A baby carrier offers a great way for you to get some exercise - and keep your baby snuggled close to you. Just make sure the carrier is safe, and that you're using it properly.
Baby carriers come in different types, including soft strap-ons, slings and framed back carriers. Whichever type you choose:
- Read the instructions first.
- Make sure the carrier has a firm, padded head support that adjusts to the size of your baby.
- The leg holes are wide enough for your baby's comfort but small enough that the baby can't slip through.
- Never use a carrier while skiing, jogging, biking, or in a car.
- Do not use a carrier during any activity, such as cooking, that could harm your baby.
- Give your baby plenty of time out of the carrier to move, crawl and explore.
Remember! A framed back carrier is not a car seat and should never be used as one.Framed back carriers are for older babies and worn backpack style. They should not be used until your baby can sit alone - at about five months of age.
- Never leave your baby alone in the carrier.
- Make sure it has a wide, solid base so it can't tip over.
- If your seat has wire supports that snap on the back, make sure they are secure.
- Fasten straps and restraining buckles every time you use the seat. They should be adjusted to fit comfortably and to prevent your baby from turning.
- Babies in back carriers should not be placed on tables, counters, or furniture. An active baby may lunge forward, tip the carrier, and fall.