Consumer Safety

Babywearing keeps your baby Visible and Kissable!

The practice of babywearing keeps babies in the safest place possible — a parent’s arms, with baby’s face visible to the carrying adult. Babies are vulnerable in their first four months of life. They require constant supervision, which is why babywearing is critical to the well-being of infants.

Baby carriers are meant to mimic in-arms carrying positions. Your baby should be in the same position in which you would hold him in your arms. Check your baby’s position by embracing him after settling him into the carrier; his position should not shift significantly in your embrace.

Baby carriers often have safety regulations they are expected to comply with. We’ve put together a short ‘Compliance for Consumers’ FAQ so you know what to look for when buying a carrier that is safe and secure.

Safe Carry Positions

These photos illustrate some examples of visible, kissable babies in a variety of carrier types and holds.

Safety Checklist

When using any baby carrier, please keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for use, and watch any included DVDs, if applicable.
  • Ensure you can see baby’s face at all times. Do not let baby’s face press into your body. Do not cover baby’s face with a blanket, sling fabric, nursing covers, etc.
  • Baby’s head and neck must be gently and completely supported, with chin off chest. If baby’s chin is pressed tightly to baby’s chest, this can restrict baby’s airway. Check to ensure you can slip your finger between baby’s chin and chest to check for correct positioning.
  • Consult an expert if your infant was born with a low birth weight, such as a preemie or twins, or if your infant has respiratory illness or other respiratory problems. Extra vigilance is required with these babies.
  • After nursing in a carrier, remove baby from breast and return baby to proper carrying position with head above the breasts and face free of fabric and turned away from the mother’s body.
  • Attend to and check on baby often, especially those under 4 months of age.

Additional Articles On Babywearing Safety for Parents

Statement by BCIA Executive Director

The BCIA wishes to remind parents and caregivers of important tips for monitoring infants while being carried or held in a sling or other container, such as a baby swing, infant car seat, or stroller. Read more →

Tug-Testing Baby Carriers

How to safely inspect and test your carrier- please don’t ‘tug test’! Read more →

Babywearing Safety Links

There are a lot of folks thinking hard about baby carrier safety. If you’d like more information, one of these sites may be of help. Read more →

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