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What is Baby-Wearing?

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Baby-wearing simply means carrying your baby with a wrap or device that leaves your hands and arms free.

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Bringing your child with you in a sling or carrier is often done by caregivers while cleaning, cooking and transporting baby outside of the house. Baby-wearing in different positions can help prevent your infant from developing a flat spot on their head because they are positioned vertically, and pressure is not being applied to their head for extended periods of time.

For parents who choose baby-wearing, there are many factors to consider when deciding what type of carrier you would like to use and how you would like to hold your baby. Some parents use a simple piece of cloth while others choose more specialized carriers with padding, pockets, and straps. These types vary greatly in price and style. Baby slings, wraps and carriers allow a child to be carried on your back, chest, or on your hip. The baby can either face inward or outward. Some of these carriers may be better for going outside with baby whereas others would be best for keeping your little one with you inside.

Find some safety tips for baby-wearing here.

Remember that baby’s safety and abilities should always be considered before deciding to use any type of baby carrier. You should check with your child’s healthcare provider before baby-wearing as some babies lack the muscle strength to keep their airways open in an unsupported position.

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