Babywearing has many benefits for both parent and baby. Babies who are worn, cry less, eat more often and are generally much more content. Having your baby near you allows you to notice their cues and respond more quickly.
Baby Wearing Safety Rules
Wearing your baby in a woven wrap is quite safe, but requires you to follow some very simple safety rules.
1. Read and follow your carrier’s instructions for use. Always inspect your carrier for signs of damage or weaknesses before use.
2. Ensure you can see baby’s face at all times. Do no let baby’s face press into your body. Do not cover baby’s face with a blanket, fabric etc.
3. Baby should be high enough on your body that you can easily kiss the top of their head.
4. Baby’s head and neck should be completely supported. Baby’s chin should be off its chest. If baby’s chin is touching baby’s chest, it can restrict baby’s airway. Check to ensure you can slip your finger between baby’s chin and chest to check for correct positioning.
5. Do NOT perform any activities that would not be safe to do while holding your baby in your arms.
6. After nursing in your wrap, remove baby from breast and return baby to the upright carrying position. Baby’s head should be above the breasts and it’s face free of fabric and turned away from the mother’s body.
7. Consult an expert if your infant was born with a low birth weight, such as a preemie or twins, or if your infant has a respiratory illness or other respiratory problem before wearing them in a carrier. Extra vigilance is required with these babies.
8. Attend to and check on your baby often with wearing them, especially those under 4 months of age.