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Our video helps you choose the right sling, padded carrier wrap, or other carrier for your baby.
Narrator: The ancient art of baby wearing is now becoming mainstream.
Baby carriers are designed to soothe babies and simplify everyday life for busy moms, dads, and even celebrities like Angelina Jolie.
But how do you know which is best for you and your baby's lifestyle?
One solution: Goodbye, Tupperware party; hello, baby-wearing party.
Sandy: Hi! We're gonna be together!
Heather: It's just easy to live your life wearing your baby.
Narrator: Heather and Lorena are two self-professed "slingers."
Lorena: This X makes the cradle part.
Narrator: They're here to answer questions and offer recommendations to this group of moms in Westchester, Pennsylvania.
Between retail and online stores, there are dozens of styles and endless choices of fabric.
Janice: It's kinda hard to find carriers that are comfortable for bigger babies.
Caroline: Now I see all these fabric ones, the sling, the hip... I wanna try them on and see, oh ya… this is for me or definitely not for me.
Jeannie Ohm, DC: Carriers are hugely important for neurological, emotional development of the child. The child needs to be near the mother.
Narrator: Ohm is the executive coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Organization. She thinks parents today are over-relying on arms, hips, and car seat carrriers.
Chiropractor: If they're going to start with a carrier, start right away.
Narrator: She says the best parts of baby wearing are the health perks for you and your baby.
Studies confirm that wearing babies can also reduce postpartum depression, encourage breastfeeding, and reduce fussiness.
81 percent of our site moms polled use carriers to keep their hands free.
There are four different styles of carriers: slings and pouches, padded baby carriers, Asian baby carriers [or mei tai], and wraps and ties.
Most offer options to wear your baby on chests, hips, and backs.
For newborns, Ohm suggests slings or pouches, often called the training wheels of fabric carriers.
Chiropractor: While they're very young, the slings work really well.
Narrator: Ohm, a mother of six and a baby wearer herself, says moms today have to adapt as babies begin to move and grow.
Chiropractor: As the baby got a little bigger, I was always concerned about them -- whoop! -- flipping forward. I like the type that nestled the baby a little bit tighter and closer.
Narrator: The other three styles of carriers offer this closeness depending on how you tie them. Most are designed to distribute the weight of your baby over two shoulders and hips.
Chiropractor: I could move both my hands and my body without having to worry about them coming forward.
Narrator: Around 6 months, your baby can sit in the hip carry position.
Janice: I think it's actually more comfortable.
Narrator: At a year, your child should be carried on your back.
Ohm advises wearing your carrier high, keeping your baby's weight above your hips.
And baby carriers are a great fashion accessory for two.