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Questions & Answers
When can I start carrying my child facing forward in the baby carrier?
After consulting the pediatricians we work with, we recommend that you carry your child facing you in the baby carrier until he/she is around 4 months – or until the child’s neck muscles are strong enough to hold up his/her head.
How long can I carry my child in the baby carrier each time?
You can carry your child in the baby carrier for as long as he/she is content there. However, small children should not be motionless in the same position for long periods of time. That's why we recommend that you always pay close attention to your child’s needs and switch between the baby carrier and, for example, a baby sitter, stroller or crib.
Is it safe for my child to suck and chew on the baby carrier?
Yes. All the fabrics in our baby carriers are tested and certified in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1 for baby products, the class that has the most rigorous requirements. The Oeko-Text label means that all the fabrics are free from health-hazardous substances and allergens.
A lot of children suck and drool on the baby carrier when they are carried facing forward. To avoid having to wash the baby carrier too often, it’s a good idea to use a BABYBJÖRN Bib for Baby Carrier. Naturally, this is also certified in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1.
How do I wash BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers?
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers can all be machine-washed, warm (40°C). Use a bleach-free detergent. Do not tumble dry.
Is it OK for my child to sleep in the baby carrier?
Yes! It’s fine for your child to sleep in a BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier. In the baby carrier, your child gets the closeness and warmth he/she needs to fall asleep feeling safe. BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers provide good support for the child’s back and neck, so you can carry your sleeping child for as long as he/she is satisfied. However, small children should not remain in the same position for extended periods. That’s why we recommend that you always pay close attention to your child’s needs and switch between the baby carrier and, for example, a baby sitter, stroller or crib.
Since the baby carrier’s front piece is completely detachable, you can easily put your sleeping child down without waking him or her.
When can I start using BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers?
The BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Original can be used from when your child weighs 3.5 kg/8 lbs until he/she weighs 11 kg/25 lbs.
You can use the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Active from when your child weighs 3.5 kg/8 lbs up to 12 kg/26 lbs.
A good time to start using the BABYBJÖRN Comfort Carrier is when your child is 3 months old and weighs at least 6 kg/13 lbs up to 14 kg/31 lbs.
You can use BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Miracle from newborn, as long as your baby weighs at least 8 lbs/3.5 kg up to 26 lbs/12 kg.
I read on a web forum that BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers are not good for children because the child ”hangs/dangles from the crotch” in them (and you can imagine how that must feel?). Is that correct?
No, that is not correct. An important part of the answer here is that a small child’s center of gravity is very different from an adult’s. The child’s head is much larger and the legs are shorter and therefore weigh lessin relation to his/her body,than is the case with adults.Therefore, the child’s weight is distributed differently: the brunt of the weight is not on the seat, but is also distributed onto the baby carrier’s back, head and neck support. In other words, there is no comparison to if you yourself were sitting in a baby carrier. The child’s low body weight is also a vital factorresulting in almost no pressure being placed on the baby’s crotch. Pressure tests conducted together with pediatricians also confirm this.
Read more on what doctors and child psychologists have to say about this.
I read on a web forum that baby carriers can cause hip dysplasia. Is that correct?
No, that is not correct. Your child cannot develop hip dysplasia or hip luxation by being carried in a baby carrier. Hip dysplasia, or hip luxation, is a congenital condition diagnosed through a medical examination. The notion that baby carriers can cause hip dysplasia is a misunderstanding and has no scientific foundation. This is confirmed by leading child orthopedists.
Read more on what pediatricians have to say about hip dysplasia and baby carriers.
Is there any risk of unhealthy pressure being placed on the child’s genitals when carrying him facing forward in BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers?
No, no such risk exists. The design of all our baby carriers (proper support for the neck, head and back) together with the child’s center of gravity and body proportions ensure that the child’s weight is not placed on the genitals nor solely on the seat, but instead is distributed across the baby carrier’s back, head and neck support. The weight is evenly distributed across the seat and this, in combination with the child’s low body weight, guarantees that no uncomfortable or dangerous pressure arises. The pressure tests BabyBjörn has undertaken together with pediatricians confirm that this is the case with or without a diaper.
Read more on what pediatricians have to say about children’s development and using baby carriers.
I read on a web forum that carrying a child facing forward in a baby carrier is not healthy. Is that correct?
During your child’s first months of life, he/she should not be carried facing forward as such a small child’s neck muscles are not yet sufficiently developed. Also, body and eye contact between you and your child is essential during these first months.
However, according to pediatricians and child psychologists, around four months of age, it is entirely natural for a child to want to and try to turn around, since at this age children begin to show an interest in what they see around them. In terms of the child’s physical development and the position of his/her back, hips and genitals, pediatricians and child orthopedists agree that at this age, the child can safely be carried facing forward as long as the child can hold his or her head up stably without assistance.
Read more on what doctors and child psychologists have to say about this.
What does being carried in a baby carrier feel like?
Many parents wonder what it feels like for their baby to be carried in a baby carrier. An important part of the answer here is that a small child’s center of gravity and proportions are very different from an adult’s. During the first year of life, the following happens: The little baby triples in weight and grows 30% length. The spine’s shape changes and motor skills develop everyday. Proportionally, the child’s head is much bigger and heavier in relation to his/her body than an adult’s. The child’s arms and legs are also proportionally shorter and lighter. In other words, there is no comparison to if you yourself were sitting in a baby carrier. Read more on what doctors and child psychologists have to say about this.
On the other hand, we know that feeling the parent’s closeness, body heat and heartbeat give the child in the baby carrier a sense of warmth and security. We also know that the slightly older child experiences tremendous delight in discovering the world together with and close to his/her parent.
When is it most important to carry your child?
From newborn and during the first 5-6 months in life, closeness through eye-to-eye and bodily contact is essential to babies. Several studies shows that the warmth, the breathing and the sound of the parent’s heartbeats and voice, make the child feel secure and safe. This also contributes to the creation of a close connection and an emotional bond between baby and parent. More about the bonding process between child and parent.