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Hands-free baby carriers provide a great deal of convenience for parents but pay attention to weight limits. Be sure to choose an appropriate carrier for your baby’s development and motor abilities. Avoid using a carrier that curls your baby’s body into a “C” shape or where your baby’s head drops forward to a chin-to-chest position; this position can pinch off your baby’s windpipe. Make sure your baby’s head is up and above the fabric, their face is visible, and their nose and mouth are not covered by any part of the carrier or by your body or clothing.
Baby carriers are made of textiles, padding, straps, and attachments (like snaps, clips, and velcro). If you choose carriers made with foam, these may have flame retardant chemicals. As with all textiles, they may contain a number of dyes and solvents as finishing and manufacturing chemicals.
Cost: don't assume that the highest priced model is the best. Pick a hands free carrier based on your comfort as well as one that best matches your anticipated use and needs. Weight limits: if you plan to use one early on for a very young infant, check the lower weight limit as well.
Whenever possible, choose organic textiles for items that will touch your baby's body. Products made of fabric are certified organic by GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard). As with all textiles, launder with unscented detergent before use.