Carriers and slings are nothing but cloth sacks that parents use to carry their babies around wherever they go. The history of the carrier goes back to ancient times when the babies were ferried on the back in makeshift cloths. Carriers are very convenient because babies love to be carried around with close contact to the parents.
Secondly, babies also cry less when being carried.There is an innate sense of freedom for parents when their babies are in carriers. Most parents can accomplish umpteen chores like shopping and running errands while their babies are in carriers. While carriers are a definite bane o the society, here are a few safety aspects that you need to keep in mind while carrying the baby in a carrier.
Safety Tips For A Baby Carrier
On an exceptionally hot day, even a scantily clad baby may simmer in the carrier especially if the carrier is made of thick material like corduroy or it covers baby’s legs, feet and head. There is a high chance of the baby developing prickly heat or stroke as the baby is getting additional warmth being in close proximity to you. Make sure you always keep an eye on the baby. The baby should not be warmer than you nor should he/she start to sweat excessively. If that is the case, remove one layer of clothing off the baby or take the baby out of the sling completely. This is true especially if you are traveling by a hot bus or train.
Carrying the baby in a sling can majorly under stimulate him/her. This is because an inward facing carrier severely restricts his/her vision to your chest.
While this is temporarily ok for a newborn infant who is not interested in his/her surrounding and sleeps most of the time, an older baby may squirm and protest against the restriction.
This is because they enjoy the ability of being able to view their environments. Make sure you put baby in an adjustable carrier that will have him/her facing outwards to enjoy the view and inwards when he/she sleeps. Better still use a pushchair or a pram for a slightly older baby.
The Risk of Injury
Carriers increase the baby’s risk of a neck injury if used all day long. A young infant’s neck is not strong enough to support his/her head and may have to undergo excessive stress from being jostled. So jogging with your infant in the carrier is not a good idea, as it will bounce him/her uncomfortably. Strap the baby in a pram instead while jogging. Make sure you are careful while bending with the baby in a carrier. Bed from the waist otherwise the baby will slip out and fall.
Too Much Sleep
Babies who are ferried in a carrier have nothing better to do than sleep. They take plenty of catnaps on the move instead of sleeping for extended periods in a cot. Too many naps in the day interferes with their ability to sleep at night, which is not good. In addition, it interferes with their playtime, as there is not much stimulation in a carrier. It makes sense to restrict the use of the carrier to special outings only.