As your child gets older they will usually very readily tell you if something is up, but its a little harder when they are smaller for them to tell you if they are uncomfortable.
– Make sure your child is adequately hydrated.
– Consider their clothes – each layer of sling is one layer of clothes, snow suits are not generally recommended for children in carriers or slings. Check your child’s temperate by feeling just below their vest line, hands and feet will always feel cooler.
– Choose a carrier or sling than enables your child to be supported along their bottom and both thighs all the way into their knee pits. Tilt their pelvis so that their bottom is lower than their knees.
– When small, under 4 months, make sure that your child’s knees are no further apart than their pelvis. After this, the space between their knees can be wider but be careful not to overspread their legs. This is when their calves are not able to be free to hang vertically.
– If there is extra fabric, its usually more comfortable for your child to have it bunched in their knee pits rather than around their neck
– Choose a position than allows your child’s spine and neck to stay in a straight line.
– Enable your child to bring their hands to their month if they want to.
– Make sure any fabric over your child’s body is smooth with no twists or knots resting on your child, especially on their spine.
– Your child may find it uncomfortable if their head lolls when asleep. Tilting their pelvis usually solves this issue.
– If your child has their cheek towards your body they may find their neck becomes sore if they are always facing the same way. Try to encourage your child to alternate which cheek faces you if possible.