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What are the best practices for transitioning a baby from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry?

Hey everyone,

I'm a new mom and I have been carrying my baby in a newborn carry since the day she was born. She's almost 5 months old now and I'm starting to feel like it might be time to transition her into a different carry. I want to make sure I'm doing this safely and effectively.

I've been doing some research on different options for carrying older babies and toddlers, but I'm wondering if there are any best practices I should be aware of when making this transition. Are there certain carriers or positions that are better suited for older babies? How do I know if my baby is ready to make this transition?

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi there,

I'm a mom of two and have been babywearing for over three years now. In my experience, the best way to transition a baby from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry is to start slowly and gradually move to more supportive carriers or wraps.

At around five months, you can start using a soft-structured carrier (SSC) or woven wrap that offers more support for your growing baby's weight. It's important to ensure that your baby maintains a "M" shape position while being carried, with their knees above their hips, and their back straight. A carrier with a waist belt and padded shoulder straps is ideal.

If you're using a woven wrap, you can start by tying in a front carry position, and gradually move to the back carry position as your baby gains more head and neck control. Make sure to practice the new position at home first before heading out.

Also, follow your baby's cues - if they seem uncomfortable or fussy in a new position or carrier, try transitioning more slowly or adjust the carrier to find a more comfortable fit.

Hope this helps!


Hi there,

As a mom of a toddler, I have found that switching to a backpack carrier is a great way to transition from a newborn carry. A backpack carrier like the Osprey Poco can provide the necessary support for a growing toddler and can be adjusted as they get bigger.

I started with a front inward carry position and eventually moved to a back carry position as my toddler got bigger. Backpack carriers are great for keeping your toddler close and secure while still allowing you to have your hands free.

One thing to keep in mind when using a backpack carrier is to ensure the proper fit for both you and your toddler. The carrier should be adjusted so that your toddler's weight is distributed evenly across your back and shoulders.

Another helpful tip when babywearing a toddler is to be mindful of how long you are carrying them for. While it can be tempting to keep them close while out and about, it's important to take breaks and let them have some time to walk or run around.

In conclusion, a backpack carrier can be a great option for transitioning from a newborn carry to a toddler carry, especially if you have an active toddler who loves to explore. Make sure to choose a carrier that is comfortable for both you and your toddler, and take breaks as needed to avoid straining your back.


Hey there,

As a working mom of two, I could not have survived without babywearing. When transitioning from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry, I found that using a soft-structured carrier with a waist belt worked best for me.

A waist belt adds extra support and distributes the baby's weight evenly on my hips, reducing the pressure on my back. I started with the front inward carry position, and as my children grew bigger, I moved to a back carry position.

One of the challenges I faced was learning how to buckle or fasten the carrier on my own. I found it useful to practice using the carrier at home until I felt comfortable doing it on my own.

Another tip is to choose a carrier made of breathable materials, especially if you plan to use it for long periods. Some carriers can get too hot or uncomfortable, especially during the hot summer months.

Overall, whether you choose a ring sling, mei tai, woven wrap or structured carrier, the key is to find a carrier and position that work for you and your baby's needs. With a little patience and practice, you'll find that babywearing can be a lifesaver in so many ways.


Hello all,

As a new mom, I understand the importance of transitioning my baby from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry. I have found that using a structured carrier like the Ergobaby 360 is a great way to make this transition.

I started with a front inward carry position, but as my baby grew, I switched to a hip carry position. The hip carry position allowed for more support and provided better weight distribution on my body. I also found the structured carrier to be more comfortable for longer periods of wear.

Another tip is to make sure you have the right size carrier for your body and your baby's size. An ill-fitting carrier can cause discomfort for both you and your baby.

Lastly, don't be afraid to try different carriers and positions. What works for one baby or parent may not work for another. It's all about finding what works best for you and your baby.

I hope this helps!


Hi everyone,

As a mom of twins, I have had to adapt and find the best ways to carry two babies at once. Transitioning from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry can be quite different when you have two little ones to carry.

For me, I found that using two separate carriers was the best option. I typically use two ring slings, one for each baby. This allows me to have my hands free while still carrying both babies comfortably.

When it comes to transitioning from a newborn to a toddler carry, I found that it was important to ensure that each baby was adequately supported and comfortable. I started with the basic front carry position, and as they grew bigger and their necks became stronger, I moved to a hip carry position.

One challenge of carrying two babies is learning how to balance the weight evenly across your body. It's important to switch sides regularly to avoid strain on one side of your body. I also found it helpful to use a waistband to help distribute the weight more evenly across my hips.

In summary, transitioning from a newborn carry to a toddler carry can be a bit tricky when you have twins, but with patience and practice, it can be done safely and comfortably using separate carriers like ring slings.


Hello everyone,

As a parent of three, I have found that using a woven wrap is a great way to transition your baby from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry.

Woven wraps offer a lot of versatility, and there are many different carries you can do with them. The key is to find a carry that works well for you and your baby, and that provides enough support and comfort as your baby grows.

I started with a basic front carry for my newborn, but as he got bigger, I moved to a hip carry, and eventually a back carry. One benefit of using a wrap is that you can distribute the weight of your baby evenly across your body, which can help prevent back pain or strain.

One important thing to keep in mind with a woven wrap is that there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to getting it wrapped correctly. If you're new to wrapping, it can be helpful to watch tutorial videos or take a class to learn the basics.

Overall, transitioning your baby from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry can be a fun and rewarding experience. Don't be afraid to try different carriers and positions until you find what works best for you and your little one.


Hello there,

As a father of two, I have experienced the transition from a newborn carry to an older baby or toddler carry. In my opinion, the most important thing to consider while transitioning is your baby's comfort and safety.

I found that ring slings and mei tais work well for transitioning. Ring slings can be adjusted more easily and offer a lot of versatility in the different ways you can carry your baby. Mei tais are also great because they offer good support, can be used for both front and back carries and can be shared among different caregivers.

Before transitioning, it is important to practice at home in a safe place like a bed or on the floor, and make sure that you are comfortable with the new carrier before taking it out of the house. Also, make sure to keep an eye on your baby's hip position, as some carriers may not support a healthy and safe spread-squat position.

Overall, it's important to be patient and take your time transitioning your baby to a new carrier or position. It's worth doing it slowly to ensure that your baby is safe, comfortable and happy while being carried, and that you feel confident and secure with the new carrying method.

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