- It is best to look for one that keeps baby in the optimal position at all times. You want baby to be high, close, and tight to your body. Baby should have a clear airway at all times.
- The carrier should support baby from knee to knee, and put their weight resting on their bottom.
- The body panel should come up to at least the back of baby shoulders and should never fully cover the head.
- The carrier should be evenly distributing baby’s weight across your whole torso. The shoulder straps should be tight and secure against your body but not so tight as to cause you pain or discomfort.
- The chest clip should be firmly across the middle of your shoulder blades/chest. It should be tight enough to keep the shoulder straps secure, but not so tight to pinch or cause you pain.
- The placement of the waistband will vary with each brand and individual body type. The general rule of thumb is to start at your natural waist and move up and down as needed. Please read the instructions to see where your carrier was designed to sit.
- If you have a longer torso you may need to place the waistband up higher so baby is close enough to kiss. If you have a shorter torso you may need to place the waistband or down so baby’s head is not obstructing your view (if on front).
One such adaptation is an infant insert. This is a pillow attached to a soft shell. Since the panel is too long for a small baby, the pillow boosts baby up to the correct height so their head clears the body panel. This ensures that the baby’s airway is always clear and that no fabric obstructs their face. Since small babies cannot hold themselves upright, the soft shell provides torso support. This will keep baby from leaning out the sides of the body panel.