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15Suffocation

It may be hard to believe, but one of the biggest dangers of babywearing is that a small infant who can’t yet lift their head can suffocate while being worn. In fact, a few children have done so, which led to certain carriers being recalled. Scary, but true.

Parents who do

decide to wear their babies need to know that it is important to wear them in an upright or vertical position, unless the baby is nursing. This helps to keep the airway open, which makes breathing easier.

It is also important to routinely check on the child to ensure his chin is not resting on his chest, which can obstruct the baby’s ability to breath. Don’t just plop the baby in the carrier and assume that everything will be fine. Making sure the baby is always in the optimal position and is safely breathing is crucial for safe babywearing.

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