This is a topic I’ve wanted to write about for some time. For those that aren’t in the babywearing world, you may be surprised that there is a lot of drama that comes with it. ”Why?” You may ask, “Aren’t all these mamas full of love for their babies?” Yes, they are, but in this world there’s a lot of elitism.
There is a difference between safe and ideal. The bag carriers were unsafe and had to be recalled. Carriers with a narrow seat and face outward are still considered safe, but not ideal.
As with all things, everyone thinks their way is the best way. Narrow seated front facing carriers pose the risk of hip dysplasia and overstimulation, but they are actually safe. If used correctly there is no danger of a baby falling.
This is where the drama comes in. It seems like some people are concerned with educating the public that the mass produced baby carriers aren’t good enough. That there is a better option for the same price. I believe their hearts are in the right place, but it’s insulting to tell another parent that what they are doing is not good enough by someone else’s standards. Let’s please look at the big picture. Babywearing, all safe babywearing, is an act of love.
When it comes to slings and wraps, there is such thing of unsafe babywearing. A shallow seat and loose wrap job pose the risk of baby falling! There is a major wrap seller that posts pictures and video tutorials that show unsafe wrapping.
If you are new to wrapping and want to learn, be careful where you get your instructions. Try to get in touch with local groups and/or instructors. Unfortunately that’s not always available.
If you want to look up video tutorials (that’s how I learned), there’s several mamas who post tutorials with EXCELLENT wrapping instructions. My personal recommendations are Babywearing Faith, Squishy Mommy, and Caitlyn Rose.
I may get flamed for this by other babywearers, but I feel like I need to share my thoughts. Babywearing is an act of love and parents who want to wear their babies should do so safely. I urge you to educate yourself and make a decision that is best for your family.