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To be honest, I have to say that I do not like baby carriers at all, especially those that are used for babies for 4 months and under. I am a very tall sturdy 21 year old ad even I cannot compete with the back pain that comes about from having a baby pull you forward with their weight continually and it does not matter what size I brought.
I have also found that it was not only uncomfortable for me but also my daughter whose face was almost stuck in one position, it was claustrophobic and we were both very hot after having it on for a little while.
Furthermore the instructions are often very difficult to follow and I have found that babies really hate being put on them which is what increases the level of difficulty with these inventions.
Getting in and out of these things is really tricky especially when you urgently need to get out. Furthermore when you bend down the babies often hate it because there head is flopping around.
The other problem is that you cannot see immediately in front of you which is a definate hazard. I think the only people that can use these are body builders!
Baby carrying has become more common in this country as more parents leanr about the benefits for both themselves and their baby. Once seen as a slightly odd and hippy thing to do, carrying your baby in a sling is now moving into the mainstream.
There are many types of baby carriers available broadly split into front carriers and cradle type carriers. The cradle type carriers are particularly good for newborns as it supports their backs and the front carriers good for older babies.
Baby slings are available from many shops such as boots, argos and mothercare as well as on the internet. Prices vary from around £20 upwards.
There are a number of benefits to carrying your baby in a sling. The main one is by keeping your baby close they can hear your heartbeat and feel the warmth of your body making them feel safe and secure. A front carrier can help a colicy baby as they are held in an upright position. They are also ideal if you need to use public transport as there is no bulky pram or buggy to have to fold down.
I used a sling for the first few months of my daughters life. I hate seeing tiny babies in prams, they just look so tiny and vulnerable to me so carrying my baby seemed like a natural choice. My baby was born in October and I loved having her warm and safe next to me over the winter months. I also loved the ease of using public transport and going up and down stairs when we were out and about. The sling was a godsend when she was colicky or ill, as soon as I brought the sling out she would kick her podgy little legs in delight as she knew she was going to be held close. During teething I would simply place my baby into the sling and walk around to soothe her without my arms getting tired.
There are a few downsides to using the sling. Sometimes when you are out it can be inconvenient to have a baby attached to you, using public toilets for example. You also dont have the buggy to stash all your baby gear and shopping in. The thing that made me give up though was summer time, my baby was
already around 8 months old and getting heavy and it simply became too hot and uncomfortable to carry her in the heat.
Theres a few things to consider when buying a sling. The first is the age of the baby, it is easy for example to breastfeed a newborn using a cradle type sling. An older baby may like a forward facing sling so they can watch whats going on around them. Make sure you choose a carrier with padded straps for added comfort and a design which will spread your babys weight evenly to avoid back strain. Shop around to get the best deal, do you really need to spend extra money for pockets and gadgets you will never use. The sling I used was a basic model from Argos which cost less than £20 and it was one of the best buys I ever made.
I think a sling should be considered by all new parents. Even if you dont use it everyday it might come in handy to walk around in the middle of the night when they are teething or have colic. Theyre cheap and durable and easy to use and certainly kept my baby happy.