WHAT IS AN ERGONOMIC BABY CARRIER?

An ergonomic baby carrier should provide good support to the baby, and good pressure relief and comfort for the babywearer. Ergonomic baby carriers are more advanced, with additional features and settings; they allow you to carry for longer sessions and well into the toddler years.

Ergonomics for your baby

  • Wide-leg position
  • Proper support for hips
  • Knees should be level with bottom
  • Back should maintain its natural curve

Ergonomics for you

  • Good pressure relief, with no undue strain on any part of your body
  • Option for babywearing close to your body
  • Wide padded shoulder straps
  • Wide padded waist belt
  • Options for varying babywearing position – facing-in, facing-out and back carrying
  • Correct adjustment to your requirements

Hip-friendly baby carriers
People sometimes ask us if babywearing in a baby carrier can damage a baby’s hips. You don’t need to worry about this when you use a baby carrier from BABYBJÖRN. It’s impossible for a baby carrier to cause hip problems such as hip dysplasia. Our ergonomic baby carriers One, One Air and Move have also been tested and approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, which acknowledges them to be “hip-healthy” baby carriers.

Ergonomics for your baby

When you’re babywearing in a baby carrier, your baby's hips, legs and spine should be in the same position as when you hold them in your arms. The most important considerations are that your baby should sit in an upright position that ensures free air passages and that their neck has good support. A newborn baby’s natural posture is to sit with a slightly curved back and their knees level with their bottom. Babies sit in this position in all baby carriers from BABYBJÖRN – and our ergonomic baby carriers also keep larger babies in this comfortable position.

Back development

A newborn baby’s back is C-shaped at first and gradually becomes more S-shaped as they grow. The baby carrier needs to provide good support to the baby’s back throughout this development process. You don’t need to worry that your baby’s back is held in an unnaturally straight position in the baby carrier. Baby carriers from BABYBJÖRN are designed to hold your newborn baby’s back gently curved. To ensure that your baby is sitting in a good position in the baby carrier, you can put your hands under the baby’s knees and gently tilt their hips to give them a deeper sitting position. Our baby carriers also allow the baby to sit in a more upright position as their spine becomes more S-shaped.

Hip development

An ergonomic baby carrier has a wider leg position and provides greater support to the baby’s legs to keep their knees level with their bottom. The baby carrier should only support the legs as far as the backs of the knees and the baby should be able to move their lower legs freely. As the baby grows, the support will no longer reach to the backs of their knees, but don’t worry – it’s still providing good support to the baby’s hips.
The skeletal tissue surrounding a newborn baby’s hips is still soft. Therefore it’s important for a baby to sit in a natural, wide-leg position during their first months. All baby carriers from BABYBJÖRN provide good support to a newborn baby’s hips from day one. Baby Carrier One and One Air provide larger infants with a wide seat area as well. This is comfy for both you and your child.

An ergonomic baby carrier has a wider leg position and provides greater support to the baby’s legs to keep their knees level with their bottom.

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Ergonomics for you

Even a baby who only weighs a few kilos will feel surprisingly heavy after a while. It’s therefore very important that the baby carrier provides good pressure relief and doesn’t put undue strain on any part of your body.

Ergonomic baby carriers provide superior support to the babywearer’s back and shoulders. Look for wide, padded shoulder straps, a waist belt and back support – these features will give you a variety of options. If your shoulders get tired, for example, you can transfer more of the weight to the waist belt, and vice versa.

Babywearing close to your body also provides you with some pressure relief. The closer your baby sits to you, the closer their centre of gravity is to yours, which is more comfortable for both of you. Newborn babies should always be carried in the facing-in position, but the ability to vary your babywearing position is something you’ll appreciate once your baby grows larger. We recommend changing your babywearing position from time to time, to give your back and shoulders a rest. With an ergonomic baby carrier, you have the option of babywearing in the facing-in or facing-out position, and some even allow you to carry your child on your back.

Please take the time to study your Owner’s Manual to learn how to adjust your baby carrier. It can make a huge difference!