International Babywearing Consultant and creator of Izmi, Emily Williamson, recently shared her expert advice with baby carrier buying guide featured in Baby Magazine. The article details the essentials your carrier should provide and a breakdown of other factors to be considered before deciding on the right carrier of you and your baby.
Its important to know what your baby carrying options are and how they differ so that you can make an informed, confident decision. Read below for the article full of handy tips.
BUYING GUIDE: Baby Carriers
A good sling or baby carrier has the potential to make your life – and your baby – calmer and easier. However, as a product that you wear, it’s important to remember that everyone is different! The best way to discover which sling or carrier feels easy and comfortable for you and your baby is to try things out for yourself.
In all slings, wraps and carriers, check for these basic essentials:
- Comfortable support for her spine, head and safe with clear airways at all times. Your baby should be held high and snug against your chest with face visible – “close enough to kiss”.
- Good fit for comfortable weight distribution. A sling or carrier will only be comfortable if it fits your shape. Wraps or less padded/structured options which contour to your body can offer excellent weight distribution
- If you don’t find your carrier easy to use, you won’t use it. Everyone finds different things easy so check you can get your carrier on safely and fitting comfortably by yourself. Get expert help if you need it.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
How long do you want to be able to use it for?
A newborn baby has very different carrying needs to a one year old, so consider different options for different stages. Be aware that guideline age or weight ranges don’t always reflect a carrier’s true lifespan.
Who will be doing the carrying?
Tie-on options can be more easily shareable than buckled carriers, as you won’t need to change settings between users.
How are you going to use your carrier?
Carrying for short trips: You won’t necessarily need the most supportive option. Choose something quick and easy to use.
Carrying for longer periods: A wrap or carrier that distributes your baby’s weight evenly around your torso and over both shoulders will support good posture and reduce pressure points.
No matter which carrier you choose, the crucial element and number one priority is your baby’s safety. By following these simple steps, you can have confidence that you’re carrying your baby safely at all times.