Slings

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.

Cclose 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.

Kkeep 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.

Ssupported 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. 

Trampoline

Trampoline – FACT SHEET

Did You Know?

  • Most children are injured when more than one person is on the trampoline at the same time. There is a greater risk when one person is bigger than the other.
  • Babies and toddlers are too young to use a big trampoline.
  • Children under the age of six are at a higher risk of hurting themselves on a trampoline due to their lack of physical development and co-ordination.
  • Joining an organised club is the safest way for children to use a trampoline.

How To Buy Safely

  • When thinking of buying one of these items, consider what your priorities are. Is cost the priority, or is it more important for it to be easy to store? Is it sturdy enough to not tip over?
  • Trampolines for use by children at home should be marked with a CE symbol.
  • If you are buying your trampoline second hand you should always check the padding is in good condition and that it preferably comes with a safety net.
  • If you buy the net separately check you have bought the correct size.

How To Set Up Safely

  • Secure your trampoline on a flat, soft surface area such as grass.
  • Position it away from trees, walls, fences, washing lines, garden furniture and children’s toys.
  • Before using check there are no pets, objects or people on or underneath the trampoline.
  • Make sure the padding and safety net are securely fastened.
  • Your trampoline may come with a ladder. If possible consider removing this to prevent small children accessing the trampoline when unsupervised.

How To Use Safely
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  • Only one child should use the trampoline at a time.
  • If the trampoline looks worn or damaged do not use it.
  • Don’t encourage children to perform somersaults or other acrobatics – even with training this can be dangerous if attempted at home on a garden trampoline.
  • Supervise children at all times.