When it comes to baby carriers, there is no shortage of choices, and it can be a little overwhelming to determine which type is best for you.
First, consider how you might use the carrier. Some moms like slings and wraps for carrying their babies around their houses, but a mei tai or backpack are probably better options if you plan to tote your baby on long walks. Another consideration is if you’ll be sharing the carrier with your partner, as a sling isn’t adjustable. And then there’s the comfort factor: an uncomfortable baby carrier is not going to work for anyone. There are other things to think about when buying a baby carrier, including ease of use, preferred baby positioning, infant/toddler capacity, and whether you want something you can use for breastfeeding.
Given the high price of baby carriers, it is definitely worth visiting a baby store in your area where you can try on different types of carriers and see what feels best for you.
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What To Look For When Buying
Type: You may find that some carriers work better than others, depending on your body and your baby. If you can, try a few different types before buying.
Versatility: Some parents prefer a sling or wrap for their younger baby and a structured carrier for an older baby or toddler. But many carriers are designed to grow with your child from infancy on.
Comfort for you: Look for wide, well-padded straps or sturdy fabric to distribute your baby’s weight evenly and save your shoulders, neck, and upper back from strain. If you are going to share the carrier with another parent or caregiver, make sure it’s easily adjustable. Many structured carriers come in both regular and extra-large sizes for tall or plus-sized parents.
Comfort for your baby: With front carriers, look for padded leg holes that are loose enough not to constrict your baby’s thighs – but not so loose that your baby could slip through them. Your baby will probably sleep in the carrier, so you may want one with a padded headrest to support her head and neck.
Sturdiness: Before using your front carrier, make sure the seat and straps will support your baby securely and that all buckles, snaps, and belts are durable and in good working order.
Easy to use: Unless you are willing to put in some time learning the ropes, make sure your carrier is easy to navigate by yourself, preferably with one hand. You’ll need to be able to take it on and off and get your baby in and out without help. Some structured carriers are designed to unbuckle easily so you can move your sleeping baby into a crib or stroller without waking him.
Nursing-friendly: Consider whether you’ll want to breastfeed while wearing your baby. Slings and wraps often make this easier than structured front carriers do.
Weather-appropriate: Some carriers may be too warm for the dog days of summer. Darker colors really heat up. If you’ll be carrying your baby in hot weather, choose one that’s made of lighter fabric.
Easy to clean: Kids are messy, so it helps to have a machine-washable carrier.Source
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