A baby carrier is today's essential product. It's second on the list and no, you're not crazy, I've never posted the entire list. If you give away the cow for free, nobody is going to buy the milk. And, truth be told, the list is sort of a work in progress.
The List so far (in no particular order):
1. Place to Sleep
At first I wondered if a baby carrier is in fact essential. Why can't one just carry her baby in her arms? From my non-mother point of view, a baby carrier seemed like a convenience, a bonus gadget. Realizing that I couldn't rely on my outsider perspective, I asked some new moms about baby carriers. Did they have one? How often did they use it? Is it really essential? Every new mom (without exception) told me that she had a carrier and she used it often. The moms unanimously agreed that carriers are essential. I also started to notice how many baby carriers I see on a daily basis. They're everywhere. I would wager that carriers are used just as much as strollers, if not more.
Why are baby carriers essential? Because there are a lot of activities that require two hands. The carrier keeps the baby warm, cozy and peaceful while the mom can grocery shopping, get a coffee at Starbucks and travel on the subway. You know how I feel about strollers on the subway (more on that here). Carriers, however, are welcome on the subway. And, for apartment dwellers, carriers are far more compact than strollers.
La Stella Blu ($45)
Maya Wrap ($74.95)