Babies like to be close to you at all times and baby carriers are now a must, starting at the infant stage all the way through to tired toddlers. You begin with wraps or slings and gradually transition to proper full baby carriers. If you are an active parent, there are now amazing carriers out there to take your baby hiking. Babies start off facing inward and as they grow, carriers get converted to fully front facing so your child can fully enjoy the view and feel included in your journey.
Most baby carriers are made for carrying babies from newborn and up to 2-3 years of age. Baby carriers usually have different settings according to the baby’s age. Make sure to read the user manual and that the carrier is both made for and set to a newborn position.
Unless it’s bitterly cold outside, ideally keep newborn babies in ‘indoor’ clothing, adding a warm hat or elephant hood and booties if needed, plus a cardigan or coat over you both. This will reduce the risk of baby overheating. Obviously consider the outdoor temperature and adjust per season accordingly.
The heavier your child gets, the more supportive a carrier you should consider so as to protect your posture and back. Carriers now come fully equipped with sun protective hoodies sawn in and pockets on the side for water, milk, snacks, your mobile phone, and your keys. You could say that carriers have come such a long way that they can fully substitute for a stroller, if that of course is your preference.