Motherhood can be a pain in the back — literally. It's no secret that back pain is a common setback for moms who often have to carry their babies around for most of the day. Although supporters claim that baby slings and carriers should relieve some of the pressure placed on a mother's back, certain carriers can make matters even worse. Luckily, there are several baby carriers and slings for moms with back pain that are specifically designed to spread out the pressure from carrying your baby, instead of localizing it all on your lower back or shoulders.
According to Today's Parent, ring slings are especially bad for moms who suffer from back pain, despite their popularity, and may increase the likelihood of experiencing it. Similarly, slings or carriers that have especially thin straps or not much support for baby or mother are prone to increasing back issues.
Despite the many benefits that wearing your baby can hold for both moms and babies (is anyone else a fan of using two hands at a time?) many moms get discouraged that they can't do so comfortably without back pain. However, moms with back issues don't need to steer clear of babywearing altogether, with these baby carriers specifically designed with your back in mind.
1Ergo Baby Bundle Of Joy Carrier
According to We Have Kids, soft structured carriers are ideal for moms with back pain because they're gentle on your body and easier to wear for longer periods of time. The Bundle Of Joy carrier from Ergo Baby is especially good for back pain with its thick bottom strap and ability to be worn multiple ways as your baby grows.
4NimNik Baby Sling Hipseat Carrier
NimNik Child Carrier, $50, NimNik
According to the website, the NimNik child carrier is designed to evenly displace your baby (or toddler's) weight, minimizing back and lumbar pain.