- Avoid using the carrier when engaging in high energy/ dangerous outdoor activities.
- Never leave the child unattended.
- Regularly check to see if the child’s limbs and neck are comfortable.
- Avoid leaving the child inside the carrier on top of high surfaces.
- Use carriers whose structure is not compromised. Tears or breaks in the frame may cause unwanted accidents.
- Get fabrics that are breathable so that the child is not sitting in uncomfortable heat.
- Don’t let the child eat inside the carrier to avoid choking hazards.
- Keep toys in their designated keyholes/compartment so as to keep the child away from choking on the go.
Safety tips on using a toddler carrier
Safety as always is a priority for many parents. The first step is to get an age-appropriate carrier that can support the needs of the child. If it is a toddler then you have to see to it that it can support the baby’s head so that their air pathways remain clear. By using the acronym TICKS you can always see to it that your baby is safe in the carrier.
T-tight, I-in view at all times, C-close enough to kiss, K-keep the chin off the chest, and S-support the back. Always dress the child well enough to keep up with the current weather because you don’t want the child to be too hot/cold.
Features to consider while buying the perfect toddler carrier
Here are a few things that you should put to mind when you are getting a new carrier or picking up a gift for someone.
Size matters to both you and the toddler. If your baby is tall or short, you need to find a unit that will suit their limbs and overall body size. If you happen to be of short stature, you need to pick a carrier whose hip band does not go over your pelvic bones.
The last thing you want is uncomfortable fabric for your child’s smooth skin. Choose non-toxic materials that are soft and offer good breathability. Mesh fabrics are particularly preferred for day walks as they allow the child to get ventilation, so you may want to opt for the LÍLLÉbaby 3 in 1 CarryOn Toddler Carrier. Cotton blends, nylon, and linen are most preferable as they absorb sweat leaving the child dry. Other synthetic fibers will leave the child sweaty and uncomfortable on warm days.
Carrying a child especially a healthy heavy one can be tasking. It is additionally harder if the carrier itself is a bit heavy. The heaviness may stem from the design of the carrier or from the heavy padding added. You want to buy a well-structured carrier that is light enough to make the walk both comfortable for you and the baby.
Every carrier has a maximum weight limit that it can handle without endangering the child or straining the caregiver. This weight limit allows the carrier to last for longer and also keep the child safe. Carrying a child that is over the weight limit will end up ripping some seams or weakening the buckles. It is not good news either for your shoulders and back as the undistributed weight of the child pulls on those muscles. Always check the weight capacity before purchasing the item to make sure that it is fit for the child.
There is a reason why manufacturers design age-appropriate carriers. They have to make sure that the child is comfortable and safe at all stages. Newborns need more support than toddlers as they lack proper neck and head balance. If they fall asleep in the wrong position that could prove disastrous. There are carriers that come with inserts so as to support newborns delicate bodies. The insert is removed to offer more room for the growing child. Toddlers need carriers that let them look around comfortably without having to tilt their head all the time.
A carrier that allows you to switch your child’s position is a good one. There is basically a maximum of four positions that you can use. The hip is usually appropriate for newborns as well as the front facing in. The front facing out allows the child to explore the world with their eyes as well as the back facing out. Depending on the position and age of the child, choose the one that is most comfortable for the child. For example, the Beco Gemini Baby Carrier and the Ergobaby Carrier 360 can be worn in any position comfortable for the parent.
Some features found in a carrier are just there to make the child more comfortable. These include:
- Padded straps- provide stability, comfort, and
- Adjustable straps- make it easier to maintain a bond with your child through tender kisses on the forehead.
- Non-toxic fabrics- keep the child safe from exposure to bad chemicals as they have a tendency to nibble or anything they see.
- Wide seats – allow the child to sit comfortably without drooping their legs.
- Clear space- sees to it that the child is kept away from any choking hazards.
Not all brands will the time to offer accessories so those brands that do steadily become favorites. Some brands will choose to offer adequate storage space and even go further to offer thermally insulated pockets to keep the baby’s bottle warm. There are brands that will provide rain covers or sun shades just to see that your child is protected. There are some who will offer diaper changing mats or go as far as giving loops where toys can be hang. Depending on the features that you may need, shop accordingly.
Parent’s back-supporting features
As the caregiver, you also need support so as not to strain your back. It is best to seek carriers that offer adequate lumbar support. Features such as a wide waistband allow the babies weight to be equally distributed, like in LÍLLÉbaby 3 in 1 CarryOn Toddler Carrier. A well-padded body is essential to reducing the stress you feel on your shoulders carrying the weight around. A carrier that places the child around your center of gravity makes a good option if you already have back issues.
Durability goes back to the materials used to create the carrier. High-quality materials last longer even when strained continuously. Cheap carriers will have defects after a short time as they are not built to last. Repairing any damage when it appears will go a long way in extending the durability of the item.
Whether it is a short trip or long trip, the comfort of the child always matters. Padded sits, angled droop pads, stirrups, and roomy cockpits are some of the features that would leave your child in a comfortable state. Read the manual to make sure that everything is put together right so that your child remains comfortable.
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