The ability to wear your baby in a sling or other soft transport device allows for many conveniences, but there are always things to remember where safety is concerned, which is why referring to a baby carrier guide is crucial. Most of these devices are completely safe and comfortable for your infant, but just like anything you're going to have around your little one checking quality and instructions can go a long way toward making it even safer. Read on below for 4 dos and don'ts of carrying your baby on your body.
Be Careful of Baby's Breathing
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When it comes to a soft sling type of travel tool it's easy for your infant to turn their face into the fabric, and although most times it's still safe and practical because little ones often have no trouble turning back or breathing in small spaces, it's a good idea to check on them from time to time. Be certain that their faces have enough space especially around the nose and mouth area that they can breathe right. If you move a lot or feel your little one turning, readjust to suit the comfort of both of you.
Never Bend without a Hand
Any baby carrier guide can warn you that bending over or leaning forward with your child in a travel sling is a bad idea unless you've got a good grip. Even if you feel like they're in pretty securely, all it takes is one slip and they could tumble out, so always be sure to brace them with at least one hand while you dip. Once you're back upright it's a good time to double check the security of the hold and tightness of the fabric, as well as revisit the above rule and check on their breathing as things tend to move about as you do.
Double Check Knots
You don't need a baby carrier guide to tell you to double check your knots, but some people still forget this simple concept. Most products designed for wearing your child come with fairly simple instructions defining what kind of knots to use, but even a nice tight knot can loosen over time, so double check them every time you and your infant use it.
Always Look At Weight Restrictions
Finally weight and height restrictions are there for a reason, not just because of the comfort of your child, but also for your own comfort as well. You don't want to throw out your back or strain your shoulders by having the straps or ties in the wrong area. Although you should be able to wear your little one for a long time, as they grow you have to adjust the fit for safety and comfort.