baby and toddler baby carriers: Safety tips

Did you decide to use a baby sling? Here are valuable tips on how to do this to keep baby healthy.

For centuries, babywearing has been used by parents to support everyday tasks. It was during the 1950s that strollers and other rigid seats gained popularity. For some thirty years, some research has demonstrated the importance of physical contact for the development of the child. Since then, there has been an increase in the use of the baby carrier in America.

Baby and toddler baby carriers: Safety tips
Baby and toddler baby carriers: Safety tips

At birth, your baby adopts a fetal position wrapped around himself. His column is rounded, his limbs are bent. This place must be respected when the babily is worn. Your newborn does not yet have the musculature developed which allows him to support his spine, which is why portering requires particular vigilance.

In the embryo, bone and joint development are simultaneous. At the end of the 8th week of gestation, the hip joint is already formed, and by the 16th week, all the muscles are present and functional. The bone and joint development will continue until about 25 years old! At birth, your baby’s spine averages 24 cm and will grow about 50% in the first year of life. It is the fastest rate of growth that humans will have to undergo throughout their life. It is for this reason that proper positioning of the spine and hips is essential.

Carrying helps baby to make the delicate transition between his uterine life and his new life! There are positive physiological, cognitive and emotional effects.

  • The use of portage promotes parent-child attachment;
  • At birth, the thermoregulatory system of the newborn is not yet developed. A baby wears then uses the method of thermoregulation of the wearer;
  • A baby carried would tend to cry less in the day
  • Carrying would promote falling asleep;
  • Carrying secures baby by the heat, the smell, the sounds of the heartbeat of the wearer, the effect of rocking;
  • Carrying also has an impact on the overall psychomotor development of the child. The baby must react to the change of position of the wearer; this develops his sense of balance;
  • Carrying is also recommended for children with reflux or plagiocephaly (flat head)

When choosing a baby carrier, make sure you meet the following criteria:

  • The baby’s weight must be spread over his buttocks;
  • His back must be rounded;
  • His head is to the axis of the spine;
  • The top of his head is at the height of kisses;
  • His hands are within reach of his mouth;
  • His knees must be at the height of his pelvis or higher;
  • Before the age of 3-4 months, place the legs together;
  • After 3-4 months, the knees can be spread and the legs “kiss” the wearer.

Pay attention to the following points

  • The child should not be supported by his genitals;
  • The legs should not be hanging;
  • There must be no point of support for the feet;
  • His back should not be arched backward;
  • His head should not be extended

Some precautions to take when carrying baby

  • His chin must be off his chest;
  • Its airways must be clear;
  • His face must be discovered;
  • Baby must be hydrated regularly
  • Protect the extremities and the head against the cold or the sun;
  • Do not wear baby while you sleep;
  • Prohibit the taking of drugs, alcohol or drugs;
  • Choose a baby carrier adapted to the size of the wearer and the child;
  • Read the instructions for use before use;
  • Make sure before each use of the good condition of the baby carrier;
  • Make sure the knot is secured securely.
  • Hoping that these few explanations will guide you in your choice of baby carrier!

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Safety tips

Avoid doing an activity that could cause your fall. The latter is the leading cause of injury with baby carriers.

  • Check the tying condition and quality of the fabric (for example, the stitching strength) of the baby carrier.
  • Regularly monitor the position of the baby. His back should be rounded, and his legs bent. Also, make sure your baby is in an area for proper hip development. In a baby carrier, the most position ergonomic involves placing the baby stomach glued against you (front or on your back), the legs slightly apart and folded to form an M. The knees should be higher than the hips to allow the baby’s back to adopt a rounded shape naturally.
    Also, the portage turned to the outside would hurt the joints of the hips, according to the German Federation of Pediatricians. If your baby does not like to be belly-tummy, opt instead for carrying on the back or the hip. Finally, we must also make sure that the baby carrier does not support only the fork, but also the legs up to the knees. In this way, the child is not suspended by the crotch.
  • The baby’s head must be on the outside of the baby carrier, and his face must always be visible.
  • His nose and mouth must always be bright. Avoid crushing them against the fabric or your body, as the baby may suffocate. For the same reason, ever leave your coat open around his head.
  • The openings for the legs should be small, without being too tight, to prevent blood circulation.
  • Dress it lightly, to prevent heat stroke (especially in summer).
  • Cover its ends exposed to sunlight.
  • Stay alert in your movements, especially in crowded places. An object within reach of his hand could represent a danger. For example, avoid cooking or using dangerous objects.
  • Avoid carrying your baby beyond 1 hour in the same position. Also check regularly that its ends are hot, a sign of good circulation.

Be careful with positional asphyxiation

When using a baby sling, the child’s chin should never rest on his / her chest as this can compress the airway. His head, neck, and chest should always be straight to allow proper oxygenation. So make sure you still have two fingers between your chin and chest. If you are breastfeeding in a baby carrier, make sure to replace your head once the feeding is over.

To remember

  • Carrying comforts baby calms his tears and facilitates his sleep.
  • The baby’s head should always be on the outside of the baby carrier, with its nose and mouth clear.
  • Avoid baby carriers where all the weight of baby lies on the crotch.

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