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We've got the answers! After reading our primer on Baby Carriers below, feel free to Contact Us or give us a call. We'll be happy to help you get started and we're here for you after your purchase as well, with a 30-day Risk-Free Carrier Trial. For a printable PDF version, click here.
There are many benefits to baby wearing including but not limited to:
There are many different brands and styles of carriers on the market today to help you care for your child. We often have several of each brand and style in stock. Deciding which carrier or carriers to buy will be easy if you ask yourself these questions first.
Infants need total body support from head to toe so some carriers will not work until a child is at least a couple of months old and can hold their head up well.
A carrier that supports your child's weight evenly across your body and on your hips is better than a carrier that sits just on your shoulders, especially as your child gets heavier
Some activities such as running or cooking are not advisable while carrying your child but most carriers are fine for light housework, walking, tending to other children and even some for hiking.
It is a good idea to bring your child with you when you are shopping for a carrier and if someone else often cares for your child bring them along so you can try different styles. Also, you may find that you need or want more than one style of carrier as your child grows or you choose to do different activities.
If you have answered the questions above then it is now time to choose a carrier. When purchasing a baby carrier and each time you use it look at the carrier itself and make sure that all the parts are in working order. Never use a carrier with worn fabric, twisted straps or cracked buckles and contact the company for instructions specific to that carrier.
These carriers can be used from newborns all the way through early childhood. Many have weight limits around 40 lbs. They are lightweight, portable and washable. They can be worn on the front back or side of the caregivers body depending on the age and size of the child. They are designed for light, mostly indoor activities. We often carry used slings.
Designed to be used from newborn through early childhood, they have the same advantages as a sling with these added features: They are worn over both shoulders and around the caregivers body so many can support a heavier child; You may be able to engage in slightly more strenuous activities; and many people find them more comfortable to wear especially if they have back problems. Examples we carry new are the Moby Wrap and the Baby K'tan.
This is your basic Snugli, Infantino, or Baby Bjorn type of carrier. These are suitable for newborns up to about 20 lbs. These are worn on the front of the caregivers body over both shoulders. Most of these carriers are washable and lightweight. These are designed to be worn for moderate activity such as walking or light housework indoors or out. Many people find these to be very useful for the first couple of months.
A child must be able to sit up fully without assistance before using this type of carrier. Most are recommended for ages 6 months -3 years. Many have weight limits of around 40 lbs. These carriers can be used for activities such as brisk walking or easy hiking. They allow the child to see things around them over other adults. Finding a proper fit for these carriers is a must, however, so look for ones with adjustable frames and safety straps for the child as some children are able to push up and out of these carriers. Many people find these good for occasional use such as a trip to the aquarium or zoo so the child can see but do not like these for every day activities such as housework. We do occasionally have frame backpack carriers in-stock, gently used.
These also can only be used for children over 6 months. Most have a weight limit of about 35 lbs . These carriers are good for a toddler who wants or needs to be carried occasionally while you are out doing an errand or caring for another child. We often have used hip carriers available, gently used.
This includes carriers such as the Ergo and the Boba. Most of them do all of the functions of the above carriers. For instance, the Ergo can be used with the infant insert for newborns as a sling carrier, a front pack carrier for infants as soon as they can support their head, A hip carrier for 6 months+ and a back carrier for children weighing up to 40 lbs or more. They are washable and easily carried with you.
Whatever carrier you choose you are sure to enjoy spending time with your child and they will enjoy spending time being close to you.
Every baby is different and have their own preferences for how they like to be held. This why we now offer a 30-Day Risk Free Trial. If possible, we recommend trying on the various styles with baby to see what suits you both best. If you'll be using the same carrier among different caretakers, have them come with you to try on the carriers, too. Some styles of carriers are sized to the wearer, so if the caretakers are very different in size, consider a one-size fits all carrier or know you'll need to budget for two carriers.
If trying on the carrier with baby isn't possible (ie: baby isn't born yet, it's a gift, or all care takers can't come in at once), that's when our 30-Day Risk-Free Carrier Trial comes into play.