Are Baby Carriers Safe?
Babywearing is the practice or action of carrying a baby in a sling, wrap or other forms of infant carrier. Throughout the years, it has evolved and greatly adapted by many generations with each adaptation an improved version. Babywearing is economical especially if you have more than one child. Most baby carriers are also designed to be used from birth onwards.
One of the leading benefits of a baby carrier is to help calm a fussy baby. The warmth of the motherís body can soothe a baby and can help strengthen the connection and bond. Moreso, babies that are worn are happier and healthier.
During the 9-month period of carrying your baby inside your womb, the connection remains and becomes stronger as the baby is cuddled and swaddled close to you. Babies, when worn, also feels more secure.
When parents use baby carriers, not only can they take good care of their babies but they can also have their time not wasted and use it to do errands, cook meals, and exercise. Pretty sure, if all of these things can be done whilst babywearing, the safety of these baby carriers may have crossed your mind.
There are guidelines and checklist you can follow in order to make babywearing safe for the baby and for you.
Frog position when using a baby carrier
According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, babies must be carried using the frog position where the thighs are spread around the motherís torso and the hips bent so that the knees are slightly higher than the babyís bum. In this way, the hips movement are not blocked.
The spine is also in C-shaped with the babyís head and neck also supported. This position is an ergonomic position where the babyís spine and legs are not forced. Furthermore, a baby carrier helps prevent dysplasia and hip dislocation.
Follow the T-I-C-K-S when using a baby carrier
T-I-C-K-S stands for Tight, In view at all times, Close enough to kiss, Keep chin off the chest and Supported back is another guideline that you can follow in order to keep babywearing safe according to the UK Sling Consortium.
This guideline also enables you to safely babywear your baby and keep him/her close. It must be remembered when wearing a sling or any other type of baby carrier. Any carrier must be tight enough so that you can hug your baby as close as possible to you. Loose fabric can be a risk that hinders breathing.
When babywearing, it is a must that when you simply glance down while the baby should face upward when in the cradle position so that you can see your baby easily. Keeping your babyís head close to your chin should be done when babywearing just enough to kiss.
Sometimes babies have difficulty breathing when curled on your chest so always remember to keep the chin off the chest. Lastly, the back must always be supported when using a baby carrier. Babies can slump if the sling is too loose which can close the airway.
Babywearing Internationalís ABC rule
Babywearing Internationalís ABC rule stands for Airway, Body positioning and Comfort. The airway must be checked at all times when babywearing. This is achieved if the baby is properly positioned in an upright way. The chin must be off the chest and nose and mouth must not be blocked by any obstruction.
Furthermore, the babyís neck and head must be supported by the carrier so it is best to choose the correct size. Plus, the frog position or M position just like the fetal position must be observed. Lastly, the carrier must be comfortable when used. If you are unsure how to use it at first, donít hesitate to use a spotter such as a bed or anyone around.
Ultimately, baby carriers can become safe as long as you keep in mind of the safety protocols that will ensure the baby's health. Buy baby carriers that are comfortable, sturdy and designed to be used in several positions. Moreso, if the baby carrier can prevent hip dysplasia and dislocation, it is safe to use.
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