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The SaYa Carrier: A Review and Personal How-To

July 9, 2010
I love the SaYa so much that I am spreading the gospel of this babywearing method. Take note that I do not work for SaYa and I am not paid to do this stunning review.
So as I mentioned in my previous post on babywearing, the SaYa is my and Basti’s favorite carrier among the three systems I have because:
1. The material is soft and stretchy. There are no rings that dig into my shoulder and it feels like wearing a t-shirt.
2. Just as advertised, Basti’s weight is spread evenly across my back and both shoulders. I can wear Basti for hours and we both don’t mind.
3. It can be peeled off, making the transition from carrier to crib wake-free for baby.
The things that can turn off a user from the SaYa are:
1. It can be a challenge to put on.
2. Once you’re carrying baby, it’s harder to carry anything else.
3. There are limited designs available in stock.
For the first drawback, I’ve decided to share my own technique to make it clearer to those interested in getting the SaYa (and because I’ve received a number of messages asking how I figured it out). Here’s what I do when I kangaroo-carry Basti.
The SaYa comes as two linked pouches.
I noticed that the printed pouch seemed to be stretchier than the plain one, so I decided to put that around my waist and make it the support sling. The fabric gets all bunched up, so it helps to run your hands round the fabric to straighten it out before positioning it with the SaYa label on your belly button.
Then I get the other pouch and run my hands through the fabric to get rid of the bunches and twists…
.. before sliding my arm through the opening that faces my back…
.. and putting it over my head.
Spread it across your chest..
.. and get your baby ready by crossing his legs like a little Buddha.
With confidence and conviction, slide your baby into the pouch. I emphasize CONFIDENCE and CONVICTION because you really need these to put your baby into the seemingly small space. Even the tiniest bit of hesitation causes an epic SaYa fail.
Take the support sling…
..and slide it over your baby, with the label facing forward.
Now, slide your other arm through the support sling…
.. and put it over your shoulder.
TADAH! SaYa Success!
Now for the other two drawbacks: I find it hard to carry my baby bag with the SaYa covering my shoulders – the strap keeps slipping! A solution I found is to carry the bag with the strap under the SaYa fabric. Most of the time, I bring a stroller along too, so instead of carrying the baby, the stroller becomes a baby bag trolley.
How I wish Roots and Wings would make more of the designs available! I really wanted the brown/floral design, but had to settle for the purple print one because it was the only one available in my size!
And to prove how much I love the SaYa…
I got another one! This time in plain brown.
With the SaYa I’ve really enjoyed babywearing. It’s enabled me to bring Basti everywhere with less stress. Since I started wearing Basti I’ve been researching on other ways to wear him. Next on my wish list… the wrap or the mei tai!
16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2010 5:25 pm

    excellent review! I currently own an indigo baby pouch and just ordered a saya in plain brown.

    Thanks for the tutorial, how old is basti by the way? I have a 2 month old boy and can I carry him this way?

    Can you also post more how-tos on diferent saya carries. thanks!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 9, 2010 5:35 pm

      Hey there! Basti is two months old. Looks like our babies are birth club co-members! πŸ™‚ I’ll post more how-tos as we progress. Can’t wait till I can hip carry!

      Passed by your blog – glad you got over breastfeeding blues!

  2. July 10, 2010 7:52 am

    Thanks for that quick reply! So glad I can kangaroo carry my baby.
    Have you seen the “moby” wrap?

    • Eliza permalink
      July 10, 2010 9:25 am

      Yes! My next dream project is to do a DIY Moby! Just looking for the right fabric.

  3. July 22, 2010 8:35 am

    great review!! may i repost? i also love my saya carrier and can still wear my baby there. she’s already 32 months. btw, i love the mother/child painting your husband did of you πŸ˜€

    • Eliza permalink
      July 22, 2010 9:52 am

      Hi Jenny! Yes, please feel free to share. Re painting: Thanks! I’ll let my husband know. He’s doing one of us nursing, I’m so excited for that!

      • July 22, 2010 3:52 pm

        yes that is really exciting!! post when already done πŸ˜€ i’d love to see that. my husband is a photographer and i’m happy that he has taken a series of breastfeeding shots of me and my daughter from newborn up to now.. something i plan to make a collage of and show my daughter in the future

      • Eliza permalink
        August 7, 2010 3:21 pm

        Oh I can’t wait to see that!!!

  4. Che permalink
    August 9, 2010 4:43 pm

    wow, very informative! I attended a brief babywearing workshop yesterday and I was advised to try out the saya carrier since I have a mild back problem to consider. I just found out that there are 2 types of material for this: semi-stretch and the versa-tekk. I believe you have both. Which one would you recommend for a first-timer like me? Hindi ba mainit for the baby ung material ng versa-tekk?

    • Eliza permalink
      August 9, 2010 4:51 pm

      Hi Che! Thanks for stopping by. I was supposed to do a demo of the SaYa at the babywearing workshop you attended -Eastwood right? Sayang we could’ve met then! Anyway, I personally prefer the semistretch because it’s better for our weather. The advantage of the Versatekk is with the Size 1, most moms can share the SaYa with hubby!

      Good luck on the SaYa! If I can be of any other help, please let me know! πŸ™‚

  5. Che permalink
    August 9, 2010 5:18 pm

    yup, the one in eastwood! Sayang! Thanks for the tip!There were two moms in the audience who were both using a semi-stretch saya so I kinda guessed that it’s the most preferred type. the versatekk colors would be nice for formal events though. One seller at the fair told me I would fit in size 0 (I’m only 5ft tall). Would it make a big difference if I get a size 1 instead, since my hubby stands 5’8? I also found some 2nd hand saya being sold online and I’m wondering if it’s still safe to use it (medyo tight kasi ang budget). Sorry if I have too many questions ha. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Eliza permalink
      August 9, 2010 5:28 pm

      If you want something that you can use for any occasion, you can opt to get the plain colored SaYas so it can look like a shawl with your formal dress. πŸ™‚

      I think it would make a big difference. I think your main concern should be fitting the SaYa to you, because of your mild back problem. Face it, it’s mostly us mommies who do the babywearing! πŸ™‚ If you get a size too big, there will be a tendency for your baby to ride low, and that wouldn’t be too good for your back!

  6. Che permalink
    August 9, 2010 5:40 pm

    I guess you’re right. It’s me who will use it most, my hubby can just use his arms, haha. Will try semi-stretch then, hopefully there’s one in plain color. Kung wala, ok lang since I seldom attend formal events. Thanks again Eliza! I bookmarked your blog so I can practice wearing it already even if I’m due later this year pa πŸ™‚

    • Eliza permalink
      August 9, 2010 5:44 pm

      Yes practice with a doll! πŸ™‚ By the way, I find no issue using a second hand one – but do check for wear and tear! Don’t sacrifice safety when babywearing! God speed on your pregnancy and have a safe delivery! πŸ™‚


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