Some parents are in a bind when it comes to choosing either a baby carrier or a stroller. They both have their pros and cons, but many parents actually want to choose the former than the latter due to a variety of different reasons.
For one, it allows them to be much closer to their babies, literally. Two, putting their baby inside a carrier allows them to free their hands up to do whatever they need to do. Three, it is much more compact and portable and it is also more inexpensive than your regular stroller.
With that being said, a lot of parents actually have questions about strollers so I think that it is only fitting that I will dedicate this entire article to answer some of them.
What is the Main Difference Between a Sling and a Wrap?
There are many different types of baby carriers out there and two of the most basic ones are the baby sling and the baby wrap.
The main difference between a sling and a wrap is that the sling typically has a hoop or two that will allow you to secure the fabric over your shoulder quickly and easily.
Although, keep in mind that there are some groups that advocate against the use of baby slings as they can be janky and may pose a health risk to your baby.
How to Know if a Carrier is Safe to Use?
Most of the carriers that you can find on the market today are already constructed in a way that is safe for babies to use. That is because the US Consumer Product Safety Commission was established to make sure that safety guidelines are followed at all times.
That being said, you will still need to inspect the actual product so that you can discern if it is safe to use for your baby or not. If you are unable to get good pictures of a particular product (supposing that you buy online), then look for customer reviews.
Can Baby Carriers Cause Dysplasia?
One of the most common concerns of parents that made them reluctant to buy a baby carrier is the fear that their babies might get hip dysplasia which is a condition that misaligns the hip joint of your baby.
Well, as I’ve said earlier, the carriers that you can find on the market are already created with safety in mind. This means that when your baby is on it, they are usually in an orientation that is fit for their tiny bodies and will not cause Dysplasia at all.
Are There Carriers that Do Not Cause Lower Back Pain?
Yes, there are carriers that have an added lumbar support strap that will help provide the necessary support to your lower back, especially when you are actively carrying your baby.
Are Wraps Safe?
Yes, in fact, they are much safer than slings. That being said, there is a proper way to create the wrap to put your baby in it.
Fortunately, most companies that sell baby wraps typically create how-to videos telling you the proper way to utilize the fabric.