Is there a ‘best’ baby carrier?
There is no ‘best baby’ carrier, only one that is best for you and can depend on a variety of factors such as:
- The wearer/s: Who will be wearing the carrier?
- The child’s size: Will this fit my baby for a few years?
- Budget: Do you have a budget?
- How you want to wear the carrier: Do you have a bad back or sore shoulder?
- Personal preferences: Buckles, knots and fashion statements!
T.I.C.K.S GUIDELINES FOR CARRYING A BABY IN A SLING
Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be the most comfortable for you both. Any slack/ loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which, can hinder their breathing and can hurt the carrier’s back.
In view at all times
You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards and not turned in towards your body.
Close enough to kiss
Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.
Keep chin of chest
A baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.
In an upright carry, a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which, can partially close their airway. A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half, pressing their chin to their chest.
What is optimal positioning for healthy baby development?
Baby carriers should be designed to support the hip. Adjust the carrier so the legs are out and not straight. Baby slings should be used so that the baby’s legs are out like a frog. Check out the images below to get an idea!