First there was not much information in the news about baby carriers.
This was followed by some really great articles about the benefits of babywearing.
Just when things seem to be cruising along nicely and the word is spreading about the advantages of baby carriers, the news is flooded with scary stories about the dangers of baby carriers.
This can lead to confusion, which frequently leads to frustration. Can we trust baby carriers or not?
Well, it turns out that some really on the ball people are doing a great job and being vigilant in the area of baby carriers. Just as in any other piece of baby equipment or baby toys or baby clothes, when there is fault with the design and safety is an issue, we have recalls. And this is very appropriate and necessary. However, when a car seat or a high chair or a crib is recalled, parents don’t shy away from these purchases. WE do need to put our babies and toddlers in car seats, so NOT using one is not a choice. We take into consideration the recalls and do our best to research the safest products before our next purchase.
So, in the baby carrier world, you want to do your reseach to be sure there have been no recalls on the baby carrier that you are choosing. You also want to be sure that you follow the instructions carefully so that you are positioning the baby properly with the carrier. Read the instructions to ensure that the carrier you choose is the proper one for your baby’s size, age and weight.
Above all, it is important to remember:
A baby wrap is not a safety device on its own, it is designed to assist you in carrying your baby. You are responsible for the safety of your child while he or she is in the carrier.
The Sleepy Wrap carrier that All About Breastfeeding sells is not part of the recent recalls. It is a great all around carrier with a reasonable price tag. Check out the Sleepy Wrap page for more information. It is also a great way to be able to nurse your baby discreetly once you get the hang of it.