When you have a newborn child, the only thing you want to do, as a proud parent, is to show them off! You’ve all probably seen those proud dads in the park, sling on their shoulder, baby nestled snugly against their chest – but is it really practical?
There are generally two types of baby carrier – the sling and the backpack style carrier. The sling carrier is great for newborns since they love to be close to their parents and be against their skin and you’ll find that they drop off to sleep very quickly. They leave your hands free but they aren’t quite as practical when baby gets a bit bigger.
Baby carriers can either be rear or front facing. You can literally carry your baby on your back, leaving your hands free to do other things, and baby gets an adult view of the world. Meanwhile the front facing baby carriers do much the same, but much of the weight is concentrated on your chest.
Baby carriers are a great alternative to a pushchair, especially when you’re out walking or shopping, since you don’t have to worry about navigating a pushchair and they can be handy in places like beaches where a buggy just isn’t practical. The mamas & papas baby carriers collection is a great place to look for quality and comfort in one.
There are a few things to look out for when you are picking the baby carrier for you. Comfort is one major factor, not just for baby but for you too. You’ll need to make sure that it doesn’t cause you backache and that it has plenty of support around the hips. Straps should be padded and adjustable. It should also be comfortable for the baby and have adequate support around the head, neck and back. There should be a good level of padding around the legs so that baby’s circulation isn’t cut off. There should also be a good level of adjustability so that you can find a position where both you and your baby are comfortable.