Looking for a safe baby carrier? Here’s what to watch for
Keeping your baby safe and your hands free.
Baby carriers are safe if you use them properly.
A baby carrier can provide a lot of benefits for mom and baby.
An ergonomically-designed baby carrier will typically give you the best results.
A baby carrier can seem unsafe and intimidating to many parents, but it does not have to be either. With knowledge and proper usage, a carrier can quickly become your favorite baby tool.
How safe are baby carriers?
It is completely natural for all parents to be concerned with the safety of baby products. Loving and protecting your baby is your job, so researching and educating yourself on baby products fits right into your job description.
One product that gains a lot of questions and concerns is a baby carrier. Even if they look a little dangerous or disconcerting to some, the truth is that a baby carrier is like every other baby product you see in stores- it is safe as long as it is used properly.
Benefits of baby carriers
A baby carrier can be very beneficial for mom, dad, and baby. When your baby is in your womb, it experiences many things that are abruptly cut off at birth. They quickly go from being snuggled up in your warmth, listening to your heartbeat, and being rocked by your movements to a sudden and rude introduction to the cold world.
A baby carrier can be a great solution to times when you need to cook or clean, go for a walk, go to a busy mall, and other similar activities. You can complete those tasks while your baby is soothed by your closeness, warmth, and heartbeat.
When your baby is in your womb, it experiences many things that are abruptly cut off at birth. They quickly go from being snuggled up in your warmth, listening to your heartbeat, and being rocked by your movements to a sudden and rude introduction to the cold world…A baby carrier can provide the same benefits.
Look for the following characteristics when shopping for your carrier:
1. Made by a trusted brand
Products made by brands that have been around for a while are typically the safest. These brands have built their reputations around researching and designing safe products.
This is not to say that you cannot try out a new brand or one you are unfamiliar with. Doing so will just require that you do more research on the product before purchase.
2. Ergonomic design
Choose a baby carrier that is designed to keep your baby in the most natural position possible: the frog position. Legs should never be pointed straight down and the spine should not be forced to be straight.
Your baby carrier should have the following characteristics:
- knee-to-knee support to keep the legs bent in an M shape
- keeps the baby’s back rounded
- provides a wide sitting spot
*Bonus points if the carrier is on the Hip-Healthy Products List.*
3. Comfortable for you
It is also important that the baby carrier be comfortable for the person wearing it. Look for carriers with wide, padded, adjustable straps.
Proper usage of a baby carrier
According to the UK Sling Consortium, to properly use a baby carrier, you should follow T.I.C.K.S.:
T- Tight- The carrier should hug your baby to your body.
I- In View At All Times- Your baby’s face should always be visible to you.
C– Close Enough to Kiss- The carrier should be adjusted so that the baby’s head is close to your chin- close enough to kiss without strain.
K– Keep Chin Off Of Chest- The baby’s chin should not be able to fall forward- a position in which the airways can be cut off.
S– Supported Back- Your baby’s back should be supported in a rounded position, meaning that their chest and tummy are consistently up against your body.
A deeper dive- Related reading from the 101:
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