Swaddling and Babywearing – a “Don’t”

Parents are sometimes wrongly advised by well meaning friends to wrap baby in a blanket and then put them in a baby carrier. It’s sometimes because the baby carrier the parent has doesn’t fit the baby well and so in order to make it work, you need to wrap the baby in a receiving blanket first and then put baby in the carrier. Why is this so bad?

As harmless as it may seem, it’s actually a dangerous thing to do while babywearing. It can potentially overheat your baby, which can be fatal, especially with a newborn. There’s the heat of your body (at least 98.6F), plus the heat caused by the baby carrier and then in addition to this heat baby is wrapped in a blanket. Sometimes in winter months, baby is even covered by a coat. All of this heat done for long periods can be harmful for baby.

But, isn’t swaddling needed so baby can fit in a baby carrier?

If you have a baby carrier that you need to swaddle baby to use, then it’s not the right carrier for your baby. You know you have the right baby carrier when it fits your baby without additions, when it fits you comfortably and when it places baby safely in an upright position, such as a Sakura Bloom ring sling, BabyHawk mei tai, Neobulle woven wrap or Beco Gemini to name a few examples.

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Giselle Baturay is a mother, herbalist, aromatherapist, prenatal and postpartum educator, boutique owner, community builder, gatherer of dreams, task juggler and a lover of life.

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