As much as we here at Lucky promote baby wearing as a great way to bond with your little one and still do everything else you need to do, nothing in this world comes without its drawbacks. Here are a few of the potential downsides to baby carrying to consider.
Depending on the carrier, it may take you a while to get fully secured and ready to go. Wraps and mei tai straps can tangle and be difficult to contend with, heavy-duty carriers are bulky, and slings, particularly ring slings, can take a lot of adjustment to get comfortable. Some back carriers can’t be put on without help from a second person! If you’re in a hurry and get delayed further by trying to sort out your baby carrier, it’s going to frustrate you and baby both.
Girth and Weight
Carrying your little one around is great exercise for sure, but if you don’t have the right kind of carrier or don’t adjust it properly, that weight around your neck or on your shoulder can really get you down after a while, and potentially cause pain and injuries. Not to mention, much like during your pregnancy, you have to be mindful of how much space you’re taking up – it’s probably more than you think. You also have to make sure baby is comfortable in the carrier, and not getting sore from all that time, or sitting in a bad position for their body’s development.
Baby In Your Face
As good as it is for your child to see the world from your perspective rather than being stuck with a stroller’s-eye view all the time, inquisitive little hands (and mouths) are in a great position to reach for your hair, jewelry, and face all the time. In addition, hungry little tykes might realize you can nurse them all the time – and insist on not waiting until you’re somewhere more private!
Carrying Other Stuff
While baby wearing does leave your hands free for the most part, some sling carriers recommend you steady baby with a hand whenever possible, making it difficult to lug around heavy shopping or do two-handed tasks while carrying. This can also come back to the weight issue – if you already have a ten-pound baby strapped to your chest, do you really want to carry around the groceries too?
There are nearly as many types of carriers out there as there are parents – even Lucky sells several varieties! Some parents might find it easier to take the path of least resistance and buy a stroller, instead of trying to make sense of all the carrier options. In addition, parents with multiples might decide against baby wearing because they can’t effectively carry both children (never mind all three or more!) at once.
This can be a big drawback for many parents: When baby wearing, there’s always a greater chance that your little one will get hurt because <i>you</i> slip and fall. It’s also much more difficult to just put baby somewhere and give yourself a few minutes’ respite from holding them all day, especially for particularly mobile little tykes who take off at the first opportunity. Weather can be another drawback; no one wants their kid to be too hot, too cold, or too wet.
There are ways to counter all of these common problems, and we encourage parents interested in baby wearing to look into those options.