What Type of Baby Carrier is Right for You?

 

There are many different types of baby carriers, and choosing the right one for you and your baby is essential to best complement your lifestyle. Here, we will shed some light on the benefits and disadvantages of different types of carriers to help you better understand which one is right for you. 


The Wrap

Wrap carriers are long, sturdy pieces of fabric that are tied around you and your baby’s bodies in order to create a snug fit.


Pros:

Cons:

Easily transportable  Wraps fold easily and do not take up a lot of space, which makes them very convenient to move around

Large learning curve — Wraps take some getting used to in order to securely and efficiently tie the wrap, especially when doing so by yourself

Easy to wash — Since wraps come in many different materials, it is easy to find one that is machine-washable

Extra layer — Wraps can be quite warm to wear, since it is essentially another layer of clothing that you are tying around yourself

Support many different positions — Since wraps can be tied and re-tied, they fit many different body types as well as a range of positions

Newborn friendly  Wraps keep babies close to the carrier’s body, meaning the carrier can support newborn babies



The Sling

Ring slings are pieces of fabric that wrap around one shoulder and use your baby’s weight to prevent slipping. They are fastened by inserting one end of the fabric through one ring and pulling it back through the other.


Pros:

Cons:

Easily adjustable — Ring slings can be adjusted to fit many different wearers by simply adjusting the amount of fabric placed through the ring

Unequal distribution of weight  Slings disproportionately put your baby’s weight onto only one shoulder, which can lead to long-term discomfort and strain

Breastfeeding-friendly — This is the easiest carrier to breastfeed in because you can support your baby while breastfeeding

Not suitable for people with back or shoulder pain — Because the weight is supported by only one side of your body, this can cause stress on your body

Newborn-friendly  The sling also offers head support for your baby, so it is acceptable to use with newborns



The Soft-Structured Carrier

Soft-structured carriers are what typically come to mind when people think of baby carriers. They are often padded, with straps and a waist belt that secure the baby in place. The baby’s legs should be supported in the wide “M-position” to allow for proper hip growth.


Pros:

Cons:

Ergonomic weight distribution  Soft structured carriers allow for even distribution of your baby’s weight across your shoulders and back

Price differential  Soft-structured carriers tend to be a bit more expensive than other types of carriers due to the amount of features they offer

Longevity  Carriers can support your child as he or she grows older and learns to sit up by themselves, while this is difficult to do with slings or wraps. Many soft-structured carriers can also support newborns when a newborn insert is used

Could be unsafe for baby’s hip growth  If purchasing a soft-structured carrier, make sure that the carrier supports the M-shape for your baby’s hips. Many carriers allow the legs to hang straight down, which can be damaging for your baby’s spine

Supports many different positions  Soft-structured carriers can have your baby positioned on either your back side or your front, while your baby can face inward or outward

Easily adjustable  Buckles and straps allow the carrier to be used by many different caregivers

Weight-shifting technology  The Bebefit soft-structured carrier comes with a hip-seat. When flipped up, the hip-seat shifts the brunt of your baby’s weight from your shoulders to your waist, allowing you to manage pain and carry your baby for longer

 

 

The Mei Tai Carrier

Mei Tai carriers are hybrids between wraps and buckle carriers. The structure is similar to soft-structured carriers, but has pieces of fabric that are used to fasten the carrier around the body instead of fasteners.


Pros:

Cons:

Easily adjustable  Since the Mei Tai uses fabric to tie, the carrier can be used with a range of caregivers

Difficult to learn to use  The Mei Tai carrier can be hard to use, especially at first. Once you learn how to tie the straps by yourself, it’s smooth sailing!

Supports babies of different ages  This type of carrier works well with toddlers who can support their heads by themselves, but can also be used with infants

Equal distribution of weight  This model also helps you disperse your baby’s weight across your shoulders



The Backpack Carrier

Backpack carriers fasten with buckles and straps for wearing your baby on your back. These are designed for taking your toddler with you on outdoor adventures.


Pros:

Cons:

Allow for more activity  Backpack carriers are designed to give the caregiver more mobility, so they are especially useful for parents who enjoy hiking or other outdoor activities with their children

Toddler use only  Because the carrier must be worn on the back, your child must be able to support his or her own head on their own

Well-equipped  Backpack carriers typically come with many pockets for storage and fold-out stands

Bulky  Because of all the features that the backpack comes with, it’s often not suitable for day-to-day wearing because of its size

Excellent distribution of weight  Backpack carriers are designed for carrying your baby for several hours of time, especially during strenuous activity

 

With this breakdown of pros and cons for each type of baby carrier, we hope that we have given you a clearer picture of the kind of baby carrier that will best fit your needs. If you need further assistance with your decision, please feel free to reach out to us at support@goodmonit.com!

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