- Using a baby sling is a convenient way of carrying a baby when out and about. As long as you know how to position the baby in the safest way.
- Choose a sling that is the right for your child’s size and ensure it keeps their head supported and in an upright position.
- There is currently no safety standard for baby slings, although they are still required by law to be safe. Always follow instructions on how to use a sling.
- When using a sling for a baby, it should be upright and not in the C position – always remember the T.I.C.K.S principle.
T – tight. This will mean your baby is supported and will be more comfortable for you. Any slack could mean your baby slumps and restrict their airway.
I – in view at all times. You should always be able to see your baby, at all times. The fabric should not cover their face at all.
C – close enough to kiss. Your baby should be close enough for you to kiss their head. Their head should be as close to your chin as possible, and comfortable, for you.
K – keep chin off the baby’s chest. Never have baby’s chin on their chest or be curled up as this can restrict their ability to breathe. Always ensure there is at least a finger’s width between your baby’s chin and their chest when using a sling.
S – supported back. Always make sure the sling supports their back, keeps them straight, and their tummy and chest should be against you.
Again, if they are too loosely sat in the sling they can slump forward and restrict their breathing.