How to Wear Videos
Click on the links below for an instructional video on each type of carrier.
Wraps, Ring Slings, Pouch Slings, Mei Tais, or Buckle/Soft Structured Carriers.
If you're headed to the beach or pool, there are nylon and mesh ring slings that will dry very quickly that are perfect for summer getaways.
Babywearing may be new to some and safety is always important. Here are the ABCs from BWI that are helpful to practice safe babywearing.
Make sure baby's airway stays open by keeping chin off chest and allow fresh air to circulate around baby's face. Keep child high enough to kiss at all times, with the face visible.
It is also important that your carrier provide adequate support for your infant’s developing neck and back. Ideally baby should be held with his knees higher than his bottom with legs in a spread squat position and support from knee to knee. Although with older babies and toddlers, full knee to knee support is not always possible or necessary.
The carrier should be comfortable for you and baby. If you do not feel comfortable and confident with the carry you are doing, have a spotter nearby to help you.
- Avoid wearing metal rings or metal buckles on your carrier while walking through security. This way you won't need to take it off and can have your hands free while carrying your child.
- Expect to have your hands swabbed to test for explosive materials. It's a simple and quick test that takes all of ten extra seconds.
- Due to FAA regulations and safety, you'll need to take the baby out of the carrier during take off and then again at landing.
In the comments feel free to share what your favorite carrier is!
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