Wearing a baby is quickly gaining popularity and for the right reasons. Whether you opt to carry your child on your back with the Ergo back carry, on your hip or on the front, there are many benefits that come with wearing your baby. From continued bonding with your child to a child’s curiosity being satisfied, baby wearing is the right way to go. And what better way to do so than with the help of Ergo Baby Carriers? These carriers present the caring mother with three positions through which they can carry their baby. Let’s take a look at these positions:
One of the ways that you can carry your young one is through front carry. In fact, there are two ways that ergo front carry presents and these are:
- Front Inward Carry
This position is ideal for all infants from 0 to 24 months (with the aid of an infant insert for young infants). Ergo weight limit for an infant would be 12lbs to 29lbs. This position can be used every day for various activities.
This position is ideal because in this position, the baby is close to you and you may kiss him or her (and we all know how babies love affection). Also, in the ergo front inward carry, it is very easy to nurse the baby as there is face to face contact with the baby constantly. This allows you to meet to all your infant’s needs. And did I mention that in case of over stimulation, the child just faces in? And if you are worried of weight, you are in luck for in this position, the baby’s weight usually leans in to your center of gravity. This makes the baby feel lighter.
However, in case the baby is considerably heavy, this position may strain your back. Also, for curious babies, they may prefer a front outward position.
• Front Outward Position
This is the position for all infants that want a front seat to viewing their surroundings. The ideal age is from 5 to 12 months and their weight should preferably be from 14 to 24lbs. However, when using this position, it should be in limited durations of between ten to fifteen minutes.
This position comes with several perks. One, it is a great way to satisfy a baby’s curiosity since it presents a front seat to enable them see the world. Two, it is the ideal position when in the outdoors and there are situations worth being seen by the baby such as a visit to the zoo, on short walks or a tour through an aquarium.
On the other hand, this position should only be used on babies that are able to hold their head upright. Also, when carrying the child in this position, you should keep an eye for signs of sleepiness and over stimulation where you should then turn them inwardly. Also, this position may make the baby feel considerably heavier since the baby’s tends to pull away from you. For that reason, you should use this position in collaboration with other positions. This brings us to:
This is the position that most parents opt to use and for good reasons. Ergo back carry is ideal for infants from 6 months to 36 months. Their weight should also be between 17.2 pounds to 33 pounds. Ergo back carry is recommended when a parent is setting out on long treks, when going out on hikes or when the parent intends to wear the child for extended periods.
Using the ergo back carry position has a lot of benefits to it:
- The baby feels lighter when carried on the back. This is because as the baby leans in, this makes him or her feel much lighter as compared to the other positions. As such, that’s why it’s recommended if the parent intends on carrying the baby for long.
- The ergo back carry position presents the baby with outstanding visibility to his or her surroundings and thus satisfies his or her curiosity.
- In addition to satisfying their curiosity, the position also allows them to turn in towards their parent in case they are overstimulated.
- The ergo back carry position is also good for parents who have babies or toddlers that are older.
However, this position takes some time to master and it may therefore take a bit of practice on the parent’s part. Also, when using this position, one should steer clear of carrying the baby in an outward position.
Another position that ergo baby carriers present to parents is the ergo hip carry. This position is right for 6 months to 24 months babies that are 17.2lbs to 26.9lbs in weight. This position is used by parents when around the house.
There are multiple pros to the ergo hip carry. One, it is a great hands-free technique to carry your baby around. Two, it is the right position in the period where your child wants to be picked up often. Also, carrying your baby on your hip leaves you with more space on the other side and you can thus commit to household chores.
However, with this position, vary the hips now and then as well varying positions. This is because the baby’s weight is entirely on one side of your body and it may therefore bring complications. Also, the ergo hip carry position may take some time to get the hang of.
Baby wearing is a very safe way to carry your child. In addition to that, it helps the toddlers in many ways. For one, it strengthens the bonds between the child and the parent. This is because the child is constantly close to the parent. Baby wearing also assists the child in early language development. This is because one of the ways that babies learn to speak is by observing lip movement from the people in their surroundings. And what better way than through the various ergo baby carrying positions? For that reason, go get yourself an ergo baby carrier and you’ll never look back.