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.
Benefits of babywearing from Babywearing International: (link to page)
1) Babies who are worn cry less ? as much as 54%!
2) Helps babies regulate their breathing, regulate their body temperature, and gain weight, similar to kangaroo care.
3) Parents are able to be more in tune to baby?s needs and cues.
4) Helps caregivers (fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, babysitters, and more) bond.
5) Allows parent to care for older kids while still being there for the baby.
6) It?s convenient since you can go where strollers can?t ? stairs, hiking, airports, and more!
I won't claim that all the information provided in the websites contain the most up to date and correct information for positioning and use of carriers, but I hope this does encourage people to realize that you can babywear twins or even an older and younger child at the same time!
For up to date information and help with BWing multiples I recommend TBW Wearing More than One sub forum. You do need to register for the free site before you're able to view, but there are lots of pictures and moms willing to help.
Have you worn more than one child? If so, please share with us here!
Last edited by alwayssmile; 02-21-2012 at 12:11 PM.
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.)
Last edited by alwayssmile; 05-04-2012 at 04:29 PM.