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- Photo Courtesy of Cybex
The comfort king
The ergonomic Cybex carrier, developed by orthopedists, is designed to support your baby’s naturally rounded back. Individual adjustments can be made to the head position (even while he naps!) and it comes in good-looking mod colors, like chili, indigo and sand. ($100, amazon.com) Check out even more baby gear for new parents here.
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You’ll be the one they coo over when people see this sling’s pretty florals, retro polka dots and reversible designs (all formaldehyde-free). The Peanut Shell sports a wide cut so your tot rides safely and can be worn tummy to tummy, kangaroo-style or in a cradle position for newborns ($40, thepeanutshell.com)
You may have heard the CPSC issued a warning about sling usage in babies under 4 months old. Babywearing advocates suggest the following to make sure your baby is positioned safely in the sling:
1. Read all instructions carefully before you use your sling.
2. Baby’s chin should not be touching chest.
3. Sling fabric should not completely cover baby’s face.
4. Baby’s head should be higher than the rest of the body.
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Lock and load
Jeep’s genius Secure-Fit indicator on their 2-in-1 Carrier turns red when it’s properly latched, so you can rest easy knowing your baby is safely on board. And it'll be comfortable for you, too, thanks to the extra wide, nicely padded shoulder straps that evenly distribute your baby’s weight. ($39, amazon.com) Working to construct the perfect place for your new baby? Check out these nursery ideas.
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This spacious backpack easily converts to a child carrier with a padded seat, so the double-duty KangaKid can carry your tot plus all his clothes, dipes and wipes (up to 33 lbs). It’s perfect for a trip to Grandma’s or just an outing at the mall. ($149, deuterusa.com)
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No more aching back: this Chicco carrier has superior lumbar support and adjustable straps with locking clips so you can carry your baby high or low. It also opens fully to remove your sleepy head without disturbing her. ($99.99, target.com)
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The Trekker features an outer shell made from 100% organic cotton and adjusts to fit newborns through little kids—up to 50 lbs! Wear it as a front or back carrier or in the nursing position for discreet feedings when you’re on the go. ($130, babytrekker.com)
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Never let ‘em see you sweat! To the rescue, BabyBjörn’s newest front carrier combines cool mesh fabric with improved lower-back support and comfy padded straps so you can easily tote your tot until he’s 26 lbs. ($159.95, babiesrus.com)
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One tough cookie
You can take this rugged carrier around town, to the beach or on a hike in the woods. Its lightweight aluminum frame has padded shoulder straps, a five-point safety harness, under-seat storage and a convenient zip-off diaper bag for all your supplies. (from $169, amazon.com)
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The ERGObaby carrier works from infancy with a special insert, but its ability to let you comfortably carry a toddler up to 40 lbs. (in front, on your hip, or on your back) is what really sets it apart. The sun/rain cover and the zippered pocket mean you can leave the diaper bag behind for quick trips. (from $105, ergobaby.com)