Time to time, I hear the complaint “I like to carry my baby but after a while my back/neck hurts” from parents. You may have the most fancy carrier but still feel pain on your back. Actually, it is not about the brand/model of the carrier but about the positioning of your baby in the carrier.
First we have to accept that there are hundreds of different carriers and there is not only “one” carrier to fit all types of people. Can you imagine everyone wearing the same cut jeans? It is always a good idea to find a consultant with a range of different forms of carriers and then decide to buy one that suits your needs and fits your form well.
Let’s assume that we decided and bought a carrier with an ergonomic posture. How to wear it to achieve best comfort for both us and our baby? Here are some tips;
Position of the waist belt;
- The belt should be parallel to the ground
- Do not leave a gap between belt and your belly
- Tighten enough to keep it on place after you place your baby in the carrier
- If you feel over pressure on your spine you should loosen it a bit
- The height of the belt is determined by how big your baby is, your baby’s head should be high enough to kiss easily when you bend your head down
- See how a newborn and a six month old baby sit in the same type of carrier
Position of the baby;
- Do not sit your baby on the top of the waist belt. He can be positioned half a centimeter below the top, on the panel fabric.
- Be sure the baby is at the middle of the panel
- The fabric must cover baby’s bottom from one knee to the other
- The panel fabric should cover the baby’s back till his neck
The shoulder straps and chest belt;
- Tighten the straps properly. If you lean front a bit your baby should not fall away from you.
- The chest belt (small buckle at the back of your carrier) should stay around bra line. If it is too high it will put extra pressure to your neck.
- The length of the chest belt can also be adjusted at so many models, find the best length for yourself by trying.
Your posture is also very important. If your carrier is well adjusted you will not feel the need to lean towards your back. Do not be afraid to play with your carrier. Wear your baby and enjoy the baby smell.