Baby K'tan Safety

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  1. Ensure baby has a clear source of air.

  2. You must be able to place two finger between baby’s chin & chest.

  3. If baby does not yet have head control, use one of the loops to support his or her head.

  4. For positions that require the sash: ensure sash is securely tied around baby.

  5. For Hug, Two-Hip & Adventure Positions: ensure fabric is spread wide, reaching bend in baby’s knees, to create a comfortable & secure seat.

  6. Check on baby often. Use extra care wearing a baby under four months of age.

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  • Practice before you begin. Try your baby carrier with a large, heavy doll or baby-sized sack of potatoes and practice bending (bend your knees), moving through doorways (watch out for his "head"!), quick movements and getting the "baby" in and out. Most of the reported accidents involving baby wearing are due to the wearer tripping and falling, so it's important to develop the reflex of holding and protecting your baby when something unexpected happens. Going through the motions in advance can really help with this.

  • When you start wearing your baby, support her with your arm until you are confident.

  • Learn to wear your baby carrier properly and get it really comfortable. This is important for your body and for your baby's safety.

  • Swap positions. Physical therapists recommend changing positions, or changing arms, if you are doing something for a long time. If you are using a single-shouldered baby carrier such as a sling, pouch or hip carrier, this means swapping shoulders regularly (perhaps each time you wear your baby). The sooner you start doing this, the easier it will be. Your baby might appreciate changing positions, especially if you are wearing him for long periods. Be guided by your common sense and your baby's cues.

  • Continue to support your baby whenever you bend over.

  • Gradually build up your endurance. This happens naturally if your baby is still small. If you are starting out with an older baby, try a few short sessions each day rather than one long one. Gradually increase the duration as your muscles adjust.