We’re excited to officially kick off International Babywearing Week 2021 with our beloved Brand Ambassadors, community members, colleagues and friends.
The advantages of babywearing are so many and before jumping into all the fun activities, we want to make sure every parent, caregiver and parent to-be is educated on how to properly and safely use a carrier (wrap or ring sling)
Some of the 101 on babywearing safety tips are:
Visible and Kissable
- It's important for babies to be positioned in the carrier so they are always easily visible and kissable (to ensure that they are not too low). Keeping them at collarbone height is a great starting point. To know if you got it right, the wearer should be able to simply tip their head down and see the baby's face
Tighten Carrier Straps
- A baby carrier needs to be worn tightened in a way that is comfortable and supportive for both the wearer and baby. A loose carrier allows a baby to slump down, while putting extra pressure on your shoulders, hips and back.
Avoid dressing baby in tightly fitted PJs while in a carrier
- Footed PJs are perfect for keeping those little baby toes nice and toasty, but they can pose a risk when wearing a baby in a carrier. Fitted PJs will naturally rise up when a baby is placed in a carrier, which may restrict the movement of toes and blood flow.
Support baby’s head and neck
- A baby's head and neck should be well supported by the panel of the carrier. We want babies who are unable to hold their heads up unassisted to have the proper and necessary head support while the parent or caregiver moves around freely. While supportive of the head, the carrier's panel or fabric should never come higher than the middle of the baby's ear to allow the baby to freely move their head side to side.
Forward facing outward safety:
- Once baby is at least 6 months old and has strong neck and trunk control, welcome to the world of forward-facing outward!
- If a baby is worn in a forward-facing outward position and shows signs of getting tired or has fallen asleep, turn the baby around in the carrier to face you right away. A baby is in danger of having their airway obstructed if their head slumps forward when they fall asleep in forward-facing outward carry.
International Babywearing Week 2021 activites are happening in various cities throughout the United States where LÍLLÉbaby is hosting a scavenger hunt giveaway for the entire week of celebrations. Our Brand Ambassadors will give you just enough hints on which city (and where) they will be next!
To enter and find your city, make sure to visit our Facebook (Private) LÍLLÉbaby LOVE group – it’s a group for everyone who shares the love for babywearing, looking for a supportive community, fit checks, product reviews, live Q&As and more.
We thank everyone in the community for the support and love throughout the years and hope you get to share the message and experience of babywearing with fellow parents, caregivers and parents to-be.
“Babywearing has been such an incredibly powerful bonding experience for my daughter and I. Together we've hiked National Parks and traveled around the globe with comfort and ease, all while babywearing.” - Azja
“I love babywearing because it allows me to go around places like shopping without a stroller or hiking, and keeps baby safe and my hands free. It’s quick to put on, hassle free and easy to secure baby”. – Erin Jane
“I love babywearing because it gives me peaves of mind and my baby always feels safe and comfoted.” – Delirah Morales