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Using Your Baby Carrier

Using a baby carrier to hold your bundle of joy is a great way to make your day easier since you can keep your baby close while keeping your hands free to continue your daily activities. Whether you need to get out of the house to run errands around town or just need to get a few household chores out of the way, a baby carrier can be a godsend once you are able to incorporate it into your daily life .

There are several activities that can be done while wearing a baby carrier. Some of these activities include breastfeeding hands free, household chores like laundry, dishes and meal prep, entertaining and caring for older children, shopping or running other errands outside of the house, and hiking or other outdoor activities.

While baby carriers can be worn during several activities, it is important to remember that carriers should not be used during certain circumstances due to safety risks. Some activities that should be avoided while wearing your baby in a carrier include running, jogging or jumping, riding on a bike or in a car. The article on Baby Carrier Safety can provide you with some additional safety precautions to take when using a baby carrier.

Getting Started

The first step in successfully using a baby carrier is to select a carrier that is comfortable for both you and your baby. If you haven’t purchased a carrier yet and need a little help in choosing one, the Baby Carrier Buying Guide and How to Choose the Right Carrier can lead you in the right direction.

Once you have purchased the carrier and are ready to begin wearing it, you should begin by familiarizing yourself with the carrier. Take it out of the package and look it over. Check to ensure that the carrier is constructed properly and does not have any defects. After examining the carrier, you should read through and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Before wearing the carrier out, we recommend that you practice using the carrier first. This will help you to become comfortable wearing the carrier and give you a better understanding of how to put it on, put your baby in and take it off. On your first try, you may even need assistance when putting your baby in the carrier for the first time

Using a baby carrier for the first time can be stressful for you and your baby. Below are a few tips to ensure that your first attempt at wearing your baby in your new carrier is less stressful:

  • Do not have a hungry parent or baby trying out a carrier for the first time. This can lessen your patience for setting up the carrier. It’s also a good idea to try out the carrier when both baby and parent are well rested. Though later you may find that you can use the carrier to put your little one down for a nap.
  • Use a mirror to help you see what you are doing and how your child is positioned on your body. Being able to see yourself can help you to understand how the carrier should be positioned on your body to prevent back, neck, shoulder and hip pain.
  • Receive help from a supportive assistant who will help keep you focused and relaxed. Someone who is anxious or skeptic about the carrier can hinder your ability and attitude towards wearing your baby.
  • Don’t panic if you baby begins to cry when you first place him in the carrier. Try moving around once your baby is settled into the carrier because babies enjoy the rhythm of your movement.

Getting the Hang of Things

While some carriers are easy to use from the get go some will require a little more time to adjust to using. Soft carriers, frame carriers and all other types of buckling carriers are generally the most straightforward carriers to use. If you follow the manufacture’s instructions and practice a couple of times, you should be able to use the carrier without any problems.

Slings, wraps, Mei Tai carriers and other simple piece of cloth carriers that offer multiple carrying positions will require a little more time and patience to learn how to use. When using these types of carriers, it is very important that you practice with the carrier until you are comfortable.

Once babywearing becomes second nature for you, be sure to continue to check your carrier regularly for signs of wear and tear. When you use a carrier day after day it is easy to overlook small changes and adjustments in the carrier. You should also make sure that you are aware of the weight restrictions for your carrier – you may get use to using a particular carrier and not notice right away that your child has out grown it.

After you begin using your baby carrier, you may begin to wonder how you ever survived a busy day without it. If you find that you need a new carrier or would like to try out a different type of carrier, take a look at the Baby Carrier Types article to learn a little more about the many styles of carriers that are available.