Baby wearing in hot climate
– Stay out of the sun.
– Keep as much skin uncovered as possible. Bare skin will help the body cool itself.
– Wet baby’s garments to assist in cooling. Use your best judgment! If the wearer or the baby are too hot, take the baby out of the carrier and cool down.
If your baby is younger than 4 months old, was born prematurely or at low birth weight, or has a cold or respiratory problem, consult your child’s doctor before using a sling.
While wearing your baby in a sling, check on him often. Make sure he’s not in a curled, chin-to-chest position and that his face isn’t pressed up against the fabric or you. Both of these positions can lead to suffocation, which can happen within minutes.
Make sure you can see your baby’s face or eyes in the sling and that your baby can see you. Unless you’re nursing her, your baby’s face should be visible (at or above the rim of your sling or wrap).
If you nurse your baby while wearing him, reposition him afterward so his face is visible and at or above the rim of the sling or wrap. His face should be away from the fabric and your body.
Things you can do…
With your hands free, you can do more and go everywhere without problems. At the same time your baby collects many experiences you can explain on the spot. Finally, your child’s ears are at the level of your breast (heart) and the baby can look at your mouth.
You can work in a garden, do the housework, have a social life simultaneously stimulating the natural learning and growing environment for your baby.
You can breastfeed with your hands free to make a phone call or do some shopping.
Carrying in a baby sling is a perfect solution when your child cannot fall asleep. Rocking in the sling relaxes the baby and reminds it of the time before birth when it fell asleep immediately while you walked and felt safe immersed in its mother’s womb.
You can still walk when your baby is asleep and it feels safe and happy being close to you.