With all the talk about sling safety in the news, here is a spot to educate yourself about the safety of the centuries old tradition of wearing slings.
Chic Papoose slngs are not bag-style slings, they are pouch style slings which are very different in style and functionality.
Here are some general guidelines for sling wearing safety:
- Choose the correct size for your frame. Do not share your sling with a larger/smaller, shorter/taller person if it doesn't fit one of you properly. When your sling fits properly, baby's bottom rests at your belly button. See "Choose a Size" for more detail.
- When wearing a newborn in a sling, NEVER let them curl into a ball where their chin is pressing against their chest. Newborns lack the neck muscles to support their heads, and can become asphyxiated by kinking their necks. Fold a small washcloth or burp clothand place it between their shoulder blades to straighten them out. It may take a little practice to get them comfortble, but one you get it right, it is a lovely way to carry them. See "Wear a Newbon" for more detail.
- Use the upright carry position for newborns. See the picture at right. Carry them tummy to tummy by putting placing the seam in front of your body. Place the baby in the sling feet first, and allow them to scrunch their legs inside the sling (froggy style), and make sure the fabric is wrapped under them and against your body. Once they get a little bigger, you can let their legs poke out on ether side. See "How to Wear"
- Always keep one hand on your child. This helps you to be more spatially aware of your child's body and how the child is sitting in the sling. The sling is not a substitute for your attention..
- Use common sense. Always make sure you can see your baby's face. Do not allow them to become pressed against your body or fabric. If they start grunting or writhing around, reposition them immediately.
- Don't do anything in a sling you wouldn't do while holding them in your arms. Do not cook, exercise, bicycle, etc. Be safe and be smart.
Blog concerning the safety of the recalled slings.
Link to an article about general sling styles and safety
Upright carry position
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