Wearing your baby should keep baby happy and make your life easier. But, if baby isn’t comfortable, neither of these things will happen. Babies need to feel secure in order to feel comfortable and safe.
A baby carrier is a very useful way to move around with your baby and there are two main types of baby carriers available – front carriers and back carriers. But, you should be able to decide which one suits you and your baby the best.
Choosing the one to carry your baby can be a difficult decision because of the availability of a variety of styles in the market. Therefore, we have made the analysis which would help you to go for the better option.
Front Carrier – Pros & Cons
Front carriers are typically suitable from birth onwards, allowing you to carry your small baby close to you, leaving your arms free. Some front carriers enable you to breastfeed at the same time. With a front carrier, your baby initially faces inwards to your chest. But once she is older and has more strength in her neck, she can face outwards.
Front carriers are structured, but made of softer fabrics, with adjustable straps. They consist of a structured fabric pouch in which your baby is held against your body. The carrier is often adjustable for both you and your child, by using buttons, loops or straps.
- Straps go over both shoulders
- Easy to fix and remove
- Designs are male friendly
- Can be used from birth
- Cheap and widely available in the market
- Fits babies only up to 15 pounds
- Infants head, neck, hips, pelvis, and legs are not supported
- Baby is not in a seated position. This causes pressure at base of spine
- Hard to get a good fit due to structured shape
Another kind of baby carrier suitable for babies are back carriers. These are generally meant for babies who can sit up and support themselves. They are generally fine for use from 4 or 6 months. This is probably the easiest way physically to carry an older baby or toddler and a back carrier can last until your child is 3 or 4. Well, if your back can withstand it!
Back carriers are more structured, consisting of tougher fabrics and sometimes a metal frame. Look for adjustable straps that fit round your hips to balance his weight.
Back carriers are useful for more serious walking or hiking, and you can often purchase useful rain and sun protectors, but they are a bulkier and heavier piece of kit than a front carrier.
Both front and back carriers should have good harness systems that are well padded and distribute the weight of your child onto your hips and not your shoulders. They should have a well-padded, wide waist-belt that can be firmly tightened to rest on top of your hips. Once you have the carrier in place you should feel that it is your hips, rather than your shoulders, that is taking the majority of the weight. A good back carrier will also have a height adjustable harness to ensure the best fit between wearers of different height.
Therefore, select the one that best suits your needs and comfort of the baby.