There are so many wonderful strollers in the marketplace these days you might ask yourself, “Why should I even need a baby carrier” , Well here are five reasons why a baby carrier might be a terrific solution for you.
The wonderful benefits of baby-wearing.
- Flexibility. The baby carrier allows you to function like a “mommy-octopus.” You can do things like grocery shop, fold laundry, deal with your other kids, do-office work at your computer. Your hands are free so you’re gaining so much flexibility, and meanwhile, you’re with your baby.
- Convenience. You might live in a city where you’re frequently on and off buses, public transportation, or even if you drive, a baby carrier is a really wonderful way to easily get in and out of the car. Pop your baby in and go along your way. And there are certain carriers that are made almost for this reason that they’re so easy to get the baby in and out, such as a ring sling for example.
- Nursing! In my view, a baby carrier is very supportive of nursing for two reasons. You have that close, physical proximity to your baby, crucial for nursing. It’s that physical proximity that allows the hormones in your body to begin to produce milk. So it’s absolutely key, especially in the early months when you’re developing your milk supply. So from that perspective, it’s wonderful. And it’s also easy once you learn how to do it with certain carriers to nurse your baby in the carrier. Bonding also is part of this, a wonderful way for you to bond with your baby, and a wonderful way for dad to bond with the baby. So often dads can feel excluded when the mother’s nursing. So this is a great way to involve dad and to give him that physical intimacy with the baby. So it’s a really wonderful thing.
- Cost. Many of these carriers are reasonably priced compared to other expensive strollers on the marketplace. There are people who don’t even buy strollers. They just buy carriers. And finally, interestingly enough.
- Exercise! One of a great way to get yourself back in shape after you’ve had a baby is to have your baby in a carrier and to walk. It can help you develop your core strength again. And in fact certain women, after certain types of deliveries, it’s suggested to them to have their baby in a carrier and to walk, because it’s wonderful exercise.
Babywearing (and its negatives.)
Depending on who you are, a baby carrier is either one of the most important pieces of parenting equipment that you will ever buy or a nightmare of straps and clips that will destroy your back faster than an army of hammer-wielding demons.
Pros & Cons (Baby carriers)
- With my baby in a carrier, I can easily fit through narrow passageways, I can run up the stairs, I can carry shopping in both of my hands
- Program strangers think that a man with a baby carrier is automatically the world’s best dad and not just someone a bit too lazy to get the pram out
- If you are wearing your baby, you can never really tell for sure if he’s sleeping or if he is in a coma because you put it on wrong and he is suffocating against your chest, it always good to check on the baby.
- A backache. Sometimes your back will hurt when you’re wearing your baby, lugging that extra weight around all the time will likely hurt your back.
- Too many clips and straps
Other important safety tips.
when you’re wearing your baby in a baby carrier you want to make sure you follow all of the necessary safety guidelines.
So consult your product manual very carefully and seek help whenever you have a question and you’re confused about how to use your baby carrier.
In addition to those things here are some general guidelines you should keep in mind whenever you’re having your baby in a carrier.
- The general rule of thumb is that your baby needs to be high and tight. And one of the main reasons for this is something called positional asphyxiation. It’s a very scary thing and basically what it means is that the baby is not in the right position to breathe. The chin of the baby goes down and hits the chest, and it cuts off the baby’s airflow. So this, of course, you want to avoid at all costs.
- And the way you do that with a baby carrier is by making sure your baby is high and tight. The general rule is that there should be two fingers between the chin and the chest of the baby. I would aim for even more. You want your baby upright, not slouched over.
- And also you want to make sure you have a direct pathway of air to the baby. Okay? In addition to that when it comes to the position of your baby in the carrier, here are some general things to think about.
- Hip and leg position: generally the bum should be below the knees. The baby’s going to be in what is technically called a “spread squat” position. Once he’s old enough to do that. And before that, he’ll be in a “legs in” position until his hips mature enough to allow him to go out, at which point his legs can often be outside of the carrier depending on the type of carrier.
- Neck support: you always want to make sure your baby has proper neck support. With certain carriers, you can be doing something additional to either roll up the carrier or to use a washcloth or a towel to give the baby extra neck support. You also want to keep this in mind when you’re considering wearing a baby on your back. Make sure your baby has sufficient neck control to be worn on your back.
- Two more points on tightness: when your baby is high and tight, you’re going to be able to easily bend your own head down and kiss your baby on the top of the head. And secondly, your carrier should be so tight that you feel that if you tighten it any more you are starting to slouch over. And actually, in the vast majority of cases, people do not wear their baby carriers tight enough. So tight, tight, tight, tight, tight, high and tight like a pair of seventies jeans.
- Final comment on safety with nursing: there are many carriers in which you can safely nurse your baby, but as soon as you are finished nursing you need to make sure your baby comes right back to that high and tight position. Do not wear your baby, walk with your baby for an extended period of time while your baby is in that nursing position. That is not safe.
This is an incredibly important issue. Carriers can be very safe when worn properly, but like any type of baby gear, you have to follow the guidelines in your product manual. Seek help and think about these general issues as well when you wear your baby in your carrier. So best of luck with your babywearing.
Which baby carrier should I Use?
With millions of baby carriers, there isn’t really a single carrier that’s ideal for every situation.
Best baby carrier and advice for babywearing newbies.
I get it, baby-wearing can be pretty hard at first.
A good beginning for wearing your newborn is a stretchy wrap. They are simple to use and give great support.
The only issue is that they can tend to be hot, especially in the summer.
Wraps like the Boba Wrap (right side), this is an amazing carrier, very flexible, very versatile for a young baby. And it’s very reasonably priced. And if you look at it, it’s really just one enormous piece of fabric. And what’s really nice about this carrier is the stretch factor. That gives it a lot of versatility.
Another good option is the Baby K’tan (left side) which functions very well for newborns as they are small.
Other things to consider when buying a carrier.
- You really want to look at a range of products and talk to someone who knows a lot about these different carriers, how they work and how they should fit for you.
- Make sure that your carrier safely positions your baby. That means that your baby is high and tight. You want to think of a pair of seventies jeans. When your baby’s tight, she’s secure. And actually the majority of times when a mom and dad is wondering how her carrier is fitting, it won’t be tight enough. Okay? There are rules about how the baby’s knees and baby’s bum should be positioned. So you want to be aware of those. You want to make sure the chin of the baby is off the chest. And all of that is part of the baby being high and tight.
- You want to analyze your own needs and make sure that the carrier you choose supports your needs. Do you have other kids? Are you in and out of the car a lot? In which case a portable carrier where you can pop the baby in and out might be ideal, something like a ring sling. Do you travel a lot in airports? Do you have a partner who will want to share the carrier with you? In which case you want a carrier that’s going to support a range of body types. And you’re not going to want to have to adjust the carrier too much. That’s like having to always pull down that toilet seat, and we all know what that is like. How long do you think you might wear your carrier for? Some carriers are more for newborns, such as stretchy wraps, whereas something like a Beco Gemini or Soleil or a Mei Tai can take you through the toddler years. And finally, how hot is it where you live? What is the climate like? Some carriers can be hotter than others.
- When you first try on your baby carrier: make sure your baby is well rested and well fed. Babies might tend to really cry early on when in, when they’re put in a carrier, because it’s just new and different for them. But don’t give up! This is a little bit like nursing. Your baby’s going to get used to it, and you’re going to get used to it too. And as you get more confident, your baby will feel that confidence in you and they will be more comfortable in their carrier. So make sure your baby is well rested and well fed.
- And finally, in winter whereas your carrier is going to fit nice and snugly for your baby, you’re going to want to have your coat be a little looser to accommodate the baby underneath. So whereas you get nice and snug fit for the baby, buy big for yourself.
So those are just some tips on buying a baby carrier.
- Age Range: Newborn to 2 years
- Weight Range: Up to 45 lbs
Ring slings are baby carriers that use dynamic tension, a length of cloth and metal (such as aluminum) or nylon rings. One end of the cloth is sewn to two rings. The cloth wraps around the wearer’s body from shoulder to opposite hip and backs up to the shoulder, and the end is threaded through the rings to create a buckle effect. The baby sits or lies in the resulting pocket.
When the baby is in the carrier, the baby’s weight puts tension on the fabric, and the combination of fabric tension, the friction of fabric surfaces against each other and the rings combine to “lock” the sling in position.
Pros of ring slings
- Easy to position your baby correctly
- Great for nursing newborns
- Can be used in different positions
Cons of ring slings
- Hard to get the baby in and no way to adjust the size
- Uncomfortable design for Dads
- Not good if you have back pain
- All of the weight is on one shoulder, which might be uncomfortable
20Kg Ergonomic baby carriers
- Age Range: Newborn to 3 years
- Weight Range: Up to 45 lbs
They are worn on the front or back, but can also be used in a single hip-seat horizontal position as well. Because of their design they use head pads to prevent baby flat head, this makes them great for holding the baby in the right position according to the growth of a baby.
They also offer a removable back pad, making them a good support plate to hold the baby and fixed spine.
Great fit for moms and dad as the size is adjustable.
Pros of ergonomic carriers
- Multifunction (9 in 1) positions, horizontal baby carrier + hip seat
- Right position for 0-36 months baby
- Supported head pad, prevention of baby flat head
- Efficient shock absorption
- High-quality polyester fabric
- Double link reinforcement protection making it more comfortable for use with heavy kids
Cons of ergonomic carriers
- Not quite as tight as slings or pouches
The most popular ergonomic carrier is, by far the 20 Kg Ergonomic baby carriers. For more information, check them out here.
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