By Fredrica Syren
With three children, I surely have used my share of different baby carriers and thought I should share a little about them.
First of all, using a baby carrier of some sort is great because can you have your hands free to do other things around house or outside. My middle child Noah was a fussy baby who did not like to sleep or to be put down anywhere. So to get things done around the house, I would put him in a Baby Bjorn and he would zonk out and sleep while I cooked, baked and cleaned. My first child Bella just loved to be part of everything and to see what was going on, so she loved sitting facing forward, especially while out shopping. My third baby Liam has silent reflux, therefore spits up, chokes and sometimes has a hard time settling down, so I found that he loves a nice walk in a moby wrap or baby bjorn outside.
There are so many proven benefits of baby wearing besides the fact that wearing our babies, as I said, leaves your hands free to do things besides hold your baby in your arms. Babies love to be held because they were held inside our wombs for 9 months before being born. They were used to hearing their mother’s heartbeat and listening to her breathe. Baby wearing is soothing, so babies cry less. The babies’ being so close also stimulates and regulates their breath. A study by Columbia University showed that babies who are worn in a baby carrier, sling or wrap are significantly more likely to demonstrate a strong and secure attachment to their mothers. Baby wearing is especially good for babies with colic, reflux or digestive problems since keeping them upright can soothe them and help with digestion.
My husband particularly loves carrying our babies in a sling, Baby Bjorn or Ergo because it helps him bond and comfort on a more intimate level.
· Baby Bjorn — The most common carrier, I loved it for my all my kids for the first two months. It’s easy to use, to store, and it usually is very inexpensive. It generally lasts forever; ours has been used with three kids and still is as good as new. Once baby can keep his/her head up steady, baby can be carried facing out, which most of them really like. The only thing about Baby Bjorn is that, once my kids got heavier, around 15 pounds, it was not very comfortable to use any more.
· Moby Wrap — The design of the Moby Wrap is a long sheet that your wraps around you in a special way. It has no buckles or straps and uses the entire back, as well as shoulders, to carry the weight, so it’s very comfortable. It takes a lesson in how to use it but once you your get that down, adjusting the fit is easy. It accommodates a preemie as well as a 35-pound toddler. With the Moby Wrap, you can wear baby on front or on back. It’s very handy.This is my personal favorite and find it not to bother my bad back at all.
· Ergo — This has been our favorite baby carrier because it’s very versatile and therefore works great for hiking, which we do a lot. A newborn is placed into a special infant insert but after that stage, you carry baby heart-to-heart. You also can carry older babies and toddlers. With Ergo, you place most weight on the hips, which is nice, especially for longer hikes or walks. We have found Ergo very easy to use.