Let’s be honest, the amount of carriers that are being offered these days can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t exactly know what you are looking for.
This isn’t going to be a full list (like I said, there are dozens of carriers out there) but it’s going to give you an overview and some tips as to what to pay attention to when buying a carrier for your newborn or toddler.
First of all, and maybe most importantly so, choosing to carry your baby has a lot of benefits for you and your child.
It helps with bonding, increases your supply of breast milk, calms babies down and can help to keep your hands free while still keeping your baby close.
The two main types of carriers you will find are wraps/slings as well as carriers that are more “solid”, like Ergo carriers (more about that later).
One of the most important things about carriers, no matter which one you choose, is the positioning of the baby/toddler.
The carrier should allow for a natural positioning of the hips and legs to prevent dislocations and false positions that could cause problems later on.
Especially your baby should be able to breathe freely, without barriers like fabric in their face or anything else that could act as a hindrance.
Keep also in mind that your baby’s head needs to be supported at all times, especially when they can’t hold it up on their own yet!
It is also important that you feel comfortable while “wearing” the carrier because chances are that you will use it quite a lot.
The four carriers pictured above are (in no particular order, from left to right):
- As you can see, the Ergo carrier doesn’t require any “wrapping” and can simply be worn after adjusting the straps to your body (which works almost like a backpack).
The original carrier comes with an insert for newborns to adjust the size, their new 360 carrier can be used from infancy and into the toddler years.
They can be worn both front and back with the baby facing forward or inward when being worn in the front.
They’re also offering wraps now and have a lot of cute designs and the carriers are ideal for everyone who feels insecure about using a wrap or sling.
- The Solly wrap is made from a soft and stretchy fabric, keeps your baby snug and close and works without a metal ring, meaning you don’t have to worry about any possible discomfort.
It is simple and comfortable and when being used correctly it supports your baby’s head without any extras.
- The Nüroo Pocket differs from the “usual” carriers, since it is a “baby-wearing shirt” – a shirt that comes with an integrated pocket to put your baby in, without having to wrap or adjust anything.
Obviously this is meant for younger babies and not for toddlers but it has a lot of benefits since it is easy to put on and makes bonding and skin to skin contact during those first precious months so much easier!
- Last but not least we have the Sakura Bloom sling, a ring sling, that is being offered in different fabrics and is very versatile.
Learning how to use it can seem scary at first, after all it is basically a lot of fabric with a metal ring but once you get the hang of it (there are wonderful tutorials and helping mamas out there, believe me) it’s not that hard and makes for a wonderful carrier for your infant, baby and toddler.
It can be worn both front and back (in different positions too, see tutorials on their site), adjusts to your baby’s body form and will grow with them as their needs change.
These are four of the most common carrier types you will find out there and when choosing one you should really go with the one that makes you feel the most comfortable and allows you use it without someone else’s help (even though it’s often helpful to have someone else around, but it’s absolutely not necessary).
Carriers can be a great addition to strollers but can also be used exclusively if you don’t want to invest in both (again this really depends on your life situation, sometimes a stroller is just really helpful for all that clutter you carry around 😉 ).
If you have any further questions feel free to ask and feel free to add your favourite carriers, listed above or not!