Things to consider
Things to consider
Important points to remember
So now you know what the different types of baby carriers there are, how do you know which one is right for you? Before you start shopping for your baby carrier, it is good to know what to look out for and what the most important features need to be.
Keep the following points in mind when you are shopping and researching to help you pick the perfect baby carrier.
If you are planning to use your baby carrier from birth, you need to make sure it is suitable for newborns. Some carriers are designed for certain stages, whereas some are adaptable to suit more than one stage so we always encourage you to double check they are suitable for newborns. Whilst wrap carriers are always suitable from birth, some soft structured carriers are not or may need an additional newborn insert for use from birth. Always check your baby meets the minimum weight requirement as this can vary between models.
Think how long you are likely to want to carry your little one. If you can see yourself wanting to carry for a while then it is a good idea to opt for one that has a higher maximum weight limit, as well as being extremely versatile and adjustable. These styles offer great value for money as they can be worn in multiple different ways and can be adjusted to the changing needs of your growing little one.
We are talking about both comfort for you and your baby. If the baby carrier offers maximum comfort for you, then you will enjoy baby carrying much more and be able to do it for longer. Look for thick padded shoulder and lumbar straps made from sturdy and breathable but soft material for maximum comfort. For your little one, make sure it is offering them the right ergonomic support for their head, neck and legs.
There are some really useful accessories that come with some baby carriers that can make baby wearing easier and more convenient for you. Look for baby carriers that come with the possibility of rain covers which will keep your baby protected on wet and windy days. Dribble or teething bibs are also mini life savers to protect your baby carrier from dribble and drool while giving baby a safe and soft place to chew.
Ease of use
Pick a carrier that you feel confident putting on, know how to use and can get out of it alone. As you are running out of the house, there is nothing worse than having to tackle the task of putting on a tricky baby carrier. We always recommend to try before you buy or get a demo in our store so you know how to use it correctly. Wraps do tend to take a little more practice than soft structured carriers. It's a good idea to practice with a doll or teddy so when it comes to the real deal you are a seasoned professional.
Some baby carriers offer great versatility by offering parents a variety of different carrying positions such as front, forward facing, on the back and on the hip. If you are thinking you would like to be able to switch and change the position you are carrying your little one then look out for those baby carrier that offer a number of different positions.
When researching and choosing your baby carrier it is a good idea to have TICKS in your head to make sure you are choosing an ergonomic design that correctly supports your little one, especially a newborn. The following TICKS safety guidelines are a great checklist which you can use to check for safe, supportive, comfortable positioning in any sling or carrier.
T - tight
I - in view at all times
C - close enough to kiss
K - keep chin off the chest
S - supported back