Baby carriers: Backpacks and Front Packs. Slings.
Popular are back and front carriers that allow parents “wear” their infant. These guidelines will help you purchase and use baby carriers safely and comfortably for your baby.
Premature babies or infants with respiratory issues should not be placed in backpacks, or any other upright positioning device. This could make it more difficult for them to breathe.
Slings that are too tight can cause your baby to curl up in a C-shape. This could increase the chance of having breathing difficulties. Use a sling to ensure your baby is straight. Keep their neck straight, their chin up, and their eyes open.
Check your baby’s nose and mouth frequently with any carrier. Infants in infant slings carriers pose a danger to their health, especially if they are younger than four months. It is crucial that infant slings be used for carrying. The infant’s head should be elevated above the fabric. The infant’s face must also be visible.
Bring your baby along with you to help you match the carrier to their needs. You should ensure that the carrier supports your baby’s back and that the leg holes are not too small for them to slip through. You should look for strong material.
The backpack should have padding so that your baby doesn’t get hurt if it bumps into it. To protect your baby from the sun, a sunshade is a great idea.
Regularly inspect the pack for tears and rips in seams or fasteners.
If you have to pick up something, be sure to bend at your knees when using a baby carrier. You may injure your back if the baby falls out of the carrier.
Babies older than five months may be restless in the carrier. If this happens, you can continue to use the restraining belts. Children may brace their feet against the carrier or against you, changing their weight distribution. Before you can walk, ensure your child is properly seated.
Visible & Kissable: 5 Safe Babywearing Tips
My children loved to snuggle. They loved being held, and I carried them around so that I had hands free to check on my other children or do something. My twin sister, one of whom loved being carried, was more particular. Although she couldn’t move as fast as her sister, she loved being held and could snuggle up to the carrier.
As we were getting ready for our move, I recall carrying her around the whole day while our packers set up our new home. Although her sister was fond of the carrier, she spent much of her time in bouncers or activity seats, she did enjoy it.
- Babywearing has many benefits. One of these is the opportunity to build a relationship with your child and to have them close.
- How can you make sure your baby is safe? These five safety tips will ensure that baby is safe and comfortable while wearing it.
Always keep baby visible and touchable
Baby should always be able to see his/her face when he/she is in a carrier or sling. This will ensure your baby has an open airway with his/her face and chin free from fabric.
Select a carrier that fits you well
You need to make sure that your carrier fits correctly, no matter what type it may be. This will ensure your baby’s safety as well as the best support possible for you.
Use our sizing tool for the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier to find the right size carrier for you. To ensure your child is securely in your carrier and to give you back support, the carrier should be snug.
Keep it hip and healthy
Wearing baby while wearing it will encourage healthy hip development.
Did you know that the International Hip Dysplasia Institute has approved the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier as Hip-Healthy?
Use a doll or potato sack to help you carry your baby. You can practice everyday movements such as bending at your knees, moving through doors and getting your baby in and out of the carrier. To get an idea of how your carrier fits and where baby is placed, practice in front a mirror. Begin your Babywearing journey for an older baby by practicing with shorter sessions first, then plan a longer day.
This acronym can help you to keep baby safe while babywearing. It can be used as a quick check tool to make sure you and baby are comfortable.
- Carrier with tight fit and no loose fabric
- Always in view
- You can kiss each other in this close proximity
- Keep your chin away from your chest
- Back support.
Want more Babywearing Tips? Visit the Baby K’tan website for more information:
Carrier Safety Test – Take a look at our visual guide to safe Babywearing and a list of additional safety tips.