The practice of babywearing keeps babies in the safest place possible -- a parent's arms, with the baby's face visible to the carrying adult. Babies are vulnerable in their first four months of life. They require constant supervision, which is why we believe that baby wearing is critical to the well-being of children.
Baby carriers are meant to mimic in-arms carrying positions. Your baby should be in the same position in which you would hold him or her in your arms. Check your baby's position by embracing him or after settling him into the carrier; his position should not shift significantly in your embrace.
Visible is kissable. You should always be able to kiss your baby's head while she is being carried.
Your baby's bottom should never fall below your belly button when he is in the carrier.
After nursing in a carrier, remove baby from breast and return baby to proper carrying position with head above the breasts and face free of fabric and turned away from the mother's body.
Attend to and check on baby often, especially those under 4 months of age.
Never jog, run, jump on a trampoline, go mountain biking, or engage in any activity that shakes your baby frequently.
Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car or other motorized vehicle. If you are in a car, the baby is in a car seat. No exceptions.
If a certain activity is inadvisable during pregnancy, it is also inadvisable while wearing your baby. Remember that a baby in utero has the added protection of being in your belly, a carried baby does not.
If an activity requires protective gear, do not do it while wearing your baby. This rule includes, among other things, cooking, lawn mowing, boating, water or snow skiing, and bicycle riding.
Be seasonally appropriate, do not over or under dress your child, and always use sun protection.
Be aware of your child's curiosity and his or her desire to grab things - especially when he or she is on your back.