Babywearing keeps your baby close to you and there are some basic things that you can do to ensure that your baby is safe while you snuggle.
The most important thing is to make sure that your baby’s airways are not blocked. The best position is to have your baby upright in a tummy-to-tummy position.
Make sure your baby is not slumped with their chin-to-chest. Your carrier should provide good support for your infant’s developing neck and back.
If your baby is on your front you should be able to easily kiss the top of their head. Your baby’s face should be well clear of the carrier or any clothing.
While back carrying check your baby’s position whenever you can, using car windows, mirrors and any other surface. We generally advise waiting until your baby can sit independently before attempting any back carry; this is particularly important if you are new to babywearing. Never use a stretch wrap to carry your baby on your back.
And of course, head to one of our free local sling meets to get face-to-face support from our experienced babywearing peer educators who can ensure your carrier is fitted correctly.
- TICKS guidelines
- Babywearing International safety resources
- Babywearing a premature or sick baby (always seek professional advice before doing this).