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Is it safe to put my newborn baby in a baby sling?

Very small and unwell newborn babies can be at risk of suffocating in a baby sling if they get into the wrong position. Following the rules of T.I.C.K. (Tight; In view; Close, and; Keep) will help you remember how to keep your baby safe in a sling: Tight - the sling is kept tight to support the baby and its head in an upright position. This will also support the baby's weight, whereas a loose cloth will allow the baby to slouch, which can restrict the breathing. In view - you should always be able to see your baby's face when looking down. Make sure that your baby's face, especially the nose and mouth, are free of material and unobstructed. Close - your baby's head should be close enough for you to tip your head forward to kiss them. This means the baby is held high and not slouching downwards. Keep - always keep your baby's chin up and don't allow them to curl up with the chin drooping against the chest, as this can restrict their breathing.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Newborn baby care and safety


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