There had been some controversies in the past few years about the safety of babywearing – and with good reason. While more recent studies have shown that babywearing does have a lot of benefits not only for the parents but also for the babies that are worn, safety should always be a priority especially where children are concerned and with the use of products that parents may never have used before; in this case, baby carriers.
First time parents looking to go into babywearing should first of all know the proper way of actually wearing the baby, and this includes the correct and ideal positioning when using the baby carrier, as well as knowing how to select the best baby carrier that suits the needs of the parents while providing comfort to the child being carried.
To ensure that your baby is being held correctly, and in an ideal and safe position, keep the following safety considerations in mind when babywearing:
1. Always check and make sure that breathing is not being compromised. Your baby should be able to breathe comfortably at all times while in the baby carrier. Avoid having your child in a position that has his head curled against your chest, as this impedes respiration and restrict his ability to breathe properly. Additionally, ensure that your baby’s head is not covered by any part of the fabric that makes up the baby carrier.
2. Regularly check the carrier’s condition before use. It is important to check for any tears or damages that may pose a threat to your baby’s safety while in the carrier, such as buckles being loose or the fabric itself being on the verge of falling apart. Never use the carrier if you have doubts regarding its structural stability.
3. Avoid doing activities that puts you at risk of falling, such as climbing a ladder or riding a horse. A good rule of thumb when babywearing is to follow the same restrictions that you imposed on yourself when you were pregnant.
4. The baby should be protected from too much sun exposure, as well as to other natural elements that may be a cause for the baby to get sick. Also, keep hazardous items away from the baby’s reach while he is snuggled close to you by use of a carrier.
As long as you take all the necessary safety precautions before jumping headfirst into babywearing, there shouldn’t be any problems. Babywearing is definitely an activity that provides benefits for the baby and the parents – just don’t neglect to ensure your baby’s safety before, during, and after wearing your child.