Babywearing has been practiced throughout the world for centuries and is extremely safe when done correctly.
Your child’s safety is your responsibility.
You must always read all safety, use and care instructions prior to using this (or any) sling or carrier. Slings and carriers must only be used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
Please check yourself and your baby against guidelines for safe babywearing every time you carry your baby, no matter what you carry them in.
Breathing and Airways
The most important thing to consider when looking at safety in slings is you child’s airways – is there room to breathe? There should be absolutely no fabric covering your child’s face at all. This includes sleeping hoods and hats – make sure they cover the head if needed, but not the face. Also – consider your child’s position – is their chin on their chest? If so, they could find it difficult to breathe, so it’s recommended that you change position immediately. For this reason I don’t recommend horizontal cradle positions, instead an upright position is preferred. If carrying your child on your front, their head should be positioned somewhere above your breasts and below your chin on the bony part of your chest. If you don’t have breasts, then somewhere below your chin is fine. That way you can see where you are going! If you are carrying your child on your back, ensure you are able to monitor their breathing by feeling their breath on your neck or being able to see them by glancing over your shoulder, or using a mirror, or phone camera, or reflections in windows.
Essentially there are two ways to make sure your child stays safely in a sling or carrier – ensuring that they have adequate support below them with no room to slip through and making sure that their back support is high enough that they are unable to lean too far and flop out.
Finally, be aware of external hazards such as tripping over things or bumping into things beside or above you. Remember, tripping or falling with your child in a carrier is likely to result in a better outcome for you and your child than if you were carrying them in your arms as you often have hands free to protect your child and or break your fall.
Industry Standard Safety Publications
It is essential when using any type of baby carrier or sling to ensure that your child is positioned safely. Below are industry standard sling safety checklists. If you are unsure of any aspect of using slings or carriers safely, then please stop using it immediately and contact us.