Post by Haley Roberts
WHAT IS A BABY CARRIER?
A baby carrier can also be referred to as a baby sling and comes in all shapes, styles, and sizes! There are 4 main styles of baby carriers; a front carrier, a sling carrier, a wrap carrier, and a framed carrier.
A front carrier is made up of two straps that support a fabric seat for the baby to rest in. During the infant stage, the baby faces inward. As the baby ages and can hold up their own head, you can face them outward. This is likely not the carrier for you if you wish your carrier to double as a breastfeeding blanket. I found it was somewhat of a hassle to go from carrying to breastfeeding to carrying. Top brands include ErgoBaby, and BabyBjiorn.
A sling carrier is a wide piece of fabric worn from one’s torso to one’s shoulder. They come in a wide range of sizes, some with the ability to adjust for age of the child. It is easy to go from a sleeping baby to a breastfeeding baby without anyone noticing due to the position the baby is in and the excess fabric. This one does pose more risks for injury so make sure you read and follow the instructions on how to properly carry your baby. I also found that the non adjustable slings were a HUGE pain to get the baby in and out of. Make sure you do not buy the wrong size (too small.) As your baby grows in weight, this style can becomes less desirable as the weight rests on one shoulder and one side of your hips. Top carriers in this style include Rockin’ Baby and Hot Slings.
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A wrap carrier is the one carrier I did not own with my child, but I wish I had! It was a little overwhelming to me as it seemed so confusing and time consuming to do. They are versatile and can be wrapped so many ways, I just threw up my hands and said not for me! I have many, many friends who swear by them and I look forward to facing my aversion and trying it for baby number 2. A wrap carrier is a piece of fabric worn around the body and typically over the shoulders.This type is also great for breastfeeding moms on the go. The top carriers in this style include Moby Wraps and Boba Wraps.
Finally, framed carrier is one that is intended for high activity or outdoor sports such as hiking. We LOVE our Deuter! It creates so much support both for our toddler and our backs (Mom and Dad). Almost all that I have come in contact with are intended for children who can hold up their own heads. Any age earlier than that, one of the other carriers will do just fine.
WHY BABY CARRIERS?
Women are so resourceful! Since the beginning of time we have found ways to carry and cuddle our bundles of joy, while freeing our hands for other work at hand. Not only are baby carriers a great way to multi-task, but they also have many other added benefits! Did you know that certain studies have shown that carrying your baby in a carrier is linked to lowering the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), behavioral disorders and postpartum depression in mothers (Babywearing, 2010)? They have also found that Babies carried regularly cried 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours; or what I like to call the “witching hour.” Those are just a few of the great benefits of baby carriers. To find out more information about why a baby carrier can change your life CLICK HERE. Also a special Thank you to www.mobywrap.com for the information listed in this section and to Babycenter.com for research regarding baby carriers.