by Chimparoo Babywearing Manufacturer.
Please pay attention to the following recommendations and warnings regarding babywearing safety!
WARNING – SUFFOCATION HAZARD
Be aware of respiratory distress and risk of suffocation, particularly in babies up to 4 months. Your baby may be at risk of insufficient oxygen, suffocation and even death if you do not follow these instructions. Babies at greatest risk of suffocation include those born prematurely, those with respiratory problems and those under four months of age. Up until the age of 4 months, always verify that baby’s mouth is not obstructed, and that there is enough space to permit good air circulation around baby’s nose and mouth. Ensure the infant’s face is above the fabric, visible, and free from obstructions at all time. Baby should not be curled tight chin to chest. Ensure the baby does not curl into a “C” position with the chin resting on or near the chest. This position can interfere with breathing, even if nothing is covering the nose or mouth. You must be able to put one or two fingers between chin and chest. Be careful that the head is positioned further up in the carrier. Bad head position could place an infant at risk of respiratory distress, oxygen deprivation or even suffocation and death. Tilt your baby’s head to the side and follow the instructions as indicated in adjusting the baby carrier so that baby’s back is supported. Always verify the state of your baby.
WARNING – FALL HAZARD
Your balance may be adversely affected by your movement and movement of your child. Take care when bending or leaning forward. Never use a baby carrier when balance or mobility is impaired because of exercise, drowsiness, or medical conditions. Leaning, bending over, or tripping can cause baby to fall. Keep one hand on baby while moving. A person with physical problems that might interfere with the safe use of the product, including but not limited to muscular or skeletal problem, problems with balance or dizziness or painful disorders of the back or legs, should not use a baby carrier. This carrier should not be used in any instance where the wearer’s balance and reflexes may be impaired. Avoid wearing your baby if you are tired, in pain, or have taken any substance that impairs your judgment. You are responsible for the safety of your child and any consequences that may ensue if it is not used safely. Be vigilant when moving. Do not take part in any activity that may cause you or your baby to fall.
WARNING – HEAD SUPPORT
Head support may be required for a baby less than 4 months old if the baby is not positioned horizontally.
WARNING – RISK OF INJURIES OR BURNS
Never use a baby carrier while engaging in activities such as cooking and cleaning which involve a heat source or exposure to chemicals. Do not cook or use dangerous objects while carrying your baby forward or on your hip. Be careful when walking through cluttered areas. Everything within the baby’s reach can be dangerous. Always verify the child’s position and the state of the knot. Be aware of the space around you when your turn or bend over to avoid injury to your child. Be careful around hot liquids, heavy or pointy objects!
WARNING – SIGNS OF WEAR
Do not use your carrier if there are signs of wear and tear. Inspect every part regularly. Check for ripped seams, torn straps or fabric and damaged hardware before each use.
WARNING – OTHERS
Never wear baby carrier while driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle.
Never leave a baby in a carrier that is not being worn. When not wearing your child in the carrier, do not leave your child to play with the carrier without adult supervision.
Check on the baby often. Ensure that the baby is periodically repositionedAvoid wearing a baby over one hour in the same position. Allow your child to move. Watch for signs of compression and bad circulation. A bluish coloration is a dangerous sign. To avoid this, regularly check that the material is not constricting the legs, lift up the knees, move the ankles, the knees and the hips of baby and change his position. If baby falls asleep, do the same verifications regularly.
If using the sling while breast feeding, always move the baby’s face away from the breast after the baby is done feeding.
Never place more than one baby in the baby carrier. Never use/wear more than one carrier at the time.
Be aware of heatstroke and cold. Do not overdress the baby, especially indoors or in warm weather. Be cautious in times of extreme heat. Always cover exposed skin from the sun. Your baby has more to fear from the heat than from the cold while in the wrap. In cold weather, make sure to cover both head and feet. Always check the blood circulation in the legs. You are better off putting the baby’s legs inside the wrap when it is very cold and avoid exposing any extremities. Be attentive to your baby’s needs.
Verify the baby’s position. Ensure that the baby is safely positioned in the carrier according to manufacturer’s instructions for use. Baby’s back must be supported in a curve. Avoid putting baby such a way that the back takes up a hollow position, such as when baby’s knees are lower than the bum, and baby thus is dangling by the crotch. This may lead to poor circulation and risk of back injury. Baby must be placed in the physiologic position to have the correct spinal curvature. Baby’s pelvis will be tilted forward, knees slightly apart and raised to the level of baby’s navel. Seen from the back, the bent legs form an “M”. We recommend you limit facing baby out for a variety of reasons.
Adjusting baby’s height. Baby must not be sitting too low on your hips. Baby’s bum should be level with your waist. Baby can be placed higher with back carries. A simply way to verify baby’s height is to kiss his forehead. If you need to bend down, baby is too low! If necessary, the wrap and Mei Tai may be fastened high on the chest for a back carry. This allows your baby to see over your shoulder.
Read the instructions carefully In order to avoid any injury. You are responsible for reading, watching videos, DVD and understanding all the knotting instructions before using your baby carrier. We are not responsible for any improper use that may cause serious injury. Practice with a cushion, a stuffed toy or a doll before using a carrier with your baby. Ask someone you trust to help you until you feel comfortable. Stand in front of a mirror or other reflective surface to verify baby’s position. Always be aware of your baby’s needs. Although the risk of suffocation is slim, make sure your child is comfortable, that he is breathing well and that he is not too hot. Practice on a soft cushioned surface such as a bed or sofa as needed.