Carrying babies in slings and pouches is a widely debated topic due to a number of babies suffocating in the past whilst being carried in one. But if worn correctly, they can be an effective, soothing and comfortable way to carry your child. So the short answer to the question, is baby wearing safe, is yes – provided that you are using a safe baby carrier and are using it correctly.
These days there are so many different types of carriers to choose from so it’s important to know what to look out for when you’re considering buying one and how they should be used safely.
- Do your research – there are certain types of carriers that are deemed to be less safe than others (ie. bag/duffel slings tend to have a bad name because of how the baby is positioned when inside).
- Find out if any carriers have been recalled for any reason and if so, avoid these at all costs
- Make sure you buy the correct size – if it’s too big or too small, you may be putting your baby in danger
- Try before you buy so you know how it feels on your body
- Read the instructions carefully before use
- Ask for a demonstration of how it is used correctly
- The carrier should keep the baby close to your chest, not down by your hips
- Ensure that your baby’s face remains uncovered by the carrier and that you can see your baby’s face at all times
- Make sure that your baby’s chin is not resting on their chest as this can compress the airways and lead to suffocation
- When your baby is in the baby carrier they shouldn’t be curled up in the foetal position, their back should be straight, just like it would be if you were holding them in your arms
- Check your baby frequently to make sure they haven’t changed positions
As well as ensuring that your baby is safe in the carrier remember that it’s also important to make sure that it’s comfortable for you to wear. At the end of the day you’re going to be carrying around this cargo, possibly for hours on end so make sure it feels right.
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By Karyn Miller