Many people do not know, but this week celebrates International Baby Wearing Week. It starts today, October 6th, and goes through October 12th.
The focus of this celebration is not only to celebrate the lovely advancements in baby wearing, but also to promote safety in wearing your little ones. In recent months there have been recalls in the sling community which lead to the misconception that baby wearing in general is not safe, but as many baby wearing advocates continue to point out, when done properly like anything else, it is safe.
Some safety guidelines for baby wearing include :
1) Make sure your baby can breathe, meaning never carry your baby in a position in which their chin is tucked against their chest, or never allow your baby’s face or to be covered by fabric. These both seem like common sense safety tips, but these are the simple things that caused the recall earlier in the year.
2) Never jog, run, bounce, or any other kind of activity that subjects your baby to being bounced or shaken while wearing them.
3) Never wear your baby while riding in a car. Children should always be properly fastened into a carseat per local laws.
4) Use a carrier that is appropriate for the age of your baby/child. Using a small sling for a child who is three years old may not work best. Or putting a newborn on a back facing carrier is not the best idea.
Overall use good common sense when it comes to wearing your baby, or buying a baby carrier. There are many options from Ergo Baby Carriers which we use in my house, and love to the traditional ring slings which I am planning to try with our newest addition.
And just for fun, a cute baby wearing video!