Baby carriers are a must-have accessory for busy parents who have their hands tied up with a barrage of things to do. Though parents love to carry their precious babies around and babies too enjoy the warmth and security that comes from being held in their parents’ arms, baby carriers give parents that much-needed break to complete the daily chores of life or just to take a break from the daily grind. Is the best baby carrier the safest?
Attachment parenting style
Parents who subscribe to the attachment parenting style would be well aware of the fact that babies who are carried around for more than 3 hours a day in the first three months are less prone to crying spells than other babies. Baby carriers help to reduce the weight on your arms as it distributes the weight evenly across. Baby carriers give you the convenience of keeping your baby close to you at all times even when you are involved in other tasks, which increases the baby’s sense of security.
How to choose
When choosing a baby carrier, the first thing is to ensure that it is ergonomically designed in such a way that it allows your baby’s body to be in its most natural position possible. It is important that it promotes a healthy position of your baby’s hips. When hips are naturally spread apart to the side with hips and knees bent and thighs supported, the baby is most comfortable. Baby carriers that are wide enough to allow this position are the safest. If the baby’s legs are forced into an unnatural position due to the width or other dimensions of the baby carrier, then abnormal development of the hips could happen. The hip should be in a stable position and the carrier should allow sufficient space for this for optimal and natural development of the hip joints.
When ensuring baby carrier safety, make sure that the weights it can support are in line with your baby’s weight. Once a week or once a month, take a good look all around the baby carrier to make sure that all seams are in place and the fabric is clean. While it is tempting to revel in the freedom that your baby carrier provides, make sure that you still keep a safe distance from anything that could potentially harm your baby, which babies in their natural curiosity would reach out for-like hot liquids, sharp objects, fire, flammable substances, etc. Do not wear your baby in a carrier for any activity more strenuous than a walk.
When your baby is fully able to support his/her head and neck, switch over to a backpack carrier that would be supportive of your baby’s growing body and also be less stressful on your body.
To further ensure baby carrier safety, ensure that all straps are securely fastened before wearing the carrier on your body. Even if you have to pay a little bit more, invest in carriers that are certified and comply with the safety standards set by international safety organizations.