Can You Wear Your Baby Too Much?
Last Updated on February 18, 2022 by Joshua Isibor
Baby carriers are great ways to hold your baby if you need to be hands-free, like when you’re doing housework or taking care of another child. But did you know that it’s possible to wear your baby too much? We’ll teach you how often to wear your baby safely and help you determine what type of carrier will work best for you and your little one.
Wearing baby appropriately
It can be tempting to wear your baby as much as possible – after all, how often do you get to spend time with a brand new human being who loves nothing more than snuggling and having his or her needs taken care of by mom or dad? That’s why it’s important to wear your baby appropriately. First off, it’s important to make sure that you are carrying your baby comfortably. If not, both of you may end up getting quite irritated with each other!
Make sure that baby is facing in towards your body so that he or she is comfortable during transport. And don’t forget to check on your back frequently; if it feels like there’s too much weight on it, then try taking a break. Always follow the carrier’s instructions and read all warnings thoroughly.
When is it too much?
One of baby wearing’s biggest perks is that it’s a hands-free way to keep your child close and safe, which comes in handy when you’re preoccupied. It can also save you a ton of time—no more running back and forth between rooms. But how often should you wear your baby? Once past the newborn stage, most experts agree that babies should spend most of their time laying on their backs so that they can work on their skills such as rolling over and sitting up. It’s best to limit wearing them in a carrier or sling until they are at least two months old (you want to make sure baby is getting plenty of tummy time), though some pediatricians say it’s okay as early as one month if there’s no medical reason for avoiding back-carrying.
When babies don’t like to be worn
Most parents, understandably, enjoy wearing their babies. There’s something about having a cuddly, warm, wriggling little bundle snuggled against your chest that makes being out and about more enjoyable. But is there such a thing as wearing your baby too much? The answer depends on you and your baby. When some people talk about babywearing they mean using an ergonomic carrier such as a high-end Baby Tula carrier to transport your child while you run errands, work in the garden, or do other chores around the house. Although you can wear your baby for long periods, always check to make sure they are still comfortable. After some time, your baby may want some tummy time or may just want a break from the same position. Some of these signs are irritability or an active baby trying to find a comfortable spot. Be sure to take cues from them. If you feel like you could use a break yourself, listen to your body and your baby.
When babies are tired
When babies are tired, put them to sleep! A baby carrier is a great way to put a fussy baby down. If baby falls asleep while being worn, don’t take off the carrier until they are actually sleeping (i.e. not looking like they could wake up any second). Babywearing is meant to be a time for bonding between you and your baby; if you have that opportunity, then you should use it and make sure your baby gets lots of human interaction in those moments. But it is also important to put down our babies so they can learn how to fall asleep on their own and stay that way once they become toddlers and don’t become reliant on being worn before bedtime every time.
Trust your instincts
Wearing your baby in a carrier too much isn’t going to harm your child, but you should definitely trust your instincts. If it feels like you’re wearing them all day long and are starting to go crazy with cabin fever, step back for a few days and see how you feel about it. Feeling worn out or frustrated won’t do anyone any good. As long as the baby is getting lots of loving from you, they aren’t being held by strangers or confined in an uncomfortable swing or chair all day, then don’t worry about taking a break once in a while!
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