Baby-wearing safety: Tips and Info

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Baby-wearing safety: Tips and Info

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. Biggrin

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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
http://babywearinginternational.org/pages/InfantSlingSafety.php

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Test your carriers!

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!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nUe7HX2QuA

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Ideal Position for Baby

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:
http://www.babywearingschool.com/registration/broshurebabywearingblack-white2009.pdf
http://www.babywearingschool.com/research.htm
http://www.storchenwiege.com/babycarrierresearch.htm
http://www.slingbabies.co.nz/Site/Positioning_2.ashx

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.)

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This thread should be a sticky!

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"cactuswren" wrote:

This thread should be a sticky!

YES! TOTALLY AGREE! :mrgreen:

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Good safety information on the Granola Babies Blog: http://www.granolababies.com/nurturebabynaturally/category/babywearing-safety/

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Hip Health in baby carriers, car seats, swings, walkers, and other equipment from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute: http://www.hipdysplasia.org/Developmental-Dysplasia-Of-The-Hip/Prevention/Baby-Carriers-Seats-and-Other-Equipment/Default.aspx

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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!

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Positional Asphyxiation

Good information!

"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."

http://www.babywearingschool.com/Positional%20asphyxiation.pdf

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

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. Biggrin

very useful information, I've never used it before. I learned a lot here.

thank you!

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Thank you for posting this! Babywearing safety should always be a top priority. Choosing an appropriate carrier can really help ensure that your baby is safe and secure. I have four kids myself, and I wore all of them. The first two were mostly worn in wraps and slings. The last two were twins, and I discovered that I could wear them in two Ergo carriers (one in front, one in back) from a pretty young age. Ergo offers great comfort, style, and - most importantly - safety features.

You can check out lots of babywearing info, and see video and photos of babies in the Ergo at http://babywearingmama.org.

Thanks again for taking the time to educate us all on this critical topic!

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Baby Wearing

I think baby wearing is one of the most important things to be done. Baby always feel safe since he/she is close to his/her mother. And every time, when going out, he/she tends to learn a lot of things since confidence-boost is in him/her. Biggrin

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Baby-2-Baby Ltd.

There are lots of varieties of baby carrier in the market today. One good option when doing a shopping is going online. There are lots of stores online which are offering baby carriers and one good thing is, you can compare the price of a certain baby carrier from one store to another. You don't have to go to stores physically which is painful and tiresome.