Babywearing is awesome, but it is important to use commonsense and play it safe while wearing your baby!
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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