Babywearing International offers these guidelines for safe babywearing:
- Make sure your baby can breathe; ensure your baby always has an open airway (never allow your baby to be placed with his chin against his chest, which can restrict breathing -- and which very young babies can’t fix on their own because of undeveloped muscle control).
- While using a carrier, never jog, run, jump on a trampoline or subject your baby to shaking or bouncing.
- Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car.
- Only use carriers that are appropriate for your baby’s age and weight.
Admittedly, in addition to my stroller addiction, I also had (okay, maybe still have) an obsession with baby carriers. We have, um, several: an Ergo baby carrier (my fave!), a Moby Wrap (another fave!), a Maya Wrap ring sling, a Peanut Shell pouch, a Hotslings pouch, a Kelty backpack, a Storchenwiege ring sling, and of course, a Baby Bjorn Active carrier. And, for the colder months, I might also own a Peekaru babywearing vest (which I love!), a Suse’s Kindercoat, and a Mama Jacket. And of course, there are loads of mei tais and other carriers that I continue to covet. (Note to self: Must have third child to justify any additional babywearing purchases.)
Moms, which carriers or slings do you love? How long did you wear your kids?