Yes, it really is possible to wear your older baby or toddler while you are pregnant! Early on in your pregnancy, you will find most any carrier comfortable for you. As your belly grows, however, you will find that front and hip carries may be uncomfortable.
**Please note that the following recommendations are based on our personal experiences and those of other babywearers we know. They are not meant to substitute for the advice of your healthcare practitioner. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before lifting heavy weight or using a baby carrier while pregnant to discuss any safety concerns.**
We recommend wraps, mei tais, and buckle carriers as the best baby carriers to use while pregnant. All of these baby carriers are adjustable and can be tied above or below your belly (which you will find most comfortable is a personal preference).
Wraps are very versatile and can even be tied so that you don’t have any fabric around your waist at all! Both stretchy wraps like the Wraposdy Stretch Hybrid and woven wraps can be tied for comfortable use while you are pregnant.
Mei tais are also very versatile baby carriers. You can use a mei tai while you are pregnant – mei tais can be tied in a variety of ways so that you can find a comfortable one for you, including ties above your breasts, directly below your breasts and under your belly. Mei tais have less fabric than wraps and have a very slim profile, while makes them ideal for carrying your toddler while you are pregnant.
Buckle carriers are somewhat less versatile in that they don’t have as many choices for positioning (most people choose to fasten them below the belly), but they are very popular baby carriers for use while pregnant because they are so easy to use. Most buckle carriers also have a padded waist belt and move much of your child’s weight to your hips, which many people find very comfortable while pregnant.