Baby Slings FACT SHEET
Did You Know?
- 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.
How to Buy Safely
- Choose a sling that is the right one for your baby’s size and ensure it keeps your baby’s head in an upright position so it supports your baby’s head.
- There is currently no specific safety standard for baby slings, although they are still required by law to be safe
How To Set Up Safely
- The baby 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 their airway can become restricted.
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. When using a sling, 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. A baby should never have their 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 breathing.
How To Use Safely
- It is important to ensure the baby is positioned correctly so that they can breathe freely. Use the T.I.C.K.S principle, detailed above.
- It is also important that they are not in a curled position pushing the chin down to the chest as this can restrict their ability to breathe.