPMBB Physiocarrier is a buckle carrier that has a front panel which can be unzipped and rolled away to reveal a very, very lightweight and breathable panel which is an outstanding option in warm weather. The opening at the back allows you to ventilate baby and to adapt to any season. The transparency of the mesh allows to see the position of baby inside, anytime. It also has a mesh head support, which holds baby's head whilst allowing ventilation and visibility.
The booster pack allows you to use the Physiocarrier from birth with a newborn. It also allows you to elevate baby when back carrying, giving you a higher centre of gravity and a feeling similar to a backpack.
The Ergobaby Omni, Ergobaby Adapt, and Ergobaby 360 carriers are all available in mesh options. The outer layers of the main body consist of a mixture of twill fabric and mesh fabric - a cooler option than the standard Ergobaby carriers. With the unique, structured bucket seat, baby will always be in an ergonomic frog-leg, seated position with their spine in an optimal "C" position.
I hope you've enjoyed this little foray into buckle carriers for summer. As always, if you have any questions or queries do get in touch any time!
Happy baby carrying!