Right close to your body
Suitable for babies and infants from about 3.5 kg – for “Back carrier for children” see here
It’s hormones that have the greatest influence on people’s emotions. This applies particularly to the close proximity between young parents and their baby. Evolution has created a perfect chemical basis with the love and bonding hormone oxytocin. Mothers and fathers have experienced it all themselves. If possible, they’d keep their baby close to them all day long. Perhaps that’s also why baby carriers play such a literally supportive role in many young families.
Enhanced bond between parent and child
As well as being extremely practical, they also enhance contact to the child while out and about. Children love being really close to their parents - this makes them feel safe and secure. Carrying their babies right up close to their bodies also gives fathers a unique opportunity to create a strong bond with their child.
Adapted to child and user
But even young babies already weigh a few kilos so that the wrong carrying aids can mean torture for the user's back. It is therefore very important when selecting the right baby carrier to pay attention both to the position of the child and also to the comfort aspects for the parent doing the carrying. As so often where the back is concerned, here again the baby carrier has to be adapted to the user, and not vice versa. Adjustable straps or different fits are just as important as the baby carrier itself being light in weight: after all, who willingly wants to carry more than necessary? The strap system must be wide enough and well padded to minimise the pressure on the shoulders.
Positioning of the baby
In terms of comfort for the child, the most important thing is to ensure that the child can be positioned in the carrier system safely and easily. After all, the system will only be put to frequent use if it is easy and fun to handle. A baby carrier must allow the baby to sit in what is known as the frog-leg position* which is so important for healthy development of the hips and spinal column. Furthermore, the leg sections must also be well padded on both sides. Another important aspect is to have an adjustable head support that gives the child a clear view of its surroundings.
Selecting a baby carrier system that complies with the following points will result in an all-round feel-good package for parent and child. Both the child and your back will be grateful.
Do not carry your child in the same position for a longer period of time. Children temporarily absorb environmental stimuli and also process them unconsciously. From around the 5th month, they also develop more and more interest in the environment. Therefore, observe what your child signals to you: Does it kick joyfully and look interested? Does it turn its head away or cry?
In order to protect the little ones from sensory overload, carry your child temporarily facing you.
So it is important to
- Enable alternating postures - for postural physiological development.
- Allow temporary environmental stimuli - for brain physiological development
- Isolating stimuli - for processing, rest and relaxation.
*When you pick up a new baby, it automatically pulls its legs up. This natural position is known as the frog-leg position that allows the child to practically sit on the hips of the person carrying it. The child’s legs are bent at an angle of 90 to 110° in the hips and spread between 30° and 55°, depending on the age of the child, girth of the person carrying the child and the carrier system. As far as possible, the legs should not be brought together as this in combination with the nappy results in a “lever effect” in the hip joint that can cause dislocation.