What Your Partner Should Know
Hopefully you've included your partner in the baby registry process, and although a lot of the items might be used exclusively by you (hello, breast pump), there are plenty of things that your partner can have fun picking out. A baby carrier is one of them. Even if you're not planning to go the full-on baby-wearing route, a wrap carrier can be really useful, especially in the first few weeks of a baby's life. If your partner feels unsure about how to hold or comfort a screaming newborn, it's a no-brainer to snuggle the baby into a wrap carrier. They can be a little tricky to figure out, particularly the ones that are basically a big piece of cloth, but many people swear by them. At the very least, it's something to try!
Later, when your baby has a little more head control, you can move to a more structured carrier. Some people find that they need more back support as the baby gets heavier, so a carrier with a waist strap can come in handy. There's an incredible variety of brands out there now, so research is your friend when it comes to carriers. If you can, we suggest borrowing and testing at least one carrier to see what suits you and your baby.