Baby Wearing Safety

You gotta love pintrest. I have wasted enjoyed many a nap time on the blasted thing! I think pintrest has its own time zone because time goes in warp speed when I’m hanging out there. Speaking of pintrest, I’m trying to set up a little button for my blog that will let you pin my blog and also let you follow me there but so far have not been able to get it set up, from both pintrest and blogger sites. Any tips for how to do this?

And speaking of pintrest, I recently came across this Babywearing Safety diagram. It led me to the original post about babywearing on The Mommy Dialogues blog and made me think of one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place, to talk about babywearing safety, so I thought I’d share it.

The drawings are of a baby in a sling, but the rules apply to any kind of carrier. So remember, keep your carrier tight and keep baby close to you. Keep baby high, close enough to kiss. Make sure you can always view his face and that his chin is off is chest to allow for unrestricted breathing (this is one reason upright carries are safer than cradle carries). And make sure his back is comfortably supported and he is not slumping.
Besides keeping baby safe and secure, the idea is that you should really feel hands free. If baby is in a carrier, you shouldn’t feel like you’re still needing to support him with your arms. 
As mentioned, baby should be high enough to kiss the top of his head, so his bottom will be even with or higher than your belly button. 
Legs should be froggied, mimicking the position he was in as an inside baby. If carrying with legs out this means the carrier material should go to the backs of the knees, and knees should be higher than bum. Baby should basically be in a low squat, with his weight resting on his bum and not his legs. (Picture sitting width-wise in a hammock and what would be comfortable for you.)    
The top of the carrier should be pulled up to the bottom of his head or neck. With an older baby who wants arms out, pull material as high as possible under his arms.
The carrier should be as tight as possible; when in doubt, tighten! When leaning forward, baby should stay close to you and not fall away from your body. When bending over, always use your hands to support baby in carrier.
Baby should be facing in, toward you, rather than out, away from you. There are several reasons for this, one of which being that carriers that allow babies to face out typically put most of their weight on their pelvic bones, rather than being in a seated position on their bottom. In this position his spine and hips are unsupported and he is not sitting but dangling. This places pressure on the groin and causes his little spine to arch. Additionally, facing a baby inward allows the parent to see and respond to baby’s cues. Instead of facing baby out, why not try a back carry or hip carry, which is probably how you naturally carry baby anyway! This allows him to look around in all directions but turn back towards mom or dad when needed. Read more about this issue on the Boba website, the Hip Dysplasia Institute, or Storchchenwiege.  
It can take some practice, but once you get it its like riding a bike! Most carriers come with a DVD to show you how to use it. If not, there are a plethora of videos on youtube. The best way to get help is to have someone show you! Read more about babywearing safety at Baby Wearing International.  

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