Carrying a baby in a baby carrier 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 carrier. 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 Happy Baby Wraps for a back carry position. You may use a back carry position in the Happy Baby Carrier once your baby can easily sit up unassisted. (We usually recommend waiting until around 9 months.)
5 Never place your baby in a forward position in the wrap or our original linen carrier.
6 Never place more than one baby in a carrier at a time.
7 Baby carriers allow parents to be hands free to do other things, but use caution during movement. Using a baby carrier 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 carrier 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 Happy Baby Wraps and Carriers are not a substitute for a safety seat. Never use the carrier in a moving vehicle or while riding a bike.
10 Inspect the condition of the carrier before each use. Do not use a baby carrier unless it is sound. Pay special attention each time to any connection seams and the slider portion of the carrier. Be sure that the plastic rails are not shifted/exposed and that the stopper overlaps sufficiently.
11 Never place loose objects in the carrier 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 or carrier.
12 Do not use the baby carrier 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 carriers.
14 Be cautious when consuming hot foods and beverages while the baby is in the carrier as these could burn the baby. Do not use our baby carriers while cooking or near hot surfaces.
You are responsible for the safety of your baby when he or she is in the baby carrier. Please use common sense and your best judgement to ensure that your baby is safe and secure.
*Baby carrier is the term we are using in this safety guide and is applicable to our all of our baby carriers both wraps and SSC styles.