More and more parents these days make the decision to wear their babies. This is after multiple studies have shown that constant contact and physical touch can be beneficial for babies’ brain development, as well as the development of more and more methods that adhere to this principle.
That is why baby carriers and carrier wraps have become a big thing in modern parenting these days. Carriers and wraps have become a popular gift choice for new parents or expecting parents.
It is also among the top things that expectant parents have in mind when shopping for their upcoming bundle of joy.
However, did you know that there are actually a variety of available methods in wearing your babies? You will find that there are a lot of available options when choosing which type of carrier will suit you and your baby best.
Below are some of the basic types of baby carriers and wraps available on the market today:
A woven wrap is suitable for newborns to toddlers. It is a two-shoulder carrier that can be positioned in the front, at the back, or against the hip.
It is fairly simple to learn, although it may take some practice at first. It is a versatile carrier that is comprised of one long piece of cloth that is usually 26 to 30 inches wide and 2 to 3 meters long.
A stretchy wrap is a two-shoulder carrier best for newborns until they are about 7 to 8 kilograms. Beyond that it loses support.
This carrier is composed of one very long piece of cloth, usually 5 meters long and may be quite hot during a warm day. It is moderately easy to learn to put on. This type of carrier can carry babies in front and facing in only.
The ring sling is a bit trickier to wear and master, although it is such a versatile carrier option once mastered. It is a one-shoulder carrier that can carry babies in front or at the side.
It is composed of about 2 meters of cloth with sewn-in rings that serve as a locking device for the carrier. Although very nifty, it is not recommended for people with back problems or those with sensitive shoulders or neck.
This type of carrier is best for babies with good muscle strength –starting at about 4 months of age until the end of toddlerhood.
It is a one-shoulder carrier that can be positioned in front or at the hip and is made of a rectangular piece of cloth that is sewn at the ends and thus varies in size. Being one-shouldered it is also not recommended for people with back problems or those with sensitive necks and shoulders.
Soft Structured Carrier (SSC)
SSCs are two-shoulder carriers designed for bigger babies 4 months up until the end of toddlerhood.
It can be carried in assorted positions –front, back or hip, and are patterned after backpacks with usually padded and adjustable shoulder straps, waist support belts, and fastening buckles. It is best to try it on with your child before purchase to see which design works well.
The Mei Tai is also suited for bigger babies four months until preschool and is capable of carrying babies in front, back and hip positions.
It is usually a rectangular piece of fabric that has sewn-in straps for the waist and shoulders. The difference between the Mei Tai and the SSC is that the Mei Tai’s straps are knotted to fasten, unlike the SSC that has buckles.
Try to choose a carrier or a method that will be most comfortable for you to wear and most especially for your baby to be in. Make sure to try out a few methods and see what works best for you and your baby.
Try to find reviews from family and friends as well as reviews from previous users as to what type suited them, the age of their baby, as well as their own physical condition.