Baby slings have a disturbing reputation for some parents who believe during it unsafe and leads to infant death from suffocation. There have been several cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), however, the cause of death is linked to improper use.
Product education is important before using anything, especially with your little one. If you want to learn how to wrap a baby sling that is both comfortable and safe for your baby, continue reading.
Types of Baby Sling Positions
There are 4 ways you can choose to position baby slings: facing front and inwards, facing outwards, facing sideways, or on the back. You should consider both your baby’s age and size when deciding on the best position.
The facing front, inward position is when your baby faces you. It’s the most common position and offers moms a discreet way to breastfeed.
The facing front, outward position is when your little one’s back is at the level of your chest/stomach. This is not the most ideal as it doesn’t offer full support for the infant’s legs and bottoms.
The sideways (or hip carry) position is great for babies that are slighter older and are learning to sit (3 months and up). Curious babies that enjoy looking around will enjoy this position.
The “back carry” position is ideal for babies six months and up. Your baby should be able to sit without assistance and have head and neck control.
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How to Wrap a Baby Sling
There are a few types of baby sling wrap material. It’s best to stay simple and use breathable cotton. It will be comfortable for you and your baby. It also offers better slip resistance. The standard front-facing, inward instructions are to:
- Unfold the wrap and locate the center
- Position the center of the material across your chest then gather the top half
- While holding the wrap, cross your hands at your back then pull and tighten the fabric across your shoulders (there should be an “X” form)
- Gather the fabric and fold the upper half around the center towards the front of your body and cross it in front of your by the waist (you should have a high “X” on your chest where the baby will be)
- Tie the wrap around your waist, double knotting it
- Ensure there is adequate space (6-8 inches) for your baby and check the neckline position
Keep in mind, instructions and methods will vary. It’s best to follow the seller’s guide or follow videos if you are more of a visual learner.
Enhancing the Mother-Baby Bond
Babies enhance the bond they have with their mother anytime you hold, speak, or talk to them. Learning how to wrap a baby in a baby sling is another way to strengthen the relationship you have with your child.
So long as you learn to do it and follow instructions, baby slings are safe. In the event of special cases (low-birth-weight babies, premature babies, babies with respiratory issues), be sure to consult with your pediatrician first.
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