Best Baby Carrier For A Newborn

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What’s the best carrier to choose for a newborn?
What style is best?
And when should you start using them?
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Mums to be, and mums of newborn’s understandably can get a little confused when looking for products for to make life easy for them, their partner, and make life more cosy for their new little one.
Loads of mums and dads are attracted to Babywearing and the close bond it will bring between parent and baby. Keeping baby close and safe when they are so small and delicate feels so natural but the choice can be a little overwhelming.
What’s the best carrier to choose for a newborn, what style is best, and when should you start using them?
I’ll try and answer these questions and others for you.

Babybjorn Carriers for Newborns

Babybjorn is probably the best of the soft structured carriers on the market for newborns, in fact the Babybjorn Miracle is designed specifically for newborns. Comfort for both you and your baby is key with Babybjorn’s and the Miracle has all the seams on the outside of the carrier meaning that the inside is soft and smooth for baby. The carrier has the ultimate in comfort for the wearer with padded shoulder straps, a lumber support padded waist band, and a unique system where you can vary where the weight is carried, your shoulders, back, or hips, or a little on each. Also suitable for newborns in the Babybjorn range is the Babybjorn Active Carrier.
A lot of people will tell you that a carrier like the Babybjorn is not good for little babies because these types of carriers, where baby’s dangle, put stress on their hip joints, tailbone and crotch. It is important for any parent to care first and foremost for their child’s health, but also you must note that a small child’s centre of gravity is very different from an adults, and yes if we as adults dangled like that it would put tremendous pressure on our crotch (yikes, my eyes water just thinking about it!).
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Comfort for both you and your baby is key with Babybjorn
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A child’s head is much larger and legs much shorter meaning weight is distributed differently, the main weight is not on the seat but is distributed onto the baby carriers back, head and neck support.
The Babybjorn’s are only suitable for little ones up to 15 months for this very reason, they are designed for children with low body weight meaning almost no pressure is placed on the baby’s crotch.

Mei Tai for Newborns

If Soft Structure Carriers are not for you, then why not try a Mei Tai style carrier, these are designed, and perfectly safe, for newborns, but perhaps you might need to do a little home maintenance to make sure you have a perfect fit with such a little bundle.
You can easily roll up a lot of the body of the Mei tai to modify it for a smaller passenger. The tummy to tummy carry will bring you and baby a lot of joy and comfort.
Here is a terrific video showing you how to tie a Mei Tai with a newborn, this may look complicated but after a few trial runs with a doll or teddy, and I recommend having a spare pair of hands available for the first actual runs with baby, it will become as easier.

Slings for Newborns

Tummy to tummy carrying is also possible with a ring sling, which are also great for newborns. You can start wearing your baby in this position, also called the Snuggy, straight from the first day you get them home from hospital.
The two main things to be extra careful about when using a Ring Sling with a new born are the following:
  • Make sure there is no fabric pressing against baby’s nose or mouth, this could cause significant problems with baby’s breathing
  • Incorrect positioning of a newborn in the cradle carry could cause baby to curl into a C position pushing the chin to the chest and causing the airway to become restricted
Safety Guidelines for carrying a baby in a sling. The Right way and wrong way for babywearing with a sling.
Because of the worry of the C position, I wouldn’t recommend a deep pouch sling for a newborn. Actually these pouch style slings are often criticised for forcing baby into the C position, and the elastic sides hiding baby’s face. Both the Babasling and Wallaboo which I recommend on this site are not the type of deep bag style pouch slings which would cause these worries, and are safe for newborns.
As with all baby carriers, it is important to remember the T.I.C.K.S guidelines when carrying any passenger. Tight, In View, Close Enough to Kiss, Keep Chin Off Chest, Supported Back. Here is a video to help with carrying a newborn in a Ring Sling.

Choose your style of Babywearing and enjoy!

Babywearing is a wonderful way to carry your newborn around, and there are choices out there for you, you just need to decide if you want to go for an easy option, the soft structured carrier, which both you and your partner can share easily, or do you want a more traditional method, such as a Mei tai or a Ring Sling which will take a little bit more effort to get used to but might suit you and your personality a little better.
I  haven’t even touched on wraps, as I have never been able to master them, but a whole lot of Mums swear by wraps, like the Moby Wrap and maybe you too can master them and wrap them round you and baby nice and snug. Whatever you choose, be safe, and happy Babywearing!
Baby Carriers Suitable for Newborns
  • A brief look at the Babybjorn Miracle Carrier with pictures, features, link to related pages, and a introduction video
  • A brief look at the Babybjorn Miracle Carrier with pictures, features, link to related pages, and a introduction video
  • A brief look at the Amazonas Mei Tai with pictures, features, link to related pages, and a introduction video
  • A brief look at the Babybjorn Original Carrier with pictures, features, link to related pages, and a introduction video
  • A brief look at the Bushbaby Pinnacle Baby Carrier with pictures, features, link to related pages, and a introduction video
  • A brief look at the Babasling Baby Sling with pictures, features, link to related pages, and a introduction video
  • A brief look at the Wallaboo Pouch Sling Baby Carrier with pictures, features, link to related pages, and a introduction video
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