While babies can overheat in baby carriers there are ways in which to ensure that this does not happen. For example, go outdoors in the cooler parts of the day, dress baby and yourself in cool clothing, and keep baby hydrated. Check for signs of overheating by feeling the back of baby’s neck, check for red cheeks, rapid breathing and heartbeat, or irritability.
Some research shows that babies who sleep in a carrier sleep for longer periods at a time are more peaceful. In addition to having your baby get good quality sleep, it also allows you the freedom of moving around. However, there is the risk of your baby’s airway becoming obstructed if the precautions are not adhered to, which can result in positional asphyxiation or suffocation.
The Ubuntu Baba Stage 2 carrier was comfortable and generally easy to use. I did have to watch the tutorial video a few times to learn how to fasten the carrier and manoeuvre Jackson into the carry positions but once I had it figured out it became easier. It is a very reasonably priced carrier and is ergonomically safe and designed with a lot of thought and care. I have a history of neck problems, but the Ubuntu Baba did not trigger or exacerbate any pain or stiffness while I wore it.
Babywearing is the act of “wearing” your baby in a soft baby carrier against your torso. Baby carriers are secured to your body to ensure safety and comfort for both the baby and the parent. This allows the parent to attend to other responsibilities while still “holding” their baby. However, apart from the freedom that baby carriers give parents, they also have many benefits for the baby if done correctly.