Why Use a Baby Carrier: Pros and Cons
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about why to use a baby carrier.
Carrying your baby is an essential part of parenting. And it’s also one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences there is, right? But if you want to carry your infant when you’re out and about, or for longer periods of time, you might be wondering what the most comfortable way to carry your little bundle of joy is.
Should you use a sling or backpack? What about a push chair or stroller? In this article, find out why using a carrier for your baby can help you care for your child while also making life easier for you.
Why Use a Baby Carrier?
It’s undeniable that using a baby carrier is convenient. You can use it to keep your hands free while doing other things, like folding laundry or catching up on work. Plus, using a baby carrier is comfortable for both you and your child.
Your little one will enjoy being close to you and feeling secure in their little cocoon of warmth and comfort, while you won’t have to have eyes in the back of your head to watch them whilst you get housework and errands done!
Pros of Using a Baby Carrier
Baby carriers are easy-to-use devices that give parents options beyond strollers or nursing supplies. They let parents bring along smaller children just by attaching them securely around their bodies – and happily, babies love being carried this way!
Find out just a few more pros of baby carriers below.
Baby carriers are convenient because they help you get things done while keeping your child nearby. The closeness that comes with carrying your child is an excellent way to calm them if they need soothing.
Some babies find being worn very comforting, especially if they have reflux (spitting up) or colic, and having the weight of their body on the adult’s shoulder can help them relax during times of discomfort (which often results in crying).
It is Safe
Baby carriers are safe for both you and your child. There are no sharp edges or hard parts that could injure either one of you, so there’s no need to worry when using these carriers.
Provides Warmth for Infants
There are also some additional benefits to wearing your baby; for example, it helps prevent overheating when it’s hot outside. This can be especially important for newborns who lack insulation from extra fat stores.
Backpacks may be better than slings for older children who like freedom of movement, but it will depend on the age and temperament of the child.
It’s an Easy Workout
Carrying your infant certainly provides more of a workout than pushing a pram will! With the added advantage of having your hands free, you can get a lot done, all whilst enjoying a mini weight-lifting session when baby-carrying.
Cons of Using a Baby Carrier
Let’s consider the disadvantages of baby carriers before buying one.
Risks to Newborn Safety
Because newborn necks are not developed enough to hold the weight of their heads, suffocation is a real risk while using baby carriers. Milk choking, lightheadedness, and limb compression are additionally possible side effects.
Both parents and infants might get overheated and uncomfortable in hot weather or stuffy situations.
Putting Stress on the Muscles
Although baby carriers make it easier for parents to do things like shop or drive, prolonged holding of a baby may cause discomfort, particularly for mothers whose bodies may still be recovering post-pregnancy.
It’s possible that a baby carrier, like a heavy sports or school bag, will put a strain on a parent’s spine, and could cause muscle fatigue, or even injury if worn incorrectly.
The inconvenience of having to carry your infant around whenever you need to use the toilet or navigate obstacles like stairs or escalators is palpable.
What To Look for When Purchasing a Baby Carrier
With all of the options available, it can be hard to know which carrier is best for you. To make things easier, we’ve outlined some key factors that should help you determine which one is right.
Find a Carrier That’s Comfortable for Your Baby – and You
There are many different types of carriers out there, but it’s important to find one that’s right for both you and your baby. The key is finding something both comfortable and safe so they won’t fuss when they’re in it.
One huge benefit of using baby carriers for travel is how easy they are to use. However, many factors can affect this; from how secure the straps are to the size of their design and even the material from which it’s made (some may be less durable than others).
As handy as baby carriers are, there are pros and cons to take into consideration. To find a baby carrier that works well for you and your baby, do some research before you buy.