Baby carriers are very helpful while doing chores at home or while out with your baby. They make it easy for you to keep your child close and comforted so that you can do other things with your hands. There are many types of baby carries to choose from, depending on your needs and budget. Front, hip and back baby carriers are a few of the types you’ll find. You may consider a multi-function baby carrier such as the very durable ERGOBaby or opt for a baby sling such as Baby K’Tan, Moby or Boba baby wrap.
ERGObaby has a special insert designed for infants, and can be used comfortably to carry a toddler up to 18 kg.- in front, on your hip, or on your back. The carrier also has a sun/rain cover and a zippered pocket to carry essentials such as wipes, pacifiers, and toys.
Baby slings let you carry your infant close and can be worn tummy to tummy, kangaroo-style or in a cradle position….but care must be taken when using one, especially if your baby is younger than four months old. It is also recommended that parents of preemies, twins, babies in fragile health and those with low weight use extra care and consult their pediatricians about using baby slings.
Slings can pose a suffocation risk to infants because infants cannot control their heads as a result of weak neck muscles in the first few months of life. Babies can be suffocated within a minute or two, when their breathing is blocked by a sling fabric blocking their nose and mouth. An infant’s airways can also be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply, when the infant is in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, in a sling. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.
- Read all instructions carefully before using your sling
- Care must be taken when using a sling, especially if your baby is younger than four months old
- Ensure your infant’s face is not covered and is visible to you at all times, while using the sling
- Ensure your baby’s chin is not touching your chest
- Ensure the sling fabric does not completely cover your baby’s face and your baby’s head is higher than the rest of the body
- If nursing your baby in a sling, change your baby’s position after feeding so your baby’s head is facing up and is clear of the sling and your body
- Parents of preemies, twins, babies in fragile health and those with low weight should use extra care and consult their pediatricians about using baby slings
- Be vigilant about frequently checking your baby in a sling.