Spending the day at a pool or beach is one of the best things in summer. If you have a baby or a toddler, with a little preparation, you’ll have so much fun at the beach together. Babywearing in water is certainly possible, and as always, allows you to use your hands-free while keeping your baby close.
How to babywear in the water?
Babywearing positions in and near water
Water has its own risks, so it’s crucial to monitor your baby while babywearing in water. Because of this, the front or hip carry variations are preferred over back carrying. It’s easier to notice changes in your baby’s breathing or behavior if you can see her. As always, your little one should be at kissable height and you should see her face at all times.
Babywearing safety in and near water
There are a few basic additional safety considerations when babywearing in water. Keep the baby’s head above the water and makes sure she doesn’t swallow much water. Never swim with your baby in the carrier. Water slings should be used in shallow water or at the shore/poolside only. Similarly, do not babywear on a boot, jet-ski or any floating device. Water slides are fun, but not safe for the baby. As a general rule, only do things you can safely do with the baby in your arms as well. Watch out for potentially slippery, steep or uneven surfaces near or in the water. It’s best to stay in an area where you can clearly see the bottom. In hot weather, follow the recommendations for summer babywearing. Most water slings have a lower weight limit than regular slings, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidance. Lastly, take good care of the fabric by rinsing and air drying it every time after it gets wet in the pool or fresh water.