For us it is natural and instinctive to wear our child on the hip. If we take especially our older children on the arm, we put it automatically on the hip, if we do not use a baby carrier. The hips of the woman are ideal for the hip seat.
Your baby should be able to keep his head on his own. In small babies, the upper neck area and the head must be sufficiently supported. Bigger children can take their arms out.
There are a variety of baby carriers with which you can wear your child on the hip. We give to you an overview of the different carrying systems here. Classically, the Ring Sling and the Wrap are used for the hip seat, but also in a Full Buckle, Half Buckle, Wrap Tai, Mei Tai or Podaegi you can wear your child on the hip.
The Sling is a classic hip carrier and is used in different variations around the world. The Ring Sling has conquered the western babywearing world in the last 10 years.
The Ring Sling is quick and easy to put on and small enough for the bag. It is a carrier, that you can have in the car and for example use for your child than you have to do some shopping. Without having to tie much, you can quickly put your child in the Sling. Once the Sling is threaded, you only need to tighten it when you're putting your child in or to take your child out. The wrap fabric does not have to be threaded through the rings every time.
The Ring Sling is also suitable as a carrier which you have in your pocket, if the child wants to walk a lot alone, but also wants to be carried in between.
The Ring Sling is suitable for newborns as well as for toddlers.
With the Wrap you can tie different variants of the hip seat. Especially suitable for this are the short Wraps. But you can also use a longer Wrap and tie the ends around you, so that the long ends do not hang down. The Wrap and the Ring Sling are certainly most comfortable for wearing on the hip.
The Wrap Tai is very suitable for the hip seat. Since the shoulder straps can be expanded widely over your shoulder and the entire carrier is made of wrap fabric, it comes the closest to the Ring Sling or Wrap. The ergonomic hip belt, which is closed with a buckle, takes a lot of weight off your shoulder.
With the Huckepack Full Buckle you can also wear your child on the hip. You can attach the shoulder straps either to the back panel or to the hip belt. Before the age of sitting you should always attach the straps to the waist belt, so that no pressure on the back of your child arises. In the video you can see a variation on how you can use the Full Buckle as a hip carrier.
The Mei Tai is a traditional baby carrier and is the base for the Half Buckle, Full Buckle and Wrap Tais. The Mei Tai can also be tied as a hip carrier.
The Half Buckle is a mixture of a Mei Tai and a Full Buckle. The well-padded straps are tied while the hipbelt is closed with a buckle. The hip belt ensures good weight distribution and takes the weight off the shoulder. You can also use the Half Buckle as a hip carrier.
The Podaegi has long shoulder straps to tie, but does not require a hip belt. The Podaegi can be used as a front carrier, back carrier, but also as a hip carrier.
How do you wear your child on the hip? Which carriers have you already tried on the hip?