One of the baby gears mothers love to have is a baby carrier. Not for fashion but for the numerous benefits it offers. Have you ever considered carrying chores around the house with full hands? You soon realize it is mission impossible. It is difficult to hold your baby in your arms and go about all you wish to do around your house, and that is where the baby carrier steps in to help.
Getting the best baby carrier or baby wrap can be challenging because there are many on the market, and they come in different shapes, sizes, colors, fabrics, and styles. Also, the choice will depend on what you plan to use it for, how often, and how long you’ll be using it. There are plenty of reasons to consider when getting a baby carrier, and it’s clear that what’s essential about choice means different things to different people.
It’s important to keep your baby’s developing body in mind, and experts recommend carriers shouldn’t be used until your baby is 3.6kg or heavier. Many health organizations recommended some crucial features when getting a baby carrier, such as comfort, encourages correct posture, hip-healthy, fabric, and weight limit.
Benefits of a baby carrier
- With a baby carrier and your baby strapped to you, your hands are freed to do your work.
- Baby carrier encourages bonding between mother and child by boosting the release of the hormone oxytocin when you come in contact with your child.
- Baby carriers make it easier to move through a crowd of people with your baby than in a stroller.
Things to consider when choosing a baby carrier
Most carriers are technically safe, so what determines your choices are your budget, lifestyle, size of the baby, etc. Here are a few things to consider;
- The type of baby carrier: Do you want a wrap or sling that enables you to carry your baby either at the front or back? The wraps and slings are soft fabric carrier which is designed to carry the baby in front and are best suited for newborns. Older babies will find them restrictive and uncomfortable.
- Positioning: The correct positioning for a baby carrier is vital. The carrier should provide appropriate support for the baby’s neck and back and must allow babies to assume a ‘frog leg’ sitting position. Also, it is comfortable if the carrier allows the baby to rest in a natural position.
- Comfort: Look for a carrier that supports your baby’s legs in a comfortable position, the m-position. And if you are the type that would strap your baby for a long time, then you want to consider a padded shoulder strap carrier. Also, check that the carrier supports your lower back conveniently.
- How easy it is to use: While some carriers are comfortable and easy to pick or wear, others have some complications. If you don’t intend to pick up the manual every time you want to use the carrier, then purchase the one with a straight forward design and meet other checks.
- Care of the carrier: Look at the machine wash instructions before purchase. Not all carriers are machine washable. All the soiling that comes with babies and work that daily greets, you don’t want to add a carrier that is not machine washable to your ton of work.
- Fitting: Some baby carriers are adjustable to fit whoever is using it, but some are a single fit. If you plan on being the only user and you like it, a perfect fit will be ok. If you plan on sharing it, then it’s best to get one that is adjustable to fit the one using it at each point in time.
- The material makeup of the carrier: It is best to get carriers with breathable fabrics and mesh for warm weather and thick or heavily knitted carrier for cold weather
Make sure to get a good and dependable baby carrier, as you don’t want to risk losing your balance or having baby slip out. Many moms buy at least two carriers to serve them when the need arises; One to serve when the baby is younger and another for when the baby is older and can hold up the head and play.