When babies can’t be left alone in their crib (and often they have that episode resulting in crazy tantrums lasting a long time), moms and dads have to carry them in their arms most of the time. But two problems are birthed here:
- It can be so dead tiring carrying the baby almost the whole day.
- Parents devote more of their time to carrying their babies and neglect other equally important things, like doing house chores.
If hiring babysitters to look after babies is out of the question, what more and more moms are doing today is babywearing. It’s the use of a soft baby carrier you wear around your body like a backpack and put your baby in it. You may place it on your back or in front of your body. This way, you “carry” your baby all the time while attending to other matters at home or even while outdoors.
Is It Safe?
Worn baby carriers are sold in most leading baby stores today in sturdy and quality designs. Thus, as far as durability of materials used for worn baby carriers is concerned, there are a lot to choose from in the market. But are babies safe when placed in worn baby carriers for long periods of time?
Here are safety measures to remember when babywearing:
- Make sure no part of the carrier obstructs the baby’s face. Make sure that the baby’s chin is not resting on his chest (that would be poor sitting posture that is bad for his spine) and his face is not pressed against your chest. His ears should be close to your chest instead and his face looking away to one side.
- Put the baby in an upright position.
- Practice carrying the baby first. Before you venture out of your soft bed, practice carrying the baby in the carrier while on it. In case something goes wrong, you can easily lower the baby on the soft bed. After you get the hang of it, then you may venture out of the room and move around the house, even get outdoors.
- Always check the carrier for wear and tear. Better if each time you use it, you check the straps and connections first, along with the very spot where you seat the baby.
- Here’s how the baby should be positioned: his knees should always be above his butt and his legs should be spread apart. This ensures good posture with hips and spine well supported.
- Make sure the baby is in a relaxed sitting position than in a semi standing position. Semi-standing exposes babies to risks of hip dysplasia.
- Consult your pediatrician about babywearing and its proper use.
Have fun wearing your baby and don’t forget to ensure your baby’s comfort throughout the duration of this unique parent-baby bonding time.