Babywearing is awesome, right?
Of course! But it can be overwhelming if you’re just getting started.
There are many reasons you might choose babywearing. Maybe you’ve read about the benefits: less crying, more bonding and a happy baby who learns more, while increasing mom or dad’s feeling of competence? Sounds like a win-win! Or…
- you like the convenience of not having to deal with a stroller
- you have a fussy baby who won’t let you put him down
- you are interested in trying to breastfeed on-the-go (or while making dinner)
- your baby hates his car seat or stroller, so wearing him makes grocery shopping a lot easier
- maybe your best friend told you how wonderful it is
- you simply want to carry your baby while having your hands free – who doesn’t want that?
Whatever the reason that leads you to babywearing, the most important first step is to find a safe, comfortable carrier or wrap. There are countless options out there so here are reviews on three of my favorites…
Never allow baby to be put in a position where his chin rests on his chest as this can compromise his breathing. (This is why bag-type slings should not be used as this is the main position baby is in in them). And, of course, always take note of:
- baby’s body temperature so he/she doesn’t overheat
- that baby has proper head support with an open airway
- and that baby’s head and face aren’t covered
Also stay away from carriers so affectionately known as “crotch-danglers”. These carriers only have a small strip of fabric between the legs, causing them to dangle. Apart from looking visibly uncomfortable for baby, these do not support the hips properly or safely and put baby at risk for hip dysplasia. Proper babywearing places the baby or child’s hips in a V formation with their knees higher than their bottom.
Another thing I want to mention is realistic use. As much as I love wearing my little guy, sometimes in certain situations it really is just easier to take a stroller or place him in the shopping cart. And that’s okay! So don’t get caught up in the all or nothing mentality – that’s the beauty of it – you can choose whatever works best!