Wear A Baby

Safety while babywearing

  • Inspect – check the sling for wear or damage.
  •  Position – Always make sure that the sling fabric does not cover baby’s face.
  • Position – Do not push your baby’s chin to chest, it may block your baby’s airflow/breething.
  • Position – follow age-appropriate position.
  • Position – swap shoulders regularly 
  • Practise – Sit while starting to use the sling with your baby or with the assistance of a second person.
  • Practise – Using other things to familiarize you with the sling until you are confident.
  • Support – Always support your baby while breastfeeding. Do not go ‘hands free’.
  • Support – While bending over, support your baby with the other arm.
  • Wearing – Check your baby regularly.
  • Wearing – Do not cook, handle hot liquids or eat while wearing your baby on your front or hip.  
  • Wearing – Do not wear your baby during rough activity, eg. Running.
  • Wearing – Wear you sling with common sense.
  • Wearing – Do not leave your baby unattended in the sling.

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here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babywearing

Parents who babywear must be aware of external hazards in the environment, mostly relating to floor or ground conditions such as curbs, debris, icy sidewalks, etc. As the baby has more freedom of movement and is closer to the adult point of view in a sling, compared to the knee’s eye view of a stroller, parents must also watch to prevent the baby from grabbing hot drinks or other dangerous items.

Proper position in the sling/carrier is important for the infant’s hip, pelvis and spine growth. Several sources express concern that carriers which put all of a baby’s weight on a narrow band of fabric at the crotch may cause problems with spinal growth, and advocate carriers which disperse most of the infant’s weight between the hips and thighs. There is much debate on this in the babywearing community since there has not been sufficient research to show that this could be an issue for babies who do not already have a hip or spine condition which would require special consideration.

In general, when wearing a baby it is important to stay attentive to the baby’s interaction with the environment. Parents need a little more space to turn around to avoid bumping the baby into counters and doorways. Babies on the back may be able to reach things that the wearer cannot see. Carriers must be fit snugly and properly to avoid an active baby wiggling out, and it is generally recommended with most carriers to avoid wearing an uncooperative child on the back. Babywearing can improve safety, especially in crowded areas such as airports, by keeping a child who might otherwise be able to run into a crowd safely attached to the parent.

A parent who trips and falls while wearing a baby is often better able to “catch” themself and is less likely to injure themself, avoiding dropping the child and less likely to drop the child at all. Very occasionally falls will result in injury to a child and may be compounded by the weight of a parent pressing against the child or against the fabric holding the child.

Knotted carriers should be tied snugly. Several knots are considered acceptable, the square knot or reef knot is usually recommended, granny knots will work with most fabrics which are not excessively slippery, and some fabrics may be twisted and tucked in lieu of knotting, but this is generally considered an advanced skill and should be undertaken only with extensive babywearing experience with care given to avoid slippage. Slip knots should generally not be used as they can come undone more easily, especially around toddlers and small children.

Where young infants and newborns are being worn in “cradle” or other horizontal positions, it is important to be alert to the baby’s head position to avoid the baby’s head being pushed chin-to-chest and constricting airway. In pouches and other carriers intended for use with the “cradle hold”, a towel or small pillow may be placed under the baby’s back to improve positioning. One must make sure that all worn babies have good color and are able to breathe easily, and avoid overdressing worn babies, who will stay warm just from being in contact with the parent in most cases. Parents must avoid putting blankets or other fabric in the vicinity of a child’s face in or out of a carrier.


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