7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Baby Carrier
Whether you’re welcoming your first baby or your tenth, deciding what baby carrier you will be getting may be a tough choice! There is not one perfect choice for everyone and it’s important to find a carrier that fits you and your family’s lifestyle needs! With so many options available to you, we wanted to compile a list of questions to ask yourself when deciding which baby carrier to purchase. Here are our top seven questions to ask.
- What is your budget?
Price range is an important factor to consider when comparing baby carriers. There are a variety of carriers to fit every budget. You want to be sure that you are not over-extending your budget; however, be sure to consider the quality of the carrier and the amount of time you’ll be using the carrier. For instance, our Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier can be used from infancy through toddlerhood, so rather than buying a carrier for each stage, this one carrier will grow with you!
- What are the weight limits?
It may be tempting to purchase the baby carrier that has the most likes on Facebook or is having a sale, but make sure you’re purchasing a carrier that will fit you and your baby. Be sure to look at the weight ranges supported by the carrier and if you need any newborn accessories to use the carrier safely. We offer a Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier, Standard Baby carrier and a Toddler carrier that can be used at different stages of your child’s life.
- Do they have a warranty?
Don’t rush into a final sale purchase just because the price might be lower! Be sure your baby carrier brand will back up their product with a warranty. We offer a limited one-year warranty against manufacturing flaws.
- Is it easy to adjust?
Will you have multiple people wearing the carrier? You’ll want to make sure that 1) the carrier will fit each user, and 2) is it easy to adjust for each of the users. If you’re purchasing a soft-structured carrier, take a look at the length of the shoulder straps and the hip belt. The webbing should be long enough to fit all wearers. If you are in the market for a ring sling or woven wrap, make sure the length of fabric will still fit comfortably for each wearer. In addition to fit capabilities, you’ll want to find a carrier that can conveniently and easily adjust between different wearers. Be sure you know the steps necessary to adjust the carrier and if it’ll be suitable for your day-to-day needs.
- Are you planning to breastfeed in your carrier?
Breastfeeding while babywearing can serve multiple purposes! It not only allows you to breastfeed on the go, but it also allows you to be hands free. If you are hoping to breastfeed, make sure the carrier you choose has the flexibility and ability to adjust for breastfeeding your little one. Our carriers come with a convenient, removable hood that provides some additional privacy while breastfeeding if you prefer. A longer ring sling ‘tail’ can also provide you with some extra coverage!
- What activities will you be using it for?
Do you have an active lifestyle? Other kids to chase after? Are you always on-the-go? These are all questions you’ll want to consider because there are several different carrier types that have their own benefits. We make a line of Coast Carriers that have a breathable mesh panel to keep you and baby cool during hot months or while hiking, long walks, etc. There are also, ring slings, which are one of the fastest to adjust, compact carriers on the market making quick trips to the store much easier!
- Have you tried other carriers?
Do you have experience with other carriers? Not all carriers fit alike! Just because one carrier didn’t work, don’t count out baby carriers all together. You might think you want a certain type of carrier until you try it on. Was your baby not content in the carrier? Did you feel confident putting it on? You might even find that you have a preference for the feel of the different fabric. For instance, we make soft-structured carriers with canvas material; however, there are also Coast mesh carriers and woven wrap conversion carriers. A great way to start your search for a carrier is by finding your local babywearing group or babywearing educator. They can assist you with hands on comparisons and fit.
A baby carrier is bound to be one of your most-used baby gear purchases so it is important to find a product that will work well for your family. We have created a comparison chart that shows the benefits and functionalities of different carrier types to help you narrow down your search! We also have babywearing experts on hand who would be more than happy to help you answer fit or Baby Tula product questions – please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected].