As a babywearing educator, I always get asked if it is okay to wear a child in a footie pajamas. Our Advanced Babywearing Educator (ABE) Brittany Brown Marsh has some excellent tips to help you.
One of the most common comments I see in babywearing groups on pictures of kids being worn in footie pajamas is “You’re not supposed to do that! You’re hurting your baby’s feet!”
Well that’s not exactly true. You CAN wear your baby in footie pajamas. Here are a few tips to make you successful in this endeavor.
Size up the pajamas if you can.
Make sure that there’s extra room in the foot area before you start the carry. This is achieved by pulling the fabric at the feet.
Make sure the toes are not bunched in the foot area once settled into the carrier.
When the pajamas don’t have enough extra room, not only will it make things more uncomfortable for the wearee, the wearer may have difficulty getting a good seat when wrapping or using a ring sling. When I tried this out, I could not get the fabric in the back of the knee to form the seat. I could only get the fabric as far as the pajamas let me.
If the footie pajamas are snug on the child’s feet when in sitting position before putting them into the carrier, I’d skip wearing in those pajamas.
Who am I kidding — I’d probably cut the feet off of the pajamas so we could use them longer!
- Editor’s note: This article was first published here. Thank you Brittany for sharing!