Content Map Terms

Choosing and Using Baby Carriers Safely


baby in baby carrier on mother's chest



A baby carrier offers a great way for you to get some exercise - and keep your baby snuggled close to you. Just make sure the carrier is safe, and that you're using it properly.

Baby carriers come in different types, including soft strap-ons, slings and framed back carriers. Whichever type you choose:

  • Read the instructions first.
  • Make sure the carrier has a firm, padded head support that adjusts to the size of your baby.
  • The leg holes are wide enough for your baby's comfort but small enough that the baby can't slip through.
  • Never use a carrier while skiing, jogging, biking, or in a car.
  • Do not use a carrier during any activity, such as cooking, that could harm your baby.
  • Give your baby plenty of time out of the carrier to move, crawl and explore.

Remember! A framed back carrier is not a car seat and should never be used as one.Framed back carriers are for older babies and worn backpack style. They should not be used until your baby can sit alone - at about five months of age.

  • Never leave your baby alone in the carrier.
  • Make sure it has a wide, solid base so it can't tip over.
  • If your seat has wire supports that snap on the back, make sure they are secure.
  • Fasten straps and restraining buckles every time you use the seat. They should be adjusted to fit comfortably and to prevent your baby from turning.
  • Babies in back carriers should not be placed on tables, counters, or furniture. An active baby may lunge forward, tip the carrier, and fall.

Resources & Links:
Healthlink BC: Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years
Healthlink BC: Quick Tips: Baby-Proofing Your Home

Last Updated: August 7, 2013