I wore my children from the time they were born until they were almost 3 years old. I loved the ease and convenience of strapping them in and going about my day, and while I loved the stroller for some things — like mall trips and amusement parks — in most cases wearing my baby was just easier. Worry wart that I am, I researched the heck out of babywearing before I ever purchased my first carrier. I wanted to make sure I did it safely, and it turns out, the biggest babywearing mistakes are a lot less obvious than what you're probably imagining.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has evaluated myriad types of slings, mei tais, and carriers to ensure that they're safe for the public to use. However, that level of perceived safety comes with the caveat that parents take the time to learn how to properly wear each individual unit that they own, and take measures to make sure their babies are properly positioned and supervised when cozying in the carrier. The onus of protecting the child ultimately lies with the parent, and the rules are not always so well defined. Thankfully, there are abundant resources available to educate parents how to safely wear your little ones.