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To choose your mode of carrying and to know everything about baby carriers, here are our key tips for you to understand everything!
We know it's important for you to be able to go and enjoy nature with all the family and to pass on the pleasure of hiking from a young age.
Just because baby can’t yet walk doesn't mean they should miss out on the pleasures of hiking!
Of course, a pushchair (even with 4x4 wheels) can be restrictive on trails,
as it can be in an urban environment too: weight, accessibility and size issues.
The baby carrier is perfect for keeping your baby close to you with hands free in the countryside or in town.
The baby carrier is a way of carrying that has many benefits.
it allows the carrier to gain proximity, to soothe and to bring comfort and safety to the child while freeing hands to do several things at the same time. Depending on the model, it will last for several months or years for everyday use or even when hiking!
Its all-purpose format makes it very fashionable.
It is a useful accessory both at home and outside and for regular or occasional use.
Are you hesitating between the baby carrier or sling carrier?
Have you heard about physiological carrying or even the ergonomic baby carrier?
We give you our tips for choosing the best baby carrier.
There are different types of carrying systems, each with their own specificities and advantages. First of all, you have to choose the criteria that are essential for you in order to find the baby carrier that suits you the best.
A/ THE TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL CRITERIA
- The seat: This is the position you want your child to be in. It is possible for the parent to carry their child on the front or on the back. The child can also have a position facing you or a position facing the world..
- Price: Of course, it’s important that your purchase falls within your budget while meeting your needs.
- Comfort: Both for the baby and the carrier.
- Safety: choice of resistant and qualitative materials as well as respecting current safety standards.
- Functions / accessories: Everything you need to help your everyday such as storage, different options, adjustable shoulder straps, a sunshade, etc.
They can be extremely useful when hiking to protect baby from UV rays or light rain.
- Easy to use / quick set-up: yes the carry system is easy to understand, yes you can set it up without risk to your kid...
The aim is to spend quality time with the family!
B/ MORPHOLOGICAL-BODY CRITERIA
Then take into account the physical aspects of the carrier and the baby so that carrying is optimal, comfortable and above all fitted.- The weight: It is necessary to check on each model the maximum load capacity to be sure that the baby carrier has been designed to support this weight. You can also compare the weight of the baby carriers.
- Size: Depending on the size of the baby and the height of the carrier, it must be fitted to both.
Your baby’s age affects the recommended positions.
For example, up to 3 months, it’s recommended you keep your baby in the foetal position.
From 6 months upwards, carrying them on the stomach or back is possible if your baby can sit up alone.
Progressive baby carriers are also available to grow with your baby without having to change them every month.
Some models cover up to 3 sizes.
These are generally baby carriers with adjustable height, width, gap between the thighs, etc.
THE FABRIC SLING CARRIER?
The sling carrier lets parents carry their baby through various weaving techniques.
The important factor is the quality of the fabric.
Above all it must be strong, then each material has a different benefit.
For example, linen and cotton are durable materials over time and use.
Lycra or jersey provide more warmth and elastane adds elasticity.
This method of carrying has the main advantage of guaranteeing emotional security for the child: skin on skin effect, smell, warmth, etc.
It's therefore recommended for feeding them and for everyday use at home.
THE CLASSIC BABY CARRIER?
With a classic baby carrier, the child is carried by the crotch. The central element is the carrier in which they are fitted.
These are often the easiest models to use.
They are carried on the back or front so the baby can be turned towards you or the outside world.
The latter lets your baby see what's happening, enjoy the landscape on your outings in the great outdoors and stimulates them, however it doesn't guarantee a physiological position.
Carrying on the stomach is highly recommended for newborns.
In the first six months, a sling carrier is preferable.
It's the closest to the parents so the baby has direct contact.
Some brands even offer "newborn" kits for their baby carriers with extra accessories: boosters, cushions, etc.
To choose the best baby carrier the most important thing is to find one that respects the baby's physiology as well as the carrier’s comfort.
Therefore, choose a baby carrier adapted to the baby’s age, size and weight as well as the carrier’s body shape.
For your first time, we advise you to be with another person (ideally someone who has already used a baby carrier) to accompany and guide you.
Find more advice just below ;)
A little bonus, what baby carrier for dads?
Again, there is no perfect model as every body is different and the baby carriers are unisex.
We advise you to choose models that are easily adjustable and in particular on 3 key points to ensure support and comfort: the belt strap, chest strap and shoulder straps.
This means any responsible adult could be the carrier without having to buy different baby carrier models.
This will be really useful when the carrier gets tired on a hike and someone else can take over.