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Tips to Select a Baby Carrier

Parents today are busy and hence are required to multi-task. As a result, baby carriers become an evitable object most of the times. Baby carriers enable the parents to carry the baby along with them and yet have their hands free to carry out their tasks. Baby carriers occur in wide varieties and different brands in the market. Selecting the right one can be quite confusing. Considering the basic styles like backpacks, slings and frontpacks, you can map them to your routine, the age and personality of your baby and then arrive at a decision to buy the correct baby carrier.

Evaluate your requirements

The first thing that you need to take a look at is your routine and the person who is going to use the baby carriers. You need to answer questions like - Are you required to walk for considerable distances with your baby? If the Mom is going to carry the baby, will she be able to balance and bear the weight? Are you travelling with the baby? Which baby carrier do you think will suit your baby, the frontpack or backpack?
Men and women have a different choice in this case too. Hence you need to come to a common choice.

Study the carrier types and their specifications. The baby carrier needs to offer the comfort to you and the baby as well.  It needs to be sturdy and flexible with respect to the baby's weight changes. For the specification details, check the maximum weight that the carrier can acomodate and the sitting position for the baby.

Have a trial of the carrier. Verify the strength of the straps. Map the current size of the baby and the carrier. Ensure that the baby is not uncomfortable and you do not stress your back while carrying it. Be very careful in case of infants. Using large carriers for infants can be risky.

Type of carrier, as discussed above is important. Slings are advisable for infants or premature babies. They remain cuddled to you and it also provides privacy for breatfeeding. Frontpacks are preferable for slightly older infants who can hold up their heads. You can position the baby inward or outward depending onher moods and personality. BackPacks are for the next age group that can sit independently.

  • Ensure that you are well trained in adjusting and managing the baby carriers before you start using them. Practice them at home and learn the minute details from some experienced person.
  • Verify that the carrier is sturdy and comfortable and has a size proportional to the baby's size. Keep observing for any defects that can come up or any wear outs.
  • Each time you take your kid in the carrier, verify if the carrier is placed and tied appropriately.

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