What To Look For When Buying A Baby Carrier

Baby carrier is becoming more popular among new parents, even more than strollers. That is because babies like to be close to you. So they are usually a lot calmer snuggled up against you than in a stroller. You are less likely to forget your baby when she is hanging on your chest. It might only have been for a second, but most parents have near misses of forgetting about their babies. 

What To Look For When Buying A Baby Carrier
What To Look For When Buying A Baby Carrier

Factors To Consider While Picking A Baby Carrier

1. Versatility/Multi-functionality

Most of the modern-day baby carriers are a mix of two or more of the above carrying types; for instance, they may support both front and back carrying options. If you are willing to pay a higher price, you can get carriers that grow with your baby. That way, you will not have to buy a new one because your baby has outgrown the one you have.

2. Comfort Is The Key – Both For Baby & Wearer

More than anything else, the baby carrier you choose should be comfortable for both the baby as well as the wearer. Sturdy fabric to distribute baby’s weight evenly is crucial. Also, adjustable and padded shoulder straps, a broad and comfortable waist strap for adequate lumbar support, padded headrest, armholes and leg openings for your baby – these are

some of the features which you must look for while opting for a baby carrier. If there is an unequal distribution of the baby’s weight, the wearer may experience prolonged stress in the lower back, which can prove to be very painful in the long run.

3. Strong & Sturdy

Keeping your baby close and secure is very important in a baby carrier. The carrier should be sturdily built with sturdy straps and buckles to keep the baby in place. That is the optimum distance which the carrier should always be able to maintain. Also, it can support your baby in place and keep the forehead accessible so you can kiss him or her when you want.

What To Look For When Buying A Baby Carrier
What To Look For When Buying A Baby Carrier

Some More Factors

It is always advisable to opt for a baby carrier, which can be worn and taken off quickly by the wearer without requiring help from another person. Preferably, all adjustments should be possible with just one hand. Also, it is recommended to opt for a machine washable baby carrier since these tend to become messy with regular use.

What To Look For When Buying A Baby Carrier
What To Look For When Buying A Baby Carrier

A suitable carrier will keep your baby close to your body, even when leaning over. Your baby’s face will be visible and close enough to kiss, which lets you monitor the airway. Positioning is vital as you do not want the baby to curl up inside. Keeping their chin off their chest keeps tiny airways open. And of course, something that’s comfortable for you and that you like the look of.

There is no one best type for everyone. If you want to try on different styles for free, go ahead. I have tried on many carriers and fitted probably a thousand caregivers with carriers by this point. There are very few that are objectively bad, by which I mean, consistently uncomfortable or unsafe.

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