As a mom you need both of your hands to put away the groceries, do makeup, or push a stroller. All this can be difficult to work out when you've got a little one constantly in your arms.
If you’re like most mamas with tiny newborns, you won't want to put down your little one for long (and they won’t want / let you to, either)! But on the off-chance that you have a two-handed situation on your hands, baby wearing is going to make your life so much easier.
"Babywearing is a healthy practice for both the child and the wearer. A baby carrier provides a secure environment for the child and leaves your hands free to get things done—WIN WIN!"
With the overwhelming presence of newborn and the variety of baby carriers out there, you are likely to be confused as to what choices to make. So lets go through two popular styles of carriers as of now, so that you can see the benefits and drawbacks of each.Stretchy Wraps
Stretchy Wraps are ideal for newborns. They provide a womb-like environment that your baby will love. Plus, it feels like you’re getting a giant baby hug so you’re going to love it too!
Benefits of Stretchy Wraps
-They are a cost effective form of baby carrier.
-They have a short learning curve. Yes, that long piece of fabric may look intimidating at first, but after a few YouTube tutorials and practice runs, you’ll be a pro.
-They’re super comfortable!
Limitations of Stretchy Wraps
-They have limited carrying options. Babies should only be worn on your front or side, facing inwards. Using other positions could result in injury.
-It is not comfortable to wear older/heavier babies. Maximum recommended load is 35 lbsRing Slings
Ring Slings are perfect for babies and toddlers who want to get in and out in a snap.
-Tummy to Tummy: Perfect for newborns!
-Hip: Use this carry anytime after they can hold their head up well.
-Back: For use with babies 6 months + only.
Benefits of Ring Slings
-They’re fast and easy to put on and off.
-They have front, hip, and back carry options.
-There’s a short learning curve.
-They can be used as a particularly discreet way to breastfeed.
-They’re easy to adjust.
Limitations of Ring Slings
-I wouldn’t recommend them if you have back and/or shoulder problems. The weight is primarily placed on those two areas so it can cause the wearer discomfort.
-You may experience a little more neck discomfort while wearing a ring sling compared to a stretchy wrap (depending on the position you’re wearing in).
-You might find slings that have rings or tie, might cause discomfort to the user.Safety
Whichever styles of carriers you choose remember this acronym for safety:TICKS
T – Tight
I – In view at all times
C – Close enough to kiss
K – Keep chin off chest
S – Supported back
Happy baby wearing!
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