Instructions

HELPFUL HINTS: When putting the carrier on, tie the carrier upside down against your body.  The pattern should be towards your body in this position.  If you have a reversible carrier, the pattern you wish to display should be towards your body. 

Tie the straps behind the back of a younger baby for more support and under the bottom of a larger baby or toddler.

When wearing a child on your back, frequently look at yourself when passing a window or another reflective object.  You should be looking for proper positioning, that the ties are in the proper place, and that the child still looks comfy.

Use a square knot instead of a bow when tying for security.  If you have enough tail length left over, feel free to tie it in a bow.

You can tie the waist straps above or just under your breasts to get the baby higher on your body.  Note:  this for back carries only! It is not recommended to wear the waist straps above your breasts in a front carry.

It is safe for babies/toddlers to have their arms out over the top if that is what they prefer.

 

DISCLAIMER: Like many areas of child-rearing and parenting, knowledge is always expanding.  The information contained in this site is given to you in good faith and based upon our understanding of baby wearing as it currently stands.  Like all other topics regarding health and safety, the benefits of baby wearing are numerous for the wearer and the child being worn, however, safe practices must be strictly adhered to.  

Remember that safety always comes before fashion.  A beautiful carrier that is damaged or worn incorrectly is not safe.  Be certain to check stitching and the components of your BabyHawk frequently.  

Consult an expert if your infant was born with a low birth weight, such as a preemie or twins, or if your infant has respiratory illness or other respiratory problems, or if he or she suffers from other chronic conditions.  Extra vigilance is required with these babies.

Remember to discuss your plans to baby wear with your health care practitioner for all children.  You will gain support for your baby wearing plans as well as invaluable pointers.  

Baby wearing is best learned in a hands-on fashion.  We strongly encourage you to visit one of our retailers to learn the specifics and to further your knowledge.  Additionally, baby wearing groups are flourishing all over.  Join one and meet other families like yours.  

While we can provide you with many safety tips, it is important to remember that there is no absolute set of guidelines; nobody can anticipate every possible circumstance a baby wearer will be in.  You are responsible for your child's safety as well as your own. 

Baby carriers grant baby wearers free hands.  These free hands do not mean your carrier is a babysitter.  Be an active caregiver for your child.  No baby carrier can ensure that your baby always has an open airway; that's your job.

 

SAFETY: The practice of babywearing keeps babies in the safest place possible -- a parent's arms, with the baby's face visible to the carrying adult.  Babies are vulnerable in their first four months of life.  They require constant supervision, which is why we believe that baby wearing is critical to the well-being of children.

Baby carriers are meant to mimic in-arms carrying positions.  Your baby should be in the same position in which you would hold him or her in your arms.  Check your baby's position by embracing him or after settling him into the carrier; his position should not shift significantly in your embrace.

Visible is kissable.  You should always be able to kiss your baby's head while she is being carried.  

Your baby's bottom should never fall below your belly button when he's in the carrier.  

After nursing in a carrier, remove baby from breast and return baby to proper carrying position with head above the breasts and face free of fabric and turned away from the mother's body.

Attend to and check on baby often, especially those under 4 months of age. 

Never jog, run, jump on a trampoline, go mountain biking, or engage in any activity that shakes your baby frequently. 

Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car or other motorized vehicle.  If you are in a car, the baby is in a car seat. No exceptions.

If a certain activity is inadvisable during pregnancy, it is also inadvisable while wearing your baby.  Remember that a baby in utero has the added protection of being in your belly, a carried baby does not. 

If an activity requires protective gear, do not do it while wearing your baby. This rule includes, among other things, cooking, lawn mowing, boating, water or snow skiing, and bicycle riding. 

Be seasonally appropriate, do not over or under dress your child, and always use sun protection.   There are several options available that can be made at home with natural products.  

Be keen to your child's curiosity and his or her desire to grab things - especially when he or she is on your back.