The Best Baby Carrier

Using a Baby Carrier, or “Babywearing” your baby, is becoming a favorite practice among new parents. A Baby Carrier not only helps the bonding process, making feel the new parent more confident and deepening the mutual attachment between parent and baby, but also is a great way to get around with your baby while you are hands free and maneuvering at your own pace.
Best Baby Carrier for a Newborn

Lalabu Soothe Shirt

There are a lot of baby carriers on the market, but a shirt? Yes, and what make it interesting is the fact that Lalabu comes on different sizes and models (for moms and dads).
This moms all on one shirt, is a cozy carrying pouch for your baby (use is only recommended for babies 7 to 15 pounds), allowing a wonderful baby/mommy (or daddy) bond. It has a head support that flips out and holds your baby’s head while he is sleeping and can be easily tuck back in the pouch when is not in use.
The Soothe Shirt features an easy-to-use nursing bra, making breastfeeding convenient and allowing you the comfort and coverage you need when your little one decides is lunch time. The shirt covers your stomach while nursing and you don’t need to wear a separate bra underneath.

The dad shirt is designed for dads to expend quality time with their little one without too much complications: nothing to tie, wrap or fasten.
This short sleeves shirt with a sporty v-neck and slim fit, will help daddy bond with the baby keeping both calm and stylish.

The shirt is not mean to carry your baby hands free, but it is a great option instead of traditional baby carriers, and also allows your baby to look around and see things from a different perspective while feeling safe and comforted by your closeness.

Why we like it: ease of breastfeeding, ease of hands-free activity  and bonding with the baby. All in one!

What’s no so good about it: sizes run on the small side, so it’ll be a good idea to order the next size up.

Best Wrap Carrier

Boba Wrap

Using a wrap, you can distribute and support your child’s weight evenly, while carrying your baby hands free.
The Boba Wrap has a simple tying style (the instructions are easy to follow) that allows for an easy on and off.
Made of soft and strong cotton knit, is woven with spandex for durability, clinging support and shape retention that doesn’t sag with all-day use, plus is machine washable.
This budget friendly wrap can hold babies from newborn up to 35 lbs. It creates a custom fit every time you tie so you can safely and comfortably accommodate your baby’s growth and your own body’s unique contours.

Why we like it: It is 5.5 yards long which enables moms of all sizes to wear it. It’s machine washable and you can also trow it on the dryer!

What’s no so good about it: It is 5.5 yards long: for petite moms, that means yards and yards around their waist and in hot climate it makes wearing the wrap very hot.

The best Soft Structured  Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Omni 360

This soft structured, lightweight carrier allows you to wear your baby in four positions: forward facing, inward facing, hip and back carry.  Easy to adjust bucket seat supports your baby in an ergonomic natural “M” position in all carry positions from baby to toddler.

Its exceptional lumbar support waist belt has double adjusters for easy tightening ensuring maximum comfort by providing the support you need to prevent lower back pain. The carrier’s padded shoulder straps allow for a crisscross option, great for a snug fit or for those who prefer easy buckling on the front.

The Omni 360 carrier is designed to fit all parents. It easily adjusts to fit different wearers from petite to larger body types. All parents can share the joy of baby wearing.

If you plan on babywearing for long periods of time, this baby carrier provides the comfortable support and freedom you and your baby want.

Why we like it: Made of soft cotton, is easy to clean, durable and versatil, you can adjust this baby carrier to your growing baby from 7lbs to 45lbs.

What’s no so good about it: some users found it too complicated to put it on without help.

The Best Budget Friendly Baby Carrier

Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

Along with it multiple carrying options and grow with baby flexibility, this convertible baby carrier offers an ergonomic seat for optimal baby hip positioning, a super supportive waist belt and adjustable padded straps for long term wear ability.

4 ways to carry: Facing in narrow seat for newborns, facing in wide seat for older babies, facing out narrow seat for babies with head control and back carry wide seat for older babies and toddlers.

The material is breathable and the carrier itself does not weigh much. You’ll be able to wear for long periods of time in the summer heat without overheating yourself or the baby.

Why we like it: very easy to buckle by yourself, comfortable for mom and baby.

What’s no so good about it: the shoulder straps are padded,but it’s not terribly thick or overly soft padding. It works great for little babies, but it gets uncomfortable if you have to use it for long periods of time once the baby hits 17-20 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Shiatsu Foot Massagers

The Shiatsu Foot Massager uses rotating heads and vibrators to target certain pressure points on the soles of the feet, simulating the pressure a therapist would apply using their finger or thumbs.

Our Top Pick

uComfyShiatsu Foot Massager

This small massager fits under your bed, is ergonomic and portable.
This massager works on the pressure points of your feet, massaging top and bottom of the feet to relax and get a feeling of well-being in tired feet.
It has 5 levels of intensity and heat option to warm muscles and relief tension, and provides two different types of massages: kneading shiatsu-style massage and a vibration-style massage.
Very easy to maintain by wiping it with a damp cloth and the foot covers are removable and machine washable.
Amazon reviews rate this massager with a 4 star average.

Dimensions: 17.7 x 15 x 18.1 inches
Weight: 12 pounds

Why we like this product: this foot massager gives a deep kneading massage that mimics a reflexologist’s hand motion and with five levels of intensity every user can choose the right pressure applied to their feet.
What’s no so great about it: It only fits small sized foot (up to a man’s size 12). Anything larger will missed the massage on the heels.

Great choice

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat

With two independent foot chambers this massager delivers Shiatsu massage to bottom and side of the feet while its deep-kneading and vibrating motions with 3 vibration intensity levels, relieve tired muscles and improve blood flow. It also has an independent heat function to warm up tired muscles gently.
Its different settings allows the user to get a complete massage under the feet as well as the sides and top.
Amazon reviews give this massager a solid 4 stars.

Dimensions: 17.7 x 15 x 18.1 inches
Weight: 12 pounds

Why we like this product: With a good quality and fast shipping, it provides a very relaxing massage for sore feet.
What’s no so great about it: With only one node that massages the heel, the massage feels incomplete, specially for those standing on their feet for prolonged periods of time.

Good and inexpensive 

Homedics Shiatsu Elite FMS-200H

With an easy to use toe touch control, this massager combines deep kneading action with four counter-rotating massager heads, soothing heat and full-foot coverage.
If you change the pressure of your feet on the massager, you’ll change the feeling of the massage. If you feel the massage to be too strong, just lighten the pressure of the foot on the unit.
If you like to activate the heating function, it’ll take just a moment for the unit to warm up.
This massager gives the user the option to select a plain massage or a massage and heat combined.
Easy to clean, it also has a 15-minute auto-shut off as a security feature.
With 4 stars reviews on Amazon, this little massager is a good option to take care of tired and aching feet.

Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 4.2 inches
Weight: 4.4 pounds

Why we like this product: This massager can massage tired feet with or without heat, which makes it a great choice for couples or families that want to share it.
What’s no so great about it: The covering’s fabric may wear out to soon, and the motor may start making a loud noise after long usage.

Some considerations about Shiatsu Foot Massagers

Based on techniques originating in Japan, Shiatsu is a manipulation therapy that applies pressure in different areas of the body to maintain a general feeling of body-mind well-being, relieve pain or treat diseases.
With this principle in mind, shiatsu foot massagers have been developed. From the experience of some people with chronic foot pain, shiatsu massagers help them deal with the discomfort. Also, shiatsu foot massagers have gained a very good reputation of helping to relieve stress, improve sleeping problems, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, muscle aches and tension, among others.
The shiatsu massager exerts a correct acupressure and stimulation of the feet, and it is mainly indicated for cases of plantar fasciitis. It’s also especially indicated for people who work on their feet all day and for women using high heals, because, besides facilitating the blood circulation, 10 to 15 minutes a day of using a shiatsu foot massager reduces the inflammation of the feet, soften corns and relieves joint pains and cramps.