The first few months of your baby’s life are tasked with adapting to living out of the womb.
There are many basic functions that he needs to master: breathing, suckling, vocalizing, digesting, and seeing, amongst many others.
These tasks are demanding initially, so your baby will spend much of his time adjusting by crying, sleeping, and fussing.
Every now and then, your baby will move into an alert phase where they look at the world around them. As your baby’s vision is limited to around 10 inches for the first few months, holding your baby close is important for recognition.
But as they grow older, they will want to start looking further away. But when can your baby face forward in an Ergo carrier safely? Read on to find out.
Carrying your Baby in an Ergo Carrier
Ergo carriers have a minimum weight requirement which varies between the different models, but most are suitable for newborn babies weighing around 8 pounds. At first, you need to carry your baby facing you because they do not have the strength in their necks to support their heads yet.
Placing your baby in an Ergo carrier facing forwards is great for keeping him snuggled against you and seeing the world while still allowing you to use your hands for your tasks. However, you can’t forward face your baby before he is ready.
Your Baby’s Development
For the first few months of your baby’s life, he will be happy being carried facing inward towards you. In this position, you baby’s developmental needs are being met for adapting to life out of your belly where he doesn’t need overstimulation.
At around 3 months, your baby’s interest in the human face will develop, and during this time, your baby will still be happy being carried facing inward towards you where he can see your face. This will allow your baby to observe your face when you are communicating, providing him with social learning experiences.
When Can Baby Face Forward in Ergo Carrier?
At around 6 months, your baby will begin turning his head when placed in the inward facing position so that he can see the action happening around him. Once you see your baby begin to signal that he requires more visual stimulation and he can hold his head up by himself, your baby is ready to face forward in his Ergo carrier.
Even when your baby signals that they would like to face outwards, it is recommended that you only do so for shorter periods of time in calm, familiar environments.
It is also important to note that your baby may be going through an outward facing phase. You should continuously experiment with placing your baby in the Ergo carrier facing inward and see how he reacts.
Some Ergo carriers can be adjusted more easily than others, making it simpler and safer for you to place your baby in and out of the carrier yourself. Here are some other considerations when purchasing an Ergo carrier for your baby to face inwards and outwards:
- Ensure that the leg holes are large enough to fit your baby’s legs, but not so large that he slips through. Most Ergo carriers have adjustable leg holes that allow you to change them as your baby grows.
- Check your Ergo carrier every week or two for tears or rips that could create an unsafe carrying situation, especially if your baby is at the stage of moving a lot.
- Always make sure that your baby’s breathing is not blocked or impeded in any way, whether he is facing forward or inward.
- Select a carrier with plenty of support under your baby’s thighs. This will ensure that your little one’s legs move outward from his hips rather than hanging straight down. It takes a few months for your baby’s muscles and joints to stretch out after birth. If you force them too early, you can permanently damage them.
It is only natural that after a few months, your baby will want to turn around and face the world surrounding him. However, it is important to remember that your baby is new to the world and can easily become overstimulated if he faces forwards for too long.
No one knows your baby better than you, and you will know when your little one is ready to be faced forward. The most important consideration is that he can support his own head before you do so.