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How Do You Wear Your Baby?

In case you didn’t already have it marked on your calendar, it’s the third annual International Babywearing Week! This year’s theme is safe babywearing.

Babywearing International offers these guidelines for safe babywearing:

  1. 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).
  2. While using a carrier, never jog, run, jump on a trampoline or subject your baby to shaking or bouncing.
  3. Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car.
  4. 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?