Baby carriers are one of the most important newborn inventions that was ever developed. They allow parents to maintain in close contact with their young child while also allowing them to experience a hands free opportunity. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when choosing to purchase a baby carrier.
Safety First: Safety is the number one concern for all parents when it comes to newborns. Baby carriers are intended to create a safe environment for the baby so that parents do not have to worry when they are moving around or preoccupied with other tasks. In baby carriers safety is measured through many different ways such as the latch system or how the carrier attaches to the parents body. Weight restrictions are also put into place to ensure maximum safety.
Comfort: Comfort is another major issue. Baby carriers are intended to be worn so that parents can have a comfortable experience. Many young children are either breast feeding or bottle feeding and it is important that the carrier be comfortable enough that the parent has no issue feeding their child in the carrier. Babies are heavy and when they are young they are not able to move and help with their own weight. It is important that the parent chooses a carrier that is comfortable for them to wear. Comfort is important because if the parent is not comfortable they will be less likely to want to use their baby carriers and will feel that they have wasted money purchasing one in the first place.
Bonding: Different wraps or carriers help to promote different levels of bonding. Some of the wraps provide a more kangaroo care approach which will promote bonding better than normal buckle wraps.
Portability: Not all wraps, slings, and baby carriers are created equal. There are some baby carriers that are intended more for just lounging around the house while others such as the buckle carriers were intended for more active parents. It is important to determine how much you are going to use your wrap. If you are going to be using your wrap for some light housework and hands free cuddling you would want to opt for a simple pouch wrap or ring sling. If you were going to be more active going out on hikes, spending time in the park, intense housekeeping, or grocery shopping you would want to learn towards buckle carriers.