I thought this board could use a thread on safe baby-wearing. So often you see women out there baby-wearing improperly and unsafely. This is extremely dangerous. My MIL is completely against me baby-wearing because she heard about some woman wearing her newborn around the mall for hours and the baby asphyxiated. When done correctly, baby-wearing is absolutely fantastic for both baby and mom, but it's important to be informed.
HERE is a link to some sling safety info and picking well designed and safe sling.
And if you have information or tips on safe baby-wearing, post them here.
Last edited by AnnaRO; 12-23-2011 at 07:05 PM.
Great thread Anna! BWing gets a bad rep from some due to some poorly designed carriers. Babywearing is safe, but not all carriers and positions are safe. I love the info Jan put up on Sleeping Baby Productions.
From The Baby Wearer: http://www.thebabywearer.com/index.php?page=safe
From Babywearing International: http://babywearinginternational.org/pages/safety.php
TEST YOUR CARRIERS!
This video gives a good review on how to test mei tais and soft sided carriers (like the Ergo) to make sure it is still secure and safe for your baby. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO RIP YOUR CARRIER. Better it rip while testing than while your baby is in it!!!
Last edited by alwayssmile; 12-28-2011 at 09:23 PM.
While wearing a baby is great, there are better positions for the baby than others. There are carriers out there that don't always support a baby properly, so don't assume that every carrier on the current market is a great carrier.
Ideally the baby will have their knees up higher than their butt and the carrier will help with this by supporting the baby from knee to knee. This is a NATURAL position for the vast majority of babies. A carrier that supports this will then keep baby's developing spine properly supported.
Newborns need their necks and heads properly supported so they don't slump back or to the side. They also need at least 2 inches of space between their chest and their chin for proper breathing (shown and mentioned in above links).
Carriers should basically mimic how you would hold your baby in your arms and allow the baby to be high enough to be "close enough to kiss."
Links with more information about this:
I hope these pictures help visualize what I was saying above!
(Great leg position and support, but do note that I should have adjusted him higher up where I could have easily kissed the top of his head.)
(While a picture of a back carry, a front carry should look the same.)
Last edited by alwayssmile; 12-29-2011 at 11:54 AM.
This is a great idea for a thread. My step-sister gave birth to a preemie last January- he was super early, like 27 weeks or something. Anyway, I bought her a Moby cause I figured it would be great for him and her when he got out of the hospital. I was MORTIFIED when I finally got to see her wear him (which she was apparently doing ALL THE TIME- but I was out of the country so had no idea)- the Moby was basically twisted like a rope, and she had him on her belly, head smooshed into her boobs- most of the wrap tied LOW on her hips (you know kids these days, can't wear ANYTHING on their waist!). It was terrible. Needless to say I gave her a tutorial RIGHT AWAY, and corrected her every time I saw her wearing that TINY little baby wrong. Whew. It's no joke that carriers and wraps are awesome...but MUST be used correctly!
Mara & Joel, 2009
"What is Positional Asphyxiation?
Positional asphyxia, is also known as postural asphyxia. It is a form of as- phyxia which occurs when someone's position prevents them from breath- ing adequately.
In newborns this means the airway is kinked due to baby?s heavy head rest- ing with his chin on his little chest. However, it can also happen in all di- rections your little one?s head can be turned."