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Buying a baby carrier? Don't forget Dad!
After nine months of carrying your baby out front it is only fair that dad gets the chance too, once baby is born!
So you want to make sure you buy a carrier or sling that fits him too!
According to CHOICE almost one in four fathers experience problems when using a baby sling.
In a survey of 1006 parents, 23 per cent of fathers reported experiencing injury or discomfort while carrying their babies in slings.
"While many don't have difficulties with the slings, it concerned us that almost a quarter of dads reported problems, including the safety issue of babies almost falling out of the slings," says CHOICE spokesperson, Ingrid Just.
CHOICE recommends that both parents should try on a number of baby carriers before they buy.
"It's usually mum who buys the baby slings, but they need to consider dad as well because one size doesn't fit all," says Ms Just.
"The body size and shape for mum, dad and baby will affect the comfort and safety level," says Ms Just.
CHOICE's tips of features to look for when choosing a baby carrier/sling:
- Choose one with broad; well-padded shoulder straps that cross at the back help distribute the weight. The straps shouldn’t pull too much on your neck or shoulders
- Make sure it has a broad hip or waist strap will take some weight off your shoulders and limit sideways movement of the carrier, adding stability
- Check to ensure that all straps are fully and easily adjustable with one hand. They shouldn’t obscure a baby's vision or cut into their face
- Make sure the carrier supports the baby sufficiently without restricting head, leg and arm movement
- Make sure it provides adequate head support - particularly important for younger babies, who have little or no head and neck control.
Download CHOICE’s free guide with advice for new parents at choice.com.au/expectantparentsguide
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