Are you a new mom diving into the world of babywearing? In honor of Baby Safety Awareness Month, we would like to share this information by our friends over at Ergobaby, a line of products we carry in the gift shop:
The growing popularity of babywearing in our modern society makes more parents aware of an amazing tool to meet their children’s need to be close to them while keeping up with a busy schedule. Very young babies feel most secure when they in their parents’ arms, where food and warmth are readily available. A toddler can be kept safe from vehicles or other dangers in public, and receive the reassurance that a loving caregiver provides when they become overstimulated. As with any tool, there are guidelines to make its use as safe as possible.Babywearing safety begins with choosing the right carrier. There are many choices in modern baby carriers, to fit every budget and style. Make sure the carrier you choose is appropriate for the age of your baby. Is your child within the stated weight guidelines? Is there an insert necessary for a newborn? Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions and consult an educator or babywearing group if you need further instructions. Shop at reputable dealers to ensure that your carrier is authentic and follows current safety guidelines. Check your carrier periodically to make sure all seams and fasteners are intact and working properly.
When trying a new carrier or a new carrying technique, make sure you and baby are well-rested, and baby is fed and content. Use a spotter if someone is available. If not, practice over a soft surface, or from a sitting or kneeling position. Having a mirror handy will allow you to check your progress from all angles. Very young babies need good neck and head support at all times in order to protect their airways. This can be accomplished in upright, chest to chest carrying positions, with the carrier pulled to about mid ear level behind their head. Make sure buckles clip completely or knots are secure.
Some Do’s and Don’ts for safe and happy babywearing:
The Gatti Team
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