Holiday Prep + Babywearing

Holiday prep is so much fun, and now with a baby, it’s even more exciting! Little ones make everything new again, and it’s so great to be able to include them in not only the festivities, but also the preparation and planning.  Babywearing can be a lifesaver during the holidays, but there are definitely a few safety items to keep in mind.

A few safety tips to keep your little one safe this holiday season while you wear him or her:

  • If you are going to be doing any sort of cutting you will want the baby in the side/hip or back carry positions
  • The front carry position works best when doing simple, everyday things in the kitchen like making sandwiches for lunch, mixing a batch of cookies, making smoothies, etc.
  • Use caution when cooking on the stove top, as grabby hands and heat don’t mix. Consider putting baby down or switching with another caregiver (if available) if you are working over a hot stove frying or sautéing. It’s safest to keep all limbs and hands out of reach of anything that could burn.
  • If you need to bend down, don’t bend over at the waist when baby is in the baby carrier.  Squat down instead, bending your knees.  (It’s better for your back, too!)

Also, a few things to remember when wearing your little one –

  • Follow all safety rules (see some tips here) and guidelines for the carrier. Always make sure baby has two fingers width between chin and chest to keep airway open and clear and baby is close enough to kiss.
  • Pay special attention to baby’s temperature since it is winter and you both may be wearing things you may not normally have on.

Also be sure to check out some of our archived holiday recipe posts:

Yam Marshmallow Casserole // Chocolate Chip Cookies // Lemon Meringue Pie // Green Bean Haystack

Danielle Hampton is a writer and blogger enjoying small town life in the mountains of Northern Arizona with her husband Hank and their two boys, Henry and Charlie, and daughter Olive. She’s a former high school English teacher who now authors the blog Sometimes Sweet and does freelance writing, editing and social media consulting, contributing to a variety of sites.

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