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Learning to Use Baby Slings Safely

Aug 27, 2008
One of the biggest fears parents have about purchasing and using baby slings is that their child will fall out of the sling. As long as the wearer properly wears and uses the sling, the baby will remain safe and secure inside the pouch created by the sling. Baby slings aren't meant for strenuous physical activity like jumping or running. In these instances, it would be possible for the baby to come out of the carrier. However, in normal everyday use such as walking, shopping, etc., parents will find that their child is quite safe in the different types of baby slings found on the market.

Here are some tips for learning to use baby slings safely:

Practice, Practice, Practice

Since you're not used to carrying your baby in this new position, use a heavy doll or something baby-sized to place inside the sling. Practice moving around with your "baby" by bending over, moving through doorways (don't hit the "baby's" head!), and getting the "baby" in and out of the sling. Most accidents are from the wearer tripping and falling, so get used to having the "baby" near you in different situations before you carry your own child in this manner. You want to get your reflexes used to this new feeling and the weight of the baby, should something happen where you need to react.

Change Positions

Doctor's recommend that you change position often, especially if you are using a sling or pouch. By changing position, the baby has a chance to get more comfortable in a new position and move around some. This is especially important if you are wearing the baby for extended periods of time. The sooner you get in the habit of doing this, the better off you and your baby will be.

Build Up Your Endurance

Just like a new workout program, you want to gradually build up your muscles to carrying your baby. If you have a newborn, this is going to happen automatically. However, if you are starting out by wearing a toddler, you're going to need to build up to it slowly or risk a possible pulled muscle. Baby slings relieve a lot of the pressure of carrying your child, but the weight is still there. You'll be much better off to start with some shorter carries than with one very long session.

Pay Attention To What Goes In Your Baby Sling

The pouch where your baby is secured is not the place to put your keys, wallet, or other sundry items. These things can injure a newborn very easily and can even be choking hazards. Many baby slings have additional pockets so that you can secure your extra items without endangering your baby. Make sure and look for these type pockets, if that's important to you, when purchasing your sling.

There are many things you can do to ensure the safety of your child when you first purchase your sling. Just use common sense and you'll wonder how you ever lived without baby slings!
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