As beautiful and precious as our children are, when you are trying to make sure that you are comfortable when wearing a sling or carrier – you need to think about them like any other weight! Keeping your child close to you and high up near your chest will usually feel more comfortable for you than carrying your child away from your body near your stomach or lower back.
Probably the secret to getting a comfortable carrier or sling is to find one that distributes your child’s weight as widely and evenly as possible. In most cases a carrier or sling that distributes weight to both shoulders and your hips will be more comfortable than one shoulder and/or carriers that don’t offer hip support.
Padding can offer more comfort for the wearer, but be aware this isn’t always the case. Sometimes something thin and floppy which moulds to your body will feel nicer. Wrap straps (those made of wrap fabric) are usually wide and cup your shoulders to further distribute weight.
If you have a meh dai or buckle carrier the waist and shoulder straps should touch your body throughout the length of the strap . If the carrier hangs off you or gapes then you may find that it pulls on your body where it does make contact.
If you find one or both of the shoulder straps of your buckle carrier tends to fall down, then you possibly need to tighten the shoulder straps, or chest strap or move the chest strap upwards.
If you have recently had a C-section or have any other issues such as back or neck pain it is usually OK to carry your child but you may need to choose a carrier or carry that avoids this area. Please use your own judgement and contact a medical professional if you are unsure.