Babywearing has become a rather hip buzzword in recent years. The convenience and comfort it can bring certainly means the trend is here to stay. It is hence unsurprising that the number of brands offering different solutions for this have increased exponentially over the past 10 years – wraps, slings, soft structured carriers (“SSC”s), mei dahs, etc – to name a few. Some of these solutions are safer than others, and yet other solutions work better for different people. So, how to go about choosing a suitable one?
To help you, here are the main considerations:
- Age of baby – “Ergonomic babywearing” for newborns offer greater support in different areas compared to “ergonomic babywearing” for older infants, or “ergonomic” fit for toddlers/adults.
- Ergonomic fit – There is a lot of misconception around what this means so to clarify, “ergonomic babywearing” refers to supporting the natural posture of babies, while encouraging healthy hip development. It is quite different from the babywearing solution being “ergonomic” for adults.
- Material – This affects the supportiveness of the carry and how warm/cooling it is for baby and/or adult. It also affects how much effort is needed to care for/clean it.
- Versatility and adjustability – Some babywearing solutions can be used across different ages and/or different fits and/or different climates.
Babywearing has become such an important part of life with babies today that there are dedicated professionals called Babywearing Educators today. They are located all over Singapore:
Baby Slings and Carriers
Showroom at Jalan Pemimpin
By Pearline Foo & Donnie Lee
Showroom at Link@AMK
By Rynette Tan
Baby Carriers Rental SG
Home-based business at SengKang
By Fion Koh
Wear Weave Love
Home-based business at Clementi
Online business, sometimes at baby fairs
By Shi Shi
Home-based business at Telok Blangah
By Tan Kai Hui & Khu Jia Vui
They may be the best avenues to allow you to try on different types of solutions before you make your decision to buy or rent anything. Some of them charge a consultation fee which may be refunded if you eventually buy a carrier from them while others do not. Alternatively, let Baby Planner SG help you understand how to pick the most ideal baby carrier(s) based on your family’s preferred lifestyle and preferences.