Welcoming a new baby to the world can be a joyous and challenging time. Keeping your baby close in a baby carrier or baby sling facilitates deep bonding, helping build a strong, mutual attachment whilst being hands free (think hot cuppa, going to the loo, shopping, relaxing together).
Your baby is new to the world, and your baby needs to be carried. Here are the top reasons why:
- carrying your baby helps develop a secure mutual attachment;
- it allows both parents, or indeed any caregiver, to develop a deep bond with baby;
- it increases parental sensitivity to a baby's needs - you learn to interpret their noises and expressions so much quicker;
- it simulates the sensations of pressure, motion, warmth and security of the womb;
- carrying your baby in a sling reduces their level of stress, and
- it can greatly reduce crying and fussiness, and also helps your tired baby fall asleep.
In this sense then, a baby carrier or sling for baby is absolutely invaluable.
Adjusting as a family and adapting to the changes that a newborn baby brings can be challenging. A baby carrier can make this transition simpler - babies are calmed when they're next to you, they hear your heartbeat, they smell you and feel you. And it's the same for you - you feel them, hear them and smell them. So having your newborn in a baby carrier or baby sling allows you to get on with everyday life and every day tasks, whilst at the same time having them safe and secure, and indeed knowing where they are too.
"My nearly 3 month old loves taking his naps in his sling. We go for nice walks out in the fresh air. At home I can even hoover and do dishes and he’ll happily nap. The times he gets over tired and won’t nap, I put the sling on and wrap him in it, he generally goes to sleep within a minute or two, the odd time I’ll have to rub his hand a sway a little to get him to sleep. When he’s awake his head is supported well for when he’s looking around at the trees, he loves trees. It's a must for me and my boy. My partner too has carried him when I was on a first aid course and our son went to sleep on his Dadda in it."
The quote above perfectly sums up how good it is to carry your newborn or young baby in a sling. It allows you to get on with every day tasks, allows you to get outside and go for walks (often over tracks and trails where it's impossible to take a buggy), you can use it to soothe a fussy baby, and even both parents can use it.
The best baby carrier for newborn UK can be categorised by style.
1. Stretchy Wraps
Stretchy wraps comprise one long piece of fabric, akin to t-shirt fabric around 5m in length, which is wrapped around your body and keep your little one secure, snug and close - the best place to be after nine months in utero.
Our top stretchy wrap pick: the Coracor Stretchy wrap. It’s made from 2 -way, organic cotton and comes in a range of gorgeous designs.
2. Ring Slings
Perfect for newborns and babies, ring slings are not only great baby carrier for newborns but are very useful with older babies / toddlers who are at the 'up and down' stage, too. A ring sling can be carried neatly in a bag and taken out and used when needed.
Our top ring sling pick: Little Frog ring slings - they are at an amazing price point, very high quality and come in a range of fab selection of colours and designs.
3. Half Buckle Carriers
Halfway between a full buckle carrier and a meh dai carrier, a half buckle carrier offers the ease of a clip buckle at the waist, with the adjustability of long shoulder straps for a truly snug fit, without the reaching for back or side clips. It creates a really great snug fit, especially for newborns.
Our top Half Buckle pick: Didymos Didyklick - organic cotton, beautiful designs and is not only one of the best baby carriers for newborns, it does all the way up to 2 or 3 years old.
4. Buckle Carriers
Buckle carriers are versatile and easy to use. The basic design is a front panel, where baby is ‘seated’ in an upright position, a waist strap and two padded shoulder straps, all of which are adjustable to achieve a comfortable fit, and secured with buckles. They are one of the most popular baby carriers for newborns. Some are even multi-position carriers that facilitate forward facing positions once your newborn is a little bit older.
Our top buckle carrier pick: the Love & Carry One+. This option is amazing from newborn and not only that, it works brilliantly right through to 2 years. And even more amazing - if you’re carrying in the warmer months, you can choose the ‘Cool’ version - it has a rollaway section with a mesh panel behind.
Babywearing is super at the best of times, but with a newborn it is even more amazing. We only sell the best baby carriers for newborns in the UK so that you can be confident the one you buy is great quality, comfortable and supportive for you, and respectful of baby's physiology.