Learn all your options - Sling / Wrap / Soft Structured Carrier when you’re pregnant, take them out of the box, try them on before you buy one and try it on before baby arrives.
Take a baby wearing class - Go to a baby wearing meet up / Have a private consult / Don’t rely on YouTube videos, get in person help!
Start wearing them as soon as possible - slings or wraps are lifesavers around the house, for soothing baby and easier to go out and navigate steps, small spaces even if it's just getting coffee.
Breastfeed in the carrier - this may seem like a pro move, but once you try it may be a life saver, especially for babies with reflux.
Face them outward - Start facing babies out at around 4 months so they can explore the world. However it's recommended that you only for do so for 20 minutes at a time because they might be overstimulated and sleep poorly and also because you may not be able to read their cues.
Learn how to wear them on your hip or on your back - Start wearing babies on your hip or back when they can hold up their head and sit upright. The best part is that it'll help your posture - no more slouchy shoulders!
Learn all the pro the tips and tricks - Most carriers have 4 or more ways of carrying. Read the manual, try out all the different positions and seek out a pro to help. For example, most people don't know that you can cross the straps in the back for soft structured carriers - no more low back pain!
Proper positioning for baby - Make sure baby/toddler's legs are always in the squat or M position to avoid hip dysplasia. This is a common problem when forward facing.
Proper positioning for you - Make sure to the carrier hugs your hips and not your waist and that it sits comfortable on your shoulders. If using a middle strap across the back in soft structured carriers, lower it to be just under the shoulder blades.
Practice Practice Practice - Tying a wrap / back carrying a baby can be really awkward at first but after the first few times, it'll get easier and you'll do it without thinking. Also, just because a baby doesn't like a position early on, they may change or grow into it so keep trying.
Support the small businesses - Take the trouble to learn the wraps and ring slings, you’ll find that you get better posture and more convenient for you and baby than the big brands!
Carry toddlers - Common myth is that a toddler is too old to be carried, when actually you can carry children up to 50 lbs! Most positions are hip and back and often kids can even sleep in the carriers.
COMMON BABY WEARING MISTAKES
- Facing front for over 20 min
- Not correcting for hip dysplasia in baby
- Not having baby at the proper height so as to be able to kiss their head
- Suffering with bad posture
Ring Slings - Mamaway / Sakura Bloom
Wraps - Solly / Lille / Moby
Pre-Sewn Wrap - Baby K'Tan
Soft Structured Carriers - Infantino / Boba / Tula / Ergo / Lille