Baby carriers: How to choose the right one?

Written by Caroline

"The baby carrier is the ideal accessory for carrying a baby easily while having him/her by your side."

In fact, many parents are fans of this equipment because it is extremely practical to have on a daily basis and at the same time it helps to develop a strong bond with the little one. The child is in contact with his parents and will therefore feel more reassured to know that they are close to him. As for the parents, they will be able to share a moment of complicity with their little one while having their hands free to go about their various occupations. 

So how do you choose the perfect baby carrier? Here are a few tips to help you with your purchase. 

How old is the baby?

baby carrier choose age

In order to choose a baby sling, you must first take into account your age

During the first three months, the baby should be in the foetal position and held against its parents. Therefore, it is best to choose a hammock or banana size. With these two baby sling models, the little one will feel secure and will be well positioned. After the age of three months, the belly or kangaroo sling option is interesting. Here, the baby is carried in front of his parents and facing them. It's worth noting that this is essential for him because he can't yet hold his back and neck. That said, from 9 months onwards, both front and back positions are allowed as the baby is able to sit up on its own. Ideally, you should choose an evolving model so that you can change the positions according to the age of the child. 

An ergonomic baby carrier is also an option for toddlers. You can find them here on this site.

Choose a physiological baby carrier

This model allows the child to be leaning on his buttocks and his back is rounded. His legs are also spread and his knees are raised above his hips. 

Overall, it adopts the frog's posture and the advantage of opting for this type of carrying is that the little one will keep the natural curvature of its spine. The more so as his back will be perfectly supported. 

It is not advisable to turn to front carrying, because this posture is not physiological and the baby may be disturbed by the lack of eye contact with his parents.

How often do you plan to use the baby sling?

baby carrier choose frequency

It is important to focus on this aspect, as the choice of baby carrier will depend on its use. 

For example, if you are going to use this accessory for short outings or for long walks, it should be practical, and for this reason it is best to choose a model that is simple and quick to put on. The clip-on or strap-on model will do the trick. However, if your child is able to sit up and is rather restless, it is advisable to choose a booster carrier. This way, the accessory will be positioned on his hip and this will allow you to calm your little one down during journeys. Finally, for a long carry, it is recommended to buy an ultra-comfortable model to promote the comfort of the child and yours for several hours. 

Some even have a sun visor and pockets. 

What do we think of the sling?

The sling is another possibility that many parents select to carry their babies. 

The sling is a large strip of fabric that can be tied together and allows the child to be carried on the stomach, back or side. The sling can be used from birth to about 3 years of age. Its two main advantages are ergonomics and comfort. 

However, it is less easy to set up, as you need to get the hang of tying the knots and positioning the kid. It is also a birth gift interesting to offer. 

In short...  

As you will have understood, carrying is an important thing to be able to transport your child with more convenience.  

However, even if its practicality allows you to have your hands free and continue your various activities, it is good to note that babywearing is particularly beneficial for the good development of the child. Moreover, it allows you to create a strong bond with your child.  

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