"Did you know that babywearing meets the physiological needs of attachment and security that all babies have? Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry less, experience less colic and have better sleep."
"Did you know that about one in every twenty babies is born with unstable hip joints; wearing baby in a spread-squat position with the help of a carrier is a good way to prevent dislocation of the hip joint?"
"Did you know that a team of pediatricians in Cologne, Germany published an article advising against wearing baby front facing out? The narrow base of certain front-pack type carriers do not adequately support the hip and thighs in a proper spread-squat position, thus putting baby’s vulnerable developing hip joints at risk. It is important to understand that the risks lie in the inability of certain carriers to support baby in a spread-squat position, not whether baby is facing out or not."
"Did you know that in spite of concerns raised in recent years over the practice of babywearing, there are statistically far more accidents in other baby transport devices such as strollers and car seats? Baby carriers remain a safe way to transport your child."
"Did you know that wearing your baby from birth can reduce considerably the risk of post-partum depression? A baby who cries less helps the parent to gain confidence in his or her parenting abilities. Having one’s hands free liberates the parent to get things done and take care of others."
ACCREDITED BABYWEARING INSTRUCTORS
Chimparoo is a babywearing manufacturer, but we also serve as a reference for babywearing. Baby carriers are indispensible tools for taking care of baby and helping families. Our mission is to promote babywearing so that people may enjoy its many advantages safely and with confidence.
We actively support all people wanting to learn how to wear their baby or to share this knowledge with others. To this end, we have created a directory on our website that allows you to find a babywearing instructor near you; someone that will show you how to use your carrier and have baby carriers on hand for you to try on. Eligible groups and individuals will receive baby carriers for demonstration purposes, training and information. The baby carriers can form part of a carrier lending library, in addition to serving as demos for practice and training. Retailers can also be accredited, provided they can ensure that their staff meets the necessary skill and knowledge competencies. Use the search function on our website to find your desired product and/or the location nearest you that can assist you with your baby carrier.
WHERE TO BUY, TRY AND GET HELP?
Most boutiques allow you to try on baby carriers and offer advice, even if the staff is not accredited. You may choose between the two options in your search on our website. We recommend that you contact the retailer directly for more information on the products and services offered, as our database may not have the latest information, or the information included in our website is incomplete.
At Chimparoo, your baby’s security is our priority. We constantly strive for improvements in our manufacture and public outreach with this goal in mind. The use of baby carriers is encouraged and is safe when used appropriately. Rest assured that baby carriers remain one of the safest accessories for your child. As with any other product you use with your child, please be careful.
Please pay attention to the following recommendations and warnings!
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.
SCheck 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.
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