Choosing the Right Carrier for You
When it comes to baby carriers, there are some good options available to suit your lifestyle, with many parents choosing to have two carriers in the family. The first would be used while they are newborn. This is often a wrap or very soft carrier, but once they become older and even up to their toddler years, a soft structured carrier works well, (although keep in mind many of the soft structured carriers can be used from newborn to 15 kgs). There are carriers available that are adaptable for both newborn babies and older babies – taking them right up to approx. 20kgs..
So, how do you choose the right carrier for you?
If you are looking for a carrier that will grow with your newborn, then opting for a soft structured carrier can be a great option as these can be adapted by adjusting the straps. In contrast to wraps, carriers with padded straps and waistbands will provide you with more support once your baby becomes heavier.
When choosing a structured carrier, it is important to consider the some support and comfort features – including finding a carrier that sits high enough for you to be able to kiss the top of their head and a carrier that has a wide or adjustable seat position. This will help to spread the weight of the baby evenly, ensuring that their hips remain healthy as they grow.
There are many different carriers available and so, you really need to determine what you need as there can be trade-offs. So, when it comes to features, you need to think about whether it can be used from birth without the need for an insert, the weight limit with a higher limit making it possible for you to carry the baby through till they are older and a forward facing option.
If you are looking for a carrier that you can use from the moment your child is born that does not require an insert then you could have at look at:
However, if you know that you will still be using it once your baby becomes a toddler then you will require a carrier that has a heavier weight limit then have a look at the Toddler range of carriers which can cater from 2 years up to 27kgs.
Whatever your need, a baby carrier will enable you to carry your baby safely and securely while still retaining that all-importance contact with them.