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How to choose a baby carrier

Back carriers

Back carriers are suitable for babies who can sit up and support themselves - usually from around 6 months old. Depending on how strong you are, and how tolerant your baby is, you may be able to use a back carrier into toddlerhood.

Back carriers are useful for more serious walking where it’s impractical to take a pushchair, for shopping trips where you need your hands free and as a possible alternative to the lightweight stroller pushchair on holiday.

It's not a good idea to leave a sleeping baby in a carrier, even if it is freestanding, as they may move and topple the structure.

What to look for:

  • A freestanding carrier makes lifting your baby in and out much easier.
  • It must have a fixed harness inside.
  • It should be well padded for both parent and baby.
  • Detachable rain and sun covers and storage areas are useful extras.

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