Even with a newborn baby, there will be a number of errands that you will have to do. Also, you will have to take the baby with you wherever you go. The easiest and most cost-effective way of getting around with your baby is to place him in a baby sling or carrier. Both parents and babies like slings as the baby stays close to the parent body and thus, both feel safe. Slings are easy to use while shopping, on walks and while using the public transport system. Slings can be used in places where it is difficult to use a pram or buggy. If used properly, the weight of the baby will be equally distributed and there will be no strain on your back. Read the article to know about the different types of baby carriers.
Types of Baby Carriers
As various types of carriers are available in the market, it is best to try all of them and find the one you are most comfortable with. Find out from family and friends how useful they found the sling or carrier. If you can, try out a sling using an older child then you will get an idea as to how comfortable it feels once your baby grows older. Remember that what works for one person may not work for another. Here are a few different types of baby carriers and how they work:
This consists of a large piece of cloth with a buckle you can adjust to make a cradle in which you put your newborn. It can be worn across the body like a sash to form a hammock in which the baby can lie. This can also be fastened to balance a toddler on your hip. Many women find this useful when they are breast-feeding. However as the baby grows older and weighs more, it becomes difficult to use.
Drop-in baby carrier:
This consists of a pouch, which has arm and leg holes, and rests of the chest of the person wearing it. The baby is made to sit in this pouch with his arms and legs passing through the holes, so that he is secure as he sits. Newborns are made to face inwards and older children are made to face outward. Many parents prefer the drop-in carrier, as it is comfortable and less cumbersome than a pram. But once the baby is over six months, it is difficult to carry him like this.
Once your baby can sit by himself without any support, you can use this carrier. This is worn on the back and usually has a metal frame; the baby gets a good view of what is happening around him. If you buy a rain cover, you can use it in all kinds of weather. Some of the backpack carries have a pull -along feature with wheels and a handle and can be used as a 'little-buggy' for short distances. Some come with stands, so you can grab a cup of coffee while putting the backpack down for a short time.