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Baby carriers we love

From slings to packs, everything you need to know about how to carry your baby (+ some of our favourite picks).

By Sadiya Dendar
Baby carriers we love

Baby carriers we love

Carry me away

Not only does carrying your bundle allow you to be hands-free, but it helps to establish a secure attachment between parent and child and promotes breastfeeding. It’s also been proven that babywearing can decrease fussiness and improve the quality and length of baby’s naps. But it’s easy to put on a carrier incorrectly, which can lead to discomfort for your child and stress on your back. We spoke to Romel Roache of Moms to Be and More in Toronto for his expert tips on how to wear your baby properly.

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Slings: How to wear

Your baby's head and face should always be visible.

The baby's body should contour to your torso and he should be placed in a semi-reclined position to promote healthy spinal cord growth.

Hold him high and tight: He should be just below your bustline and you should be able to bend over easily without worrying that he'll fall out.

TIP: Stand up straight while putting on any sling or carrier to get the correct fit. 

Where to Buy?
$65 Hot Slings

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Slings we love: pippalily

Slings are best for infants

Where to Buy?
$69 pippalily

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Slings we love: Blue Celery



Where to Buy?
$110
Blue Celery

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Front carriers: How to wear

Your baby should be high enough that you can kiss the top of his head by just slightly lowering yours.

To wear your baby facing out, he must be able to hold his head up on his own; otherwise he needs to be inward facing.

The straps should be fastened securely around you so that the baby does not shift positions; you should be able to take a deep breath comfortably. Begin by adjusting the lumbar straps and then the shoulder straps.

His hips should be relaxed and legs not spread too far apart. His weight should be evenly distributed across the seat. 

TIP: Bring your babe to the store and try him in different carriers to see which one best suits both of you.

Where to Buy?

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Original $120 BABYBJÖRN
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Front carriers we love: Belle

Front carriers are best for children that are 4+ months old

Where to Buy?
Belle Baby Organic Jubilee $130 Belle

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Front carriers we love: Snugli

Where to Buy?
Snugli vented carrier $60 Snugli

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Front carriers we love: Evenflo

Where to Buy?
Evenflo Breathable $30 Evenflo

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Backpack carriers: How to wear

Once she has been placed in the backpack, tighten the side straps so that she is securely in place, but not so tight that they restrict her from moving at all.

Arrange the seat inside the carrier based on your child's height; her nose should align with the top of the carrier.

Like any backpack, you need to adjust the shoulder straps first so that the carrier sits correctly on the user. The backpack should sit tightly across your back so that you can maintain your balance.

Where to Buy?
Phil & Teds Metro $170 Phil & Teds

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Backpack carriers we love: MEC

Backpack carriers are best for big kids

Where to Buy?
MEC Happytrails (up to 50 lbs) $109 MEC

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Backpack carriers we love: Little Life

Where to Buy?
Little Life Voyager (up to 44 lbs) $300 Little Life

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Backpack carriers we love: Kelty

Where to Buy?
Kelty Transit 3.0 (up to 40 lbs) $229 Kelty

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Hybrid carriers

Can't make up your mind?

A hybrid carrier that gives you the flexibility of wearing your child on your front, back or even hip.

Where to Buy?
Beco Gemini $140 Beco

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Hybrid carriers we love: ERGO baby

Where to Buy?
ERGO Original Carrier $120 ERGO Baby

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This article was originally published on May 23, 2012

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