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New to babywearing?
First check out our babywearing safety information. Please read through the entire thread since there's lots of important information on proper positioning, positional asphyxiation, testing carriers to ensure they're safe, identifying safe carriers, and more.
Nine Reasons Not to Carry Your Baby Facing Out
Why does my baby carrier say to not use until 8 pounds? Can I not babywear my newborn?
Having trouble choosing a carrier or don't know where to start?
Check out our several All About threads that describe each type of carrier, how to use it, what brands there are, and more! There's no one "perfect" carrier that works for everyone, so I always recommend to start with one that appeals to you and that you have an interest in using.
All About Pouches
All About Ring Slings
All About Soft Structured Carriers
All About Wraps
All About Mei Tai Carriers
Need to wear more than one baby?
It is very possible to wear multiple kids!
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Why does my baby carrier say to not use until 8 pounds?
Does this mean you have to wait until 8 pounds to use the carrier and you can't use it from birth?
You can certainly use NEWBORN safe carriers and carries with a baby under 8 pounds. I wouldn't use a soft structured carrier before the recommended size, but wraps and ring slings are safe to use. Even low weight babies or premies can be worn as long as vigilant care is used to ensure proper positioning (chin away from chest, close enough to kiss, etc).
Jan from Sleeping Baby Productions explains:
"This is a result of the latest CPSC/ASTM regulations. Most of the deaths that occurred in carriers were in babies with existing respiratory conditions, and in pre-term or under-8-lb babies. The CPSC people were really adamant that labeling state that carriers are not to be used under 8 lbs because of their perception of an increased risk of death. It doesn't matter to them that low birthweight babies are just as likely to die in a crib or another conveyance; their focus was on baby carriers because they're not seen as a "normal" part of parenting. Please understand, no manufacturer believes that little babies shouldn't be worn in a carrier -- just the opposite, since we're well aware of kangaroo care and the benefits it provides -- but our hands are tied by regulations...I'm not speaking officially or as a representative of anyone-- just my personal self."
(Do note the deaths in carriers were from bag slings which did not support babies in correct, safe positioning.)