The Best Child Carriers in the Industry.
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With a front baby carrier, your child sits upright in a padded seat that’s attached by a waist belt and two over-the-shoulder straps. These shoulder harnesses are designed to crisscross at the center of your back, a design innovation that helps better distribute your child’s weight. If you plan on using this type of carrier with a newborn, choose one that allows you to place the baby chest to chest with stiff support behind her tiny head. Once your baby is able to hold her head up unsupported (around three months) some front carriers offer the option of turning your child around so he can face outward.
The front baby carrier is probably the most sophisticated in terms of ergonomics. In fact, some models like the Baby Bjorn Sport employ additional padding and a second set of harnesses to keep those hard working muscles from ending up in knots.
These carriers look and function in a manner similar to a traditional camping-style pack. But instead of providing space to store your clothing and gear, they feature a comfy and secure seat for your child. Some backpacks employ a lightweight frame to help distribute your child’s weight evenly over your back, shoulders, and hips. But unlike front carriers, baby wraps and slings, a backpack is not suitable for newborns or young infants. In fact, your child must be able to sit up on his own before you can put them in a pack.
All baby carriers allow you to carry your child hands free, but with a baby back pack you free up your torso as well. This is particularly helpful when you want your front available for daily tasks that require more mobility. While you might not clean the house in these, they’re handy for hiking, shopping trips, and walks around the block. Another plus: carrying a child on your back is easier on your body than strapping them across your front, especially as they grow bigger (and heavier).