Tuesday, March 14, 2017

10+ Considerations for Babies on Front in Tandem Babywearing Carries

All normal precautions are doubled. 
Take your time or at least take a deep breath! 
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The Considerations:
1a. To avoid dropping baby when getting them in the carrier, always keep one hand on baby until carrier is secure around baby; use your shoulder as a resting place for baby while preparing the carrier.

1b. To avoid dropping baby when getting them out of the carrier, secure baby with your hand when carrier no longer secures baby; use your shoulder as a resting place for baby, while removing baby from the carrier

2. To avoid banging baby into things, use the first few weeks of carrying to learn what your new front space feels like.

3. To prevent Baby from arching themselves back into objects, possibly out of the carrier, use both cross passes and the pocket pass with stretchy wraps on front.

4. Baby’s airway needs to be VISIBLE, wear baby high with airway: nose, mouth, chest in a straight line visible to you at all times and tight to prevent slumping and have carrier up to the ears to secure head. For more info on airway: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/carseats.php

5. If baby has a respiratory complication, even the common cold, use extra care in monitoring baby’s airway.

6. To avoid smooshing babies together, keep their airways clear, and keep both babies' spines correctly supported, don't tandem two in single pocket wrap carries and single pocket carriers like SSCs, MT/MDs, and RSs*.

7. If you need to add a back baby second, you can support front baby's head for leaning forward by rolling a washrag into a pocket pass or pulling a cross pass over baby's head; when wrapping front baby leave some extra top rail tightened in for this purpose. 

8a. To avoid buckles from the back carrier being in the face of front baby, move the buckles up high and/or cover them with a burp cloth, babyleg, etc. or replace with a soft scarf or do not use if able, always being aware of visible airway.

8b. To prevent back baby from squishing front baby make sure that the back carrier is not overlapping the front carrier in a way that will squish baby or interfere with the tension of the front carrier (some carriers that will squish baby are the chest clip of a buckle carrier and torso passes from wraps and ring slings)

9. To provide a secure fit, ensure that baby’s knees are outside the panel of a structured carrier or the carrier's insert is in use.

10. Baby’s best fit will be with knees beneath bosom and torso resting on bosom, this may require a bosom scoop: 

*MT/MD = mei tai/ meh dai
*RS = Ring Sling
*SSC = Soft structured carrier


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