Having a baby to look after is one of life’s many joys. You will be watching them grow and develop, hitting milestones to be documented in precious albums and scrapbooks. But one of the trickiest parts of having a newborn baby is choosing from the many baby travel systems available to you. There are baby strollers, baby prams and even cloth carriers which you can opt for. Many of these are suitable from birth, but you need to ensure this is the case with your final choice.
If you are looking for a sturdy baby carrier to travel effectively from place to place, there are some criteria you need to look out for. For example, a baby car seat needs to have a strong aluminium frame, an adjustable handle, and safety belt for easy installation.
A carry cot should be comfortable enough for them to sleep in but strong enough to hold them safely. Not sure where to start in this journey of parenthood? Read on for some hints and tricks on choosing the best baby carrier for your newborn.
Embrace the ergonomics
We might not think about ergonomics and baby carriers, but this is an important aspect of choosing a carrier for your baby. If the carrier does not support their hips properly they could develop issues such as hip dysplasia and problems when they start to crawl.
Your baby’s legs should be spread wide or fall into an M-shaped position for maximum comfort and stability. This applies to cloth carriers which you place on your front, but can also apply to prams and strollers. Choose from different options such as the ring sling, the baby wrap, and the mei tei. Each one is different but each has been designed with comfort and ergonomics in mind.
Is the carrier easy to travel with?
One important consideration of choosing a baby carrier is whether or not it is easy to travel with. For example, baby wraps can easily be folded and put into your nappy bag when you have reached your destination and it is time for baby to play and explore.
Carriers might be more difficult to put into a nappy bag once you are resting, so this should help in making a decision. However, if you are in a rush and want to strap in your baby quickly, a carrier is the better option. Think about your travel needs and look at the different options on offer. You might need to buy two different carriers in order to meet your travel requirements.
How comfortable is it for you?
Another vital aspect to think about is how comfortable the carrier is for you to wear. The carrier should be made with wide, padded straps for your shoulders to distribute your baby’s weight evenly and adjustable straps and clasps for different sized bodies to ensure maximum fit and comfort.
If you find that the baby carrier is not comfortable or does not fit your body in the right way, look for one that does. It should be easily adjustable and sturdy without feeling heavy and clunky. Look for soft fabrics that do not chafe your skin or cause irritation. Also, inquire about carriers which can be made to fit different body types with ease.
Think about the weather
In South Africa, our weather can be unpredictable in some seasons. And this is why you should look for a baby travel system that is suited to all types of the weather such as hot, cold, windy and rainy. Some fabrics might be too hot for our sunny summers while others are not warm enough for winter.
You should look for fabric that can be used all year round, such as linen and cotton which are breathable in summer and warm in winter. A pram or stroller should have a visor over the top to protect your child from the harmful rays of the sun and to keep them warm and dry if it is raining. The material should never make your baby too hot, as this could cause them to overheat and become sick, so be sure to ask for advice when looking for one for use during the warmer months.
Bouncing bundle of joy
A baby carrier is one of the most important purchases that new parents will make. But it can be difficult to know exactly how to choose one that suits your needs. Start by looking at the ergonomics of the carrier, then move on to choosing a material that is suitable for all weather. Comfort, ease of use and how simple it is to travel with are equally as important to consider, so be sure to take these into account when shopping for your little one.