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Baby Wearing is Safe

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Recently baby wearing has hit the headlines regarding the safety of baby slings. Like any baby product just like a pram, car seat you buy good quality and you use them to the manufacturers instructions.  Baby Slings are no different. You as a parent are responsible for your child's safety at all times when baby wearing just like you are when you are driving, pushing a pram, using a high chair.  

Here is a reminder on what you should do when you purchase and use a baby sling or carrier.

Read - Read the manufacturer's instructions and watch any additional DVD's that are supplied by them or on line.

Practice - Practice wearing your baby with a doll to test that you know how to position your child and you feel comfortable and relaxed when you first start using the carrier, wrap or sling.

Visible and kissable - keep baby close to you and always check to make sure they are still in a safe and comfortable position. Look in a mirror to check yours and baby's position. Check here for TICKS Rules of Safe Babywearing

Breath - Make sure your baby always has an open airway and your baby is not lying with chin to chest as this can restrict baby's airways. This is the case also when baby is in a stroller, car seat and when holding baby in your arms.

Supported - Make sure you are wearing the carrier correctly to feel the most comfortable and to make sure baby's head and neck are well supported especially in the ages of 0-4 months or when the baby is not strong enough to hold up their neck.

Freedom - Doesn't always mean you can do everything, do not use when cooking especially on a gas stove as material, straps, babies arms or legs could burn. Do not run or play sport using the carrier, do not drive a car while baby wearing. If on a boat do not use a baby carrier, use a safety vest where possible instead. Do not mow the lawn or wear baby if you require any type of safety equipment for an activity.

Size - Only use a carrier, sling or wrap that is appropriate for the baby or child's weight and size.

Extra Items -Such as keys, tissues, purses should not be carried in the carriers, slings or wraps as they could poke your baby, become a choking hazard, therefore carry a nappy bag for these items.

Protection - Protect your baby from the elements such as sun, wear a hat and sunscreen, dress baby appropriately for the weather hot or cold. You can protect the baby's feet with some Sock ons. Make sure things are out of reach especially when wearing on the back.

Inspection - Inspect your baby carrier, sling or wrap regularly to make sure it is always intact, there are no frayed straps, or holes and all clips are working properly.

Some other information on safety when using a sling and baby carrier

http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/Positioning.pdf

http://babywearinginternational.org/pages/safety.php

This all may seem a little daunting at first however if you use your natural instincts and try to be relaxed as possible when baby wearing you will enjoy all the positives that come with it. Happy baby wearing!!!

Source: Baby Carrier Industry Alliance and Baby Wearing International Inc

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