Every parent spends a large part of their hours caring for their child thinking: “is this safe?”
Is it safe to mouth the electrical plug from the laptop?
Is it safe to leave my baby lying on the couch?
Is it safe to let her play with my jewellery?
Is it safe to sit her up in the pram?
Is this cot safe?
Is it safe to let her sleep in her carseat for a long time?
Is it safe to babywear?
Questioning ourselves is one of the ways we keep our babies safe. The good news is that babywearing IS safe once you’re aware of a few simple rules. Most of it is common sense, but there are a few things every parent needs to know about. This series of articles aims to answer your questions.
There are two major safety concerns and a number of minor ones in babywearing. The two major concerns are: the child’s ability to breathe and the safety of the carrier. Safety of the baby’s airway is discussed in this article here. Finding a safe carrier is discussed here.
Parents also have concerns around infant hip, spine and neurological development which we will cover here. Babywearing in hot or cold weather is discussed here. Back carries are an advanced babywearing topic, but done well they are very safe. Starting back carries safely is discussed here.
To begin with though, learn the basic safety rules of babywearing here.