Wednesday, March 15, 2017

7 Considerations for Babies on Hips in Tandem Babywearing Carries

All normal precautions are doubled. 
Take your time or at least take a deep breath! 
Become that caregiver who always checks themself out in reflective surfaces and take 100 selfies a day!

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; with some carriers you can lay babies down on a soft surface in the carrier and then remove the carrier from your body

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

3. For easier loading, add bigger baby first

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:

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

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

7. To provide a secure fit in a structured carrier, ensure that baby’s knees can fit outside the panel of the carrier and baby has begun to sit assisted.

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