Babywearing Positions

The following chart outlines carrying positions that may be used for different types of babycarriers. This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as a recommendation by TheBabyWearer.com of the suitability of a babycarrier for use in a specific position for babywearing. You should always check the suitability with the manufacturer before assuming that a babywearing position is possible or recommended.
  rebozo unpadded sling - stretchy unpadded sling - woven padded sling two slings crossed pouch wrap around carrier- stretchy wrap around carrier- woven

Asian soft carrier - mei tai or
onbuhimo

soft carrier - structured

soft-structured
hip carrier

podegi torso carrier

backpack

Front Positions

Burp/shoulder hold

yes yes, not secure yes, not secure no yes no yes yes no no no no no no

Semi-reclining or nursing position

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes possible no no no no no

Sitting up, facing you, feet tucked under (newborn snuggle)

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes some some no yes no no

Sitting up, facing you, legs out (snuggle hold)

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes some yes no no

Sitting up, facing out, feet tucked in (buddha or froggy position)

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes some no no no no no

Sitting up, facing out, legs out (sumo carry)

no no no no yes no yes yes no some some yes no no
Hip positions

Facing you

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes some some yes no no no
Back positions

Sitting up, facing you, legs out

yes some yes yes yes yes some yes yes some some yes yes yes

 

rebozo unpadded sling - stretchy unpadded sling - woven padded sling two slings crossed pouch wrap around carrier - stretchy wrap around carrier- woven Asian soft carrier - mei tai or
onbuhimo
soft carrier - structured soft-structured
hip carrier
podegi torso carrier backpack
possible = not a usual position
some = some brands claim to be suitable, check carrier manufacturer's instructions and use caution
with help = possible only with assistance

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