5 Ways To Tell If A Carrier’s Too Small


Do you know how to tell if a It can sometimes be hard to tell if your child is growing out of a carrier, especially if you have little experience with baby carriers. Having a properly fitting carrier is similar to having good fitting shoes. There isn’t always going to be extreme detrimental issues, but we should nevertheless aim for optimum positions where we can. With fit being no exception. Here are 5 ways to tell if a carrier’s too small.

Not Knee To Knee

A carrier should fit snuggle into the knee pits on each side of the child. If the carrier is sitting out of the knee-pit, up to the middle of the leg, it is close to time for going up a size. If it is more than halfway between the thigh and knee-pit is means the carrier’s too small.

Low Back Panel

The back panel should sit no lower than snugly under the armpits in a child that can sit unaided (or older child with good head and neck control in cases of disability) no lower than the top of the shoulder in a child with head control but can’t yet sit unaided. Or no lower that the top of the neck in an infant with no head control.

The Infants Back Is Being Flattened By The Carrier

This is usually a case where the Carrier’s too small for the parent.t. Or if the child is older. Any carrier should support the curve as it would do in arms and should never force the spine into another shape.

The Carrier Is Digging Into Your Shoulders

This can be an indicator that you need to size up in some cases. If a toddler is in a baby sized carrier and their legs are not fully supported knee to knee, it can alter the centre of gravity and start to pull on the shoulders signalling the carrier’s too small.

You Have Reached The Upper Weight Limit For The Carrier

Weight limits on carrier’s are vitally important to ensure that the integrity of the fabric and stitching isn’t compromised. So, you must always ensure your child is within the limits to safeguard not only your warranty, but to avoid the carrier failing and the child falling out.


Having a proper fitting carrier is important for a few reasons. An ill-fitting carrier will be uncomfortable for either baby, wearer or both. It can dig into appendages restricting blood flow to limbs, causing pins and needles or general feeling of it being uncomfortable.

It can can be a safety concern if you continue to use a carrier beyond its weight capacity. It can be be of detrimental to bodily developmental if you force a can into an unnatural position. It’s always worth checking you are following the Babywearing TICKS guidelines.

If you are unsure of a carrier’s suitability, it’s always advised you visit your local sling library or Babywearing consultant for professional advice.

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