A baby carrier is the best way to take your little darling with you wherever you go. Conventional wisdom might steer you towards using a stroller or the likes, but a baby carrier has a certain level of intimacy attached to it that cannot be copied in any other medium.
Right after a baby is born, the first few days are spent in a flurry of activities, and you soon realize that you cannot carry your baby with you every single moment of the day.
It’s a heart-wrenching moment, so what do you decide to do?
You could wade into that jungle of life that you have entered into, juggling your baby in one arm and your whole life in the other. But that doesn’t sound like the way it was meant to be.
So what is the best course of action here? A baby carrier of course!
The best baby carrier creates a level of intimacy that you would be hard put to find in any other place or any other manner, no matter how you tried to carry the baby.
The best baby carriers are easy to use, and leave your hands free for other work, and experts have noticed that they also increase a sense of bonding between the parents and the child.
Modern baby carriers come with an ergonomic design that aims to reduce the pressure on the parent’s shoulders and shift it to his or her waist, thus making it easier to carry.
As we further discuss baby carriers, let’s look at a few of them.
Baby carriers can be broadly classified into front carriers and slings.
Front carrier—A front carrier has the baby facing the parent with two straps holding the child. The front carrier increases intimacy between parent and child, but it can be cumbersome when it comes to breastfeeding. The nice thing about front carriers is that the baby can also be slung or carried backwards when he grows slightly heavier, thus affording the child a brilliant view.
Sling—A sling is worn across the torso and is flexible and far more adjustable than the front carrier. This immediately eliminates the difficulty that a baby carrier often brings to feeding a child, making it a far easier task. The downside of a sling is the fact that it is exceedingly difficult to carry a child in a sling if he weighs more than ten or fifteen pounds.
Wraps—Now there is a third kind of baby carrier that is not very popular, owing to the difficulty in putting it on and then taking it off. It is called a wrap, and it may be worn in a number of different fashions, depending on what you want to do then with your baby or how far you are headed. The wrap is flexible, and at the same time really difficult to manage. It is sort of the meeting point between a sling and a front carrier, merging their benefits and at the same time, sorting out their respective faults.
What are the key things that you should look for in the best baby carrier?
A baby carrier is a sort of like your child’s first home and so, it should be nothing but safe. How do you ensure the safety of the child in a carrier? A few easy and simple things that you should check out before buying is whether the carrier provides proper back as well as neck support, and whether the carrier is soft-structured so that sudden bumps are not so sudden to the baby. The primary thing to check, however, is whether the airways are getting blocked or not.
One of the primary aspects when shopping for a baby carrier, especially if you are on a tight budget in the long term, is versatility. Versatility means how much the carrier may be adjusted to meet the needs of both the caregiver as well as the child. Often, rigid baby carriers become useless the moment a child starts to grow, while more versatile ones can outlast a child’s growth from infancy to his emergence as a toddler.
Moving on from versatility, we come to quality, and here we start off with some focus on the parent or primary caregiver (whoever is going to be with the baby the most). Ensure that the design is such that the weight of the child is distributed evenly throughout the back as well as the waist. Poorly designed front carriers can break a parent’s back, thus making life difficult for both the child as well as the parent. Nobody wins in this scenario.
Ease of use—This is something a lot of buyers, as well as sellers, never look into properly. The carrier, out of necessity, has to be easy to use. It’s best if it can be put on or taken off using one hand only since that leaves the other hand free to tend to the baby. The idea here is that the easier it is to use, the less time you will need to invest in learning the ropes properly. Better to simply get going with it and learn it on the run.
Take note of the material used to build the carrier The material must not be toxic, and furthermore, the baby will end up randomly chewing on the carrier or something else of the sort, and the only way to mitigate a serious health hazard is to ensure that the dyes, paint, as well as the material, are nontoxic.
The other reason for concentrating on the material used to build the carrier is to ensure that it can be cleaned easily. Kids are, if anything, incredibly messy and the only way to contain the mess is to wipe it up simply when it is made.
Selecting the best baby carrier can be a challenging job. Make the most of every piece of neutral and analytical advice that you can get before making your decision.