Cultures around the world have used the practice of baby wearing for thousands of years. In some cultures, caregivers would carry their babies on their chests or on their backs so that they could still use their hands throughout the day while keeping the baby content and safe from harm. It turns out to be just as beneficial for babies to be that close to their mothers, fathers and other caregivers.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know when choosing a baby carrier wrap for you and your baby.
What to Look for in a Baby Carrier Wrap
Is it durable? The main thing you want to look for when it comes to picking a baby carrier is whether or not it is going to last. The longevity of the product should outlast your need for the product. Look for quality when it comes to choosing your baby carrier.
Is it transitional? Whether or not the carrier will maintain its ability to carry your baby as they grow is super important. Make sure your choice of baby carrier is able to carry a child at all stages of infancy and early childhood.
Is it comfortable? If you will be using the baby carrier a lot, it is important to make sure that it is comfortable for mom and baby. A baby carrier is made out of many different types of fabrics and materials that make them more comfortable than those in the past decades. It is also important to make sure to choose one that fits well with the caregiver's body type. We all have various asymmetries within our body. A chat with our helpful team is always recommended to help accommodate any pre-existing injury or ability.
Will it fit in the diaper bag? Some of these baby carrier options are portable and they fit in the diaper bag without taking up too much room for other important items. Other baby carriers may be too bulky to travel with.
It is also important to look at what material the carrier itself is made of. The time of year may impact what type of carrier you decide on. You may want to invest in a carrier that is suited for colder months by making sure that it is made with warm materials or features details to easily add a layer of warmth. In the warmer months, you may opt to use a carrier that is made out of a lightweight fabric, like mesh, that is breathable and helps mom and baby stay cool or natural fibres that are known for their breathability.
Benefits of Baby Carriers
Using a baby carrier can help benefit mom and baby in so many ways. The closeness that a baby carrier offers allows for mom and baby to bond. Mom will find that she has her hands free to do other things while keeping her baby safe and secure.
Carrying a baby reduces the amount of crying that an infant will do because they are not being held. There is no such thing as holding a baby too much. If you find that holding your baby is the only thing that calms them down, do it. A study from the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that babies who are held for three hours a day cry up to 43% less than those who aren't carried.
A baby carrier eliminates any hassle of a stroller. You won't have to worry about fitting it in the trunk of your car or folding it up and lifting it onto public transportation if you decide to use a baby carrier. Using a baby carrier makes it easier to navigate through rough terrain and crowded places, while strollers may get stuck or force you to slow down in large crowds.
Three different types of baby carriers are soft-structured carriers, ring sling carriers, and baby wrap carriers.
Wraps are suitable for individuals who are very active and constantly on the move. They come in handy for mothers with a newborn baby and older children. These baby carriers are more flexible and easily move with your body. The baby wrap option tends to be made of a heavier material and it can get hot inside while wearing it.
Baby wrap carriers are made of one long piece of fabric that wraps around the mom and the baby. This allows the weight from a child to be distributed in a way that won't put all of the pressure on mom's back and shoulders. They may be a more confusing option when it comes to how to wrap it and where to position the fabric for maximum comfort.
Babywearing helps mothers to increase their oxytocin hormones from the physical contact that they have with their babies. This can help to promote the bond that a mother develops with her baby. Close contact with the baby can help you to improve the symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety. Baby wraps are great for this physical contact because the baby is against mom rather than being against an uncomfortable fabric.
Dads enjoy wraps since they are one-size and easy to share with a partner. The swaddle-like snugness of a wrap around baby allows for the infant to settle easily and enjoy the warmth of dad's body.
The baby sling is one piece of fabric, similar to the baby wrap, that wraps around the shoulder and goes across the torso leaving a pouch for the baby to sit in. The ring sling has an adjustable feature to make the sling bigger or smaller. Baby slings are usually made of a lighter, breathable material.
Ring slings may be uncomfortable. They are also lacking when it comes to structure and weight distribution. Slings can put more pressure on the caregiver's neck and upper back.
On the more expensive side of baby carriers, you will find the soft-structured carriers. This type of baby carrier has clips and straps to keep the carrier adhered to the caregiver and to keep the baby snug in their seat.
Soft-structured carriers are catered toward older babies, but some of them come with adaptations to make them suitable for newborns. Soft-structured carriers are ready to use from the moment they come out of the box. They are easier to put on while the other types can take a little while longer to figure out and may require more than one person to assemble them.
Choosing Your Baby Carrier Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
You don't want to make the purchase and hate the product from the second you take it out of the packaging. The best thing that you can do for you and your baby is to do research on the baby carrier wrap before you buy it. Make sure that you read the specifications for each carrier. Look up some reviews and instructional videos so that you know what to expect.
Check out all of the different types of baby carriers available for sale on our website. Contact us with any questions that you might have. We would be happy to help you feel more secure in your purchase.