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Accessories for Structured Carriers

Ways to dress up a carrier! Most of these work well with most buckle carriers, meh dais, and onbuhimos. Some are brand-specific, but may give you some ideas for how to adapt the method for your carrier. Feel free to suggest additions in our Facebook group!

Keep in mind that while you will want to pay attention to making sure your fabric is not treated or coated (since it will be in contact with baby), accessories are not weight bearing and therefore you don't have to worry about the weight of the fabric used. This is a great place for quilter's cotton, flannel, repurposed bedsheets, etc!

Slip Covers

For cold-weather and wet-weather cover options, click here!

Protip: a 5T sized t-shirt will fit over most soft structured carriers and meh dais for an easy, no-sew slipcover! Similarly, a 5T sized hoodie can be used to add warmth (and a hood!) to a carrier in winter, or a rain coat to protect baby and carrier in the rain. For costumes and some other applications, a size Large dog outfit/costume will fit over most structured carriers as well.

Suck Pads & Drool Bibs

Choosing fabric for suck pads

Most suck pads are three layers thick: the decorative layer, an interior (absorbent) layer, and a back layer. For the decorative layer, quilter's cotton or flannel is a popular choice.
If the suck pads are simply for decorative purposes and your baby is not a chewer, the interior layer can be omitted, but to actually absorb moisture, good options are flannel, microfiber (the kind used for cloth diaper liners), cut up receiving blankets, or even thin terry cloth. Keep in mind that terry cloth (wash cloths) can be a beast to sew with.
For the back layer, you can do a different pattern of quilter's cotton or flannel to make your suck pads reversible, or if you have a very heavy drooler, you can even use a water resistent backing like PUL to protect the carrier.


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-- Alyssa Leonard - 2016-07-16
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