Choosing an infant carrier

Infant carrier

Infant carrier

With so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose an infant carrier. You will find lots of articles to help you in this blog.

  • Comfort. Does it feel good to you?
  • Fit for your baby. Does it seem to suit your baby well?
  • Fit for you. Does it fit your size and body type? Can you carry the baby without strain?
  • Safety. Will the baby be secure and well supported?
  • Features. Does it meet your needs?
  • Usability. Can you easily get your baby in and out of the infant carrier? How about putting it on and off? Keep in mind that some models require practice.
  • Construction. Does the fabric suit your wardrobe, climate and needs? (i.e. lightweight for summer, weatherproof for outdoor use)?
  • Care. Is it machine-washable or easy to wipe clean?
  • Flexibility. Can you carry your baby in various positions?
  • Adjustability. Can the infant carrier be tightened or adjusted to fit you when you are at home in indoor clothing or outside wearing a coat? Can you adjust it easily for use by others?
  • Adaptability. Will it work for your baby now as well as six months from now?
  • Appearance. Do you like the style? Will you enjoy wearing it?

This article is an excerpt from Gentle Baby Care by Elisabeth Pantley (McGraw-Hill 2003). Reproduced with permission.