babywearing safetyCarrying a baby in a baby wrap requires diligence on the part of the caregiver. Please review the following important safety guidelines:

1 Make sure that baby is positioned correctly in the baby wrap. Your baby can suffocate if positioned incorrectly. Premature babies or those with respiratory problems or illness and babies under 4 months are at greatest risk for suffocation.

2 Check on your baby often and ensure that baby is breathing at all times. Never allow the baby to be carried in such a way that his chin is curled against his chest. Newborns lack the muscle control to open their airways when placed in this position. The chin should be in a neutral or slightly higher position.

3 Baby’s face should be visible at all times. Never cover your baby’s head and face with fabric.

4 Always carry your baby in an upright vertical position. Do not use this wrap for a back carry.

5 Never place your baby in a forward position in the wrap.

6 Never place more than one baby in the wrap at a time.

7 Baby wraps allow parents to be hands free to do other things, but use caution during movement. Using a baby wrap affects your center of balance and leaning, bending over, or tripping can cause the baby to fall. Keep a hand on your baby while moving and whenever possible bend from your knees.

8 Do not use the baby wrap while engaging in activities that involve excessive movement such as running or jumping or other activities with similar bouncing and shaking motions. These motions can be damaging to a baby’s developing neck, spine and brain.

9 The Happy Wrap is not a substitute for a safety seat. Never use the baby wrap in a moving vehicle or while riding a bike.

10 Inspect the condition of the baby wrap before each use. Do not use a baby wrap unless it is sound.

11 Never place loose objects in the wrap with your baby that could be a choking hazard, obstruct baby’s breathing, or otherwise hurt your baby. Also, be aware of what your baby can reach when in the wrap.

12 Do not use the baby wrap in any body of water.

13 Ensure that your baby is protected from the elements. Baby’s head, arms, and legs may need extra protection from the sun. Don’t dress your baby too warmly in the summer and avoid activities in which the baby could overheat. Likewise, be sure your baby does not get too cold in the winter. There are many coats and ponchos designed for use with baby wraps.

14 Be cautious when consuming hot foods and beverages while the baby is in the wrap as these could burn the baby. Do not use the wrap while cooking or near hot surfaces.

You are responsible for the safety of your baby when he or she is in the baby wrap. Please use common sense and your best judgement to ensure that your baby is safe and secure.