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NB baby wearing safety rules for ALL TYPES of carriers
1 Kissable head and visible face with two finger widths space below the chin
2 Back carrying is not safe before the baby can sit themselves up independently from lying - usually 6-7 months old.
As one of, if not the, original producers of the baby carrier for the Western world, the Baby Bjorn brand is synonymous with baby carrying. So much so that first time parents are often amazed to discover that there are around two hundred different types of carriers available.
Types of carriers include ring slings, pouch, wraps, Mai tai, soft structured carriers, hard structured carriers and some that are a combination of these .
This soft structured carrier was given to me by a friend who had used it with her children. I used it almost daily when my son was aged 1- 6 weeks old.
This carrier is designed to be worn on the front of the adult with the child ideally facing inwards, ie towards the adult. It can be worn forward facing however the ergonomics of both this carrier and the weight of the child means that forward facing becomes uncomfortable for the wearer very fast.
It is easy to put on and to wear. It is very suitable for infants from eight pounds aged up to approximately two months old, three months if the baby is not too heavy in my opinion. Infants should only be forward-facing carried - if they really must be - from about four months of age; when they have full head support so they don’t occlude their airway.
The manufacturer states it has been tested for children weighing up to 25 pounds. This is greater than what our daughter weighed aged one. I cannot imagine wearing such an old child in this carrier.
Being a lightweight carrier, it has minimal padding for the adult, making it not as comfortable as some other carriers. This carrier is designed to become longer as the baby gets taller. However in doing this, the supporting section between the child’s legs becomes narrower. The ideal position for an infant to “sit” in is with the knees slightly higher than the hips and this is achieved with the seat/crotch section covering the area from knee to knee. As this carrier is made larger there becomes less support in this area.
In my opinion, SAFE baby wearing is better than no baby wearing. The Bjorn is a solid first carrier for the early months, but there are much better options available.
Baby Bjorn make everyday life easier for parents and children by developing products of outstanding quality, safety and style. The Baby Bjorn Original Baby Carrier keeps that important closeness between you and your baby while leaving your hands free. The BabyBjorn Original Baby Carrier provides excellent support for your baby's back and head and guarantees that his/her legs and arms are in a physiologically correct position. When your baby is a little older and has a stronger neck, the neck-rest can be folded down so that the child can face forwards and look around.