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Things to Consider When Finding the Right Carrier To Wear Your Baby

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Things to consider When Finding the Best Carrier:

  1. How old is your baby?

  2. What position/s do you prefer to use when you carry your baby?

  3. Do you have any physical problems that could restrict your choice?

  4. What activities will you use the babycarrier for?

  5. What type of babycarrier suits your personality?

  6. What extremes of climate will you need to cope with?

Other things to keep in mind when trying on slings, pouches, and other carriers:

Keep an open mind
I often hear from parents “I don’t want that long thingy that you have to tie- I know I won’t be able to do it.” Just for fun, we have them try it on, and due to the comfort, ease of use (really!), versatility and great price, the “long thingy” almost always goes home.

Get fitted
A good carrier should hold your babe the way you do. Baby’s legs should be supported as if they were in a chair, with support all the way out to the knees. Babies should not be carried by the crotch in a bungee harness with their legs dangling. This is as much for the baby as for the wearer: when the baby’s weight is supported only by the crotch (not distributed throughout the bottom and thighs) a great deal of pressure is put on the still developing pelvic bone.

Those swinging legs are also challenging for your stomach and back muscles to stabilize, leading to prematurely tired (or injured) backs. Slings should fit very snugly, with the lowest part hitting just at the top of your hip; they should be spread out wide across the back and sit on the shoulder, not the neck. Baby should sit snugly against your body, without bouncing or swaying—very important as these motions will KILL your back!

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