Comfort for your baby: The ideal carrier should support your baby’s head and neck nicely. If you opt for a front carrier, make sure the leg holes are loose enough for your baby’s thighs, but not so loose that your baby slips through them. Versatility: Look for a carrier that can accommodate your growing baby.
What are the safety features of a baby carrier?
Worn or old carriers can be a safety hazard for babies of any size.
Features to look for:
- Good back support for you.
- Leg holes small enough to prevent your baby from slipping through.
- A padded headrest to support a newborn’s wobbly head and neck.
- Solid materials and strong straps, washable.
How much does a baby have to weigh to be in a carrier?
Some parents think they can’t use a baby carrier until their baby is 6 weeks old or older, or they choose to wait until then. But you can take a baby carrier with you to the hospital and use it the day your baby is born, as long as they weigh at least seven (7) pounds.
Is it safe to carry baby facing out?
The limited research available suggests that carrying your baby facing outwards for short periods of time is very unlikely to cause them any harm. Do make sure that your baby is strong enough to support their own head, and always turn them back to face you for sleeping to protect their airways.
Can I sleep with baby in carrier?
Don’t let your baby sleep in a carrier, sling, car seat or stroller. Babies who sleep in these items can suffocate. If your baby falls asleep in one, take her out and put her in her crib as soon as you can.
Can you wear your baby too much?
You can’t spoil a baby. Contrary to popular myth, it’s impossible for parents to hold or respond to a baby too much, child development experts say. Infants need constant attention to give them the foundation to grow emotionally, physically and intellectually.