Baby carriers are cool devices which keep baby snuggled close to your chest while allowing you the freedom to do other things with your hands. When baby gets older you can get a carrier for your back that also frees your hands and allows baby to see what’s going on around him or her. As cool as they are, carriers are by no means a necessity when having a newborn baby or small child. |
Infant carriers are handy for grocery shopping, watching older children play, getting chores done at home, when travelling by public transportation, and more. Back carriers with frames designed for babies at least 4 months and older are bulkier and more difficult to get baby in and out, but are still useful for travel, attending outdoor functions, watching older children in the park or when walking for exercise. Either type of carrier helps distribute baby’s weight, easing the stress on your back.
Carriers are available in several options, each with its own bells and whistles. Infant carriers that are well-made with strong, breathable fabric and that have wide straps will be more durable and secure for baby. Framed carriers for your back should be light-weight but have sturdy frames. Be mindful of the weight limit for any carrier. Backpack carriers should also be well-made with breathable fabric, have adjustable, wide, padded straps; if it has a built in stand for loading and unloading baby it’s even better.
Use common sense when taking advantage of carriers: never leave the child unattended; don’t try stunts you aren’t comfortable doing; prepare for unexpected weather changes; never use carriers on motorcycles or bicycles. A carrier is an excellent alternative when a stroller can’t be used and often the best option between a carrier and a stroller. Purchase the carrier that most closely meets your needs and it will serve you well for many years to come. Learn more about swaddling blanket at our baby health care website.
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