What is babywearing?
Babywearing International defines babywearing as “holding or carrying a baby or young child using a cloth baby carrier. Holding babies is natural and universal; baby carriers make it easier and more comfortable, allowing parents and caregivers to hold or carry their children while attending to the daily tasks of living.”
The organization also notes that “babywearing is a skill that parents and caregivers can learn, not the result of a product they can buy.” So keep in mind that it may take some time and lots of practice to learn the proper babywearing technique that works for you and your baby.
What are the benefits of babywearing?
- Babies cry less.
- Babies learn more.
- Babies are more organized.
- Babies get ‘humanized’ earlier.
- Babies are smarter.
Is babywearing safe?
Proper positioning is crucial to babywearing success. If done correctly AND with the right type of carrier, babywearing is very safe.
For quick reads on safety rules, visit these posts by Jen of Next9:
For more information, read Jenny of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom‘s comprehensive series of posts on babywearing safely. Links to the 4-part series are as follows:
- Why Cradle Carry is Discouraged
- Front Facing, Front Carry (also discouraged)
- Legs Out Position (most recommended)
What is the best position to carry baby?
- baby’s bum supports his/her own weight;
- knees higher than the bum; and
- seat fabric is spread from the hollow of one knee to the other.
But I have a narrow-based carrier. What can I do with it?
Here’s an ingenious ‘hack’ posted on FineandFairBlog.com:
“narrow-based carrier can be made more comfortable and supportive for both baby and wearer with the simple of addition of a wide scarf, towel, or similar sized piece of fabric. This helps to achieve the recommended knee-to-knee supported seat with knees higher than bum.”
What type of carrier would you recommend for me?
Choosing among the different types of carriers is a matter of personal preference. Eliza of The Painter’s Wife shares her personal thoughts on the different types of carriers she uses in this blog post.
How can I join babywearing events organized by the Filipino Association of Babywearers?
Visit and ‘Like’ the Filipino Association of Babywearers Facebook fan page to keep updated on babywearing meets and events.
I can’t attend the events. How else can I get babywearing help?
You may join the FAB Facebook group, which is “a space for babywearing support in between babywearing meets.” Be sure to read and follow the group rules pinned on the top of the page.
What is the SaYa Baby Carrier?
SaYa is a wrap-type (hybrid) baby carrier that is made up of two pouches uniquely linked together to form one unit.
Which is better, the SSK or the VTB?
It’s really up to you. ;)
The two materials both have their pros and cons. Choosing between them is a matter of personal preference. It would be of great help if you knew what their similarities and differences are, of course.
See our answer to “What’s the difference between the SSK and VTB?”
What’s the difference between the SSK and VTB?
The main difference is in the material/fabric. Semi-Stretch Knit (SSK) is made up of 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex (much like in regular t-shirts) while the Versa Tekk Blend (VTB) is 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex (the material used in exercise garments).
You may read more about differences between the SSK and VTB on these SUPER detailed blog posts:
- The SaYa Versatekk Carrier vs the SaYa Semi-Stretch Carrier: A Comparison by The Painter’s Wife
- Everything na Ma-SaYa by Kraze Kitch
What is my SaYa SIZE?
SaYa’s official statement on sizing:
A proper fit is paramount and ensures both the wearer and the baby’s safety and comfort.
The SaYa Baby Carrier is sized to fit the wearer. Age or weight of the baby is not a factor in determining the size you need. If you are pregnant, refer to your pre-pregnancy size. The SaYa Baby Carrier is designed to correspond to your fitted tee size.
Buding, the fab mom who created the SaYa, further notes that:
When worn, the sling should hit just right below your breast or armpit…yes it is that high. Not to be confused with a traditional pouch which is worn at hip length. The reason for this is the kind of material used for the SaYa. It is a knit and stretches out so you need to factor in the baby’s weight that will naturally pull the sling down.KISS HEIGHT: the baby needs to be worn high enough for you to kiss by simply tilting your head…again, yes it is that high.*Please think twice before considering that the sling is too small for you. Happy Babywearing!!! ♥
I’ve prepared a table of measurements from actual SaYa users to help you decide which size would fit you best. I’ll add more to this as I gather more data from client respondents. ;)
The SaYa I got feels too tight! Can I exchange?
BUT, before we do that, please take note of the following:
- A note from Buding, the mom who created the SaYa: “When worn, the sling should hit just right below your breast or armpit…yes it is that high. Not to be confused with a traditional pouch which is worn at hip length. The reason for this is the kind of material used for the SaYa. It is a knit and stretches out so you need to factor in the baby’s weight that will naturally pull the sling down.KISS HEIGHT: the baby needs to be worn high enough for you to kiss by simply tilting your head…again, yes it is that high.*Please think twice before considering that the sling is too small for you. Happy Babywearing!!! ♥
- Proper positioning is crucial to having the correct fit and ensures comfort and safety for both the baby and the wearer. Please watch the official video tutorials to see if you’re wearing it right.
How do I wear the SaYa safely?
Watch the official video tutorials at the SaYa Youtube channel. The Painter’s Wife also posted a very easy to follow step-by-step guide for getting into the Yakap (tummy-to-tummy carry) in this blog post.
What is the stabilizer and what do I need it for?
The stabilizer is a long piece of cloth which can either be SSK or VTB, depending on the current design collection.
It is an optional SaYa Baby Carrier accessory recommended for certain carrying positions like the Yakap (hug carry) and Lakbay (back carry). It serves as another layer of security and also helps distribute the weight evenly to your hips.
It is also recommended when wearing newborns or smaller babies for added support.
Can I wear my newborn in the SaYa?
For smaller babies, a SaYa Stabilizer is recommended to provide additional back support and security.
Newborns can also be worn in a tummy-to-tummy, legs out position. See our answer to “What is the best position to carry baby?” above for details.
Can I wear my toddler in the SaYa?
Yes, as long as your toddler is within the weight capacity of 30 lbs.
What designs are currently available?
Please visit the shop and use the drop-down menu to see the sizes and designs available in real-time.
Can I purchase old designs?
Yes, only if the stockists have them. Otherwise, you have the option to get a hold of designs from the new collection. SaYa’s designs are limited per collection. So if there’s a design you fancy, it’d be best for you to purchase it while it’s still available.