By Adelaide Women's Physio | March 22, 2018
Slings are a great way to carry your baby – especially in the first 3 months when they love to have you close. It is really important to be aware that not all slings are safe as there have been instances where babies have suffocated. This may be because the baby was not yet old enough to move out of dangerous positions that can block their airways. You need to be able to see your baby’s face at all times and they need to be close enough to give them a smooch. They need to be worn tightly with their chin off their chest, and in an upright position.
Certain slings have been recently found to be unsafe so avoid choosing a sling that looks like a pouch or a bag as they can cover the baby’s face and increase the risk of suffocation. Always choose a sling that comes with detailed instructions on how to use it. Premature and low birth weight babies and those with respiratory problems are at an increased risk so check with your GP or paediatrician first if it is safe to carry them.
At Physiotherapy for Women our Physiotherapists are members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. The Manduca baby carrier made from organic cotton has been endorsed by this association, because it is seen as an optimal carrier providing safety and security for babies.
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