Babywearing, General, Safety, Sling

Carrying and Newborn Safety

Baby in ring sling

For many of us our first born is the very first baby to hold in our arms. From that moment we start to learn a new way of living. There is now, one extra life that depends on our caring and our newselves to rediscover and relearn to enjoy it through the way we walk.

A newborn’s muscletone is not strong enough to keep his head upright all times. They tend to slump down especially when they are sleeping. Babywearing is a superpower to put your little one to sleep on your calming chest. However, we must be carefull doing so and know the importonce of safety guidelines of carrying a baby.

Here I share the “TICKS” guideline, created and published by (www.babyslingsafety.co.uk). You can find the pdf version and print it if you like. Let’s have a look at the highlighted points;
 
TICKS

TIGHT; slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.

IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES; you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.
 
CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS; your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.
 
KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST; a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.
 
SUPPORTED BACK; in an upright carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently – they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.
Baby in ring sling
Baby positioned upright, airways are open, can be seen clearly, confidently hands free
close enough to kiss
Small babies, under 3 months, have a tendency to slump over. They are not strong enough to keep their heads up for longer times, especially when they are sleeping. Allways keep in mind that babies are not small sized adults, their necks are shorter and they can block their own breath if the chin is pressed against the chest.
 
See the picture, a newborn positioned high in a carrier, dad’s chest works as a support panel, the baby is close enough to kiss, airways are open. 
 
To sum up;
  • Check on them very often,
  • Tighten your carrier so they do not slump over,
  • Be aware of the heat. Do not dress yourself and the baby with thick cloths.
  • Use layers, never forget that the diaper and the carrier are counted as layers,
  • Do not use a horizontal laying sling,
  • Consult to a professional if you do not feel secure enough what you are doing
 
Be safe and enjoy wearing your baby. If you have any questions let me know

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