CHOOSING THE IDEAL BABY CARRIER
Here are some "Key Areas" to consider to help you navigate through our exciting range of quality ergonomic baby carrier solutions. The following information is an informative guide.
5 KEY CONSIDERATIONS
1. TYPES OF BABY CARRIER SOLUTIONS: Baby Wraps, Baby Slings, Soft Structured Carriers, Structured Framed Carriers.
2. MY BABY/ CHILD - Age and Developmental Stage, Weight and Size.
3. BABY CARRIER FEATURES - Ergonomics, Quality, Materials, Ease of Use, Colour and Design, Style and Purpose.
4. BABY CARRIER PURPOSE: Carrier Use - Where, When, How Often, Who will be carrying. My lifestyle activities - everyday, shopping, beach, pool, hiking?
5. SEASON AND CLIMATE CONSIDERATIONS - Where I live in Australia. Average Temperatures? Travelling Considerations.
1. TYPES OF BABY CARRIER OPTIONS
- Ergobaby Wrap,
- Boba Wraps,
- ByKay Jersey and Denim
Manduca Range,Boba Range Ergobaby (Original, Performance &Ventus Range). Caboo ByKay4
Position Carriers:An example of Baby Carriers that offer the 3 positions as per above and the 4th outward facing option are: Ergobaby 4 Position 360 or the lillebaby COMPLETE Carriers. ( carrying a child facing outwards from 6 months onwards- or once your infant has developed stable neck control and core body strength in independent sitting)
- Hugabub Ring Sling (in cotton or 100% Organic cool mesh)
- Peanut Shell Sling. (cotton)
2. MY BABY - CONSIDERATIONS
MY BABY - AGE AND DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE
Babies develop through some key developmental milestones. It is important to match your "baby carrying solution" to the physical development and stage of your child. From being totally physically dependent on their parents as a newborn, your little one will build upon their skills as their muscles strengthen, they begin to develop the foundations for neck and head control, core body strength and eye hand co-ordination, to rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking. Our babies master these different milestones at their own unique pace. While their age and weight can give us a guide - the uniqueness of our children makes it vital to make choices based on their developmental stage as the primary consideration. It is helpful to consider where you child is in the following areas.
MY BABY - WEIGHT AND SIZE
It is important to follow the manufacturer's weight guidelines for their carriers. Some carriers are custom purpose for newborn to 12 months. Others are suitable from Newborn to 20 kg. It is important to follow the safety carrying guidelines at all times and to position your child in a way that you can view them and be fully aware of their sleeping moments and active curiosity and engagement in the world and people around them when awake. Toddler Carriers are designed to specifically cater for the larger child.It is important to ensure that your child is well supported according to their developmental stage. It is vital to ensure excellent ergonomic design and positioning from a quality carrier to protect both the parent and the child.
3. BABY CARRIER - FEATURES
ERGONOMIC DESIGNS WITH OPTIMAL QUALITY: It is very important that your carrier is ergonomically designed, diligently tested, manufactured with high quality fixtures and clasps and support materials and comply with safety materials. It is good to read the reviews on our quality carriers such as Manduca, Boba, Ergobaby and Lillebaby. The ergonomic factor of the carrier relates to how safely it positions both the carrier and the child in a way that is comfortable, supportive and healthy for their spine and joints.
For the Adult it is important: To be positioned symmetrically without any twisting of the spine. To have weight distributed evenly and efficiently to minimise any strain on the shoulders and back.
For the Infant It is Important: To be positioned in a way that supports their developmental stage - eg offering excellent neck support when the child is not yet able to support their neck head independently. When seated in the upright position to ensure that they are sitting in the "M" position on their buttocks, with their knees higher than their hip joint - to minimise any strain on the developing hip joints and with their spine well supported.
EASE OF USE: It is important to find a style that suits your lifestyle and activities. Most quality carriers have a variety of adjustments to enable you to customise the fit to suit you and your little one.
4. BABY CARRIER PURPOSE
OUR LIFESTYLE AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Carriers are designed to suit different ages and needs. It is important to choose a carrier that will suit your lifestyle and the season of your child.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES: It is important to think about the activities that your whole family enjoy doing. Everyday, Shopping, Beach, Swimming, dropping off other children to Kindy or School. Walking, Hiking, Picnics, going to markets or sporting events. Many people choose a carrier that will suit from newborn to early childhood years. Some people have a number of different carriers - everyday, lightweight travel option, aqua carrier or even a Mum's Favourite and a Dad's Favourite.
WHO WILL BE USING THE CARRIER AND HOW OFTEN ?Mum, Dad, Both, Grandparents? When shopping on line at Bella's Little Ones you are able to search by Brand or search by Category /Purpose. Be sure to look at our exciting range of Everyday Carriers, Organic Carriers, Toddler Carriers, Hiking Carriers, Travel Light Options, Summer Cool Carriers and Aqua/Beach and Pool Carrying options.
5. SEASON & CLIMATE
SEASON AND CLIMATE CONSIDERATIONS: Other factors to consider are the environment and climate / state I live in. The carriers and wraps are so versatile and enable you and your little one to be dressed according to comfort within your climate. Different types of carriers and fabrics make the more suited to warmer or colder environments.
COOLER CLIMATEAND WINTER CONSIDERATIONS: - Winter options - some accessories such as the Ergobaby Raincover and the winter Warmth cover are designed to cater for winter weather.
WARMER CLIMATES AND SUMMER CONSIDERATIONS: Whilst most carriers are fine to use all year around taking into consideration the temperature and warmer climates of Qld, Northern Territory, Northern WA and more inland Aussie areas - there are some cooling factors to consider. You may consider a carrier with a more organic fabric or an open weave such as the Ergobaby 3D Mesh Ventus Carrier or the Lillebaby Airflow. Check out our SummerCool Carrying Category for the latest cooler carrier suggestions. Teamed up with the Cool Mesh Performance Infant Insert or or Organic Infant Insert for Newborns to 5 months.
TRAVELLING INTERSTATE OR OVERSEAS: - It is important to consider the climate and season.
Living Life - Freedom and Joy Together
- Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe.
- When you are wearing a sling or carrier, don't forget to follow the T.I.C.K.S. guidelines