Babywearing Safety

When trying your carrier for the first time, have another person help you or position yourself over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch for added safety.

Ensure that you can see your baby’s face at all times. Do not let baby’s face press into your body and do not cover their face with the wrap or any kind of fabric. Your baby should be worn in an upright position, wrapped tightly and securely and also be high enough on your chest that you could kiss the top of their head with ease.

Baby’s head, neck and back must be completely supported, with chin OFF chest at all times. If baby’s chin is pressed to their chest it can restrict baby’s airway. Check to ensure correct positioning by slipping a finger between baby’s chin and their chest.

Attend to and check on baby often, especially those under 4 months of age.

Consult an expert before wearing your baby if your infant was born with low birth weight, such as a preemie or twins, or if your infant has respiratory illness or other respiratory problems.

After nursing in a carrier, remove baby from breast and return them to the proper upright carrying position with head above breasts and face free of fabric.

DO NOT wear your baby while driving in a car, boating, jogging, jumping on a trampoline, riding a horse or a bicycle, skating, or doing ANY other activity that subjects your baby to bouncing, shaking or potential harm.

Do not physically alter the carrier in any way as this could result in the carrier being unsafe for use.

Do not put loose items in the wrap that could be a choking hazard or that could cover your baby’s face, such as a blanket.

Please feel free to contact Julie at juliek@shearwaterweaving.ca if you have any questions or concerns in regards to how to wear your baby safely and comfortably.