Baby On Board

Moms share tips on baby wearing, cloth diapers

Posted: September 3, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

Staff Photo Becca Martin-Brown Chelsea Rustad is a big fan of baby wearing and recommends a pouch like this one as the easiest way to start. Her son, the youngest of children 9, 8, 5 and 3 at 6 weeks, sleeps comfortably as she explains the pouch to women at a discussion Saturday at Bella Vista Assembly of God Church.

Every time an attorney, CEO or professor slips a book bag over a shoulder and heads off to work, a mom somewhere in America slips a ring sling, pouch or Moby wrap over her head and gets on with the rest of her day -- "wearing" her baby.

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Fast Facts

Safety Check

For Baby Wearing

The School of Babywearing suggests the acronym TICKS for safe babywearing:

T— Tight: Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier, which can hinder the baby’s breathing and pull on your back.

I — In view at all times: You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around him so you have to open it up to check on him. In a cradle position, your baby should face upward, not be turned in toward your body.

C — Close enough to kiss: Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward, you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.

K — Keep chin off the chest: A baby should never be curled so his chin is forced on his chest. This can restrict his breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.

S — Supported back: In an upright carry, a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so his back is supported in its natural position and his tummy and chest are against you. A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with his bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold him in half, pressing his chin top his chest.


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