Cuddle Babies

Is carrying my baby in a sling safe?

Keeping you and your baby safe is our greatest concern. These safety guidelines, originally published by the UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers Consortium, are provided to both instruct on proper baby wearing techniques, and to reassure you that when done properly, baby wearing is completely safe and natural.

When using a baby sling, the advice provided by the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers is to follow these basic principles:


In view at all times

Close enough to kiss

Keep chin off the chest

Supported back

Tight - slings ad 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 cuddly position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.

If you breastfeed in the carrier, you must make sure the baby has an open airway (through his/her nose).

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’s back should be supported. 

If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway.

A baby in a cuddly position 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.




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