It's summer, and with it warm days. Infants are learning to regulate their body temperatures, but we need to be very careful when exposing babies to heat. Baby-wearing is a great option and babies love the close contact with their parents. There are some important guidelines to follow to ensure safe use. An easy acronym for baby-wearing is SAFE.
S- Secure, ensure that baby is securely attached to the wearers torso, they should not be bouncing excessively.
A- Airways, ensure baby's face to is not facing in, to the side as the photo demonstrates will prevent breathing difficulty.
F- Firm, the baby and carrier should firmly hold the baby in place snugly against the wearers torso.
E- Eye-line, ensure that you have direct eye-line to your baby so you can see their face and check often!
Another important thing to know is, if you cover your babies head, stroller, or car seat with a blanket, you risk them becoming overheated. Hot weather has been shown to raise the temperature underneath those blankets (even with breathable fibres). So get out and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, just be safe and take extra precautions with baby!
Speaking with a new mother I am always reminded of the intensity of how being a new parent feels. It is intense, there are so many mixed emotions and thoughts. Such as, "I think they made a mistake letting us bring her home!" It is easy when your child or children are a little older and you look back on those early days with nostalgia and perhaps a bit of rose coloured glasses.
While babies have plenty of hand books, reading about caring for your baby and actually being responsible for this tiny human 24/7 is quite different. Hindsight truly is 20/20, you are unfortunately unable to tell your past self to take a breath, you will figure it all out. But you will, we all do. And at some point in the not too distant future, you will also look back on those intense days and they will seem less intense. You will be able to pass on what you have learned about parenting from a place of confidence.