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Top Tips to Use an Over the Shoulder Baby Carrier

Sep 10, 2008
Baby wearing has become a national trend, and nowadays we don't even flinch when we see a mother carting around her infant, or toddler in a sling. Using a baby carrier allows you to breast feed on the go, and helps you meet the needs of your other children if you have multiples. If you live in an Urban area, using an infant carrier can be a whole lot less awkward than lugging a stroller around too! The benefits really are endless...

When purchasing a sling for your newborn, consider trying an over the shoulder carrier that mimics many of the ways moms and dads naturally carry their kids. The only difference? A newborn sling allows you to have your hands free! Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? These slings fold to create a hammock affect that your newborn, or toddler can hang out in while you go about your day. Using an over the shoulder sling allows you to bond with your new baby, without sacrificing too much of your daily routine. Think how much easier trips to the food store, or mall will be if your baby is able to feel the intimacy, and warmth of your body...but without compromising your hands?

Over the shoulder baby carriers can accommodate a child of any size up to age three. If you've got a newborn you can adjust the sling so that there is plenty of head support for your little one. The older the baby gets, the more options you have with your baby sling; for the curious infant you can have face to face contact so that she can mimic you, and watch your facial expressions while resting, and for the older (and heavier!) toddler, we recommend placing your over the shoulder sling low on your hip, so you can support your child's weight on your tips. These slings are also ideal for the breast feeding mother; even the most efficient breast feeder wouldn't mind a little privacy, and the over the shoulder sling allows her to feed her baby, while moving around hands free without a single soul knowing!

Over the shoulder slings are a fantastic way to run errands, work, or complete housework hands free, but with the luxury of bonding with your child. They are easy to use, come in virtually any size, and many websites even offer different patterns for the the fashionista in us. Over the shoulder baby carriers are a great way for fathers to bond too! Dads can feel more comfortable taking their new babies out in public, knowing they are nestled tightly across their chests, while allowing there hands to remain free.

Unlike other baby carriers the over the shoulder sling won't kill your back, and is created to mimic the way a mother naturally holds her newborn. Your OTSBH is suited to fit a child up to age three, and at an affordable price [most over the shoulder carriers are under forty dollars] it's money well spent for years of carrying your little one around! Most baby slings will come with a detailed manual, or video teaching you the many different holds you can use. Look for a over the shoulder carrier that offers a free instruction video, and if you are on a budget use search terms like otsbh and over the shoulder holder on Craigslist and Ebay to find deals.
About the Author
Art Gib contributes to many baby and child online publications including HugaMonkey. Art is an avid over the shoulder baby holder supporter because of the positive impact it can have on families. For more information regarding baby slings, visit http://www.hugamonkey.com/over-the-shoulder-baby-holder.
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