Wearing your baby in a woven wrap is safe. Always practice common sense when wearing your baby, and if you have any questions or feel uncomfortable contact your local babywearing group for advice or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to offer advice or troubleshoot issues with wrapping, but ultimately, your child’s safety is your responsibility. Please follow our safety advice below, and for instructions on how to use your wrap find our pictorial here.
The most important consideration for babywearing safely is to be sure your child has an open airway and is able to breathe freely. There are two ways to ensure this. First, a baby should not be carried in such a way that his chin is curled against his chest as this position can severely restrict a baby’s airway. This is especially true for newborns who lack the necessary head and neck control to keep their heads elevated and airway open. Please make sure your baby is wrapped so that he is adequately supported, this requires facing baby inward on your front so that he is in an optimal natural position (as you would carry in arms) and so that his airway is visible and easily monitored. Failure to do so may cause positional asphyxia. Second, make sure that your child has access to good airflow. Do not cover your baby's face so that he cannot breathe fresh air, obstructing your baby's airway may also result in suffocation.
Never wear your baby in a motor vehicle, this puts your baby at risk for grave injury or death in case of an accident. Children should be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat, please refer to your local laws for car seat requirements and installation. We also strongly discourage wearing your baby while riding an ATV, motor bike, while lawn mowing.
Do not attempt to do anything while babywearing you would not do with an infant in arms. Avoid engaging in high risk activities or sports while wearing your little one. If your risk of falling increases with an activity, such as steep climbs, bicycling, or ice skating, then it is not advised to babywear while doing these activities—your baby (and yourself) risk injury or death if you fall.
Always inspect your woven wrap for structural integrity. Never wrap with a wrap that appears to be compromised in any way.