Having a baby is the most important, primeval event in any human’s life. Most mammals nurture their offspring from the beginning by being with them and doing all the basic activities for them.
Human parents are no different. We love spending a lot of time with our newborns, cradling, hugging, and soothing being an integral part of it all. However, even though the baby needs to be cradled most of the time, our demanding lifestyles, work culture, and busy schedules often makes it difficult to fulfill this need all the time. To top it up it is taxing on the arms as well. It involves both hands and often engages the mom in a manner that she is left incapable of doing anything else. Carrying the baby keeps the mum occupied and takes away a lot of time from her work schedule and daily chores. This makes the most delightful involvements with the child, a tiring and taxing activity.
This is where baby carriers come to the rescue. They help in baby-wearing, which is a popular practice worldwide, as it helps in keeping babies connected with the mother, while allowing her to carry on with the daily activities. Easy to handle and simple to wear, carriers are safe and effective options that fit into every budget.
Choosing the right baby carrier however, can be a challenge as there are so many options, sizes, colours, and materials to pick from. Moreover different carriers suit different age groups; infants would want to snuggle close to the chest, while older babies would want to stretch the arms and legs.
The most common and efficient babywearing carriers depending on the size bearing capacity are:
Traditional wraps are the simplest amongst all carriers. They are long rectangular pieces of fabric tying the baby to your body. You can choose the wrap fabric depending on the weather such as cotton or linen for summer, wool for winter, and so on. Wraps of different lengths can be used to carry the baby in variety of positions including front, hip, and back.
Benefits of wraps
Challenges in using wraps
A ring sling is a modern carrier consisting of a pair of metal or nylon rings attached securely to the end of a long fabric approximately 2 metres in length. It is worn across the torso supported by one shoulder and can be adjusted as per the wearer’s body.
Benefits of ring slings
Challenges in using ring slings
Soft structured carriers, features a thick padded waistband, have shoulder straps for comfort and can be worn in the front, forward facing back or hip positions. The shoulder straps are adjustable and few of them have additional features like sleep hoods, pockets, adjustable seats which allows to use the SSC from newborn to toddler years like Soul AnoonA for example seats etc.
Benefits of SSC
Challenges in using SSC
A Meh Dai is a soft-bodied carrier with a rectangular body panel with 4 straps, one on every corner. The straps are tied around the wearer and the baby sits in the body panel.
The Japanese-inspired Onbuhimo carriers are waistless and are mainly used as back carriers. It can also be worn as forward facing. These are lightweight and portable with a minimalist feel. These are good for babies who are able to sit independently and hold their heads up strongly.
The carriers (as featured in this article) are from Soul, one of India’s largest baby carrier manufacturers and retailers. Tested for international standards, these are made from 100% natural fibre and made using natural dyes, keeping in mind your baby’s safety. Check out the entire range of Soul carriers here.