Babywearing Safety

Wearing your infant is a wonderful way to bond with your child while accomplishing other tasks and caring for other children. When practiced properly, wearing your child is very safe, if not safer than simply using your arms, as muscles can get weary from holding a child for lengthy periods of time.

Tips


• Always read and follow manufacturer's instructions


• Make sure your baby can breathe at all times.


• Do not allow baby to be carried of held in a position where his face is curled against his chest. This position restricts baby's airway preventing him from breathing. A newborn does not have the muscle control to move his head and neck, to open his airway, if placed in this position.


• Ensure you can see your baby's face at all times and that his head is well supported.


• Do not allow your baby's face to be covered with fabric. You should always be able to easily check on him.


• Never perform an activity that subjects your baby to strong bouncing motions, such as running, jogging, vigorous exercise etc.


• Never use a baby carrier while riding in a car, or riding a bike.


• It is important to to avoid activities with increased risk of falling. A good rule of thumb is- if you should not do it while pregnant, then you should not do it while babywearing.


• If nursing in a carrier, upon your baby unlatching, remove baby from breast and return him to the proper carrying position, with his head above breast, turned away from mother's body, and remove any fabric covering his face.


• Be cautious of eating and drinking hot foods while babywearing.


• Support your baby when leaning or bending. Always bend at knees.


• Attend to and check on baby often, especially infants younger than four months.


• Be aware of objects that your child can reach. Also, always remember that a child on your back can reach things that you might be unaware of.


• Inspect your wrap to be sure it is sound. If in doubt, do not use.



Always use common sense when babywearing. If you would not do it while holding your child, do not do it while babywearing.



Always remember the TICKS of baby wearing


 

http://www.babycarrierindustryalliance.org/content.php?r=119-babywearing-safety

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