A Podaegi is a traditional Korean carrier that is still used in many forms around the world today. (You may see these carriers referred to as a Pods, however, we feel that it is disrespectful to shorten terms in such a way as to lose their meaning and so stick to the full term Podaegi- this video will show you how to pronounce the word.)
What types of Podaegi are there?
The are two main types of Podaegi-
Traditional wide Blanket Podaegi – Traditional Podaegis are a wide blanket with narrow straps at the top which reinforce the carrier under the baby’s bottom, and can be tied around your torso only, leaving your shoulders completely free, or can be passed over your shoulders before reinforcing under baby’s bottom.
Photos of traditional Korean Podaegi and Podaegi in use.
Narrow Podaegi– The Podaegis we have in our library are a version with a narrower rectangle of fabric with straps at the top, more similar to the width of panels on meh dai and buckle carriers.
Flat Shots of our Podaegis
Podaegis have no waistband.
How do I wear a Podaegi?
The standard back carry with a narrow panel Podaegi uses the straps over the shoulders, under the arms, over and under the baby’s knees in turn to fix their seat, and can then be tied at the waist, or through the shoulder straps. Babies can also be carried on the front.
Narrow panel Podaegi are more difficult to achieve a shoulder free torso carry, but these can be achieved
Photos of Shoulder free torso back carry
Why should I consider a Podaegi?
We love Podaegis!
One size fits all- as the panel can be gathered to be narrow enough for babies and spread and reinforced to be wide enough for toddlers you don’t need to get a baby sized podaegi and a toddler or preschool one, so they are very versatile.
The lack of waist band makes them very versatile and they can be tied without putting pressure on the waist. This can be great for pregnant people who find pressure above or below the bump uncomfortable, but can also avoid pressing on scars from abdominal surgery such as caesarean sections, which some people find to be an ongoing discomfort. They can be tied in ways similar to many woven wraps, but are less bulky to carry around and pack down very small.
They are all fabric, so are easier to wash and dry than buckle carriers which risk damage to essential buckles by machine washing, and they come in a huge range of colours, and many makers make them to order, so you can pick your own colours and fabrics.
What are the downsides to Podaegis?
Without a waistband a secured hip scoot is not possible for getting a child onto your back, which is often my first teaching method for positioning a child on your back. However, there are many other ways to safely put a child onto your back. And, as the carrier is not fixed on your waist it is much easier to put over a child once they are on your back than it is to pull up the panel of a buckle carrier that is already clipped onto your waist.
What features are available in an Podaegi?
Podaegis can be made from classic cotton canvas or from more mouldable but more expensive woven wrap material.
The shoulder straps can differ a lot on different podaegi – they can be wide/narrow, padded/not padded/part padded, wrap strap style/cotton and more.
Where can I try a Podaegi?
If you’re not yet sure if a Podaegi is right for you and want to try before you buy – take a look at our Podaegis available for hire.
Where can I find out more?
Don’t forget to see what our customers have to say about us. We love podaegis and would love to hear what you think too. You can contact us with any questions you have on email@example.com Happy slinging!