Carrier conundrum

    Consumer Reports News: May 14, 2007 02:40 PM

    Question: "Should I use a soft infant carrier like the Baby Bjorn Active. It's rated high in your tests, but we're just not sure we'll use it. Is it something we'll need?"

    Answer: A soft infant carrier is definitely something you can hold off on buying until after your baby is born. In fact, because some babies don't like "being worn — which is, in effect, what you're doing when you strap your baby into a soft carrier  — we recommend not buying one ahead of time, if ever. (See our full report on soft infant carriers.)

    If you can, see if your baby takes to a soft infant carrier by trying on a friend's carrier. When first putting your baby in it, practice over a soft surface, such as a bed or sofa, until you get the hang of it. The suspension aspect can feel a little precarious initially.

    If you can't borrow a soft infant carrier, go ahead and buy one, but feel free to wait until the need arises. If you have a baby that constantly wants to be held, for example, a soft infant carrier may be just the ticket to relieve your tired arms. But keep the receipt just in case the carrier isn't the answer. To help you choose one, see more soft infant carrier information and Ratings.

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