How to Shop: Baby Carriers

ImageFor a baby before birth, the mother’s womb is the greatest of all carriers. It is the where all the needs of the baby are met.

Once the baby is born and when the need arises to carry your little darling around, with care, you might want to opt for one or more of the excellent baby carriers available in today’s market.

Today’s parents are indeed spoiled for choice when it comes to infant/baby carrier models.

As a great accessory that makes it easy to carry your baby around comfortably and safely, baby carriers are definitely top of mind when it comes to a new parent’s purchases.

The easiest way to decide on a baby carrier is to figure out how you want your precious little darling to be carried. How would you feel most comfortable carrying your baby?

Here are some things to consider.

Position:

Do you want your baby to be carried on your back, hip or front very close to your heart? Back carriers are a good fit for babies between 4 months and 3 years old. Hip carriers are the most comfortable for the infants up to 4 months old.

Front carriers are the most suitable ones for newborns and infants, especially ones that provide support to your baby’s head and neck. Carrying babies in the front also keeps them close to your heart and helps the baby relax from listening to your heart beat.

Feel and comfort:

This means that the comfort of the baby and the comfort of the person who carries it should both be considered.

New designs:

Today old-style carriers have been phased out and newer designs have been adopted that incorporate more comfort, safety and style. Carriers to suit males are also available in the market, so that dads can share in the happiness of carrying their babies.

Designs that make a difference:

Sling models:

This is the best suited model for new born and infants, as it allows you to carry them on your hip and also in front, so that enables easy breast feeding. The Nahshon Baby Side Carry Sling allows you to carry babies up to 8 kilograms, with ease, keeping your hands free.

It is made of soft but strong fabric. It has an adjustable strap, ergonomically designed, machine washable and has inbuilt soft cushioning of PU foam to provide seating comfort to the little one. You might not see many moms using this, but in many places around the world, slings are the preferred way of carrying babies around.

Wrap:

A wrap is a wide bit of fabric worn around one’s body drawn over both shoulders. These are popular because they’re so versatile, as one can wear a wrap in different configurations and can easily adjust the wrap by pulling on the fabric.

Front and Back Carriers:

Two paddled straps run along the shoulders and the baby faces in or out. The padded straps are adjustable and are suitable for newborns as they make it easy to breastfeed while on the move.

Nowadays, most baby carriers come with more than one carrying position. The Mee Mee 3 Way Delux Baby Carrier can be used in 3 ways:

• Tummy to tummy holding – 3 to 18 Months

• Kangaroo Holding – 4 to 5 Months

• Rear Holding way – 6 Months and over

Do consider the opinions of people who have used a specific product before buying it. Read reviews and ratings about products so that you can make an informed choice. Consider your family’s lifestyle before you decide on a brand and model that is best for your baby.

When you buy a carrier, check the strap connection and lock for proper closing. Make sure your baby is comfortable and ensure that it doesn’t get too much heat from your body.

So which baby carriers have you used and what is your opinion of them? Do share with us in the comments below.

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