Your baby’s comfort and safety is of utmost importance. That’s why your baby carrier needs to be versatile! You should choose a baby carrier that best fits your needs. Many different baby carriers support different carrying positions. Here, we will explain the benefits and specifications of four of the main carrying positions: inward-facing, outward-facing, outward-facing with hip-seat, and back-carrying.
The inward-facing position places your baby’s body facing towards you, with their back to their surroundings. This position is beneficial for security and for closeness to your child. You can start to carry your baby in this inward-facing position when your baby is a newborn, just as long as you make sure to use the newborn baby insert. This is especially true if your baby is under 7 lbs. The insert sits underneath your infant’s bottom to make sure that your baby’s head is in the correct position for carrying. It’s important for infants to have a lot of close interaction with their parents, especially when they are newborns. The inward-facing position allows you to keep your baby close to your heart while you support them. A sliding pillow can also add an extra layer of head support for your child.
As your baby develops, he or she will need near-constant neck support until they have developed strong enough muscles to support their head on their own. This is a big feat, since the head alone takes up around ⅓ of your baby’s total body weight! This stage of development takes about 5 months before your baby can safely support his or her head on their own. For this reason, we recommend using the inward-facing position to carry your baby until your baby has reached this milestone. The outward-facing position is fun for babies since they can look out at the world around you both as you experience it together!
Outward-Facing with Hip-Seat
This position prioritizes both your and your baby’s comfort. While your baby gets to enjoy looking out at the world, you get the benefits of taking your baby’s weight off of your shoulders and instead supporting their weight with your hips. This lets you carry your baby for longer, leading to more bonding time since this position is easy on your back. We recommend using this position after your baby can sit up on their own, just like the regular outward-facing position.
Carrying Your Child on Your Back
Carrying your child on your back is a fun way to change up your baby-wearing. However, we recommend waiting until your child is at least 12 months old before carrying them in this backpack-style. This is because back-carrying doesn’t allow for the constant supervision that carrying your child in the front does. On the other hand, carrying your child on your back gives you more mobility and utility of your hands, allowing you to get things done while keeping your baby close to you. This position is also helpful for more active outdoor experiences, like hiking!
However you choose to carry your child, make sure to choose one that is best fitted to your lifestyle!