6 Rules for Safe Babywearing

We have already talked about baby wearing in the previous article, but we have barely scratched the surface back then – it makes sense, because I was just getting started on this whole parenting thing, and I knew so little.

Now, after a ton of research and personally wearing my baby safely and correctly, I have decided to write a new article about this important topic and also share with you the 6 rules for safe baby wearing.

Baby wearing is extremely important for the development of the babies and it also helps the mothers or daddies to do things like house chores or shopping a lot easier, knowing that their baby is safe there near their heart.

However, just getting the first baby wrap that’s available at a huge discount – or one that fits the color of your purse perfectly – isn’t the the right way of getting into baby wearing. Some would go as far as saying that this is a true art and it can really cause some damage to the baby if not done correctly.

You need to follow some rules when deciding what baby wrap or sling to purchase, and you also need to follow a few steps to make sure that the baby is safe in there. So here are the 6 rules for safe and correct babywearing:

1. The baby wrap or sling must hold the baby tight – make sure that all the knots and belts are safe and well fastened, you don’t want to risk dropping the baby!

2. You must always be able to see the baby: see them breathe, blink, drool.

3. The baby must be close enough so that you can kiss him or her, without you bending too much.

4. Baby’s chin must not touch their chest. If this happens, there’s a big risk of asphyxiation.

5. Make sure that his back is in a correct position and if the baby can’t hold his or her head, make sure it has support for that.

6. The correct shape of the legs should be like the letter M: the knees a bit elevated and touching your body.

These would be the rules, and there are also benefits when it comes to baby wearing, including stronger back and neck muscles and a faster development of the baby.

It is also believed that babies that are worn will be able to hold their head up sooner than the others, they won’t cry as much and will sleep better at night – basically because they keep felling the warmth of the body, have a similar position to that when they were in mommy’s tummy and hearing the heart beats also relaxes them a lot. There are a ton of other benefits too and you can read more in depth about these here.

So why did I love to baby wear? First of all, because it made my life a lot easier: I could cook, I could clean around the house and be active without worrying too much about the baby.

It was also extremely useful during the winter, when he was feeling extremely uncomfortable in the cold weather, no matter how many layers of clothes he had on.

But as soon as we started going out with him in the baby sling, he was instantly falling asleep when breathing the cold winter’s air, close to my chest and feeling the natural warmth of my body.

So I thought it was all pretty obvious: he was feeling so good and so relaxed that he instantly fell asleep. If we were to put him in the baby stroller, after just a few minutes he would start to cry and be completely uncomfortable.

So don’t be afraid about baby wearing: as long as you do it right – and now you know how – everything’s going to be just great!

What Is Baby Wearing and How to Do It Properly

Though baby wearing has been around for thousands of years in all different cultures, it has become increasingly popular in America in the last few years. Baby wearing started as the occasional use of a baby backpack when hiking, but has recently turned into parents wearing their babies in a sling or other device all throughout the day. This method of taking care of a baby comes highly recommended by those who use it. In this article, we’ll try to see if baby wearing is for you, and how to do it properly!

Attachment Parenting
Babywearing is considered a technique of the attachment parenting theory. According to the theory, keeping one’s baby close and held as much as possible is better for the baby for a variety of reasons.

People who prescribe to this theory claim that babies feel more secure and grow up to be more confident when they are not left on their own very often. Moms and dads will put the baby down rarely, usually only to sleep at night.

Benefits
Even if you do not agree with attachment parenting, there are other benefits to baby wearing. Babywearing allows parents to have their hands free more often. So even if you do not agree with holding a baby so much, the moments that you do hold them, you can also be doing other things.

This is very beneficial to parents of multiple children who cannot possibly get anything done while holding one of their children often. Also, for breastfeeding moms, most methods of babywearing allow for privacy by covering both baby and mom up.

Safety
Though baby wearing seems like a perfect solution to many parents, there are some safety concerns to be aware of and to avoid. First of all, make sure your baby is in the correct position and carrier. Some positions and carriers are not for newborns and some are not for older babies.

Second all of, be sure to always have the baby secured. When you are new at baby wearing, it’s not a bad idea to also hold baby in place in the carrier until confidence is built.

Third of all, watch what older babies can grab, especially if wearing in a back position. The last concern worth mentioning is to always be safe when baby wearing. Climbing ladders, jumping on a trampoline or even running is not recommended. Any activity which could potentially throw off your balance is never a good idea while baby wearing.

Research
Before you start baby wearing, do your research. Find out which carrier is best for you and your baby. Read the instruction manual thoroughly. Talk with friends or family who have done babywearing and get tips that worked or didn’t work for them. Babywearing takes some time to get the hang of it, but if you research well in advance you will have a better shot at being successful than someone who bought a carrier on a whim and tried it out right away.

And since we’re talking about research, why not do some research and check out our recommended gifts for one year olds? They can always come in handy!

In the end, babywearing might not be right for you and your family. That is okay. However, there are so many people who truly enjoy it that it might be worth a try at least. So… tell us in the comment section for you if you are for or against baby wearing!