When it comes to wearing babies, their safety is most important. Before I share with you the best carriers for newborns, here are a few points to keep in mind.
The most important thing to keep an eye on when you are wearing your newborn is your little one’s head position. The reason for this is because newborns and young babies up to approximately three months of age do not have the neck strength to reposition their heads if they cannot breathe. It is best to avoid using carriers that place babies in the horizontal position. If carried in a horizontal position, the position can cause the baby’s chin to touch their chest, which will reduce his or her airflow.
Carrying a baby in the vertical position reduces the risk of suffocation compared to a horizontal carry; however, even if you carry a baby this way, it still poses a risk if your baby’s airway is restricted. The best way to ensure an open airway is to rest one side of your baby’s face against your chest with their head tilting up and always ensure the carrier supports your baby’s head.
Visible and Kissable
When we carry babies, we want to be able to see our babies faces and we want them to be high enough so that we can easily kiss the top of their heads. Often I see babies faces covered by the hoods of the carriers. Parents do this to help soothe their babies or to protect them from the sun. Hoods are intended to support a baby’s head when the baby falls asleep during a back carry.
Although covering your baby’s head with a hood may seem like a good idea, it is essential that you can see your baby’s face at all times so that you can quickly respond to your baby’s needs. Wearing your baby high on your body also allows you to see your baby easily and reduces strain on your neck, back, and shoulders sometimes associated with babywearing.
If you feel a need to cover your baby, use a hat. It is the best option for keeping your baby safe.
Secure and Supported
If your baby is well supported by the carrier and secure against your body, you and your baby will move as one, and your babywearing experience will feel effortless and well balanced. I often observe parents holding onto their children in their baby carriers – refusing to let go. And they shouldn’t! Their instincts are correct! They are hanging on to their babies because the carrier they are using is not providing a close and secure feeling. If this is you and you are second guessing your carriers ability to secure your child, listen to your inner voice. It is important that you find the confidence in your carrier to give you peace of mind.
I did mention about a well-supported baby but what does that mean? A well supported baby is carried in his or her most natural position, which we call an M-position. This position allows the baby’s back to round and the baby’s legs to sit high in the carrier. This optimal position promotes the development of the babies musculoskeletal body.
Now that we have an understanding of how to keep babies safe in their carriers, let us look at the best carriers for newborns.
Most baby carriers will say that they are suitable for newborn to toddlers, but that is not necessarily true. It is like saying all car seats are ideal for newborns, but they are not. Newborns require baby carriers that are minimally structured yet firm enough to provide support The best types of carriers for newborns are wraps (woven and stretchy), ring slings and the Helina Baby carrier.
Wraps are approximately five metres in length and require the user to construct a pocket to put the baby in. Since wraps do not have a structure, they can easily conform to the shape and size of the baby, allowing the baby to be in his or her natural position with ease. Woven wraps are durable, versatile and supportive and can even carry the weight of a toddler. However, these wraps have an advanced learning curve and can be discouraging for some users.
Stretchy wraps are usually a go-to for many parents with newborns. They are soft and provide the necessary support for a newborn to a certain point. Because the material is stretchy, the moment your baby starts to gain weight, the spandex material cannot support your baby well and eventually you will find yourself hanging onto your baby because the carrier will not feel secure. Stretchy wraps are a little easier to understand than woven wraps, but woven wraps will give you more versatility and longevity than stretchy wraps. Purchasing a woven wrap will also help you to avoid buying multiple carriers because you can use it through toddlerhood
A ring sling carrier sits on one shoulder. It provides a beautiful pocket for the newborn and can be supportive if the material chosen for the ring sling is not slippery. Unfortunately, ring slings cannot be used for extensive periods, especially as the baby gets heavier. Ring slings load the spine unevenly which is not good for you back, ask your chiro. And although we say to ourselves that we will switch sides to keep a balance, let’s face it, we are creatures of habit and we end up wearing our babies always on the same side.
The Helina baby Meh Dai carrier is a new style of carrier to many. The Meh Dai style is native to China and is a good and a practical choice. It combines the flexibility of a wrap, which gives you a comfortable fit, and the convenience of a structured carrier because it already has a pocket. The Helina Baby Meh Dai carrier has some specific functionalities and features that set it apart from other Meh Dais, therefore, making it one of the best carriers for newborns.
Why the Helina Baby Carrier is the Best Carrier for Newborns
It’s customizable design optimally supports your baby’s development
The cinching mechanism on the Helina Baby carrier allows the pocket of the carrier to reduce as small as 6 inches wide and 11 inches tall and contour around your baby for a snug fit so you and your baby can move as one. The cinching mechanism also draws your baby’s thighs upwardly, allowing a downward pressure of the leg towards the hip sockets that are forming to bone. The cinching provides optimal positioning for your baby.
It is easy to use which increases more bonding time
Wraps and ring slings can be supportive for newborns, and if you have the patience to develop the skills to use them, they are a great choice. However, if you roll your eyes at the thought of using these carriers, you will appreciate Helina Baby. To put the carrier on, you would tie a double knot the waist belt, criss-cross the shoulder straps at the back and with those straps tie another double knot under your baby’s bottom. After putting the carrier on a few times, the movements will come naturally and easily. The easier a carrier is to use, the more you will use it and the more you will bond with your baby.
It is the perfect investment for budget-conscious parents who want the best for their children
The Helina Baby carrier not only supports a newborn but supports a toddler too! The carrier can expand as wide as 35 inches wide and 70 inches tall and is durable for generations to come. You won’t need to buy additional baby carriers to keep up with the size of your growing baby. And no matter the size of your baby, you will always feel comfortable in the carrier.
Yours and your baby’s comfort and safety should always be a top priority. When buying a carrier, make a conscious decision to only get the best one. Buy your very first Helina Baby carrier today!