Every so often a wave of articles and chatter about the dangers of babywearing fill chat groups and blogs. Suffocation is a big mention, hip dysplasia or joint misalignment with ‘crotch danglers’ or narrow based carriers that allow baby’s legs to hang in space, and a myriad of other mentions. Those of us who love babywearing (I would never discredit or minimize the importance of babywearing safety) know that despite these warnings, the reality is that there are many wonderful things that come along with babywearing ….and we know more commonly that the real dangers include:
1. Dropping crumbs on baby while eating in a front carry. Then wondering if you should take baby out, after multiple attempts to brush crumbs out of his/her hair. What’s a few crumbs right?
2. An unexplainable urge to buy new wraps and soft structured carriers! After purchasing these carriers you wash, fold and admire your stash. Take/share stash shots! Possibly add wrap scrap accessories to personalize your carrier, or carry pieces of beautiful wraps with you when you’re not babywearing.
3. Sleepy dust, or a baby who falls asleep in minutes after being worn. This effect is primarily from sheer comfort and happiness.
4. The ability to get things done. Cleaning, exercise, shopping and whatever your heart desires…all with baby happily in tow.
5. Clipping baby toe nails without any fuss with him/her in a back carry. Those little feet are dangling in perfect position for happy grooming! What’s a few clumps of hair missing from the back of your head in exchange for grooming little one’s nails without tears? Baby may not even know it’s getting done! (Get a teething necklace for hair pulling).
6. A strong urge to stalk babywearing pages, read chatter, make friends with other babywearing parents and watch for new carrier releases.
7. Getting stared at like you have two heads by the non-babywearing Mom you mentioned working on your double hammock to…whom you are now helping shop for her first carrier.
While this article is lighthearted, safety is not something to joke about. Check to make sure your baby sling isn’t one that was recalled and please visit my other articles. Make sure to read about Why Woven Wraps are So Expensive, 6 Benefits to Wearing a Disabled Child, Tekhni Thalia Review, Diva Milano Essenza Review, Tekhni Meandros Tussah Silk, Pavo Form Review and Chimparoo Woven Wraps!
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Please use this downloadable guide from Babywearing International for safety tips and visit their site for resources and information on babywearing safety.(Image credit below to Babywearing International).
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post in no way attempts to make individual recommendations. Please consult your local BWI group for individual consultations and always practice safe technique. Consult your knowledgable Occupational Therapist for babywearing recommendations specific to your needs.