At what age can I carry my baby on my hip?

Answered by Michael Wilson

Carrying your baby on your hip is a convenient and comfortable way to hold them while freeing up your hands for other tasks. However, it is important to wait until your baby is developmentally ready for this position to ensure their safety and comfort.

Typically, babies can start being carried on the hip around 3 to 4 months of age. At this stage, they have developed enough head control and neck strength to support themselves in this position. However, every baby is different, and some may take a little longer to reach this milestone.

One of the key indicators that your baby is ready for hip carrying is their ability to turn their head independently. This means that they can move their head from side to side and look around without any assistance. This skill is important as it allows them to maintain a clear line of sight and explore their surroundings while being carried on your hip.

Another sign of readiness is when your baby starts to show an interest in sitting upright and being more upright in general. They may try to push themselves up when lying on their back or attempt to sit with support. These are positive signs that their core muscles are developing, which is essential for hip carrying.

It is important to note that while hip carrying can be a convenient option for both you and your baby, it should not be the primary mode of carrying. Babies still need to spend a significant amount of time in other positions, such as being held in your arms or being carried in a carrier or sling that provides proper support for their developing bodies.

When carrying your baby on your hip, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure their comfort and safety. First, make sure that their legs are positioned comfortably and securely around your waist. Their legs should be slightly spread apart and their knees slightly bent to support their hip development. Additionally, always keep one hand securely holding your baby’s bottom to provide extra support and stability.

The age at which you can carry your baby on your hip is usually around 3 to 4 months, but it can vary depending on your baby’s individual development. Look for signs of head control and neck strength, as well as an interest in sitting upright. Remember to always prioritize your baby’s comfort and safety when carrying them on your hip.