Baby carriers are incredibly handy for busy new parents. Carriers let you keep your baby snug and close while getting on with this all encompassing ‘job’ called parenting. They also keep your arms free whilst out and about with your little one.
Choosing a baby carrier can be hard, especially considering the range of types and styles now available. It is important you look at your lifestyle factors when choosing which baby carrier is best for you.
Here is a short guide that may help you with your decision.
Traditional Front-Pack Baby Carriers
Classic front-pack baby carriers are easy to use, adjust easily for either parent’s height and size.
Your baby can face forward or towards the parent.
Many men often prefer the simple look of the front-pack over other baby carriers.
Some front packs can also be used on your back. Please note that although wearing a baby carrier on your back can sometimes be convenient (particularly for outdoor recreation), it can be considerably less convenient in situations where you need to get your bub in and out of the carrier frequently.
Front packs are too big to fit in a nappy bag.
Sling Baby Carriers
Slings are increasingly popular because they fit a wide range of parents, fit easily in a nappy bag and come in a huge range of fabrics and styles.
Choose a sling that can be used in a variety of positions including cradle (suitable for newborn breastfeeding), tummy-to-tummy, kangaroo carry (upright facing out), hip carry and back carry.
Slings can double up as a great changing mat, stroller cover, baby blanket or as a cover for breastfeeding discretion.
We recommend slings that feature a little pocket for carrying essentials and a ring to attach a baby toy or pacifier.
Slings, however, can take a bit of practice to use comfortably.
Hip Baby Carriers
Hip carriers fold down small while not in use and the sling is light to wear and easy to pack.
Hip carriers are great for carrying older babies and toddlers as they generally have less fabric than a sling, and also have higher weight limits.
Hip carriers can however restrict baby’s vision, preventing them from looking at everything that is going on around them (this can frustrate some infants).
In our opinion the best hip baby carriers come with a shoulder strap that cups the shoulder, rather than riding up towards the wearer’s neck.
They should also offfer a supportive waist strap, creating a very practical, comfortable baby carrier which can be worn on either hip.
The shoulder strap helps in spreading the baby’s weight over a wide area, eliminating pressure points.