Is Hip Seat Good for Baby?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of baby carriers on the market. There are slings and wraps and backpacks and so many options available, it almost defeats the idea that babywearing is easy (once you get the hang of it). That said, once a baby is around 4 months old and has head and neck control, nothing could be easier than a hip seat carrier. Keep in mind that every baby is different, so this milestone may be reached sooner or later.

When it comes to wearing your baby, it should be comfortable for everyone, both baby and baby wearer. That’s why it’s essential to find a hipseat baby carrier with proper support for both of you! For the wearer, the right hipseat carrier will evenly distribute baby’s weight, which will relieve strain on your upper body. As for baby, a carrier with a good hip seat allows for healthy hip positioning in baby: that means seated tush and supported hips and thighs. But what is a hipseat carrier for baby? We break it down for you here:

What are Hip Seats and are They Good for Babies and Toddlers?

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What is a hip seat carrier?

A hip seat is like fanny pack, but way better. Here's why: a hip seat is a simple baby carrier that wraps around your waist and sits above your hips to help you carry your baby more comfortably, and with less hassle. There's a secure shelf-like seat where your baby sits as you keep them stable with an arm. This seat is designed to put your baby's hips in the recommended M-shaped position while taking the strain off of your back, arms, and hips.

Is a hip seat good for baby?

A hip seat is good for baby and good for the baby wearer. That’s because pediatricians recommend that your baby’s hips shouldn’t be restricted — their legs should be able to move freely and not be held together for long periods of time, as is the case with some carriers (see also Hipseat vs Baby Carrier). It’s also recommended that when worn in a carrier, your baby is seated in an “M” position: thighs spread around the wearer’s torso, and hips “bent” so baby’s knees are slightly higher than their tush, all with the thighs being supported.

While babywearing, try to remember to adjust your baby’s legs and hips every so often to make sure they’re in the optimal hip healthy position — knees sitting higher than their tush.

Are hip seat baby carriers safe for baby hips?

As with all things for baby, as long as you follow the directions on any given product, then yes, hip seats are safe for baby and their hips! With the Tushbaby hip carrier, baby’s tush is supported by an ergonomically designed seat that allows baby’s hips to spread so their legs are straddling your body. Your baby’s knees are apart with thighs supported, and their posture resembles that of an “M” position — exactly what the pediatrician ordered!

(Also Read: Are Baby Carriers Really Safe for Baby Hips?)

What is the best hip seat baby carrier?

The Tushbaby hipseat is ergonomic, doctor-approved and designed with your back and your baby in mind. It’s worn just above the hips and has an adjustable Velcro strap that makes putting it on and taking it off a breeze. There are no extra straps or fabric to complicate things. The Tushbaby hip seat carrier is also designed to store items like diapers, wipes, and other essentials inside. Make sure to wear your Tushbaby high and tight above your hips for the most comfortable carry position.

Tushbaby can be used in 4 different carry positions: as a place to securely feed your newborn, face to face, side carrying, and front facing. Once your kid understands they can go up, down, and up again quickly, you’ll both appreciate how user friendly Tushbaby is. Did we mention that in addition to carrying your baby, you can also carry all of your things in the 5 storage pockets? You’re welcome.

When do babies use a hip seat?

Once your child is around 4 months old and has control of their neck and head, they’ll be able to comfortably use a hip seat. A hip seat carrier isn’t totally hands-free — you still get to snuggle your baby, but you’ll need to secure them with one arm while wearing them comfortably on your hip.

Can my toddler use a hip seat?

Good news! Tushbaby isn’t just for babies (although it can be used starting at birth as a supportive device to feed your baby) but it’s for toddlers, too, up through 3 years/45 pounds.

Tushbaby can handle your toddler’s weight by evenly distributing it across your hips, abdomen, and pelvic area to avoid strain on your neck, back, and shoulders. Parents love Tushbaby for managing the toddler who likes to get up, down, and back up again. 

Advantages of using a baby hip seat

  • Babywear longer and more comfortably with a hip carrier: When a baby wants to be held, it‘s quite difficult to cut that time short. Often, the pain and strain associated with carrying children can make providing this comfort to your baby a bit challenging. With the right support, this time doesn’t need to be cut short: you can hold your baby longer with the aid and support of a Tushbaby Carrier and be there for all the moments when your baby needs you most. 
  • Evenly distribute baby or toddler’s weight: The Tushbaby hip seat carrier distributes your baby or toddler’s weight so that you aren’t holding all of their weight with one arm, hip, or side. The ability to evenly distribute your baby’s weight helps protect your muscles, bones, and ligaments that may otherwise become overworked and strained. 
  • Helps you keep better posture: With the hipseat strapped around your waist, the waistband allows you to remain standing upright and ache-free. The Tushbaby Hip Seat Carrier is doctor-recommended because of its ergonomic design and built-in lumbar support. Posture is everything when it comes to carrying and even feeding or nursing your baby. For more information on proper feeding posture, check out our blog post dedicated to the topic. 
  • Great for those with back problems: If you’re one of the many people who already struggle with back problems or chronic back pain, you’ll definitely need some extra support to carry your baby or toddler throughout the day. While some activities can (and should be) avoided by those with back pain, carrying and holding your baby is probably one you’d like to be able to enjoy! A hipseat is a great option for providing that added support to help you have a more positive experience carrying and comforting your baby. With the Tushbaby hip seat strapped high and tight above your natural waist, you’ll relieve the added pressure on your lower back that comes with carrying a baby or toddler. Not only that, the distribution of the weight across your body will help save your arms, shoulders, and neck from any additional strain. If you’re unsure whether a hip seat carrier is right for you or your conditions, be sure to check with your healthcare provider.

What makes Tushbaby the best hip seat carrier?

We’re so glad you asked! Every Tushbaby is made with craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and love. We've prioritized your baby's hip health, and have gone through rigorous safety testing, and doctor-approval processes. Life’s complicated enough, carrying your kids shouldn’t be.

Tushbaby is for parents looking for a simple, supportive way to carry their kids longer and more comfortably. Because it’s so easy to adjust, anyone who cares for baby can use it — mom, dad, grandparents, babysitter. Petite, plus size, average. No matter who wears it all of your baby's things can be stored in the ample pockets, making it a hip-hip hooray for everyone.

Tushbaby and special needs families

1 in 5 families have children with special needs. A lot of these kids are late to walk, have trouble walking, or can’t walk at all. By purchasing Tushbaby, it helps us donate our product to families with special needs — so they can carry their kids with comfort and ease, while letting their children see the world from a new perspective.

We also provide a 25% discount to all families with special needs kids. If you’re a special needs family, please email for your promo code.

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