I am proud to say that I have recently become a new mom! I felt very lucky to have such a great group of moms around me to give such great advice during and after my pregnancy. I have to admit that one of the best pieces of advice I received was about using the Baby Bjorn carrier. As soon as my baby was old enough to be in one of these carriers I started using it because it really gave me so much more freedom to use my hands but still have the much needed closeness to my new born.https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ9xFmqv20sipP5Z7kKcmsOyadFFd89hhgajfYng_R3_GbOVQAMCQ

Before I started using the carrier, I started to get shoulder and back pain from lifting the heavy car seat, and as a Physical Therapist I knew I had to change something fast! The car seat is just too heavy to be lifting in and out of the car, even if it is only to go a short distance. A carrier is so simple to use and instead of lifting a heavy car seat, only the baby is lifted. Using a carrier can also save new moms from low back pain because it is more ergonomically correct when compared to just holding the baby in your arms. The weight of the baby is in the front of you instead of being to one side as is often the case if you are holding the baby on your hip or over the shoulder.

Believe it or not, the carrier is actually good for your baby as was well because it puts their hips in an ideal position, and there is less risk for hip dysplasia or hip dislocation as they grow.

Take my advice, enjoy your new baby and avoid any unwanted low back or shoulder pain by using a baby carrier instead of carrying that heavy car seat. It made a world of difference for me and my baby LOVES it too!

Contributed by Krista Magnoli, PTA @ The Physical Therapy Center in West Palm Beach, FLorida.