13. Safety Information
· You must use common sense when wearing your baby: if any doubt exists as to whether an activity is safe whilst wearing a baby, then do not use the carrier.
· You must check your carrier for faults before each use: pull and twist firmly on all straps. If there is any fraying or tearing of stitches, discontinue use and contact us immediately.
· You must ensure that there are no hazards in the vicinity before fitting the baby carrier (including but not limited to heat sources, traffic, sharp edges, drops, obstacles).
· You must always keep at least one hand on your baby at all times when fitting the carrier; you must ensure that your baby is safe and supported at all times.
· You must always check your carrier is correctly fitted in accordance with the instructions; it is recommended that you use a mirror to do this.
· Following the instructions, practise over a soft surface such as a bed, until you are happy with how to fit your carrier safely. It is recommended that you practise with a doll, until you are confident enough in fitting the carrier to carry your baby.
· The back carry must not be attempted until your baby can support his/her own head.
· You should never attempt to place your baby in the carrier in an outwards-facing position. Monkey Mei Tai carriers are designed to be parent-facing, supporting your baby’s back and pelvic development. Misuse can result in discomfort and / or injury to you or your baby.
WHILST BABY WEARING
· If you have any doubts about the health of your baby whilst wearing the carrier (e.g. unusual temperature, noises, movement, pallor or breathing), you must remove the baby from the carrier and seek medical attention immediately.
· You must ensure that your baby’s breathing is never obstructed:
o The baby’s face should not be in direct contact with any fabric;
o The baby’s chin should not ever be resting on their chest;
o A young baby’s head should be turned to the side, ensuring a free supply of fresh air.
· You must ensure that your baby’s blood circulation (e.g. to the legs) is not restricted, for instance by over-tightening or incorrect positioning of straps.
· Your centre of gravity will be noticeably different when wearing your baby.
· Your balance may be adversely affected by your movement and that of your child.
· There is a danger to your baby if you slip or fall when wearing them in the carrier; always ensure you are wearing appropriate footwear for the conditions.
· Take extra care when using stairs; always keep one hand on your baby.
· Do not use the carrier as a hammock, bouncer, highchair, walking aid, or for anything other than its intended use.
· Do not wear the carrier underneath clothing; this could potentially smother the baby or restrict their oxygen supply.
· Do not attempt to use your carrier in place of a child car seat or bicycle seat. Do not operate any vehicle or ride a bicycle when wearing your baby.
· Do not participate in any type of sport or potentially dangerous activity whilst wearing your baby (this includes but is not limited to running, jumping, cooking, climbing ladders or trees, being in the vicinity of dangerous chemicals and consuming hot food or beverages).
· Do not use during adverse weather conditions that may endanger you, your baby or affect your balance (including but not limited to high winds, icy conditions or heavy rain).
· Do not bend from the waist in any direction when wearing your baby, or your baby may fall out. You must always bend from the knees, ensuring your torso remains upright. If it is unavoidable, you must take extreme care when bending or leaning forward and keep one hand on your baby at all times.
· Do not transport your baby to elevated positions (including but not limited to balconies, cliffs, step ladders); do not walk on uneven or slippery surfaces, unstable ground or where there is an increased likelihood you might slip or fall.