Babywearing is an amazing, comforting and bonding practice. It can also make a parent’s life so much easier. It is baby’s natural instinct to need to be close, no matter how much laundry needs to be folded, how many blogs need to be written, or how many dinners need to be made. Being able to carry baby hands free allows for everyone to be happy.
Babywearing International is an excellent resource on all things baby wearing! They offer some excellent safety tips on their website www.babywearinginternational.org:
It is very important to understand basic babywearing safety before ever putting on a carrier. As with any baby product, baby carriers can pose potential safety hazards if they are not used carefully and correctly.
Make sure your child’s airway remains open at all times while babywearing. The best way to do this is to keep him or her in an upright position, high enough on your body to monitor breathing and ensure that her chin is off her chest. Infants should only be held in a horizontal or cradle position while actively nursing (if desired) and return to an upright or vertical position as soon as they have finished.
It is also important that your carrier provide adequate support for your infant’s developing neck and back. Ideally baby should be held facing the caregiver, with his knees higher than his bottom with legs in a spread squat position and support from knee to knee although with older babies and toddlers full knee to knee support is not always possible or necessary. An ergonomic carrier (whether a soft structured carrier, Asian-style carrier, sling, or wrap) will provide better support for baby and will be more comfortable for the caregiver as well.
Always inspect your carrier for wear or damage before use examining it for weak spots, loose stitching, worn fabrics, etc. Purchasing your carrier new ensures that it meets all current US safety, testing, and labeling standards.
Practice all carries—especially back carries–with a spotter, over a bed or couch, or low to the ground until you are completely confident. Instinctive Parent can assist you with learning your baby carrier in one on one basis when needed.
Always exercise common sense while babywearing. Baby carriers are not an approved child restraint or floatation device and should not be used in moving vehicles or boats. Avoid babywearing in situations where it would not be safe to carry an infant in-arms.
Being in tune with your baby is not only an excellent benefit of wearing them close, but also vital to a happy baby wearing relationship for you both. Instinctive Parent offers a variety of BCIA approved carriers to help you along your baby wearing journey and offers one on one consultations for you to be able to select a carrier that works best for you and your child.
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