Top Tips for Ultimate Baby Carrier Comfort

Top Tips for Ultimate Baby Carrier Comfort

Learn how to use your baby carrier so it doesn't hurt and your baby is comfortable and visible.
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Soft structured Baby Carriers are wonderful for holding your baby close and for ease of use but they can be uncomfortable unless you know some little tweaks for the perfect fit. Learn how to ensure the best fit and comfort for you and your baby.

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Waistband Wisdom

A lovely guide for finding your ideal waistband height is to cuddle your baby in with their head nestling just under your chin, note where their bottom rests - this is your perfect waistband height. If you have a newborn this may be a little higher than you were anticipating, yet not only is it so much more comfortable it also allows for safer monitoring of your baby too. A lovely bonus of getting the waistband in this position is that it often allows for more of the padded straps to reach around your shoulders and down your back - so your back feels this benefit too.

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Strap Strategies

Crossed strapped baby carriers feel so much better when the straps cross widely over your back - not only does it keep the straps away from your neck, but it spreads the weight more evenly too.

Chest Clip Slide

Most people find it comfortable to place the chest clip at approximately bra-strap height, or armpit height, with the width adjusted so that the straps follow the natural curve of your shoulder blades.

A concern is often that the chest clip cannot be reached in this position when putting on the carrier, however, you can avoid this by clipping the chest clip before you put it on as shown in the video below.

Tightening Techniques

There are many different ways to tighten a carrier, and some that work for one person may not be your favourite method. Here are a few different ways that will work with buckle carriers.

Ensure Knee-to-Knee Positioning

You may have come across the term knee to knee when learning to carry your baby. This is a way of ensuring you have the correct width of carrier for your baby's size, it refers to the panel width which should cover from one knee pit into the other knee pit and no further. Your baby should be able to swing their legs freely. The video below shows you how to get the right fit on any of our carriers.

This means that the width of the carrier may need adjusting to fit your baby. With the Cairis carrier a cynch is needed to tie around the panel to narrow it, all baby-sized Cairis carriers come with a cynch.

Pelvic Tuck

This is another term you may have come across, and refers to a technique we use to ensure that are baby is in the lovely deep-seated squat (also known as the 'M' position), that's optimum for the development of their hips. In practice this looks like the baby being seated with their bottom lower than their knees, ensuring all their weight is resting on their bottom so that there's no pressure on their legs. Sometimes it may be necessary to encourage them into this position with a pelvic tuck, as Hannah shows us here:

We hope that's helpful for you, let us know if you have any more questions as we'd be delighted to share our favourite tips and techniques with you.

If you're looking for more Cairis help we have a whole blog on our wonderful half buckle carrier. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Written by Jess Hippey

Jess is a mum to two boys and a Baby Carrying Consultant based in Aberdeen, Scotland.