Thursday, January 10th, 2008
The Baby Lift Strap: Because Infant Car Seats are Meant for Cars
Last year I profiled the Flying Falcon Car Seat Carrier in an article titled: Attachment Parenting: Baby Wearing vs. Car Seat Lugging vs. Stroller Pushing.
The Falcon is a shoulder strap that lets you wear your infant, sort of like a baby sling, except your infant car seat is hugging your body.
Today, we’ll look at a similar product, the Baby Lift. It is also a shoulder belt that allows you to carry your infant seat in one hand at your waist. Installation and removal is simple, merely wrapping the large loop around your shoulder and a smaller latched loop at one point on the seat’s handle. It’s intended for babies between 5 and 22lbs (2.2 to 10kg).
Both belt devices transfer much of the carrying weight from your arm to your shoulder, but the Baby Lift sort of turns your car seat into the world’s largest purse.
I’ll grant you that these devices could assist parents who have a variety of physical disabilities, and there are other special scenarios I can’t imagine. And if I saw you using a Baby Lift it wouldn’t look any less awkward than if you were lugging your car seat without an assistive device.
My advice: test out a variety of fabric baby wearing options before you assume they’re all too padded or not padded enough or make you too hot or are too difficult to adjust or whatever. My bias is that baby wearing is better for many reasons. For me, it’s easier than using a car seat, and a baby will be happier snug against your chest than he is sitting perched atop a shopping cart. We used a Maya Wrap with our first child and just bought another for our second.
Now, as for the title of this article, I’m saying… if you’re going to go against thousands of years of baby wearing just because a marketer and an engineer put a handle on your car seat, hey, you’ll probably benefit from the Baby Lift or the Flying Falcon.
(It’s okay to disagree with me. People frequently do.)