Mothers of all cultures have used baby carriers for centuries to carry their loved ones. Common baby carriers of the past were simple baby diapers or slings that are still used today in modern society. Today’s baby carriers come in a variety of styles, colors, sizes, and are made from various fabrics.
Regardless of the type of conveyor you choose, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s weight recommendations. Not all carriers are one size fits all, so if your baby is under the manufacturer’s weight limit, don’t take any chances using the wrong size carrier.
You will also need to consider how the carrier will fit your body and your baby. The carrier should be comfortable for you, which means it shouldn’t be too loose or too tight. It helps you measure yourself from your waist to your waist so you have a good idea of the size of the carrier that fits your body. Many baby supply stores will be happy to allow you to try on a carrier before purchasing, so that you can have a perfect fit for you and your baby.
It is a good idea to try different carriers with your baby to see how easy it is to put him in and take out and how easy it is to move around. Both mom and dad should be involved in the process, as one carrier may not suit one parent as well as the other. You want to feel safe when carrying your baby in a carrier, sling, or shoulder strap. Since you won’t always have both hands on your baby as another safety measure, you should feel safe knowing that the carrier is doing its job.
Once you have chosen the right carrier, it is a good idea to get used to feeling with the baby attached to you. It means that it will now be wider and you will need to be aware of where you are walking and try not to bump into objects. Also be mindful of what you drink (hot drinks) and never cook while holding your baby. It only takes a second to flip a hot pan or for your toddler to reach out and touch a hot stove.
Although many carriers are made of strong materials and fabrics, it is important to constantly check the carrier for wear. Keep an eye out for things like stitching, buckles, ties, and straps. Make sure they are not worn, which could cause them to come loose.
It also wouldn’t hurt to read popular carrier reviews to get a good idea of what other parents went through. This will save you time when choosing a new carrier and limit your options to the best quality available. There are many children’s forums where you can also ask questions about various brands of carriers.
Keeping these tips in mind will help you select the best carrier for your little one. A baby carrier will be one of the most used baby items that you will use when traveling. Have fun choosing the most suitable for you and your baby.