Safety

How do I use a sling safely?

Slings and baby carriers are extremely safe when used correctly.

Check on your baby often.

Here is a fantastic safety leaflet: https://anso72.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/en_fly_secu_panoramique.jpg

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We use H.A.N.D.S. for checking whether baby is in a good supported position in a sling:
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H = Hands free.
You should have both hands and arms free when using a baby carrier. If you feel the need to use your hands to support baby, then double check it is fastened correctly and safely.
A = Airway.
Always, once you have fastened baby into the baby carrier, check their airway is clear and unrestricted.
N = Knee to Knee.
Check the fabric is knee to knee supporting baby, but that baby can still move their knees and lower legs freely.
D = Deep seat.
Run your hand along their bum and check it is a nice deep seat position, with a nice gentle ‘j’ curve running from bottom of the bum up the back.
S =  Supported.
Ensure your baby is supported, with a nice tight carry and the chin is off the chest. I get parents to gently lean forward and ensure baby does not ‘move’, any movement then double check your tension and retighten.
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This is the most common safety checklist for when you are wearing a sling/carrier, remember the T.I.C.K.S.:

Tight
In view at all times
Close enough to kiss
Keep chin off the chest
Supported back

You can download a full version of TICKS from Sling Guide.