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Safety Tip: Baby Carriers

Front and back carriers have long offered a convenient (and cozy) way to travel with your baby. But now, the American Chiropractic Association is cautioning against the use of backpack carriers for young babies.

“They’’re not ideal because they don’’t provide head support and parents can’’t watch to make sure the child’’s head is stable,”” says Karen Erickson, D.C., a New York-–based chiropractic physician and ACA spokesperson. ““It’’s very important that babies’’ heads don’’t bop around since their cervical spine is not yet fully developed.””

She suggests sticking to a front carrier with leg support until your baby can hold her head up and almost sit, which typically happens between 7 and 8 months of age.


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