Baby carriers are used as a parenting tool/ accessory and are used by many parents nowadays. Not only because it is convenient, but also because it allows you to do multiple tasks while carrying your baby. It allows you to save time and be more productive while your baby is secured by your side, or your front, or back.
There are various types of baby carriers and brands to choose from which makes it harder and confusing to decide which baby carrier is right for you. Aside from the price, there are several important factors to consider in choosing a baby carrier. Here are a few tips to consider before buying a baby carrier:
Safety and Security of the Infant
Be sure to select your baby carrier according to your baby’s size and age. Nowadays, most manufacturers are claiming that their products are safe and secure. This may be true, but we are talking about your baby’s safety so it is best to check for any recalls before you consider any further. If there are none, make sure that the carrier doesn’t have any broken or torn seams. Also check that it is the right size for your baby to prevent the baby from falling through or from being suffocated. If the carrier has buckles, ensure that the buckles work properly and they are secure. Also check if the carrier can handle and carry the weight of your baby or it might break, thus endangering your baby. In short, ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s specific guidelines and specifications. If they suggest a weight limit or recommend an age to start using your carrier from, it is best to adhere to these, regardless of whether they may seem nonsensical to you.
Baby and Wearer’s Comfort
It is important to know that you and your baby will be comfortable with the carrier you’re buying. Consider the season you will be using your baby carrier. For example, you will want to avoid thick fabric during the summers because baby is likely to get a heat rash.
Also take into consideration the various position you can carry baby. Baby carriers are available as back, side and front carriers. If you have back problems, you may want to avoid back carriers. If you have shoulder issues, you will want to avoid hip carriers, unless you have a carrier like the SUPPORi that reduces weight induced stress on your shoulders.
Be thorough with your research. Because the picture of the carrier shows the baby being carried in the front, do not assume that the same carrier can be used for carrying your baby on your back. You will thus want to make sure that your preferable options are available for the carrier you choose to buy.
Also consider the baby carrier’s weight options. Some people may choose a specific carrier because it can hold babies up to 35 lbs, but while you may safely be able to carry a 35 lbs baby on your front, you may not really want to.
Adjustability and Convenience
Some carriers are adjustable and they may grow with your baby. For these carriers, various users can use the same carrier and adjust it according to their different sizes. The Baby Bjorn is a good example of this. Some carriers are not adjustable but because they stretch, they will grow with baby. The SUPPORi is a good example of this. Some carriers are not adjustable and will not stretch, so baby will outgrow it.
Some parents end up buying several baby carriers before they find the right one, and thus end up wasting money. They may buy specific carriers based on recommendations, but what is ideal for one person, is not necessarily for another. It’s best to thoroughly research the carriers before you commit to one.