Sling Safety

Sling Safety

Slings are great fun and have many benefits when used correctly. Please adhere to the following advice at all times and seek guidance if you have any questions before using a sling.

  • Use common sense when using a sling: your baby’s safety is your responsibility.
  • Avoid strenuous activities when wearing your baby.
  • Be aware of any objects your child can reach, particularly anything hot or sharp.
  • When using a wrap, always tie securely with a double knot.
  • Check your sling for any signs of wear and tear before each use. Stop using immediately if you notice any damage.
  • Ensure that your baby has a good air supply: that there is no fabric over his/her face or mouth, and their chin is not resting directly on their chest – there should be at least one finger width in between chin and chest.
  • Be aware of your baby’s body heat when using a sling. The sling provides extra layers of fabric and therefore warmth for you both; you are also sharing each other’s body heat. You will probably need a layer or two less clothing than normal, but make sure your child has something warm for their legs and feet if necessary.
  • Do not use in place of a car seat.
  • Exercise caution when near open flames.
  • Do not operate machinery, drive a vehicle or ride a bike when using a sling.
  • Ensure your baby’s head is well supported.
  • Do not leave a sling around your child unsupervised.