In celebration of International Babywearing Month, we’ve created a special guide just for you, to give you the lowdown on everything you’ll need to carry your baby around.
There are a plethora of emotional, physical and practical benefits to babywearing, including fewer tears (hurrah!) and healthier, happier babies and parents all-round. Read our benefits of babywearing blog post to find out more about the perks of using a baby carrier.
If you’re going to start babywearing, first you need to equip yourself with the tools.
The Different Types of Baby Carriers
There are a range of different types of baby carrier available, and which one suits you is ultimately down to personal preference. Here are some of the most commonly used types…
Classic Baby Carrier
A traditional baby carrier, like the Clippasafe Carramio Baby Carrier, comes with padded straps and is fully adjustable for the comfort of you and your little one. A classic baby carrier is probably one of the easiest versions to get to grips with, thanks to the simple clips and straps. Most classic baby carriers are made from lightweight, machine washable materials too.
There are different types of baby carrying slings available, including ring slings which use a simple metallic ring to secure the sling, or a stretchy wrap sling like the Manduca range. Made from organic cotton, the Manduca baby sling offers three different ways to carry your baby, which makes it ideal for sharing with your partner or anyone else caring for your baby.
Hipseat Baby Carrier
If your baby is over 6 months and you only need to pick them up sometimes, check out the Hippychick Child Hipseat. Designed to make it easier to move around with your little one and to prevent back pain, this product is perfect if you like to carry your baby around on your hip.
Another option for slightly older babies, is a backpack baby carrier. Carrying your little one on your back gives you even greater freedom of movement – and lets them view the world from a whole new vantage point! Dual baby carriers, like the Jane Dual Baby Carrier, allow you to choose between a front-facing position and a backpack mode.
How to Use a Baby Carrier
Baby carriers tend to work best for newborns up to around 5 months old. As your baby grows, you could add a compatible extender to their carrier – like this one from Britax – for their added comfort. After 5 months, you can switch to a front-facing baby carrier, so your little one can start to take in the world around them – such fun!
Whether you’re opting for a traditional baby carrier or want to know how to wear a baby sling, there’s plenty of guidance online about the best way to wear a baby carrier or sling.
In terms of safety, it’s important your baby’s back can remain in its natural rounded position, regardless of what type of baby carrier you’re using, while also supporting the back of their head. The carrier should offer support to their hips and allow them to sit in an M position, where their bottom sits lower than their knees. Remember to keep a clear view of your baby’s face at all times and to be aware they will also be sharing your body heat – so don’t dress them up too snug. Be careful when bending too, as you don’t want to tip your baby upside down whilst they are in the sling or carrier.
Why not give babywearing a go? The bonding and flexibility it gives you will have you wondering why you ever used a pram in the first place!
International Babywearing Week 2018
This article is part of PreciousLittleOne’s initiative for International Babywearing Week 2018. From handpicked products to useful advice and handy guides – we are covering all your babywearing needs!