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:


We use H.A.N.D.S. for checking whether baby is in a good supported position in a sling:

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.

This is the most common safety checklist for when you are wearing a sling/carrier, remember the T.I.C.K.S.:

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.