Top Tips for Ultimate Carrier Comfort

Jess Hippey

Our carriers are designed to be both beautiful and comfortable, without compromise. Our in-house baby carrying consultants have worked together to share their top tips for getting your carrier perfectly comfortable for you and your baby.

Waistband Wisdom

A lovely guide for finding your ideal waistband height is to cuddle your baby in with their head nestling just under your chin, note where their bottom rests – this is your perfect waistband height. If you have a newborn this may be a little higher than you were anticipating, yet not only is it so much more comfortable it also allows for safer monitoring of your baby too. A lovely bonus of getting the waistband in this position is that it often allows for more of the padded straps to reach around your shoulders and down your back – so your back feels this benefit too.

Strap Strategies

Crossed strapped baby carriers feel so much better when the straps cross widely over your back – not only does it keep the straps away from your neck, but it spreads the weight more evenly too.

In a Cairis and a Bairn this is achieved by ensuring you pull the straps down vertically (not diagonally) first and only once taught vertically leading them across your back and into the clip.

With the Nook this is achieved by setting the straps wide on your shoulder before fully tightening them.

If you’re using ruck sack straps (or un-crossed) at the back the strap comfort is greatly determined by the position of the chest clip as we’ll explain below.

Chest Clip Slide

Did you know the chest clip position is fully adjustable on both our Bairn & Nook baby carriers? It adjusts up and down, as well as being able to have a narrow width or a wider width to perfectly fit your frame. Most people find it comfortable at approximately bra-strap height, or armpit height, with the width adjusted so that the straps follow the natural curve of your shoulder blades.

A concern is often that the chest clip cannot be reached in this position when putting on the carrier, however, you can avoid this by clipping the chest clip before you put it on as shown in the video below.

Tightening Techniques

There are many different ways to tighten a carrier, and some that work for one person may not be your favourite method. Here are a few different ways that will work with both the Bairn and the Nook Carrier.

Panel Perfection

We always want to be able to see your baby’s face – not only because they’re gorgeous, but to ensure they have lovely clear airways and airflow. For all of our carriers, this can be achieved by rolling the waistband to reduce the panel height for newborns.

Nailing the Knee to Knee

You may have come across the term knee to knee when learning to carry your baby. This is a way of ensuring you have the correct width of carrier for your baby’s size, it refers to the panel width which should cover from one knee pit into the other knee pit and no further. Your baby should be able to swing their legs freely. The video below shows you how to get the right fit on any of our carriers.

This means that the width of the carrier may need adjusting to fit your baby. To narrow the carrier for wee ones, there are three different ways. With the Bairn carrier, you simply slide the panel at the waistband to narrow the panel width. Some people like to buy a co-ordinating Oscha Cynch to keep this in place, but with a deep squat this isn’t necessary, just a lovely extra. With the Cairis carrier a cynch is needed to tie around the panel to narrow it, all baby-sized Cairis carriers come with a cynch. Finally, the Nook Encompass has a built-in cynch, which can be tightened and tied to maintain the correct panel width.

Pelvic Tuck

This is another term you may have come across, and refers to a technique we use to ensure that are baby is in the lovely deep-seated squat (also known as the ‘M’ position), that’s optimum for the development of their hips. In practice this looks like the baby being seated with their bottom lower than their knees, ensuring all their weight is resting on their bottom so that there’s no pressure on their legs. Sometimes it may be necessary to encourage them into this position with a pelvic tuck, as Hannah shows us here:

We hope that’s helpful for you, let us know if you have any more questions as we’d be delighted to share our favourite tips and techniques with you.

If you’re looking for more Cairis help we have a whole blog on our wonderful half buckle carrier. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Written by Jess Hippey

Jess is a mum to two boys and a Baby Carrying Consultant based in Aberdeen, Scotland. 

For more info about the work that she does see: www.closeandcalm.co.uk