With so many amazing options on the market today, choosing to babywear is basically a no-brainer. Who doesn't want a happier, healthier baby and more sleep for the whole family? Not to mention, the convenience of getting more stuff done around the house and being able to leave the cumbersome stroller at home while running errands.
All it takes is a little research to see which type will work best for your family, some practice using the carrier, and you’ll be wearing your baby confidently and in style in no time.
But just because the choice to babywear is a no-brainer, doesn't mean it's a brainless activity. There are good measures to take each time you wear your baby. Likewise, there are certain activities to avoid in the interest of your baby.
Based on industry research, our own experience, and our most FAQs, we’ve compiled a list of the top reminders for flawless babywearing:
1. Read the instructions.
First and foremost, you want to make sure you’re using your baby carrier properly. Follow the guidelines that came with the product, check the brand’s website for weight minimums and limits, specifics or how-to tutorials. YouTube is also a great resource for videos that show you how to wrap, adjust, and do certain carries.
It’s important to keep in mind that some carriers are best for specific holds, like hip or back. That’s why you need to know which carries you can do with yours. We recommend going with a product that works for multiple positions, so you’ll have options. Every baby and mommy duo is different, so variety really is the spice of babywearing life.
You will find contact information on certified carrier instructions, so be sure to contact the makers if you have questions about the instructions or would like more help.
2. Make sure your baby’s airways are open.
Check often to make sure baby's face is uncovered, clearly visible, and away from caregiver's body at all times. You may find you need to reposition baby periodically if they squirm themselves into a less than ideal position.
Never allow a baby to be carried, held, or placed in such a way that baby's chin is curled against chest; you should always be able to fit one finger between their chin and chest.
This rule also applies to babies being held in arms, in infant car seats, or in any other kind of seat or situation.
3. Avoid these activities while babywearing:
- Ride in a car - Regardless of what type or brand you’re using, it in no way simulates the protection provided by a car seat. There is no reinforced structure in case of an impact and no belt holding your baby in place. A baby carrier is never intended to protect them while in any moving vehicle.
- Run, exercise, jump on a trampoline or do any other activity that subjects baby to similar shaking or bouncing motion.
- Play sports
- Lift anything heavy or cumbersome
- Use extra precaution when walking (especially in inclement weather)
- Steer clear of strenuous yard work.
Some of these may seem like common sense, but you can never be too careful, right? A good rule of thumb is if the activity can be unsafe in any way for YOU or even just makes you feel uneasy, don’t do it with baby.
4. Care for your carrier.
Although most are designed with the highest level of safety in mind, that means nothing if it’s not being cared for properly. Make sure you launder according to the instructions, paying special attention to water temperatures and detergent suggestions. And always check the seams and fabric for wear and tear; any rip or tear in the material can compromise its structure and effectiveness.
5. We’re here to help!
There are endless resources to help you learn everything there is to know thanks to the internet. With new products being developed all the time, there’s always something new to explore. We hope you enjoy babywearing just as much as we do!
At Two Feathers Babywearing, we have big hearts for those caring for babies all over the world. That’s why we go to great lengths to make sure our baby carriers are intentionally designed to foster healthy child development and provide convenience and peace of mind to caregivers. We’re proud to support babywearing and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Drop us a line--we’d love to hear from you!
Check back often for new products, industry news, and the latest Two Feather Babywearing projects.
Posted on Tue, April 3, 2018
by Editorial Team filed under