What do I have to look out for in a baby carrier for a newborn?
Carrying your baby offers many advantages, but at the same time there are also some important points that you absolutely have to pay attention to.
Spread your legs in a squat position
Make sure that your baby's legs do not dangle downward in the carrier, but that the natural spread-squat position is supported. This means that the legs are crouched, the knees are about at the height of the baby's navel, the bottom a little lower than the knees. The thighs are spread apart. When you look in the mirror, your knees and buttocks should form a large M.
The footbridge on which the baby “sits” should extend from the hollow of the knee to the hollow of the knee.
If you do not pay attention to a suitable posture when carrying it, you risk that your baby will develop hip dysplasia.
Support your head
Since newborns are not yet able to hold their heads on their own, you have to make sure that the baby carrier offers enough stability in the area. Lateral support is also important for newborns so that the head does not fall back and forth uncontrollably.
Support your back
The newborn's back must be supported, but at the same time it must not be pushed straight too stiffly. It is best if the spine is slightly rounded and your baby can lie down on your chest. The stretcher should also enclose your baby well. Therefore, make sure that the dimensions of the baby carrier match the current size of your baby.
Of course, not only the back of your little darling needs to be supported, mom and dad's back must not be affected by carrying them either. When buying, therefore, make sure that the baby carrier offers multiple adjustment options so that you can optimally adapt it to your needs.