How to choose the right baby carrier
Wrap, sling or baby carrier? Find the right one for you and your baby.
Baby-wearing saved my sanity in the early days of being a new mom. My son didn't want to be put down and I felt like I couldn't even just make a cup of tea. I needed my arms but so did he.
We were gifted two very different baby-wearing devices. A baby carrier and a wrap. The wrap was a long monstrosity that took me a while to master (but I found a cheat, keep reading to find out) and a more traditional carrier.
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The ergonomics of baby carriers
It's very important that you choose a carrier that is ergonomically safe for your baby. If your baby is in a carrier that does not support his hips properly then the chances of them developing hip dysplasia is increased.
Look for a carrier where your babies legs are spread wide or in an M-shape so that their hips are in a more stable position.
We take a look at the different kinds of carriers so that you can choose the one that suits you best:
The Ring Sling
The baby sling is a popular choice. You can adjust it as your baby grows by the ring and can be used from newborn onwards. Available from these local businesses:
Rhubard and Custard- R396
The Baby Wrap
The wrap is basically a long piece of material that you wrap around your body. I found it was more snug than the baby carrier and that my son fell asleep far easier in it. It takes some patience to master it but check out the next picture for an easy way to wrap it. You can get a tubing of stretchy cotton knit fabric at your local fabric store and seam the edges or you could get it at one of these proudly South African stores:
NooNoo Pie Tie (pictured) - R399
See Me Baby- R449
How to wrap your baby
When confronted with the wrap I couldn't wrap my mind around it. How was I supposed to hold my baby and navigate this thing? I found that pre-wrapping it around me and popping the baby in afterwards was far easier.
The Mei Tei is a bit easier to get on than a wrap. The Mei Tei has four straps. Two that get tied around your waist and the other two get criss-crossed over your shoulders and across your back.
You can wear your baby on the front and back (when they get a bit heavier) with a Mei Tei.
Lyssa Love - R650
Close To My Heart- R450
Pod Baby Carriers- R800
The Soft Structured Baby Carrier
The baby carrier is the sturdiest of the holders and also the easiest to put on because it uses clips. I preferred the wrap as it kept my son closer. And this felt big on me. But as our son got older he prefers being in the carrier because it's less restrictive and he gets to look at the world around him. Carriers can range from top of the range to just the simple ones that do the job.
Ubuntu Baba - Stage 1 (R1250) and Stage 2 (R1450)
African Baby Carrier - R525
Zozinette - Depending on the size, they range from Tiny to Grande (R1300 - R1500)
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