There are many benefits to wearing your baby, not just when they are a newborn but right throughout the first year and further. Here are some tips to consider when choosing a carrier.
The benefits of baby carriers are many. Baby’s need for touch and motion is met, she can hear your heartbeat and know she is in a safe place from where she can observe the outside world. In a carrier, babies move and flex with our body – and their digestion works better when upright after a feed.
Babywearing (as it is called) also makes naptime easy when you’re out and about. Properly designed baby carriers are also good for baby’s hip joints.
But finding the right carrier can be confusing. There are so many on the market, how are we to know which ones suit our needs?
When browsing, consider these things:
- Age and weight of baby: If you have a chunky monkey, it’s better to get something two-shouldered for good weight distribution.
- Comfort: It must be comfortable for both of you. Baby’s weight needs to be distributed evenly, and baby should be held in a position that mimics the way you hold her naturally.
- How long you want to carry them for: Often we wear them for longer than we expect, so having a carrier that is comfy for long periods is essential. For quickly popping into the shops, a pouch sling is ideal.
- What you intend to do while carrying baby: Some families do a lot of outdoors/walking activities, so something ergonomic and functional will serve a lot better than that gorgeous sling you bought for your sister’s wedding.
- Budget and value for money: Most types of carrier you can actually make from patterns online, others are imported from overseas and the cost reflects this.
- Try them on first: If you can find a babywearing group in your area, they will be able to show you a range of carriers without the bias of being a seller.
Babies have proportionately oversized heads, needing more space behind than an adult. If your sling curls your baby in a C shape or lets him slouch down too much when upright, it rams his chin onto his chest, which in turn pushes his tongue against the back of his throat, obstructing his breathing.
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