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How to Babywear with BLANQI // the best baby carriers + BLANQI combos

There is no doubt that babywearing is the new mama secret to multitasking-mom success. I can remember when Nico was a couple months old I had a work conference call with Nordstrom and all he wanted to do throughout the entire call was nurse and be rocked to sleep in my arms. I rocked, and rocked, and rocked, and rocked that baby to sleep while managing to be present in the meeting (thank goodness for the mute button!), but by the end of the hour long call my arms were a loopy jello mush. That is when Sabina gave me her hand-me-down Ergo and my mind was blown. I could strap him onto my chest and actually nurse him to sleep without it being super obvious in public. I could strap him to my back and take a walk hands free. I could unload the dishwasher, do a load of laundry, and catch up on late night emails, all while snuggling him close. I typically take my babies with me on work trips when they are infants and still nursing, so the baby carriers just made meetings easier. I can’t tell you how many times I worked while babywearing- it’s insane. I would say that the iphone and the baby carrier made the biggest difference in my life for balancing work and mom-life.

But then there was the issue of what to wear when babywearing. Jeans would push into my waist and bulge either above or below the carrier buckle. Wearing a wrap worked for nursing, but I only when my shirts were super low cut and I was continually stretching out the neckline to pull my bra and boobs out. It can seem like such a trivial concern, but a postpartum body is stressful enough adapting to, add these other factors and it can be one emotional meltdown away from giving up.

So here are my top baby carrier and BLANQI combos that I wear like every. single. day.

I found these to be the easier way to get out and about living life, all while feeling like myself and comfortable in my clothes. Motherhood can be hard enough, so making it easier in little ways is totally worth the investment.

0-12 months old

A Wrap + Pull-Down Postpartum + Nursing Tanktop

 

I use the Solly Baby in Black which goes with everything, which was actually the one used on this photoshoot, but this wrap is really beautiful for a more subtle, yet stylized option. I like the super softness of the fabric and it has never ripped after being used by 2 of my babies. I was concerned that it would overly stretch out in length after a few washes, but I wash it on cold, gentle dry and it has always retained it’s shape. It took me some time to figure out the correct tightness and tension to tie it up, but eventually got the hang of it. Watching the tutorial videos helped and I would highly recommend. When paired with our Pull-down Tank, I can easily just adjust to nurse without having to take baby out of the wrap- which is such a lifesaver. The stretchy neckline just pops right under and around my breast, for easy access. I think it really helps to start out using this one right after delivery, so baby gets used to it right away and both items always get packed in my hospital bag for delivery day.

6-12 months old

A Ring Sling + Lift-Up Postpartum + Nursing Tanktop

images via @mywildbird

I have less experience with the ring slings, but being that I live in the South and had a summer baby last time, they had me at linen. Wildbird has a linen fabric that is so breathable, luxurious and comes in really saturated colors. I had a pinky coral color with Lily, but being that I am sensing boy with this baby, I may have to splurge on the emerald from their new F/W 17 collection, especially since we have emerald evergreen on the BLANQI brain, like our craving emerald moodboard on the blog here.

Because this carrier dresses up as much as it dresses down, I tend to use this sling when I need to look more “fancy”- like at a work event, sunday family days and my Wild + Free homeschool mama monthly cocktail parties. With the Lift-up tank to smooth and secure my after-baby belly, I can layer chunky off the shoulder sweaters and my favorite paper thin deep v-neck t’s for easy nursing access with or without the sling on.

12-2 years old

A buckle carrier + BLANQI leggings

Sabina graciously gifted me her Ergo after her last baby ( that she used with both her little ones ), and I still use it to this day!! I even plan to use it with this next baby!! Between her two kids, and my three who used it full-time, this baby carrier has survived a total of 5 kiddos- which is a true testament to their functional design and quality. Being that it’s 10 years old, the exact shade is not available, but this one part of their Original baby carrier collection is a pretty close match- and even on sale! I wear this one the most once my baby is big enough to be worn on my back, everywhere from the grocery store, to a hike, to work meetings in NYC. It’s easy to wear and distributes the weight of the child without giving me a back ache. My husband loves to babywear, so I plan on buying this new baby version so that he can start as soon as he or she is born!

When postpartum, I wear these with BLANQI Highwaist Postpartum + Nursing Support Leggings because of our higher waist design and 360 seamless support, which means the carrier waist buckle fits smoothly around my hips and waist, without any

During this pregnancy, I’m currently babywearing while wearing the Maternity Belly Support Leggings since I tend to wear Lily on my back and I don’t want any tightness on my belly- from the carrier or my clothes. I position the carrier buckle under my bump, and my leggings keep everything supported and secure. Total gamechanger.

Sabina and I are such babywearing advocates that it even inspired specific design elements of our maternity and postpartum + nursing collections.

A couple major points that make the babywearing + BLANQI combo better
  • Scratchy seams and bulky waistbands can be uncomfortable when babywearing. Our 360 seamless support means no tightness, bulk or scratchiness.
  • Nursing accessible clothing is important to make the nursing-while-babywearing easier on both mom and baby. Flashing belly, boobs and butt is never something I find flattering and I try to avoid at all costs, so find what works for you.
  • Expecting? Pregnancy alone can be hard on your body, so even it’s even more important to wear maternity support to lift and secure your bump when babywearing to help support your back and redistribute the baby weight. BLANQI’s patented built-in maternity support makes all the difference in the world when wearing it, a total lifesaver.
  • There are so many options for baby carriers and maternity/postpartum support, but the original designers and inventors of these products are typically worth the investment. Sure, there are less expensive knock-offs, but they skimp on quality and functionality, so buyer beware.

So tell us, are you a babywearing mama?
Make sure to enter our giveaway below winning a complete set of babywearing BLANQI’s for you and a friend!

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  1. I didn’t discover the true wonder of baby wearing until my oldest was 18 months old (Ergo!) so I made sure to take full advantage of the snuggles and ease of baby wearing with my second – we loved our Solly for those first few months! Nursing and baby wearing was always a little tricky, though, trying to find the right thing to wear. Now, pregnant with our third (due in 3 weeks!) I’m so glad to know the ropes even more, and to have found a company that offers such great supportive nursing wear! What a dream it would be to win this giveaway so close to welcoming this babe Earth side! Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Love this giveaway! Fingers are crossed! Pregnant with my third and due in 8 weeks. My kids will be ten and twelve years apart. Never nursed the other two but determined to nurse my final baby! I would love the postpartum clothing by blanqi to help me! Thanks for the opportunity❤️

  3. Would love love love a pair of these amazing leggings. Being a post csection mama I think these would be great! Also love baby wearing! It’s a must with two under two!!

  4. I love babywearing! My 2 oldest are 16 months apart, and babywearing saved my second child’s life from getting loved too hard by her older sister. I just had my 5th baby, and he’s 19 months younger than his sister. I’m using my Solly baby wrap this time around, and absolutely love it!
    I’m so sad I missed your launching sale when your postpartum tanks were half off…I had 2 in my cart then went into labor and life was a blur for the next month, so I never ordered them. I was actually looking at them again today because I need a supportive tank that covers everything and won’t fall apart after the first wash, and I ran across your giveaway. Your company is amazing, and you are brilliant! Every new mom needs your full postpartum line!

  5. I’ve been eyeing your products for a while now and would love to experience them for myself with baby #2 expected around 10/23! A tank and pair of leggings are on my Babylist registry, so my fingers are crossed either way!

  6. Would love to win this. This would be amazing since I lost everything in the hurricane. Thank you for this opportunity❤️❤️❤️

  7. I’m a first time mommy to be. I stared getting ready for baby years ago. For me, motherhood was not a tough choice but when I would become a mother was. I knew my life, my body, my relationships would all shift. I took time to mourn what would happen so that when the time was right, I was fully ready for this baby to come into the world and into my life. There are cultures in the world that don’t put their babies down for the first 40 days. It’s so important to wear your baby! Bonding is extremely important to me. I love your products so far and would love to win this!

  8. I have 3 of the nursing tanks and 2 pairs of the leggings. The tops are amazing, even great to sleep in! And the leggsings make nursing in public sooo much easier!

  9. I started babywearing as soon as my daughter weighed enough to to be in a carrier. She was born 6 weeks early and spent 3 weeks in the NCIU and once I got her home I never wanted to put her down. It was so wonderful to have her so close no matter what I was doing. And even better once I started back to work. I work for myself and the carrier afforded me the opportunity snuggle up while I was sending emails an scheduling clients. I wore her so much that as she got older she never wanted to be put down. She is now 10 months old and I am sad that I can no longer wear her because I am 17 weeks pregnant and can’t fit it safely around my tummy anymore. It is such a great way to be close and bond with baby in our rapidly moving society. My husband now wears our daughter more since I can’t and it melts my heart.

  10. I just got my first pair of the maternity support leggings! I’m pregnant with my first and due in Jan! I would love to win the postpartum items!

  11. I have the postpartum leggings and tank and I absolutely love them!!! The leggings were amazing for pregnancy and postpartum! So comfortable Thank you!!! So glad I found these products!

  12. I’ve read so many amazing reviews on these leggings I’m going to invest in a pair for now until my scheduled section in early March!

  13. Love everything about your Brand I really hope inWin ❤️ I am in desperate need of some Maternity Clothes I am bursting out of everything I have liked and followed everything on here, Facebook, and Instagram ❤️ God Bless

  14. I like many others would love to win these wondeful products! I ordered and can’t wait to try some of the leggings out but might have to continue to invest. So Far made it to 22 weeks with this pregnancy of twins and am so thankful but needing extra “support”

  15. I tried unsuccessfully to wear my 1st kiddo. The hand me down Baby Bjorn we got from a friend was just not the right fit for me- my c-section sutures were a prime target for baby’s kicking feet, and her poor little face ended up buried in my chest despite all possible adjustments. This particular carrier was perfect for lean my 6’4 husband though- he carried my daughter around proudly wherever he could. This time around I made an appointment with one of our awesome local baby shops to try on a bunch of models and found one that fits my body type. I’m looking forward to wearing Baby #2 this time around, while rocking some Blanqi leggings and fab fall boots come November 10th. Good luck to all the other mamas out there!

  16. I have the maternity support leggings & tank and I cannot live without them! They are truly a life saver and truly provide the support my growing bump needs! I have two boys to chase after so I need all the support. Thank you Blanqi!

  17. Just received my first pair of Blanqi leggings this past week and am already in love 🙂 This is our first baby/pregnancy and I have heard only wonderful things about this company and will continue to spread the love now that I know first hand how great the products are! Thanks again!

  18. Hey! i have tried to enter the giveaway quite a few times and for some reason i cannot!! I am 6 months pregnant with number two! Right before we got pregnant we moved across country and got rid of everything we couldn’t fit in our SUV! A silly story to tell our kids/grandkids right? haha

  19. Would love to give these products a try! Pregnant with baby #3 and can never find maternity/postpartum clothes I love. Also, love to babywear. Solly is my go to in the newborn stage and had a baby bjorn for later in infancy.