Top Babywearing Safety Tips + Giveaway
Being a parent means being able to multi-task. Whether you prefer baby carriers, slings, wraps, or mei tais, they are all excellent ways to keep baby close and have your hands free to take care of business. We have partnered with Baby Tula for International Babywearing Week to spread the word about Baby Wearing Safety. Enter to win an "Arbol" Tula Baby Carrier and check out our great safety tips below!
- Baby carriers are meant to mimic a parent's embrace. Check your baby by embracing them in the carrier, your baby’s position should not change significantly.
- Ideally, baby should be held with his knees higher than his bottom with legs in a spread squat position and support from knee to knee.
- Read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for use, weight and developmental milestone recommendations that will determine when you can safely use the carrier or some of its positions.
- Attend to and check on baby often, especially those under 4 months of age.
- Consult an expert if your infant was born with a low birth weight, such as a preemie or twins, or if your infant has respiratory illness or other respiratory problems. Extra vigilance is required with these babies.
- Chin to chest positioning can restrict your baby’s airway
- Ensure you can see baby’s face at all times. Do not let baby’s face press into your body.
- Check to ensure you can slip your finger between baby’s chin and chest to check for correct positioning.
- Never cover baby's face with a blanket or zipped up jacket. Look for a babywearing jacket or carrier cover that leaves baby's face free and clear if you need an extra layer.
- After nursing in a carrier, remove baby from breast and return baby to proper carrying position with head above the breasts and face free of fabric and turned away from the mother’s body.
- Visually inspect your carriers regularly for signs of wear, tears, and loose stitching. Inspect all hardware for signs of cracks or breakage.
- Run your fingers over the seams and stitching to feel for loose or damaged areas.
- If there is any sign of damage, stop using your carrier and contact the manufacturer.
- Do not “test” the carrier yourself, as doing so could damage the carrier further and possibly void any warranty. Please give manufacturers time to respond to your inquiry.
- Consumers who are concerned about the safety of their carriers should seek to purchase carriers that have been JPMA Certified. Learn more here.