Always inspect your carrier before use to make sure it is in good working condition.
◦ Check to make sure buckles are working and secure.
◦ Look for any loose threads and verify they are not a safety issue.
◦ Check the carrier for holes or other structural concerns.
Don’t drop your baby
◦ Keep a hand on baby as you are putting on and taking off a carrier
◦ Have a responsible adult spotter help you as you are learning to use your carrier or a new carry or practice over a soft surface.
◦ Carrier should be snug. If you lean forward, baby should hold snuggly and securely against your body.
Make sure baby can breathe (Baby is visible)
◦ Two fingers width of space between chin & chest.
◦ Baby’s face is visible with nothing blocking or covering his mouth/nose.
◦ Grunting/snoring can be a sign of breathing distress. Reposition baby, taking him out completely if necessary.
◦ After baby is done nursing make sure you bring him back up to visible and kissable level.
◦ You should be able to easily kiss the top of baby’s head.
◦ Baby should be in the supported “M” position with knees higher than the bum.
◦ Newborn Positioning
◦ Infant Positioning
◦ Toddler Positioning
Be cautious of what activities you do while babywearing
◦Bike riding, running, skating and any activity that requires excessive bouncing, shaking or a risk of falling should be avoided.
◦ If you cannot do it while holding a baby you should likely not do it while wearing your baby.
Be aware of baby while babywearing
◦ Wear weather appropriate clothing
◦ Know what is within baby’s reach (especially while cooking & shopping)
When in doubt, follow the ABC’s of Babywearing:
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