Transport Your Baby – The Safe and Comfortable Ways
There are several ways of transporting your baby. You need to think carefully about your lifestyle and what type of equipment would suit it best before you part with your money. For example, if you live in an upstairs apartment, you may decide that a baby buggy is impractical and opt for a baby sling and foldaway stroller. On the other hand, if you expect to do a lot of walking, a sturdy buggy with high sides to protect your baby from wind and rain may be the best choice.
You can choose from:
• A buggy with detachable body. The carrier can be used separately, and the chassis folds for storage. Make sure that the handle is at a comfortable height for pushing and that you can carry the basket separately if you need to.
• A three-in-one stroller. This combines a buggy and a carrier with a stroller and will be adequate until your baby is at least two years old. Make sure that the stroller seat is adjustable, so that it can recline and be suitable for a young baby.
• An adjustable stroller. A lightweight, folding stroller which is easy to store and carry. You can buy a hood and cover to protect your baby from wind and rain. Check to see that the seat is wide enough to last as your baby grows and whether it will recline. You also need to find out at what age your baby can first go into it, as some are not strong enough to support the back and head of a newborn.
• A stroller. A basic one-position stroller is a useful spare or extra to keep at the grandparents’ house or in the trunk of the car. Ask whether you can buy a hood and cover to go with it.
• A front-pack baby sling. Useful for carrying your young baby inside and outside the house, leaving your hands free. He will love the warmth and security of being snuggled up to you. The head support can be removed once your baby gains head control. Pick one whose sling is easy to put on unaided and that sits at a comfortable level on your body. Any sling can cause back and shoulder ache when worn for long periods of time, particularly as your baby gets bigger.
• A backpack. Once your baby is about six months old, a backpack allows him to watch the world go by. Choose an adjustable model with padded shoulder straps and belt for comfort. It should also have an adjustable seat for baby’s added comfort. Be careful of backpacks with bars below the baby’s feet. As the baby grows, he may be able to push himself up and out of this type of backpack.
• A shopping rack or tray that fits under a buggy or stroller seat can carry stuff more safely than a bag dangling from the handles.
• A school-style backback can also carry your purchases and baby supplies, leaving your hands free to guide the buggy or stroller
• In inclement weather, a hood and cover will protect your baby and keep him warm and dry.
• A light blanket will keep your baby’s legs warm in cold weather.
• A cheesecloth net will protect your baby from insects in the summer.
• A canopy or parasol will protect him from the sun.
All forms of transportation should be used with a seat belt once your baby is two months old, and tiny babies should always wear a belt if they are put in a reclining stroller. Get into the habit of using a belt on every outing, however short.