Baby Wearing Safety & Guidelines
Keeping your baby safe whilst you are using your baby carrier is our main priority.
There are a few key points to note when baby wearing to ensure your baby is secure and comfortable.
- Baby should be sat in a 'squat position' with legs straddling your body at all times when in wrap and when being carried forward facing in buckle carrier (do not carry your baby forward facing in a wrap carrier).
- Make sure you can see your babies face at all times whilst in the baby carrier. Ensuring that their chin is not on their chest and their airways are clear.
- Always remember that you are 'baby wearing' so behave accordingly, don't do something unless you would do it while holding your baby in your arms.
- Wrap carriers are recommended for babies weighing at least 3kg and buckle carriers for babies from 5.5kg
Joey is proud to provide a wrap carrier that will carry your baby safely and has been approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as hip healthy.
- TIGHT - slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.
IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES - you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or baby carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.
CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS - your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.
- KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST - a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.
- SUPPORTED BACK - in an upright baby carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently - they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.
Important: Always be careful, you are wearing your Joey wrap at your own risk.