When you go with your baby for a walk, shopping or traveling, the classic trolley for transportation can be uncomfortable because of its large size. For this very reason, many moms are pointing to a baby carrier, a carrying system that makes the baby extremely happy, because she sits in her mother's arms all the time and can rest her nipple on her chest.
Here's everything you need to know about a baby carrier, so choose the right one for you and your baby!
False myths about baby carrier
Certainly you have been advised by your loved ones not to hold your child too much in their arms, because you align them and this will turn into a spoiled, unmatched one. Nothing wrong, it assures you the specialists in the field. The baby held in the carrier develops a much closer connection with his mother, feels more protected and loved, which benefits his emotionally harmonious development.
Here are the main scientific arguments that combat the idea that the baby carried in the baby carrier will turn into a hoarder:
- A baby carrier helps the baby's physical, intellectual and emotional development. He feels the need to be kept permanently in his arms, and the anatomical carriers support his proper physical development;
- Holding the baby in a basket or carrier stimulates the development of the immune system. Direct contact with the skin of the mother allows the transfer of antibodies;
- The baby sleeps better in the mother's arms, which helps the neuronal development.
How to choose the right model for the baby carrier?
When you decide to invest in a baby carrier, the first thing you need to consider is the age of your baby. A newborn cannot be placed in a classic carrier because they do not support his head, back, hips and feet properly. Therefore, aim for an adjustable sling or wrap. The cost of such a model reaches up to 200 lei, depending on the type of fabric and print.
If your baby is older than 4 months, it would be ideal to invest in one ergonomic carrier.
Here are the advantages of such a system:
1. Ensures the position in the "M" of the feet of the little one (legs apart and knees higher than the bottom), recommended by orthopedic doctors for optimal physical development;
2. It is made of resistant, natural materials, of an ideal elasticity, which can safely support a child weighing up to 22 kilograms;
3. Molds excellent on the back of a baby, thanks to adjustable buckles;
4. It has ergonomic cut, being provided with pens in the sitting area, for optimum support. The side cut and material do not resist when the baby undoes the feet less;
5. More expensive models are provided with soft and comfortable pillows behind the knees;
6. Allows the child to be carried forward, vertically, or backwards;
7. It is secure, being provided with parallel straps and a horizontal shoulder strap, which helps to fix the vertical ones, when your baby is small and likes to stand with his head resting on your chest; parallel straps can be crossed at the back to allow the child to support, as it grows;
8. Some models can be accessorized with shoulder straps or straps, for children over 18 months;
9. Most ergonomic frames have a built-in hood to support the baby's head when sleeping. At the same time, the hood protects it from the sun or wind. You can run the hood to insert it into your special pocket when not in use, forming a comfortable pillow for the baby's head.
Regarding the disadvantages, the manufacturers make the following details:
1. An ergonomic carrier is not recommended for newborns; the baby must be at least 63 cm in order to be transported in a soft structured carrier;
2. Like any other model of carrier, even the ergonomic one can become uncomfortable for the mother, at a certain time, especially if the baby is fuller;
3. It is priced up to three times higher than a sling or wrap.
Which are the most appreciated models of portbebe on the market
Depending on the age and weight of the baby, you can choose between three systems ideal for the newborn and four, for babies older than four months.
1. Ring sling (adjustable)
It is made of a strip of textile material, usually 100% cotton, provided with a pair of adjustable rings at one end. The rings have the same role as the buckles from the belts. They allow the material to pass in one direction, for adjustment, without the risk of sliding in the other direction, under the weight of the baby. It is ideal for newborns, because it supports the spine perfectly. In addition, it allows for discreet breastfeeding. It can also be used for carrying the baby over 3-4 months, who likes to stand on the mother's hip, to look around.
On the market there are a variety of adjustable slings, different fabrics (from double-diagonal type fabric, to jaquard or fish bone), colors and prints. Thus, the sling with rings is more than a baby carrying system. It can be a great piece of clothing.
There are also models made of two layers of natural silk, ideal for summer. Silk is the most durable natural material, extremely comfortable, thanks to the cool texture. Both the silk sling and the cotton sling can support even a 20 kg baby.
If you have decided to buy an adjustable sling, you need to know that you need 2-3 days to learn how to use it. The newborn should be sling with his feet in the same position he stands when held in his arms. If your baby is accustomed to standing cross-legged and tight under him, sling him with his feet inside. If he stays with them straight, put him with his feet out.
The major disadvantage of this type of carrier is that it is worn on one shoulder and does not allow an even distribution of the weight of the baby on the back of the mother.
2. Elastic wrap
The elastic wrap is a strip of knitted material, 4.5 meters long, with which you have to practically slip. There is no need to drop it whenever you remove the child from the wrap, you can stay with him all day. The elastic wrap is suitable for carrying a baby that does not weigh more than 9-10 kg. It is the best choice if you want to have a carrying system with you in the maternity ward, to carry the baby from the first days. At the same time, it is recommended for moms who have problems with their backs and want a baby carrier to distribute the baby's weight properly.
The elastic wrap is not recommended for carrying the newborn in the summer, because it is too warm. Its functionality is limited to two positions: belly on belly and semi-inclined. Mommy moms will find the semi-inclined position difficult, so it is better to point to other bearing systems.
3. Woven wrap
It is a type of non-elastic wrap and allows to carry the baby in 4 positions: belly on belly, semi-inclined, on the hip or back. Using it requires more learning time, because of the rather complicated connections you have to learn to make.
This carrying system can be a good choice, especially if you have a very quiet child who lets you learn how to use the wrap.
4. Ergonomic carrier
Unlike the classic, ergonomic, also known as Soft Structured Carrier, it has the advantage of maintaining an anatomically correct child's position. The carrier looks very good with a backpack, being very easy to put on. You can wear it both you and your dad or any other family member. Advanced models can easily support a 25 kg child. The child's weight is evenly distributed both on the parent's waist, through the wide, thick, soft and comfortable band, and on the shoulders and back, through the special straps.
There are several manufacturers of ergonomic frames, the price varying depending on the brand and the materials used. Most are made of cotton, but there are models that combine hemp and cotton on the outside, while the interior is made of cotton. It is a single type of ergonomic frame with adjustable panel, produced by Manduca, those who have patented this element. It is provided with a zipper, it allows you to quickly increase or decrease the pouch, depending on the needs of the child.
5. Wrap Tai
Available in two sizes, small and large, the wrap cut can be considered one of the most comfortable two-shoulder carrying systems, distributing the weight of the baby excellent. It is usually made of a rectangular body, with rounded edges, a padded waist belt and two wide shoulder straps.
The small wrap is recommended for babies over one month old and can be used until the baby is 18 months old and can support up to 15 kilograms. The system is also equipped with a hood to support the head, when the baby is asleep. Distributes weight on the waist, shoulders and back due to generous straps. It can be used to carry the baby in front, on the hip or in the back.
The high waist wrap can also be used for children overweight. It is ideal for long trips or hiking on the mountain, when you want to carry your baby in the back. The system is equipped with long and wide straps. Some moms find these straps uncomfortable, but over time you can get used to them.
6. Fixed sling
Known in English as "pouch", the fixed sling is the smallest and most compact carrier. It is ideal for occasional wearing on the hip, being easy to use.
The fixed sling is made of a tubular strip of material, with a slight curvature at the back of the child. If you turn the material over your shoulder, the fixed sling allows a small adjustment. The baby can be positioned in front, tummy tummy or semi tilt, hip or back.
The production warns that wearing this type of system is indicated only to experienced mothers and only if the youngest has already turned 1 year. At the same time, the fixed sling is not recommended for regular use or for long periods of time.
There are two types of fixed slings:
- lace slings, made of 100% satin cotton, completely reversible, a glossy face and a matte. They are slightly elastic at width, strong enough to support children up to 20 kilograms and thin enough to be used in summer.
- denim slings with two sides, thicker than those, recommended for the cold season.
It is very important to buy the right size out of the 7 available. Otherwise, the sling will be uncomfortable both for you, if it is too big, and for the baby, if it is too small.
7. Mei Tai
It is a model of baby carrier of Asian origin, which allows a very good distribution of the child's weight. Mei tai is made of a body with 4 long straps, two for waist and two for shoulders. Although this carrier allows positioning on the hip, it is not the most convenient option for the parent.
What do you think about baby carrier? What do you think is the best system of all? What advice can you give to moms who have difficulty choosing a baby carrier?