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Baby carriers can be an invaluable accessory during the first year of your baby's life. Here are the three main styles to choose from and how to find the best fit for you and your baby.
Made of fabric, they "sling" sash-style over your shoulder to hold your baby in front of you. Here are some of the benefits:
A sling is perfect early on, when your newborn needs to be held often in your arms, as opposed to being pushed at arm's length in a stroller.
A sling is an excellent way to carry your baby around the house because it keeps him happy while leaving your arms free for daily tasks.
Sling carriers are multi-purpose. You can use them to carry your baby, to create privacy for breastfeeding, and to cover your baby when he's sleeping.
Slings are great when a stroller would be inconvenient, such as up stairs, through large crowds or narrow aisle ways–or when you'll be going in and out of the car frequently.
You can use a sling right up through toddlerhood, when little legs get tired of walking.
Note: Slings can be confusing to use at first, and your baby can slide out of the bottom if not positioned correctly. Try to find an experienced sling-user, a how-to video, or a knowledgeable sales clerk to help you master the art of baby slinging.