Getting Started

Choosing the right carrier

Some points to consider when choosing your baby-carrier

Who

Will the baby-carrier be used primarily by just one caregiver? Or would you prefer a carrier that can be easily switched between carers with minimal adjustments?

Situation

Would you like more than one carrier for different occasions or a carrier that will fit most situations (i.e walking around town; relaxing at home; spending time on the beach etc)? Do you plan to breastfeed on the move? Do you want a carrier for a specific event, such as a wedding?

Time

Do you want a carrier for quick up-and-down carries, or will you need to carry your baby for longer periods of time? How long do you plan to babywear - just for the first few months or would you prefer a carrier that will last through different stages, throughout the first year or even longer?

Budget

How much money would you like to spend? Most good quality, ergonomic carriers cost between HK$400 and HK$1,500 and there are great options to fit all budgets.

Support

Does your carrier support your baby fully in the recommended ‘M’ position, by keeping his knees higher than his bottom and legs in a spread squat? NB, all carriers sold or rented by The Sling Collection are ergonomically fitted and hold baby in this position, however a number of carriers on the market do not. Do you want more support around the waist or would a lumbar support help your back? Would you prefer a single-shoulder carrier?

Types

WRAP

The most traditional of all carriers is the wrap. They come in an array of lengths, fabrics and colours and can seem quite daunting for a new parent, but really shouldn’t be as they are extremely adaptable.

Stretchy wraps are great for newborns, providing a soft, secure and cosy hold. Gauze wraps are lightweight and breathable - perfect in hot weather. They are manageable straight out of the box. Woven wraps are wonderful to carry babies right up to preschoolers. They do take a bit of practise to perfect, however they are very versatile.

WRAP

The most traditional of all carriers is the wrap. They come in an array of lengths, fabrics and colours and can seem quite daunting for a new parent, but really shouldn’t be as they are extremely adaptable.

Stretchy wraps are great for newborns, providing a soft, secure and cosy hold. Gauze wraps are lightweight and breathable - perfect in hot weather. They are manageable straight out of the box. Woven wraps are wonderful to carry babies right up to preschoolers. They do take a bit of practise to perfect, however they are very versatile.

SOFT STRUCTURED CARRIER

The soft structured carrier (SSC) offers a perfect combination of comfort and convenience. They often feature a thick, padded adjustable waistband and shoulder straps for a secure, ergonomic fit.

Many SSCs include features such as sleep hoods, front pockets, adjustable seats, etc. SSCs are very easy to use and have a low learning curve but offer the same skin-to-skin benefits of other types of carrier.

RING SLING

The ring sling has a pair of metal rings securely attached to the end of a long piece of fabric. The tail end is threaded through the rings and adjusted to the wearer’s body. The weight of the child secures the rings against slipping, then the long tail can be used as a sunshade, nursing cover, or handhold for older children.

They are excellent for carrying newborns or for toddlers who want speedy up and down carries.

MEI TAI

The Mei Tai is a traditional Asian-style carrier, which is similar to a combination of a SSC and a wrap. They can be easier to learn to use than a woven wrap and can be less bulky than a SSC. Mei Tais can be used from about 8lbs upwards.

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