What is a wrap, sling or carrier?
Baby wearing is the act of carrying your child in a wrap, sling or carrier. It isn’t a new concept and has been practiced in many cultures for centuries. In this article, we will use the terms sling and wrap interchangeably.
There are many types of slings available, so it’s worth researching and even trying several before buying one.
Are there any benefits to using the sling?
Parents agree that it is practical regardless of their lifestyle. Take the time to tidy up, get lunch ready for your toddler and use a baby carrier/baby sling. You will likely understand what they mean.
Not only do slings aid in transportation, but they can also be used to help parents and their babies bond and remain active during the transitions of parenthood. Baby wearing has proven to be a good way to strengthen the bond between parents and babies. It may be easier to manage multiple babies if one is in a baby sling while others have a different sling. This may make it easier for wheelchair-bound parents to transport their baby and bond with them. It can also provide a way for fathers, and co-parents, to nurture and support their babies.
Research has shown that close contact with their baby’s parents makes them more responsive. This encourages bonding and interaction that enhances their baby’s speech, emotional, and social development. It can also promote breastfeeding and lower stress, according to some studies.
What are the dangers of using slings to carry your body?
Some babies are unfortunately injured and even killed by unsafe baby carriers or slings. However, this is very rare. The majority of fatal injuries were due to falling or an adult falling. Deaths were caused by asphyxiation. (Positional Asphyxiation occurs when the baby’s position prevents them from breathing. They can also suffocate if they are not aware. These risks have resulted in tighter safety standards being applied to slings, carriers, and other devices to ensure babies are safe.
Please discuss safe use of a carrier with your doctor if your baby was born at a low weight or with a medical condition. Be aware of your baby and make sure to check on them often, especially if they’re under four months.
How do I keep my baby safe in a carrier, wrap or sling?
You should follow these guidelines when using slings. To determine whether your baby’s age, size and weight are appropriate for the sling, you will need to consult the manufacturer.
Be sure to inspect the sling and carrier for signs of wear before you use it. If you have concerns, do not use it. The most secure sling or carrier holds the baby securely against the parent’s back and distributes their weight evenly over the wearer’s shoulders, hips and back.
Baby positions for slings or carriers
Spread squat, jockey or M-position are all recommended positions. Spread squat: The baby is facing their adult, with their thighs spread across the wearer’s body. The baby should also have their hips bent so that their knees reach slightly above their buttocks.
This is an excellent practice that can be used for the first six months of a baby’s life to develop their hips. It is particularly important when a baby is being carried in a sling for prolonged periods. Our article on hip dysplasia (hips that are growing abnormally) provides more information.
Can I breastfeed with a sling?
You will be able to breastfeed for longer periods if you use a sling. This is due to the convenience and increased responsiveness of the baby being held close. But it’s crucial to learn how to do this safely. You should always read the manufacturer’s instructions, as some slings suggest that you shouldn’t breastfeed. We have some tips for you:
Most people will breastfeed at home, but they won’t stop to settle. You should be careful if you feed on the move.
You should make sure your baby is able to breathe. A healthy baby won’t compromise their ability for breathing, but a sick one might struggle.
Your baby’s needs are important to you.
You can breastfeed horizontally or in a laid-back position. The sling allows you more movement, even though you still need your hands. The sling also allows you to use one hand to fix your latch.
After you’ve finished feeding your baby, turn your back so that your head is away from the sling.