Your baby will be snug as a bug in a high-quality baby carrier from Metro Baby! The best baby carriers for around town or hiking are from leading brands Ergobaby and Baby Bjorn, where sophisticated designs ensure the ultimate comfort and safety for your infant or child.
Keep baby close and your hands free with a baby carrier
Holding your baby and having a cuddle is a special and enjoyable bonding experience, although it does prevent you from doing almost anything else. A baby carrier offers your little one the physical closeness they crave and mum and dad the freedom of not being tied to the couch.
Benefits of a baby carrier
A baby carrier, which allows a parent to keep their little one close and their hands free, can be a lifesaver. Through baby wearing, bub is kept close while mum or dad are given the flexibility to go for a walk, fold laundry, make themselves lunch or go grocery shopping without having to hold bub. Baby carriers also:
● Give a caregiver the freedom to travel without a stroller, which in turn helps break the social isolation of being a new parent as you can more easily meet up with a friend for a walk.
● Offer a great way to bond with your little one, especially for dads who naturally don't get as much physical closeness.
● Protect baby from prying eyes or hands and help reduce overstimulation.
● Help soothe your baby, which means they spend less time crying. Instead, he or she will spend more time in a calm, learning state in which they are able to enhance their cognitive development.
● Enable discreet breastfeeding.
● Benefit baby’s physical health and development by preventing "flat head syndrome", helping develop muscle groups used to balance and improving digestion by being kept upright.
Different designs available
Based on your little one’s age, what carrying positions you want to utilise, your budget and the ease of use you require, there are a few different design options available.
● Soft structured carrier: What most people think of when they think of a carrier, this ergonomic carrier is very simple to use with adjustable padded shoulder straps and a waistband.
● Baby sling: A simple carrier composed of a single piece of fabric and a ring which rests on one shoulder, across your body. Can be positioned on your chest or hip for flexible carrying positions.
● Wrap carrier: A more complicated carrier to master, a wrap is also a single piece of fabric, however is tied around your body to hold baby.
● Back carry or backpack: Only suitable for older babies who can sit unassisted, support their head and have good neck control.
Choosing the best baby carrier for you
There are a few things to consider when searching for the best carrier for your baby:
● Your baby’s age and weight.
● If you want a light, compact carrier to travel with or are happy with a bulkier, more supportive version.
● How much you want to spend.
● What position you want to wear your baby.
Forward facing vs rear facing carriers
Forward facing carriers are the more common carrier and widely regarded as the safer option for a baby. For the first few months of a baby’s life they are very happy to be facing in, nestled into mum or dad’s chest in a womb-like environment. As they grow, they will become more interested in the world around them, but need to be at a specific developmental stage to safely sit in an outward facing carrier.
Rear facing carriers run the risk of not supporting baby’s legs, hips, spine, head or neck properly, may hurt the wearer’s back, overstimulate your baby and make it harder to respond to your baby’s cues when you can’t see his or her face. Rear facing carriers are only appropriate for babies who are at least 6 months old whose necks are strong enough to support their heads and who are tall enough for their chin to sit above the top of the carrier. If these conditions are met, outward facing carriers are generally safe for short periods of time. However, if your baby is not eager to be outward facing, it’s best to keep them in an inward facing carrier.
Carriers safe for newborns
A newborn baby is safe in a carrier designed specifically for his or her age and weight. If you’d like your carrier to be used past the newborn stage, consider buying a brand and model with an infant insert to help extend the carrier’s usability.
One of the perks of a baby carrier is that it allows a parent to be hands-free and gives mum or dad the flexibility to do other things while keeping bub close.
Adjustable straps are key both to keep a baby securely fastened and the wearer comfortable.
Soft structured baby carriers have enough structure to help secure your baby in the proper position and are made of breathable fabrics that allow complete airflow to help regulate your baby’s temperature.
Straps and waist belt
Straps and waist bands help protect your back, secure bub to you, distribute baby's weight more evenly and enable you to easily change carry positions.
Padded shoulder straps
Broad, extra cushioned, comfy shoulder straps are a “must” to help distribute weight evenly and keep the wearer comfortable while carrying baby.
Head support is always important
When buying a baby carrier, ensure you are always properly supporting your baby’s head and neck.
Carriers for older babies
To accommodate older babies, either buy a carrier that’s designed to grow with your baby from newborn to toddler or buy a backpack style carrier that’s safe to use with toddlers.
Difference between a baby carrier, sling and a baby wrap
A baby carrier is a structured design (with lumbar and shoulder support) that’s worn on a parent’s back, front or hip and secured with straps and buckles that attach around the wearer’s back and waist.
A baby sling is a pouch or strip of fabric secured over the wearer’s shoulder and across the torso.
A baby wrap, like a sling, is also composed of a single piece of fabric, conforms to the adult’s body and is lightweight, however is more complicated to use due to the variety of ways to wrap and position your baby. A wrap is usually worn over both shoulders and tied around the waist to evenly distribute weight.
Baby safety is most important
When using a baby carrier, safety is crucial. Hip positioning and support is especially important. To prevent hip dysplasia, make sure your carrier holds your baby in a seated “M” position with knees tucked up higher than the baby’s hips.
Additionally, your carrier should be constructed of breathable 3D mesh or cool air mesh fabric, to allow baby to be kept warm, but not overheat.
Brands we know and trust
Bestsellers like BabyBjorn, Ergobaby, Lillebaby, Moby and Baby K'tan are all high quality, trusted and well-loved brands.
Buying a baby carrier online with Metro Baby
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About baby carriers:
Which is the best baby carrier?
As long as you are buying a quality and trusted brand that meets Australian safety standards and is appropriate for your baby’s age and weight, you are on the right track to finding the best carrier for you and your baby. Brands like Baby Bjorn and Ergobaby made some of the best baby carriers available in Australia.
What makes a good baby carrier?
A good baby carrier is one that is well-designed, safe, easy to use, comfortable for both baby and the wearer and built to last. Once you have found your perfect baby carrier, add it to your gift registry in the hopes you will receive it at your baby shower!
How long do babies use infant carriers?
Some babies use carriers up to the age of 2, while others outgrow it after 6 months or a year. How long your baby uses a carrier ultimately depends on how much they like it. Like prams and car seats, you’ll need to ensure your carrier is still suitable for your baby’s size and weight as he or she grows.
How long can a newborn be in a carrier for?
In general, limit a baby’s time in a carrier to one hour at a time to give his or her hips a break. If you have any more questions about baby carriers, please contact one of our helpful customer service members today.