Have you ever heard of babywearing? If you’ve explored some of the most popular parenting trends going around today, you’ve probably at least seen someone practicing babywearing, even if you weren’t sure what the term was or what it means. Babywearing is getting more and more popular with each passing year, but if you’re thinking about participating in it, it’s important to understand some of the safety requirements to do so correctly without posing a risk to your child.

Babywearing is simply the process of carrying your baby in a sling or some other type of carrier that can be worn on your baby. Your baby should be able to sit comfortably and safely within whichever carrier type you choose, and the carrier should then be able to be worn by you or any other caregiver without discomfort. Choosing the right carrier for your baby can be difficult and take a little practice, but when you brush up on the different types of babywearing carriers available, you’ll be able to make the right call in no time.

Slings and ring slings are some of the most popular babywearing options. You can make your own sling or ring sling, or convert a traditional sling into a ring sling if you prefer, too. You can also buy these online along with other types of shaped baby carriers, too. No matter which type of carrier you choose, be sure you brush up on all the safety information you need to know before you ever get started with babywearing.

Also be sure you understand the right way to tie your baby sling or carrier before you ever put your baby in it. Many people practice with weighted baby dolls, and it’s important to practice several times to ensure that you know exactly what you’re doing when you finally do put your baby in the sling or carrier for the first time. It’s a good idea to have another capable adult nearby to help for the first few times you put on and take off your babywearing carrier, too.

If you’ve paid much attention to baby care news in recent years, you may have heard of some very sad and unfortunate tragedies occurring because of babywearing. This is why it’s incredibly important to always wear your baby at the correct height and in the correct position for his or her age and to always be mindful of your child when practicing babywearing.

If your baby is a newborn, some types of carriers may not be safe to use until he or she gets a little older. The carriers that can be used with newborns should be tied in specific ways or used with an infant insert to be sure that your baby’s airways are always clear and your child can breathe freely at all times. Your baby’s spine and hips should also be primary concerns when babywearing, too.

As always, speak with your child’s pediatrician before you begin any new lifestyle changes for you and your baby.

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