Safety tips for “wearing” your baby while you’re out and about

While baby wraps are perfectly safe to use, you should still adhere to the best practices to keep your child safe.

When it comes to babywearing, as with anything else, your baby’s safety comes first. When using a baby wrap or other similar baby carrier, there are a few things to keep in mind…

Follow the directions

Please make an exception this time if you have never been a fan of reading instruction manuals. The effectiveness of your baby wrap is determined by how well you use it. The instructions for your baby wrap may differ depending on the brand and model. As a safety precaution, read the instructions again each time you buy a baby wrap.

Make use of the right wrap

Babies come in a variety of sizes and shapes. While a one-size-fits-all baby carrier would be ideal, it is simply not possible. Have your baby’s weight and height on hand when you go shopping so you can pick the right baby wrap.

Always keep an eye on your baby

Your baby can easily become entangled or, worse, suffocate in a baby wrap. Always check to ensure your baby’s face is uncovered and that the carrier is not too tight to prevent circulation.

Consider your own comfort

While it’s critical that your baby is safe and secure in a baby wrap, you should also consider your own comfort. If you have a sore back or poor posture as a result of using a baby wrap, seek medical advice before continuing to use it.

Look for signs of wear on your baby carrier

Before each use, inspect your baby carrier for signs of wear. Look for frays or tears in the fabric and, if you find them, stop using it. The last thing you want is for your baby wrap to tear and send your child tumbling.

Don’t cook while “wearing” your baby

When it comes to babywearing and cooking, there are so many things that can go wrong that it is simply not worth the risk. Cooking while wearing your baby can result in hotplate burns, panhandles being pulled, and spitting oil, to name a few dangers. While all of these safety precautions may appear intimidating, they are all common sense. A baby wrap, when used properly, is safer than carrying a baby in your arms.

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