Benefits of WEARING baby:
-You can get things done around the house *hands free* while bonding with baby!
-You can nurse while wearing baby. (I never figured this out)
-You can take care of older siblings easier. (I was able to wear baby while changing big brother’s diaper, put on shoes, and even hold both kids at once!….super mom award!!)
-Carried babies are more involved in mommy’s world verses seeing the world as a spectator.
-Wearing baby can aid in nursing, stimulate milk, and encourage baby to eat more often.
-Carrying baby promotes cognitive and speech development through baby being more exposed and involved in conversations and daily activities.
Strap On and Hip Carriers
-Baby’s weighing 7-8lbs up to 25-32lbs.
-Can be used with baby facing inward and then outward as baby develops head support.
-Hip Carriers are generally designed for baby’s that have head support (4-5months old).
-Front Carriers can be tricky with the leg openings. Make sure you know how to use the carrier before attempting to use it alone.
-Make sure that all pieces are secure and tight.
-If baby falls asleep while in carrier, some parents feel trapped.
-Some infants and babies do not like to be held upright and these type of carriers do not give another option.
-There are have been at least 14 deaths associated with sling-type carriers and dozens of injuries.
-Many slings have been recalled so be advised if yours is an older version.
-Most slings are easy to use and wear.
Best Front Carrier
Baby Bjorn Original $68
-Used for baby’s 8-25lbs. The weight limit is a drawback for some babies as they may hit the weight limit prior to age one.
-Baby can be faced inward or outward.
-Straps allow baby to be removed easily if sleeping.
-Padded straps adds comfort to parent’s back.
Best Convertible Baby Carrier
Ergo Baby Carrier $106
-Can be used as a front, back, or hip carrier.
-Used for babies 16-40lbs. Infant insert available.
-Babies cannot be faced outward when worn on the front.
Best Wrap Carrier
Moby Wrap $45
-Used for premies up to 35lbs.
-Rather than structured seat and shoulder straps, the wrap carrier is made with a long piece of fabric.
-Snug and close fit.
-Extra fabric allows for privacy when nursing.
-Wide fabric distributes weight evening against parent’s back.
-Many different holds and requires practice.
-Can get hot with extra material.
Chicco Smart Support Backpack $99
-Used for babies 6months-40lbs.
-Ideal for long walks and hikes but only used for babies with strong head and neck support.
-Includes weather shield.
-Seat is adjustable to grow with baby.