When Can Baby Face Forward When Carried?

Baby carriers are a really great invention. They allow parents to freely carry the baby around while feeling comfortable and having the possibility to do something else in the meantime. The baby is secure, and both parents can use it.

However, as the babies grow, they are going to have different needs. If they were facing you while you carried them, maybe now they want to face forward. Is it safe, though? Let’s find out.

How Can You Know If Your Baby Likes Facing Forward?

As mentioned, once your baby grows, the development is changing. At the same time, their head control gets better. So, they will not want to see your face anymore, and they will want to face forward and explore the surrounding environment. As such, this is when the baby will want to face forward in the carrier.

Still, just because your baby is ready to face forward, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to their safety anymore. At first, the babies can get scared from the sensory-overload environment. So, when the baby will enjoy moving their arms and legs freely, and turn their head from side to side, you should be very careful. Pay attention to their every cry, movement and even silence, to ensure they are doing ok.

forward facing infantIs It Unsafe?

Facing forward in a baby carrier gives a baby less head control, and that’s why babies shouldn’t face forward until they grow for a bit. For most babies, that is usually around 4-6 months old, but it depends on the baby. If the baby was born prematurely or just have a more sensitive temperament, they may get fussy when facing forward.

In addition, if the carrier doesn’t properly support the baby’s legs, bottom and hips, it can be harmful, so you should pay attention in this regard.

Another thing you should keep in mind is to not let your baby sleep when facing forward. If this happens, your baby’s head could fall forward, thus restricting his/her airways.[1]

When Can a Baby Face Forward?

Whether your baby is ready to face the world or not is up to their age, growth, and development. When your baby is at least 4-6 months old and you notice they are out of the bobblehead phase, they may be ready for that.

Therefore, you need to know that your baby has strong enough muscles to support their head when watching forward. If their head is still bouncing as you walk, then that may be a sign your baby is not ready yet.

Final Thoughts

Whether a baby is ready to face forward or not depends on their age and development. Each baby grows and develops differently, so you should pay attention to how your baby has grown before determining if they’re ready to see the world.

Hopefully, now you know what to look for when you feel like your kid is tired of seeing your face while in the carrier. Pay attention to what has been presented in this article, and you’ll know what to do.

  1. Wu, Chao-Yin, Hsiao-Rong Huang, and Mao-Jiun Wang. “Baby carriers: a comparison of traditional sling and front-worn, rear-facing harness carriers.” Ergonomics 60.1 (2017): 111-117.
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