Although a pushchair is the obvious choice for transporting your child around, carriers are great for bonding with your newborn baby as they offer a hands-free way of carrying your baby, with the bonus of keeping your baby close. Carriers allow you to travel places a buggy dare not tread!
Newborn babies love to be carried and, despite old wives’ tales to the contrary, you are neither spoiling nor giving in to a crying baby by picking him up. In fact, you are simply answering his instinctive cry for you.
Carriers are also brilliant for dads! As month gets to spend nine months bonding with baby during pregnancy, dads don’t always have the automatic bond. By wearing a carrier their child can become familiar with the sound of his heartbeat, breathing and movements just like mummy!
Carriers have shown that they can help baby to sleep up to 53% better throughout the night and because your baby is so close to you physically, they can communicate their needs to you without having to cry. Paediatrician Graham Barr found that babies who are carried cry 43 per cent less overall and 54 per cent less during the evening hours.
There's front, back or even side carrier's to suit your lifestyle. Back carriers are great for parents who like to head places a buggy would struggle to go, whether this is an epic mountain trek or just a stroll about the park! Front carriers are great for keeping baby close whilst still going about your daily duties such as getting things done around the house or soothing a fractious baby.
Backpack type carriers should only be used after a baby has fully developed their neck muscles because until this stage your baby cannot hold his own head up to control it and can cause a lot of ‘bobbing around’. Whereas a front carrier can usually be used from birth after a certain weight and the wearer can keep an eye on baby and give baby’s head and body additional support by using an infant insert.
Side carrying is great for mother's who breastfeed as it gives a discreet and comfortable position to feed baby in. Many carriers offer a side or 'hip' position and a hood for privacy and extra protection against the wind and rain.
Other aspects to consider when buying a baby carrier is your comfort, how long will you be wearing the carrier for? Make sure your baby's weight will be distributed across your waist and not just on your shoulders.
Direct2Mum has a range of baby carriers to suit your lifestyle and needs.. To help you with your decision the Baby Boffins have picked a couple of their favourite carriers to help with the finer details and benefits of each carrier. Each to their own as the saying goes..
Mountain Buggy introduces Juno, the multi-functional carrier that transitions seamlessly from newborn to toddler. Juno has been designed to deliver the very best ergonomics in all 4 carrying modes, for both you and your child.
Juno has four medically approved carrying positions; front facing in for newborns up to 24 months, front facing out from 6 to 18 months, hip carrying mode from 6 - 24 months and back carrying mode from 6 to 48 months old.
Proudly featuring three points of patented innovation, Juno offers a hands through connection pouch so you can connect to baby, a width adjustable seat to ergonomically cater for all 4 carrying modes, and an innovative length adjustable infant insert which supports newborns of all sizes.
The included Juno infant insert which provides padded head, neck and spine support for newborns. Complete infant comfort and ergonomic positioning with adjustable length to grow with your newborn, using the innovative flip out seat functionality.
The Juno carrier follows the 'T.I.C.K.S' rules for safe baby wearing
I N VIEW AT ALL TIMES
C LOSE ENOUGH TO KISS
K EEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST
S UPPORTED BACK
Following these rules keeps your child close and safe at all times, so don't forget your 'T.I.C.K.S'!
Developed in collaboration with medical professionals, parents and children; Juno promises safety, quality materials and world class innovation in one bundle.
The ergonomic baby carrier with wide leg position is equipped with a sturdy waist belt and padded, form-fitting shoulder straps to make it comfortable for carrying a growing child from newborn up to the age of three years.
The waist belt allows you to support the child’s weight on your hips to avoid back and shoulder discomfort. You can vary between four ergonomic carrying positions throughout the period of use, with your child sitting in either the normal or wide leg position.
Designed in close collaboration with leading paediatricians, the BabyBjorn One carrier provides exactly the right support at the right time for your child's growing head, back and hips. There's no need for extra inserts and sleepy babies can be easily removed without waking.
The BabyBjorn One carrier offers the ultimate in adaptability with four-way front and back wearing:
Position 1: the optimal newborn position with baby worn high on the chest, close to mum and dad's familiar heartbeat.
Position 2: ergonomically designed for parent-facing comfort for your growing baby.
Position 3: the outward facing option for babies from five month ready to explore the big wide world.
Position 4: perfect for carrying toddlers from 12 months on your back and giving tired little legs a rest!
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has tested the Baby Carrier One and acknowledges it as a “hip-healthy” baby carrier. The hips of a newborn baby get the correct support and are held in an optimal position with the legs angled outwards. This encourages the good hip joint development that is so important during the first months of your child’s life.
This practical carrier offers parents the option to carry their baby from birth (used together with the Ergobaby infant insert) up to 20kgs. The Ergobaby Original Carrier is the perfect choice as you embark on everyday adventures.
This award-winning design holds your baby in an ergonomic, natural sitting position. There are 3 ways you can carry your baby in - parent facing, hip or back carry!
With a safe and natural sitting position for baby, the padded waist belt ensures baby's weight is evenly distributed between your hips and shoulders while the adjustable, cushy padded shoulder straps provide you with ultimate comfort. In all carry positions, baby is cradled with their knees slightly above their hips for optimum comfort and protection.
A fold-away sleep hood offers baby a sheltered place to sleep as well as privacy for mother while feeding. The handy zip pockets provides storage space for your essentials.
The Original Carrier is available at Direct2Mum in a variety of popular colours, they keep your baby safe, close, and comfortable while providing you freedom of movement.