Sling of Front Infant Carriers
There are many
infant carriers on the market today causing confusion amongst parents
looking to buy one. Not only are there hundreds (seemingly) of
manufacturers, there is also a big variety of styles. Carriers that may be
suitable for older kids are not always suitable for infants, so be careful
when buying a carrier for your newborn.
Up until fairly recently the most popular type of infant carrier has been
the front carrier. This has shoulder straps for the parent, and baby sits in
the carrier facing Mom or Dad. His weight is supported with a crotch strap
and his legs dangle below the carrier.
More recently, we have seen the increasing popularity of the
sling carrier. There are several
variations on this style of carrier, but basically it forms a “pocket” that
baby can lie in. It provides a lot of physical contact between baby and
parent while freeing the arms of Mom or Dad.
Sling carriers are thought to be better for small babies because it supports
their spine in a natural position. The front style carrier which places the
weight of the baby on a crotch strap may cause the spine to compress which
could cause problems when the baby has grown up.
These types of frontal carriers are suitable for older children who can
support their own weight, but before the age of one year or so, it would be
advisable to use sling carriers for infants.
Newborns and babies up to about two months also need to have their heads
supported whenever they are picked up and carried. The sling carrier
provides the proper had support, but the parent must be careful when putting
baby into the sling to support her head properly.
Backpack carriers are not suitable for small infants. They can be used from
the time that baby can walk, and even then, special considerations should be
taken to support his spine. Backpack carriers should have an actual seat
rather than a crotch strap for baby to sit on, and there should also be foot
rests so that baby can bend his legs while he is in the backpack carrier.
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