Babywearing is becoming increasingly common, and with good reason. Wearing your baby will minimize screaming, make breastfeeding faster, foster bonding, and free up your hands for other activities. Here’s how to keep your baby healthy if you want to babywear in a carrier.
Invest in a good quality baby carrier:
Before you buy a carrier, check out a few different versions and see which one works well for you and your kids. Ensure that you dress them in comfortable baby overalls when you are trying to wrap them. Attending a local babywearing meet up, where you can see and try multiple carriers in person, is an easy way to do that. If you’ve narrowed down your options, double-check if your baby’s age, height, and weight are within the product’s specifications, and read online safety reports before making a purchase. Read the instruction manual and any educational videos included in the box or available on the manufacturer’s website. You want to make sure you know everything there is to know.
Do a trial run before you put your baby inside:
Make an attempt to use the sling, but don’t put the baby in it quite yet. Instead, a doll, stuffed toy, or even a bag of rice may be used to add weight to the carrier. Practice carrying onto it and taking off the carrier. Get someone to assist you, but still perform those solo runs-throughs. You must be able to put the carrier on and take it off with one hand while supporting your baby, buckle it and unbuckle it with one hand while supporting your baby, and put your baby in and carry her out without assistance. If you’ve mastered it, wear the carrier throughout the house to familiarize yourself with it to see if it’s easy during the day. When you first start practicing with your baby in the carrier, be patient.
Carefully position them:
When in the carrier, the baby’s airway should stay open. Both tucking his head into your chest and pressing his face against your body will block your baby’s breathing and contribute to suffocation. Your baby should still be standing, with his face clear, and you should keep an eye on him. When it comes to newborns, extra caution is advised. Carriers demand that babies have some neck stability and the capacity to keep their heads high. Since there are inserts that protect the head and neck, she suggests using a wrap during the first few months, babies normally have strong neck stability when they are 4 months old.
Dress them based on seasons:
You should carry your baby cotton baby onesies inside or baby hoodies outside in the winter. If you want to stay indoors, Low recommends dressing her in indoor clothes and a hat, putting on the carrier and daughter, and then wearing a babywearing pouch, maternity cap, or a coat that’s a size or two bigger than your usual coat. Just zip the coat halfway up so you can see your baby’s ears. Dress her in her winter clothes and put on your hat and carrier to wear her outside of your coat. Place your baby in the carrier after adjusting the straps to your liking. Never put a scarf around her bed. It will impair her breathing, no matter how frail she is.
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