Accessories for baby carriers

A sling is a great carrier for your baby to nestle into, and the convenience of shopping, going on trips or just walking with both hands free is a wonderful feeling. However, without preparation, going out can be a chore. Diapers, clothes and other baby items will somehow need to be included. And if you enjoy the rugged outdoors, you may find that you need a few extra features for the baby backpack. Following are some ideas and convenient accessories to keep your life simple and still hands free:

Fanny Packs

Because slings and carriers usually consist of one unit for baby, there is little or no room for diapers, wipes and clothing. A fanny pack or front pouch, such as an attachment to an Ergo carrier is a great idea, as it can hold a few extra diapers, your wallet and keys, and even a change of clothes if it is large enough.

Diaper Bag

For longer excursions, a diaper bag is a great idea. There are many different kinds of bags, from totes, messenger-type bags or over your shoulder. Some styles can even attach to a front baby carrier or backpack. Regular bags can certainly be used, however diaper bags have features specially made for parents. Such features should include:

  • the ability to open and close the bag with one hand (try that with a bookbag zipper!)
  • similarly, the ability to grab things in the bag without having to set it down
  • a changing pad
  • separate pockets for baby changing items, diapers, and wipes on one side, and bottles, food and snacks on the other

Backpack Accessories

If you’ve bought a baby backpack, you are probably of the mind to go for long day excursions, vacations, hiking or even camping. If so, many models of these deluxe carriers include compartments to store extra food, water, clothing, diapers and wipes. However, there are some accessories you will need, which may be included with the pack:

  • a sun or rain canopy, to protect baby from the rain or the heat of the sun
  • a sippy cup holder or strap (yes, infants drop things!)
  • bug netting, to protect baby from insects. Make sure it also protects against no-see-ums
  • a rearview mirror, so you can see baby on your back
  • a padded neck support, if baby gets tired

 

Favorite Shopping Resources

Amazon.com
Amazon.com offers a full range of baby carriers and accessories by the most trusted names in the business - from Baby Bjorn sling carriers to Ergo to rugged baby backpack carriers from Kelty, Deuter and Sherpani. With over 1,400 different baby carriers and slings, you'll find just your size!

 

Baby carriers at BabyEarth.com
Babyearth.com, an Austin-based store begun by James and Heather Bendle, a dedicated husband-wife team, is committed to eco-friendly baby products. They have a large selection of baby carriers, from BabyBjorn to Zolowear.

 

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