Did you know you can babywear in the water? There are many carriers
specifically designed for wearing in the water! These carriers are meant to
support baby and dry off quickly; some even offer UV protection. If your baby is
teeny tiny but you still want to have some fun or your baby is older and reluctant
to go in the water, babywearing may be a great option.
Water carriers can be used at the pool, lake, beach, splash park, or in the shower
but should NEVER be used on a boat.
A child should always wear an approved Personal Flotation Device on a boat and
should not be worn in a baby carrier. If you fell overboard you would have not
able to keep baby’s face above water if the child were attached to your chest.
Baby should always be worn on the front when in water and you should always
be aware of your baby in relation to the water! NEVER go too deep into the water
and be cautious of strong currents and slippery floors! Do not engage in any
activity that requires additional safety equipment or that you wouldn’t do while
holding your baby in your arms, which includes swimming, surfing, jet skiing,
snorkeling, etc. Remember to use extra caution when wearing baby in or near
water! Always remember to rinse your carrier with fresh water to get out the chlorine!!!
There are a variety of water carrier styles including ring slings, wraps, soft
structured carriers (ssc), Meh Dais, and reverse onbuhimos. If you’re interested
in trying out a water carrier, you can find the following carriers at the BWI
RockWest lending libraries! Or, you can check them out at our upcoming spray
park playdate at Lepore Park in Peekskill on July 7 from 11am-1pm! (Rain date
BWI RockWest Water Library Carriers
Cute awakening ring sling
Huckleberry quinn shop water ring sling
Beachfront baby water ring sling
Zannytoes Splash ringsling
Wrapsody duo stretchy wrap
Beachfront baby water wrap
Soft structured carriers (ssc):
Kokadi aqua tai tai