When you are a mom, you need to always be sure that your child is completely safe. Even if they have been placed in the baby carrier countless times, you need to check every time that everything is adequately secured and is in good working order. The last thing you want to happen is for your child to have an accident due to a problem with the baby carrier.
While a lot of the safety tips are common sense, there are other tips that are not well known unless they are learned. It is better to learn about them through this article rather than learning the hard way in practice. There are many different safety factors and features to keep in mind. Here are some tips that will help you to navigate the baby carriers in a safe and effective manner.
Make sure that you know the exact capabilities of the baby carrier
When it comes to baby carriers, you need to watch out for load requirements, such as the size and weight of the baby. All baby carriers will come equipped with these safety guidelines, and it is never a good idea to ignore them as it could potentially create a malfunction of the carrier, resulting in a serious accident. Most carriers will have specific directions on factors such as which way the baby should be facing and what type of carrying positions you can use.
Make sure that the baby is correctly positioned in the baby carrier
Always make sure that the baby is correctly positioned in the carrier, with their upper back being protected by the fabric body of the carrier. You need to always check that the buckles around the waste have been properly equipped and are secure. If you notice that your baby is moving around a lot and is able to stretch their legs out straight in front of them, that the carrier potentially is not positioned correctly. This could mean that the child is in fact too big or too small for the carrier, or maybe it has simply not been adjusted properly.
Always check the carrier for any vulnerabilities before every use
Overtime, wear and tear will occur on the baby carrier, just like it would on anything that receives a lot of use. Make sure that all of the seams and fabrics are in good conditions and there are no tears or vulnerabilities present in them. Ensure that all of the clipping and locking mechanism are working effectively.
Don’t take unnecessary risks
Some people think that a baby carrier is the replacement for a car seat. This is simply not the case and can be very dangerous. You should always ensure that you keep yourself and the baby out of reach from any potential dangerous objects and surfaces, such as cookers and kettles. Even when you are walking around and manoeuvring, make sure that you don’t make any sudden jerky movements that may cause damage to the carrier or instability in the baby.