Information about baby carriers


A baby wrap or sling (0months) is the most ideal way of baby carrying for a newborn. It is a wide piece of fabric worn around your body and over both shoulders, which positions the baby close to your body. Baby wraps are very organic in shape, size and fit, allowing for infinite adjustment for both you and your baby. Baby wraps or slings offer a variety of carrying positions and tying styles. The closeness that a wrap affords as well as the wearer's ability to loosen the fabric and use it for coverage makes them a perfect option for breastfeeding.
 
baby wrap

A Mei Tai (0months) is an Asian-style baby carrier which is easy and comfortable in its use and can be used for newborns. It is essentially a large, pre-formed rectangle of fabric with straps coming off of each corner. The straps are knot-tied in order to secure the carrier and they make getting the piece on a bit simpler than a classic baby wrap or sling. The Mei Tai design makes for great flexibility and versatility of carrying positions.

mei tai 1  mei tai 2

The Mei Tai design has become very popular in the last few years. The use of a Mei Tai is a sensible choice and highly recommended by us.

An Ergonomic Baby Carrier or Soft Structured Carrier (4/5months) is a soft pre-shaped baby carrier with a simple but effective "click" system.
The baby carrier's straps are often wider, padded and in most cases include a lumbar belt, which further serves to bring baby's weight off the shoulders. Because this type of carrier distributes the weight so well, it is very comfortable for both parent and baby. It can be worn for longer periods of time and works great with older and larger babies.

AIR baby carrier  DLIGHT baby carrier
 

Why are our baby carriers ergonomically recommended?

Research into prevention and treatment of Hip Dysplasia has led to the recommendation of the "M" or "Frog"-position that we use in our carriers. This position is better for the development of the baby than tradtional carrying techniques in which the baby hangs in a harness.
 
hip dysplasia institute

Click here for more information about Hip Dysplasia.
Click here for more information from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

 

What to pay attention to when buying a baby carrier or baby wrap?

 For all baby carriers
1.) When you buy a baby carrier in which your baby is carried straight, make sure it complies with the European norm for baby carriers: EN 13209-2. This European norm contains design principles to increase the safety level of your product.
2.) The carrier or wrap should provide sufficient support to the back, neck and head. A small baby can’t support its own head sufficiently yet.
3.) Your baby should not be able to hang sideways.
4.) The carrier should leave plenty of space for arms and legs. They should not get stuck.
5.) The height of the carrier should be adjustable. The height of the carrier and baby is good when you can kiss the baby on the head.
6.) The carrier should not cover the head of the baby in any way. The baby should be able to breathe freely and you should always be able to see the face.

 

What to pay attention to when using a baby carrier or baby wrap?

For all baby carriers

1.) Practice putting on, taking off, opening, closing and tying the carrier or wrap with or without baby. Follow the instructions carefully when doing so.
2.) Make sure the locks “click” when you close them.
3.) Make sure your baby can breathe freely.
4.) Never carry your child under a closed jacket. The face should always be outside the jacket.
5.) Be careful with baby carriers when your baby was born prematurely. These babies can have problems taking up oxygen.
6.) Keep a close eye on the outside temperature and the temperature of your child. The sun can be too hot on the babies’ head. Feel the babies’ neck, hands and feet to check if the baby is not too hot or cold.
7.) Do not use the carrier when the ties are broken or worn out.
8.) Keep in mind that your center of gravity changes when you carry a baby. So you might get out of balance quicker than you’re used to.
9.) Be extra careful with bending over, leaning etc.
10.) With a baby carrier you don’t see where you put your feet. So pay attention where you walk and make sure you don’t trip.
11.) Get used to walking with the baby, don’t make very long walks in the beginning.
12.) Do not carry your baby in a carrier while cooking, biking, in the car, on a motor bike or while sporting.
 

For baby wraps and slings

1.) Usually an instruction on paper is not sufficient. Make sure you receive good instructions on how to tie the wrap. Either from videos or a personal instruction.
2.) Make sure you tie the wrap correctly. Otherwise the wrap might come loose.
3.) Always keep sight on your baby. Don’t cover the face with the wrap. This way you can always check how the baby is doing and he/she can breathe freely. Check the knot in the wrap on a regular basis.