How to choose an ergo backpack
Ergo backpack or carrier backpack is a real godsend for parents, thanks to which a walk on a bad road, a trip on public transport or outdoor activities with a child cease to be a problem. The main thing is to choose a high-quality model in which the baby will be comfortable and safe.
The best manufacturers of ergonomic backpacks
An ergonomic backpack should provide the baby with the correct physiological posture — the butt is below, the legs are widely spaced and the knees are higher than the priests. It has a wide waist belt and shoulder straps — thanks to this, it is easier for the mother to carry the baby.
Quality backpacks provide proper back and head support for your child and protect them from potential hazards. For example, the fasteners of the product have «insurance» against accidental unfastening. The role of insurance in this case is played by special rubber bands that do not allow the backpack to unfasten completely when the fasteners do not cope with their function.
Ergo backpacks should be made from safe and natural materials such as cotton and linen. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers adhere to these requirements and save on the quality of the fabric, fastening material and other characteristics. Therefore, it is recommended to buy backpacks from trusted brands.
The most popular manufacturers are:
- I love mum;
- Mum’s Era;
But choosing a good manufacturer is only the beginning. You also need to decide on the type of backpack and its components: back, straps, belt, shock absorber, etc.
Can newborns be carried in an ergo backpack?
Sling consultants do not recommend the use of classic sling backpacks for babies under 6-8 months old. In extreme cases, you can carry a child in it from 4 months, and then if he already confidently holds his head and weighs at least 7.5 kg.
Of course, manufacturers of ergonomic backpacks scream that their product can be used from the first days of a baby’s life, but most doctors question such claims. The use of ergonomic backpacks can adversely affect both the health of the baby and the mother’s well-being. Early use of carriers is dangerous for the following reasons:
- The design of the backpack, unlike a sling-scarf or a sling with rings, does not adapt to the shape of the baby’s body. The carrier has a certain back size and seating depth. Even if the backpack fits the baby perfectly, after a month the position of the child can become dangerous.
- Classic models do not provide normal spinal support for newborns. Since the shape of the backpack is practically not adjustable, mothers often pull the child with straps sewn into the middle part of the back of the product. As a result, the upper and lower parts of the spine are poorly fixed, and the baby’s back bends ahead of time. The curvature of the child’s spine will be fully formed only in six months, and not in the first months of life.
- Some manufacturers recommend placing special inserts for newborns in backpacks. In this case, the baby may be strongly pressed against the mother, as a result of which his back will be in an unnatural position.
- The use of ergonomic backpacks immediately after childbirth can lead to pain in the lower abdomen and the development of «female» problems in the mother.
It should be noted that sometimes on sale there are ergo backpacks designed specifically for newborns and designed for several months of use: from birth to 1.5 months and from 1.5 months to 4 months. Unfortunately, these models are very hard to find. Therefore, for carrying children in the first months of life, it is better to use a classic sling scarf or a sling with rings.
What to look for when choosing
The back of the product ensures the physiologically correct position of the crumbs. Should be wide and soft, according to the size of the child.
The straps of the sling backpack should be wide enough to properly distribute the load on the mother’s back and securely fix the baby. Choose soft straps, so the backpack will put less pressure on your shoulders when carrying a heavy boot.
The correct belt is tight and wide, well regulated and tightly tightened. Thanks to him, the mother can carry the child for several hours without getting tired.
Located on the sides of the back in some models. Thanks to them, it is possible to fix the child’s legs under the knee at any age (both at 6 months and at 2 years). In addition, they allow you to increase the width of the backrest for a grown cub.
Some models have a hood, with which you can fix the head of a dozing baby or protect him from wind and rain.
The fabric from which the backpack is sewn must be of high quality, dense and elastic. Make sure that the inside of the product that the baby comes into contact with is made of linen, cotton or other natural materials. Although such products have a high price, they retain their presentation even after six months of daily wear.
You should not buy goods that were sewn with synthetic fabrics and materials like tulle and tarpaulin. They will not pass air well and create a «greenhouse effect».
Choose models with an adjustable back — children grow up quickly, and products that are fixed in size will soon become unnecessary.
Before buying, determine the exact size of the child. Sit the baby on your haunches and spread his legs to the sides. Measure the length between the knees along the back of the thighs and buttocks. Take measurements not on a bare ass, but when the child is in a diaper. The resulting value should not be greater than the width of the carrier bag at the bottom.
Buy the product only after trying it on. If you feel comfortable, the straps do not cut into the skin, and the cub is in the correct position (the back of the backpack does not bulge, there are no voids under the booty, the M-position has been reached), you can take the goods.
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Attention! This material is the subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a purchase guide.
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