Keeping baby safe while in a carrier is of the upmost importance. Protecting little airways and making sure baby is secure in the carrier are the top priorites while carrying. Below are a couple of different sets of safety rules to follow while babywearing. It doesn’t matter which of these safety checklists you use, just as long as you know what to check for and remain responsive to your baby at all times while they are in a carrier.
Ticks Rule for Safe Babywearing has been produced by the UK Sling Consortium as a simple acronym to help you remember to focus on airways and baby’s position.
Remember your ABC’s from Babywearing International.
While protecting baby’s airway and keeping them secure in a carrier is top priority, there are other factors to consider. The first of these is how baby should be dressed while in a carrier. It is really important to protect young babies from overheating, so the best strategy is to use layers rather than bulky suits, and to remember that the carrier counts as at least one layer of clothing. Extra layers should be saved for little legs and heads.
Then we can consider comfort. Ideally a carrier should support baby’s legs from each knee and help support a squat position with their knees higher than their bum.
Young babies should have their arms inside the carrier and preferably up under their chin. As baby grows and gains head and neck control, it is perfectly okay for arms to be out; just make sure the panel or fabric is at an age appropriate height up their back.
Still unsure about the safety of your baby in a sling? You can check out our Directory and find your nearest consultant or sling librarian who will be happy to help and able to provide you with fit and safety advice.