Trying to pick a carrier for your new little squish can be a little daunting. But never fear Tracey is here.
First and most importantly is baby wearing safety. In any carrier you use please follow the TICKS guidelines:
When choosing a carrier look for comfort for both you and bub. Look for ease of use, look for practicality, and most importantly look for something safe and ideally provides the M sitting position (you can find more information on the 'M' position here and for specific newborn 'm' positioning here) . Little Miss A was a wonderful help as she helped mummy model these carriers for you. Here is a sample of baby carriers suitable for carrying your newborn. She ranges in age from 1-4 weeks in these photos. Miss A was 4.2kg at birth and 55cm long.
The photo represents the range of carriers available on the market.
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There are some carriers that are specialised for newborn carrying either through design or special inserts. In the photo these are the Manduca, ring sling, Infant Kinderpack, Close Caboo, Tula, Wrap, Sretcg wrap, Ergo, Mysol and Pikkolo.
Other carriers can be adapted:
- The baby hawk I used a ribbon to cinch the body panel smaller so that the fabric stretched from knee to knee exactly.
- In the Angelpack and Action Baby Carrier I used a rolled flat nappy to provide a more m shaped sitting position for bub. It allowed a proper C curve of her spine and kept her weight off her little feet.
What did I find most comfortable?
Overall the wraps are the comfiest, the least comfortable was the Britax carrier that I could not get off fast enough I was in agony after wearing it for the 5mins for the photo.
SSC (Soft structured carriers)Pictured:
- Manduca - (3.5-20kg)
- Kinderpack infant size
- Tula - (3.5-20kg)
- Angelpack - (4.5-18kg)
- Ergo Orginal - (3.2-20kg)
- Action Baby Carrier (3.5-16kg)
- Pikkolo -
- Jumpsac Orbit
- Olives and Applesauce
- Rose and Rebellion
Front Pack Carriers
- Britax (3.5-15kg)
- Baby Hawk
- Girasol Mysol
- Angel Pack - (4.5-18kg)
- Stretch wraps: Moby, Hugabub, JPMBB, Wrapsody Stretch, Boba Wrap, Tricot-Slen, Natibaby.
- Close Caboo Carrier
- Maya Wrap
- Sakura Bloom
- Colimacon and Cie
- Diva Milano
Woven Wraps:Didymos, Girasol, Lenny Lamb, Natibaby, Didymos, BB-Slen, Hoppediz, Easycare, Dolcino, Colimacon and Cie, Diva Milano, Vatanai, Wrapsody Gauze, Ellaroo, Storchenweige, Uppymama,, Neobulle, Kokadi, Oscha...
I am sure I am missing many options. I am happy to add them if you let me know. All carriers are available from retailers in Australia. If you go hunting please tick the google box to search for Australia only and support the mums who are bringing these carriers to Australia.