Slings, Wraps & Other Baby Carriers — Why, How & Where?

Wraps & Other Baby Carriers

Parenthood is one of the most rewarding and demanding jobs in a person’s lifetime. The most difficult time of parenthood happens when the child is still an infant. During this time, the parents experience a lot of happy moments and a lot of stressful moments as they adjust to learning how to properly care for their newborn. These stressful moments can be reduced or eliminated by acquiring the proper baby care items. One of the most important items is a means of transportation for your precious little one when taking them out of the house.

Why A Baby Carrier?

When it comes to choosing an infant transport, you have many options. The most common option has been a baby stroller. While strollers have their benefits for a parent on the go, they also have their disadvantages. Strollers can be cumbersome when placing them into vehicles or moving through tight spaces such as crowded sidewalks or using public transportation. Not only that, strollers tend to make babies fussier.

Babies enjoy being held and cradled against a warm body and sitting in a distant stroller or bouncing in a baby swing seems to make them feel isolated and alone. But the hands-free benefits of a stroller or a baby swing are priceless to a busy parent trying to care for an infant child and perform several other chores or tasks simultaneously. Plus, carrying around your baby for long periods of time can hurt your arms, your shoulders, and your back. Luckily, there are other options which allow you to go hands-free and also keep your baby snug against your body to prevent fussiness and keep it safe.

Baby carriers are becoming very popular with both new parents and veteran parents. When you’ve seen it all, smelled it all, and cleaned it all, you will take all the help you can find. Baby carriers come in a variety of styles, fabrics, and sizes so you can tote your baby around from infant to toddler size. The biggest problem with baby carriers is figuring out the best one for your child’s needs and your own needs. We’re here to help you with that.

How Do I Use A Baby Carrier?

The proper usage of a baby carrier ultimately depends on the type of carrier you’ve chosen. There are multiple types of carriers. Each type possesses its own set of instructions, benefits, and disadvantages. We will cover all of these topics here in a short, concise manner.

Baby Wrap

A baby wrap is a super long piece of fabric that you tie and fit around your shoulders, back, and torso area until a pocket forms against your chest. That pocket will hold your infant. Wraps tend to be very cozy and feel very much like the womb, which is very calming and pleasing to babies. Wraps can either be a semi-complete cocoon, leaving only room for the head to move, or the wrap can have holes at the bottom for the baby’s legs to dangle.

One thing to keep in mind is that wraps are ideal for infants, but can also hold older, heavier children as well. They have a weight limit of 8-35 pounds.

Sling

A sling is a piece of fabric with a pouch that is slung over one shoulder, sash style, across the back and is held by the opposite hip. When worn properly, a plush, cozy pouch should form at the chest of the parents which will hold the newborn safely against the parent to allow both arms and hands-free and make the baby more mobile.

With a sling, the baby is more exposed, so inclement weather should be taken into consideration when leaving the house. Some controversy surrounding the sling is how it causes the baby’s spine to curve. For long periods of time, this could become an issue. Follow your sling instructions carefully.

Structured Carriers

A structured carrier is very much like a backpack worn on the chest. It has a firm skeletal structure to make it erect and allows better back and head support for infants and children. They have cushioned, adjustable straps which securely wrap around the parents’ shoulders, torso, and back. The child’s torso is secured against the parent leaving their arms and legs to dangle freely.

For parents, these carriers can even come with zipper pockets to carry necessary items for both parent and baby. The structured carrier comes in multiple colors, designs, and fabrics to provide support and comfort for any terrain, season, or gender. Structured carriers are also adjustable so you can use the same carrier for an infant up to a toddler.

Where Do I Find Baby Carriers?

You can find baby carriers at any department store that sells other baby items. If you don’t live near a department store or you are dissatisfied with local selections, you will find a cornucopia of baby carriers for sale online. There are also stores that specialize in maternity items and baby items who could also sell baby carriers. Your choices are virtually endless.

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