With their increasing popularity, modernity has given mothers a myriad of options to consider when it comes to choosing the most appropriate baby carrier. Baby carriers come in a variety of styles, fabrics, colors and more; from the basic cotton to exquisitely embellished silk. Whether you want a unique carrier for a special occasion or something to match your everyday outfit there are a wide variety of options, which are both attractive and functional. There are a number of factors that should come in mind when selecting the most appropriate baby carrier for your child.
The baby’s safety is the first thing that should come in mind when choosing a baby carrier. In determining the security of the baby it is important to consider ergonomics. The positioning of the baby should be in a way that promotes maximum support and comfort. The carrier should provide proper head and neck support to the baby. If ergonomics is not followed up keenly it poses the risk of hip dysplasia. Eco-health should also be considered when looking into the safety of the baby; a good example of this would be ensuring that the fabric being used is organic. Carriers that maximize on babies’ safety should contain the baby in a close. However, the best safety practice totally depends on how you carry the baby.
The parents’ comfort should also be taken into consideration when selecting the best baby carrier. Normally, most carriers handle new-born babies without any form of struggle. However, the problem comes in when the baby reaches the 15 pound mark. At this point the parent may start to experience strain on the back, neck as well as the shoulders. According to research, shoulder strain is by far the biggest strain experienced by baby wearers. The best carrier to deal with this problem is one with wide, well-padded straps and a waist belt. A well-designed waist belt would support most of the baby’s weight thus relieving the burden off the shoulders. The more the shoulder padding, the more convenient the baby carrier would be. The best carrier for a toddler is one that has a 35 pound limit, as it can also be used in a piggy back mode.
The baby’s comfort is also another consideration factor. Soft baby carrier seats should provide complete neck and head support for the baby. A wider seat often provides more comfort especially as the baby grows older, as it distributes their weight on the carrier. Leg openings can also feature additional padding for comfort. The baby’s head and should also be supported well in a comfortable position. Most importantly it is necessary to look for carriers made of very soft material since some parts of the baby’s skin may be exposed to it.
Period of Usage
The period in which you plan to wear your baby is also crucial. Some carriers are restricted to babies of a particular age, while others can cover a wide range of ages. Parents should therefore look for carriers that best suite how long they plan to carry their babies; if they plan to carry them only for a few months infant baby carriers are best and if the plan to carry them for long periods of up to a year or two, it would be best to settle for carriers that cover wide age ranges. You can also select the most appropriate carrier for longer periods based on the type and quality of material used, settling for stronger and more durable products.
Ease of Cleaning
Since baby carriers are exposed to drooling, being spat on or even thrown into diaper bags, they need frequent cleaning. Thus the need for a baby carrier that is easy to clean. There are a number of carriers that come with a removable bib, which makes them easier to clean.