There’s no denying that when you’re a parent, leaving your baby behind while you run errands, isn’t quite ideal. For busy working parents, when everything is usually on-the-go, going about your day with a baby in tow, makes the task at hand, even more of a challenge. With ample products developed to make a parent’s life easier, it’s no surprise that a kangaroo baby carrier, or sling (whatever your preference), does indeed leave your hands free to carry along a few other things. But, how sure are you that your baby is still being held the right way?
Read on to find out if you’re guilty of a few of these baby-wearing blunders:
The baby carrier is not of the right size: When you shop for your baby carrier, sling or wrap, there’s a chance you might get the wrong size. The carrier can either be too large or too small, or too loose or too tight. Remember, the carrier has to fit just right. It’s the only way to ensure your baby won’t be hurt when carried. Trying on the carrier before you make your purchase, ideally with your baby in it, is the best way to ensure that you have a proper fit.
You wear the baby too low: Wearing your baby low will not only make the baby slump, but will also make the process painful for you. Your baby’s head should rest on your chest. Now, if you choose to carry your baby on your back, his head should rest on your shoulder.
You cover the baby’s face: Covering your baby’s head with the fabric can cause suffocation. Make sure that you’re always able to see your baby’s face with a quick glance.
You do not support your baby’s neck: In the initial months, your baby’s neck muscles are still underdeveloped, and hence, cannot hold their necks up without the proper support, making their heads flop backwards. Make sure that any carrier you choose provides the necessary support to safely hold your baby’s neck in place.
We understand that baby care can be quite confounding. Whether you’re strapping your baby in correctly or wrapping your baby securely with that long piece of fabric, remember it’s okay to make a few mistakes, just as long as you can quickly learn from them. Keep these tips in mind and before you know it, you’ll be wearing your baby like a pro!