India Baby Product Reviews

  • Infant Baby Carrier Reviews India

    Should you buy a Baby Carrier? Which one suits you best?

    Most parents are not aware how a wrong buy on baby carrier can turn out painful. Usually we buy either a good brand or a local one depending on what suits our pocket. In India, the baby carriers are taking up the baby gear fashion space and very lately designer slings and wraps are available.

    While considering the baby carrier for your baby, it’s important to consider:

    How old is your baby?

    Some baby carriers are only suited (or best suited) to a particular age. Some can be used for a range of ages, but might not be the best option for a particular age, or for you. The ones which are available in the India market are:

    Age of the baby

    Brand

    Price

    Infants

    • Mee Mee 3 in 1 Baby Carrier, Rs. 1295
    • Chicco – Baby Carrier – Innovative Cuddle Pocket, Rs.1790

    Mid Range

    Babies above 3 months

    a basic version of baby carrier for occasional usage are

    • Mee Mee Baby Carrier,Rs.1045
    • Farlin Baby Carrier Basic Rs.995;
    • Mee Mee Baby Carrier Red Rs.1695

     

    Mid Range

    Babies above 6 months

    • Piyo Piyo Soft Carrier-2199 ;
    • Piyo Piyo Multi-Functional Baby Carrier- Rs.3135

    Mid Range

     

    Basic Must Have Features of Carrier

    If you decide to buy a front or hip carrier and your baby is amenable, look for a comfortable, machine-washable eg: Mee Mee Baby Carrier Red, Rs.1695 , one that can be fitted to your torso, with sturdy, adjustable straps that secure your baby snugly. It should also distribute your child’s weight evenly and support her head. Check the carrier periodically for sharp edges, ripped seams, and missing, loose, or defective snaps, buckles, or rings.

    Mee Mee Carrier

    With any type of carrier, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to make sure you use it properly.

    Downside of Baby Carriers

    1.The downside to using a soft carrier is that some infants just don’t like being “worn” in the upright position (and if they get upset, they’re literally “in your face” about it). Some dislike any carrier that feels too confining around the head, which is necessary in the beginning months with front strap-on models and hip carriers with attachable head supports. Also, if your baby falls asleep in a front strap-on carrier, you can feel stuck. Because your baby must exit from the top of the carrier, it can be tough to get her out without waking her.

    2.It’s impossible to predict how you or your baby will react to one, it doesn’t pay to register for a soft baby carrier or buy it ahead of time. Wait to buy until your baby is born. Ideally, you’ll be able to get a little practice with a friend’s carrier first or you can consider baby carrier rental before you decide to buy one.

    For the safety , we recommend a front carrier over a back carrier for the youngest infants who will typically be carried lying down eg: Chicco Soft And Dream Baby Carrier Klabber;Rs.3990

       For what kind of use you are buying it?

           1.  Think about how much you’ll use it before you buy one. That will help you decide what to spend.

      1. A low-priced version may be fine if you plan to use the front or hip carrier only occasionally.Eg: Advance Baby Red Baby Carrier, Rs. 1389, or Mee Mee 3 in 1 Baby Carrier, Rs.1295 or Fab and Funky Baby Carrier, Rs. 716
      2. If you expect to be using your carrier a lot around the house, consider a higher-end model, which may give you more support and be more comfortable.
      3. Consider whether you want to be able to breastfeed, do housework, gardening, and go for long walks, sit down, rock your baby to sleep, wear your sleeping baby, put your sleeping baby down… you will think of others too. Some activities are easiest with a particular type of carrier or a particular position. For example, wearing your baby on your back is great for housework and gardening, but not so convenient if your baby falls asleep and you want to be able to put her down.
      4. Don’t use a soft baby carrier for activity more rigorous than leisurely walking. If you want to pick up the pace, a jogging stroller is your best bet.

      One babycarrier or more?

      If you would like one baby carrier to see you through until your baby wearing days are over, consider a multi-purpose carrier that has many options for positions and will still be comfortable with a heavier child. If you can afford to choose more than one baby carrier, each can be more purpose-built for baby’s age or for different activities.

      Many new baby wearers start out with one baby carrier, then decide that baby wearing works so well for them and their baby that they want at least one more. A baby carrier that works well for front carries is more crucial when your baby is young; you may wish to choose a second carrier that excels at back carries or hip carries once your child is a little older.

      What position/s do you prefer to use when you carry your baby?

      what position do you use or would be comfortable using when carrying your baby in your arms: on your hip, shoulder, cradled, piggyback?

      Do you have any physical problems that could restrict your choice?

      • Back problems. Look for a carrier that lets you wear your baby close and high, keeping his center of gravity above yours and as close in as possible. Your babycarrier should distribute your baby’s weight widely to reduce strain. A well-adjusted baby carrier should not cause back strain but may aggravate an existing problem. Carriers which spread the baby’s weight widely over both shoulders as well as to your waist/hips is good choice for back problems. eg: ErgoBaby Organic Baby Carrier, Rs. 9250, Be sure to use the newborn insert eg: ErgoBaby Infant Insert – Green, Rs.1240 if you intend to use the carriers with infants
      • Soft carriers vary considerably. Look for one with a waist/hip strap that effectively transfers much of your baby’s weight to your hips. Unstructured soft carriers are flexible enough to hold your baby very close to you and are generally a better choice than the structured soft carriers if you have back problems.
      • If you have shoulder problems on both sides, torso carrier is a possible option. These tie around your chest, avoiding the shoulder area altogether. You would probably want to avoid the “rucksack” carries. Some soft carriers and frame backpacks effectively transfer weight from your shoulders to your hips. Which would work best for you depends not only on the design of the carrier, but also your shape (torso length and shoulder shape in particular).
      • With shoulder problems on one side you could use hip carrier worn on the opposite shoulder (although it is generally recommended that you swap shoulders regularly when using a single-shoulder carrier). You could also use any of the options suggested above for shoulder problems on both sides.
      • With sacroiliac joint problems, avoid a baby carrier that forces you to sit with your legs apart to give room for your baby. Also avoid a carrier that makes it difficult to get up and down from a chair. Carriers where the baby’s legs dangle straight down are the most problematic (including many structured soft carriers)
      • If you are looking for one carrier that will take you from infancy to toddlerhood – this is it. You can buy infant inserts for some of them, so that tiny babies are provided with the needed support. Because the weight is evenly spread across your shoulders, back and waist, you won’t get sore or tired when carrying your baby in this kind of carrier. Eg: ErgoBaby Organic Baby Carrier, Rs. 9250, Be sure to use the newborn/infant insert eg: ErgoBaby Infant Insert – Green, Rs.1240 if you intend to use the carriers with infants. Inserts provides better support for the head and neck as well as more overall stability for delicate newborns.

       We found this video useful which demonstrate the features and wearing of Ergo Baby Carrier

        What extremes of climate will you need to cope with?

      For hot weather, the coolest options are carriers made of cotton or mesh. Check the thickness of the fabric: although cooler, thin fabrics may not be as durable, and are more likely to cut into your or baby’s flesh. Synthetic fibers, multiple layers of fabric and padding will also make a babycarrier hotter both for you and your baby. Of course, just having your baby smooshed against you generates a certain amount of heat. In general, babies seem not to be bothered by this and babywearing is very common, historically, among people in hot climates.

      For really cold weather, there are a few options:

      • Most babycarriers will fit on your front under your warm coat (especially if the coat is one you used while pregnant. This is the option most used by women in traditional societies in cold climates. Eg: Chicco Soft And Dream Baby Carrier Syria Rs.3990
      • Rug your baby up inside the carrier. (In Greece, it is traditional for babies to be swaddled and then carried in a sling.)

      Beware: if your carrier is not very adjustable, your baby might not fit when thickly clothed.

       You may also want to consider rental options as it is a good saving option. In Pune, we offer baby carrier on rentals. Most of the reviewed baby carriers are available on firstcry, amazon and babyoye

       

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