Join babywearing educator and Mama & Roo's founder Alexandra to learn the ABCs of wearing your baby safely in a baby wrap or carrier. Learn tips and tricks for the safest, most comfortable carry, so you can enjoy snuggling your little one wherever life takes you.
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The ABCs of babywearing safety
A- Airway- Is the throat open (chin up, not burrowed down) for unobstructed breathing? Is your child's mouth and nose unobstructed?
B- Breathing- Is baby close enough to kiss (and thus close enough to monitor breathing)? Check in periodically to make sure you can hear/see/feel your child's breath.
If your child has been lowered in the carrier, such as to nurse or bottle feed, bring your child back up close enough to kiss as soon as they are done and sleeping/content. If your child has fallen asleep, adjust the carrier to comfortably support your child in a way that does not obstruct their breathing.
If your child is on your back, be sure you can monitor their breathing from their position.
C-Comfort- Are both child and caregiver comfortable?
For the child- Are the legs well supported? For a young baby this looks like fabric from knee to knee, allowing the legs to swing freely. The seat should support baby in a C curve appropriate for their age- a younger baby will have more of a curve/froggy position than a toddler will.
Tip- wrap the wrap around your newborn in their natural curled up state, instead of trying to reposition them!
M position- we like to see baby's knees slightly higher than their bum, like an M shape looking at the legs to knee to bottom. This allows for baby's weight to sit on their bottom, providing adequate comfort and proper circulation, instead of on their feet.
For the caregiver- Does the carrier feel good? Is there any place you need to tighten? Does anything feel constricting?
Adjust discomfort on the neck/shoulder by pulling fabric off of your neck, capping the shoulder, pulling fabric down the arm, flipping fabric up on the shoulder, or reaching behind to spread the passes on the back out more (as opposed to bunched passes).
Adjust the height of the carrier- often moving the waist up and down significantly changes the child's comfort in the carrier as well as the caregiver. You can also try 1 shoulder, torso, or waist-less carries. The possibilities for modification are endless! Caregiver and child should both be comfortable =) .
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