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Baby Wraps, Slings and Carriers

Baby wearing and carrying is very beneficial to both caregiver and baby. However, it is important for caregivers to be mindful of how to carry their baby safely in order to decrease the risk of injury.

 

Baby Wrap, Sling or Carrier Checklist



  • is appropriate for the age and size of your child
  • comes with instructions that are easy to understand
  • comes with fasteners and safety straps
  • does not allow the baby to slip through the leg openings
  • does not allow the baby to fall over the side of the product
  • is the appropriate size for the parent/caregiver carrying the child
  • check the product before every use for any signs of wear

Safety Tips

Babies in carriers should be Visible and Kissable:

  • Keep the baby's face in view.
  • Keep the baby in an upright position.
 
baby in carrier

 
  • Make sure the baby's face is not pressed into the fabric of the carrier or sling, your body, or clothing.
  • Make sure there is 1-2 finger spaces between the chin and chest.
  • Make sure the baby's legs are not bunched up against their stomach, as this can also restrict breathing.
  • Wear the baby snug enough to support their back and hold onto the baby when bending over so they don't fall out of the carrier or sling. Always hold onto the baby and bend at your knees.
  • Check on baby often.

Other safety reminders:

  • Do not zip up a coat around the baby as this can cause baby to overheat & suffocate.
  • Never leave baby alone in a carrier.
  • Consult an expert before using a carrier if your infant was born with a low birth weight or has a pre-existing medical condition.
  • Be careful when using a carrier with children under 4 months as their airways are still developing.
  • If the baby does fall asleep while in the wrap, sling or carrier, transfer the baby to a safe sleeping environment when possible.

Check for Consumer Product Safety Recalls1

 
Date of creation: August 1, 2013
Last modified on: August 28, 2015

Resources

 

References

1Healthy Canadians. (2013-05-17). Baby Slings and Carriers. Retrieved from
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/kids-enfants/infant-care-soins-bebe/slings-porte_bebes-eng.php