Sling Safety

Thanks to Slingababy for sharing these fantastic safety resources during my training with them. I have attributed them to the original owners below.

The number one concern is making sure baby's airway is clear at all times.

H: Handsfree. Your sling should fully support your baby without you placing your hands on it.

A: Airway. Ensure your babies airways are clear at all times, chin off chest, plenty of airflow.

N: Knee to knee. The fabric of the sling should support the baby's thighs and bottom, from one knee to the other, so baby's legs are in an M position.

D: Deep seat. Ensure the sling is positioned so that there is a nice deep seat, so baby's spine can be in a J position.

S: Supported. The sling is supporting baby from knee to nape of neck.

The HANDS acronym was previously found on Sling Heaven website which is now historic. It is a great system and was the main one used during Slingababy Peer Supporter training.

(Some from Slingababy, some added by me)

  • Vary positions, alternate sides on which baby's head rests.
    In case of reflux or after a feed, a
    vertical position is a must.

  • Beware of clothes' folds as these could hinder blood flow.

  • Adapt your footwear so you are steady on your feet.

  • Beware of what your baby can reach, at home, in public places and public transport.

  • Ensure baby doesn't overheat, take into account your body heat and the layers of fabric of the sling which will reduce the need for clothing layers.

  • Ensure baby's toes aren't compressed by babygrows, simply size up or pull the fabric of the babygrow away from their feet each time.

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