The Story of the Super-Sleep-Deprived Mom Who Learned How to Use Her Baby Carrier Safely

This story is about you. Surprise! 

We’re manufacturers, and we know how much time and love goes into the instructions (so much!) But we’re also moms and caregivers. We know how little you sleep, and how hard it is to remember things 5 minutes after reading them.

So here’s the deal, and the two MOST important things to watch out for in terms of infant babywearing safety. (Still read the instructions for any baby item you buy, though, and do imagine our thrilling late-night staff discussions over them!)

First, make sure your carrier is snug enough; secure without being uncomfortably tight. Is baby tilting? Probably not snug. Slouching down? Definitely not snug. Hanging off you? Tighten it. You aren’t sure, but you feel really uneasy, like you need to hold on to them? Probably your intuition saying you need to tighten it.

Second, make sure the airway is clear. This goes along with snugness (a slouching infant won’t be able to breathe well), but also includes things like having their face visible, being able to see or feel their breathing, making sure their chin is off their chest so their little airway isn’t kinked.

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Becky

Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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