How to Choose a Baby Carrier

There are a lot of baby carriers to choose from, narrowing it down to one is not easy. For assistance, read the following:

Longevity: If you want a carrier that lasts for many years, you’ll need one that can accommodate a higher weight and has front-facing positions. If you just want it for infancy, search for one with a cozy environment for lots of cuddling.

Comfort: For you and your baby. The seat of any carrier should allow your baby’s legs to be in the hip-healthy “M” position. For you, think about back and shoulder support you’ll need. If you plan on wearing your baby for hours at a time, look for padded shoulder straps and lumbar support.

Fit: Some carriers can easily adjust to different caregiver’s bodies while others need to be perfectly sized to one person. This matters if you plan on sharing the carrier with another person.

Ease of use: Getting a wrap on involves a multi-step process, while ring slings and soft structured carriers are easier to put on. Review the directions for a carrier before you make the purchase. Also, wraps and slings can typically be tucked into a diaper bag while soft-structured carriers are usually too bulky.

Climate: Lightweight fabrics and breathable mesh are best for warmer weather while heavy knits and padding are perfect for colder temps.