After you have decided which carrier would be best for you, practice putting on your carrier without your baby first to get comfortable. Many carriers may seem complicated, but a properly designed one will be intuitive to use. Play around with the straps and really get to know your carrier. Some parents like to have a soft “safety net” like a bed when trying on a carrier with their baby.
Depending on your child’s age and weight, you need to decide which will be the best way to carry your baby. You can find out more about different carry positions here.
Always remember TICKS:
- Tight: keep your baby tight enough to hug your baby close to you
- In view: your baby should be in view at all times
- Close enough to kiss: your baby should be close enough to your chin to comfortably kiss
- Keep chin off the chest: your baby should never be curled into a position where their head is in their chest
This general rule of thumb will help ensure your baby is as safe as possible. Remember the best carrier is one that keeps you and your baby comfortable!