A long piece of woven fabric specifically designed to carry a child. Comes in a variety of sizes and offers what seems like an endless amount of carrying options. You can do front carries, side, and back carries (depending on the fabric).
A ‘backpack’ like carrier. Easy to use and comfortable. Some require an extra infant insert. You can do front, side, and back carries.
*Note that back carries can only be done in a SSC with a child that can sit unassisted (no help) and has excellent head control.
These are baby carriers that use ‘stretchy’ fabrics. Great for smaller babies and beginners. Typically has lower weight limits for either safety and/or comfort.
You can ONLY do front and side carries with stretchy wraps. You can NOT do back carries with stretchy wraps, babies can lean back and fall very easily.
A ring sling carrier is a long piece of fabric with a metal or nylon ring that is used to adjust according the the size of you and your baby. Good for quick ‘ups’ and come in a large variety of fabrics.
Always have baby in an upright position, not a cradle position unless actively nursing so you can monitor their breathing. Make sure babies chin is NEVER slouched and touching their chest, this can cut off their airway especially with newborns. Once done nursing, move baby back up to upright position (head on your chest, close enough to kiss).
A pouch sling is a continuous piece of fabric. It’s similar to a ring sling but does not have the ability to adjust the size. Good for quick ups and convenient. Typically very inexpensive.
Pronounced Bay-Dye/Meh-Dye. Sometimes referred to as a Mei Tai. A carrier that has a panel of fabric with 2 shorter straps that go around the waist and 2 longer straps that wrap around the shoulder and body. Can be adjusted to fit a variety of body types. You can do front, side, and back carries.
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