Babies are often a joy to take care of, but they can also be quite a handful, especially if you have other responsibilities to handle. If you’d like to be able to get things done while keeping an eye on your baby, you may want to consider getting a baby carrier. This allows you to ‘wear’ your baby with comfort while keeping your hands free, and it gives you more mobility to do other things.
There are many options for baby carriers, with different specifications suited for different needs. There are carriers for newborn babies, for example, and these are different from the carriers meant to support two-year-olds. When you purchase one, you shouldn’t opt to go with the first one you see, as there are many factors you should take into consideration.
In addition to finding one that’s age-appropriate for your child, you may want to ensure that the carrier you choose has the following features.
- Breathable Fabric
If you live in a warm region, keep in mind that your baby may feel warmer in the carrier. As such, you need to make sure the carrier has inner linings made from breathable cotton blend fabric so that your baby can stay comfortable. Avoid carriers that have too much padding inside, as they can trap more heat in and be uncomfortable for your baby.
On the other hand, if you live in a cold region, you should take the opposite advice. Choose a carrier that is made from fleece, and ensure that it comes with extra padding so that your baby is kept warm on colder days.
- Full Body Support
One of the most important features to consider when buying a baby carrier is full body support. This is to ensure that your baby can rest comfortably in the carrier without you having to constantly adjust it.
This is especially important if you have a newborn baby, as newborns lack the head and neck control to be able to shift or hold their heads up comfortably. If you want your baby to be kept safe and comfortable in their carrier, you should choose one that comes with a headrest for good neck and head support.
Fortunately, this shouldn’t be too difficult to find. Many reliable brands today, such as the Memo baby carriers and others, offer carrier models with internal padding that provide lumbar support for babies. With all the options available, it would help to do research on the different models and the kind of support they offer.
- Right Fit
It’s important to be able to try carriers out first before purchasing them. Not only do you need to ensure that it will be comfortable for your baby, but you also have to check whether the carrier is the right fit for you.
Most carriers are designed to adjust to your body size, but some still need to be specially sized to ensure that you’re comfortable while wearing them. Though carriers can be worn in different ways, it may take a while for you to get used to them, so it would be a good idea to find one that offers the least discomfort upon initial use.
You should also consider the durability of the carrier before purchasing it. Think about how long you intend to use it. Some carriers may only last for about a year and a half, while others can be used well into toddlerhood.
As your child grows bigger and starts to weigh more, it may be uncomfortable for you to continue carrying them in a baby carrier. However, if you’re keen on carrying your child even as they get heavier, you may want to look into getting a carrier that can support up to 60 pounds.
- Carry Positions
Most baby carriers are versatile and can allow you to carry your baby in a number of different ways. One position may be more comfortable for you than others, so it’s important to learn the different carrying positions and to ensure that the carrier you choose can allow you to use your preferred position. In fact, you may want to get one that allows different positions, so you can make adjustments when the situation calls for it.
These are the common carrying positions when using baby carriers:
- Hammock or cradle: This is ideal for newborns, as it is the most comfortable position for them.
- Front but inward-facing: This allows you to carry your baby in front of your chest while having them face you.
- Front but outward-facing: This is the same as the second carrying position, but your baby is facing outward. In this position, your body provides support for your child. It’s ideal for bonding activities you may like to do with your baby.
- Backpack-style: This is when your baby is carried on your back in an upright position. It’s ideal for babies and toddlers who like to see the things around them. It’s also the most comfortable and ergonomic position for carrying heavier babies.
- Washable Material
Lastly, you may want a carrier that is easy to wash. If possible, choose one that is machine washable, as it’s more convenient than one you would have to wash by hand. Always be sure to check the manufacturer guidelines for information on how to clean the carrier.
Summing It All Up
With the convenience and benefits that a baby carrier can bring, you may be eager to get one as soon as you can. However, it’s important to find a carrier that suits both your needs and the baby’s. Since this is an item you will be using often, leave no room for compromise; make sure each feature is up to your standards. Of course, you should take into account other personal preferences you may have, but remember not to forget the important features mentioned above.
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