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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tips Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday! Thinking about your baby shower registry and not about asking for a baby sling? Baby slings are a wonderful way to carry your baby around while still being able to have your hands free. Babies tend to love baby slings because they feel close to mommy, but you might have some fears with this using this type of carrier because there are often recalls. Additionally, you might have that giant fear of what if the carrier is not tight enough and drops my baby?!?! Fortunately, when used properly, carrying a baby in a soft carrier can be safer than carrying a baby in your arms however,good safety practices are key. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are planning on trying the baby sling method:

* Use the T.I.C.K.S. Rule.
In view at all times
Close enough to kiss
Keep chin off the chest
Supported back

To elaborate: When using slings and carriers, you want to make sure that the baby is close as close as possible in a manner in which is comfortable for both you and the baby. You should always be able to see your baby's face, so the fabric of the carrier should not close around them. You should be within a close enough proximity to be able to bend down and kiss your baby's forehead. Make sure that the baby has enough room to breathe and that there is always room between your baby's chin and that it is not curled to its chest. Lastly, make sure that the baby is supported in the back and that your baby is not slumping because it can inhibit your baby's breathing.

* Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car because it does not offer the same protection that car seats provide.

* Keep in mind your baby's weight and age when choosing an appropriate carrier.

*Never run, jog, or do any other activity that is similar to bouncing or shaking when wearing a baby carrier because the motion can be harmful to the baby's neck, spine and/or brain.

*Practice using the carrier with a doll first to make sure that you are comfortable and ready to try the carrier with the baby.

* Ask your loved one or a friend to "spot" you until you are very confident using the carrier.

* Avoid cooking when wearing a sling because it subjects your child to a risk of being burnt. In that same vein, be aware of what is within reach for your baby to cling to.

Though it might seem like there is a ton of things to consider when using a baby sling or soft carrier, many moms swear by them. What are your thoughts?? Let us know!!

Have a great day:)
The Moody Mamas

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