The Importance of Baby Carriers

By: Eddie Bent

A good baby carrier will reduce back-strain and should allow for several different carrying positions. It should be fully adjustable to fit both Mum and Dad every time, and should also be designed to have a long lifespan so it grows as your baby grows. Check the maximum weight it will carry and also if mum is looking to discreetly breast-feed, as this will influence the type you buy.

Baby carriers come in a variety of beautiful designs, from 100% soft cotton fabrics to more chunky, nylon ones for those who refuse to let their spirit of adventure die. The range of baby carriers on the market is vast, so decide in advance where you will be using the carrier most and for how long each day.

You should look for an adjustable harness so you can fasten your child in safely and quickly. Because you and your child's comfort is so important, you should also be looking for a sleep cushion and padding to the harness, as well as a padded hip belt and good shoulder straps that offer robust load bearing support.

If your little one is up to it, try a few before you buy.

You could go for a sling – these remain popular, having proved their usefulness for many centuries. The sling is a traditional-style carrier with the baby snug up against your front/chest. With a sling, you usually get two fabric loops to slip over your shoulders, they are then adjusted to fit and then simply click into place. When not being used, slings can be folded to take up very little space in a bag, whilst some even turn into handy shopping bags! Slings are simple and often cheaper than the back carriers, but they tend to be really only practical for children aged 0 to 24 months - after that, the strain is better taken on the back.

In recent years, front-carrying baby pouches with a parent harness that separates have appeared. These are really useful as you can lay children down to sleep without having to take the whole thing off. With some, you can put the baby straight into their car seat too as these carriers have slots in the back of the pouch to fit the seat straps for safe, secure driving. When you arrive at the other end, the whole thing, baby and all, can be clipped straight back onto mum or dad and you are ready to go again.

You will be surprised, once you start looking around, at the additional features you can get these days, such as phone and key pockets, sun-canopy and even rear view mirrors. Check Internet sites, such as http://www.readytoleave.com/, to find the right baby carrier for you.

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