Let’s talk about baby wearing. There’s nothing better than snuggling up to your little one, and baby wearing allows you to stay connected to your newborn while staying (relatively) hands-free. As most mamas know, it’s common to feel inseparable from baby after birth–and holding them close is such a natural, comfortable feeling.
There are so many advantages to babywearing: it helps strengthen the bond between parents and babies as well as preventing flat-head syndrome. It’s a fantastic way to give your little one the attention they need to grow mentally and physically.
Studies have shown that the left frontal area of an infant’s brain (used in higher-order cognitive and emotional regulatory skills) is stimulated when they’re held chest-to-chest. Great excuse to keep cuddling your baby, right?
And it’s not just your baby that benefits from snuggling up–studies show that it helps ease postpartum depression, which isn’t too surprising when you think about how great it feels to be chest-to-chest with your baby! It’s also proven to reduce an infant’s crying, which will give you some quiet time to enjoy those precious first few years together.
Concerned about carrying the weight of your growing baby? Don’t be! As long as you choose a carrier or sling which is suitable for the weight of your little one, and has been recommended by the IHDI (International Hip Dysplasia Institute), you’ll be amazed by how comfortable and safe it is.
We know sifting through all the options can be a daunted process. With straps, buckles, and so many different designs flying about, it’s easy to panic. But don’t worry–we’ve put together a shortlist of our favorite carriers and slings for you to choose from.
The Best Slings
Baby slings/wraps tend to be made of soft, stretchy material and are particularly ideal for newborns who love to securely nestle up to mama.
Solly Baby Wrap
This chic wrap is a fantastic way to both comfort and bond with your baby. It’s sustainable made, easy-to-use, and lightweight – what more could you want? Designed for up to 25lbs, this wrap is Hip Healthy Certified.
Boba Serenity Wrap
This soothing wrap has four-way-stretch that provides flexibility, adjustability, and support. There’s no need to guess sizes with this one, as it creates a custom fit each time you tie. As with all of our recommended carriers, it’s certified hip healthy, plus it is suitable for babies from birth to 35lbs.
Ergobaby Aura Wrap
Ergobaby offers high-quality carriers and slings, and this breathable wrap is no exception. It’s made from lightweight fabric, making it perfect for using in the summer. The inbuilt storage bag is a useful addition, which can be easily stashed under your pram/stroller when you’re out and about.
The Best Carriers
This sturdier option is a great choice for longer time periods and heavier, more active children. They may be pricier, but if you invest in the right one, it will definitely prove its worth!
BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One
All BabyBjorn Carriers are developed with medical specialists and are hip healthy. This soft, supportive option is machine washable and dries quickly. Thanks to the flexibility and softness of the cotton blend, you can see and feel that your baby is happy and secure.
Ergobaby Omni 360: Cool Air Mesh
This carrier is ergonomic in all carry positions and boats maximum ventilation to keep you both cool. It ticks all the boxes – hip healthy, lumbar support, machine washable, and adjustable from newborn to toddler. The added privacy hood allows for easy breastfeeding.
Lillebaby Serenity All Seasons
We all know the weather can be almost as unpredictable as parenting, and this versatile carrier is perfect for all conditions. The zip-down front panel reveals breathable mesh, which allows you control your baby’s temperature. It has three easy-to-adjust seating positions, making it a perfect and hip-healthy fit for you and your baby’s shape and comfort!
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