Follow the TICKS rule at all times when carrying small babies.
Safety Guidelines from the Baby Sling Safe Campaign -
Following these simple guidelines will keep baby safe (specifically small babies who are unable to support their head)
the sling should hold your baby tightly but gently against you
You must always be able to see your baby’s face, it must never be covered or in danger of being covered by any fabric
CLOSE TO KISS
When being carried in the sling it is important that your child is close enough to kiss, you should be able to bend down and kiss them at any time
KEEP CHIN UP
When riding in a sling a baby’s head should never be slouching down so their chin is forced against their chest, this can be dangerous and make it difficult to breathe.
A Baby's back should be supported in a natural way, as supported as if you were holding them. A good tip to check is if you gently push on baby's back, the child should not move
Please use only the recommended carrying positions shown in the instruction booklet supplied with this carrier. The Sa-Be carrier is not as wide as other wrap-style carriers and therefore for reasons of safety we cannot recommend that you try out any positions other than those shown.
The baby carrier is designed to assist you in carrying your baby. You are responsible for the safety of your child while he/she is in the carrier.
It is VERY important when using this carrier with young babies, that they are securely upright with their tummy to your tummy, NOT SLOUCHING. You should be able to get 2 fingers under their chin. DO NOT LET THEM FALL INTO A CHIN TO CHEST POSITION AS THIS CAN OBSTRUCT THEIR AIRWAY, MAKING IT DIFICULT FOR THEM TO BREATH EASILY.
Ensure your babys back is well supported by placing a hand on their back when in the carrier and pull them in to you, if they straighten up the carrier is not tight enough, remove the baby and tie the carrier again a little tighter. There should not be a gap between your chest and their chest
Only use the facing-out position for short periods of time as this position forces the baby's weight to be carried on their crotch. This is not the best position for their developing bones and should only be used for short periods.
It is wise to keep your hands free when out walking with your baby in the carrier, as your arms help you to keep your balance when walking. In the front carry position, it is possible to carry a backpack for your baby essentials and shopping.
Always support your baby when putting your baby into, taking your baby out of or adjusting the carrier.
Always use a double knot when tying the carrier.
The fabric is 100% cotton and fully breathable. However, it is essential to ensure that your baby has good ventilation and an open airway.
Our carriers are designed to carry the baby in the best position for them, and it is also developed with the wearer's health in mind. All the positions we recommend are designed to carry the baby at the wearer's centre of gravity. This ensures that the baby's weight is distributed equally and symmetrically over the wearer's shoulders, back, and hips, so as not to damage the wearer's posture or put them off-balance.
Never drive or carry your baby in the baby carrier while in a moving vehicle other than on public transport. Please do not use it whilst partaking in any sports activities.
Ensure that your baby is securely inside and that your baby's back, bottom and thighs are supported by the 'x' formed by the two shoulder pieces of fabric. This will ensure that your baby's developing hips and spine are in the optimum position for his physical development. For very young babies, and if your baby falls asleep in the carrier, the baby's head can be supported by either shoulder strap to provide head and neck support (ALWAYS ENSURE AN OPEN AIRWAY AND KEEP BABY'S CHIN OFF THEIR CHEST).
When the carrier is tied on correctly the baby should be held quite snug to your body, the carrier should feel very secure when moving about and the baby should not bounce or swing around when walking. If the carrier feels too loose, remove the baby from the carrier and re-tie it so it is tighter and the wrap clings to your body. Please remember that the fabric is actually intended to stretch over your baby for extra support.
If the carrier is not tied on tightly enough, it will not feel comfortable, the baby will be carried too low on your body (which will affect your centre of gravity) and the baby will not be held safe and secure. As a guide, when babies of 1 year old and under are carried in the front position facing in, their crotch should be just above the wearer's navel. With your baby in this position, the carrier should feel very comfortable.
Never leave the carrier with your baby when not in use as it could pose an entanglement hazard.
Never consume hot food or drink when your baby is in the carrier. Never undertake any activities which could potentially cause your baby harm, such as cooking or using hazardous chemicals.
Spatial awareness: Always be aware of the things around you which could pose a threat to your baby while going about daily activities. Be aware that your baby is with you and take extra care when opening and closing cupboard doors, car boots, etc.
It is recommended that you wear flat shoes when using this baby carrier. Your centre of gravity is affected when wearing heels and this may affect your stability when walking.
We do not recommend using this carrier when walking on slippery surfaces such as ice and snow. This is one occasion when using a pushchair would be an advantage as it can be used to provide extra stability.
Our baby carrier is only intended to assist you in carrying your baby and should never be used for any other purpose.
Always inspect the carrier carefully before each use. Do not use the carrier if it is showing signs of wear and tear.
Support your baby with your arms when leaning or bending over and always bend at your knees.
For safety reasons, always take your baby out of the carrier before untying.
Sa-Be Baby Wear cannot be held responsible for improper tying or use of the carrier.
AFTER THE RECENT NEWS REPORTS (MAINLY IN AMERICA) ABOUT BABY BAG SLINGS
I would like to warn parents of the risks of using bag-type carriers such as the Infantino SlingRider and similar duffel-bag style carriers made by companies such as JJ Cole, Premaxx, Boppy, Lamaze, Munchkin, or any other similar design.
Any bag style carrier that resembles a duffel bag, with a flat bottom and two sides that slant upwards towards an elasticized or padded top, is inherently unsafe and should never be used for a newborn or small baby.
1) The bag carrier forces baby into a prone, C-shape position, tucking baby's chin to chest and potentially impeding breathing.
2) Even if a mesh panel is present, the baby's head being enclosed in fabric may cause baby to rebreathe her exhalations that are high in carbon dioxide.
3) It is difficult if not impossible for parents to view their babies' faces at all times and monitor breathing.
4) Babies may roll towards the side of the carrier and end up with their faces pressed into fabric, obstructing breathing.
THERE IS NO SAFE WAY TO USE THESE DUFFEL BAG STYLE CARRIERS WITH SMALL BABIES
More info here http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/03/prweb3718984.htm
The safest baby wearing position is in a carrier that keeps the newborn baby securely against his/her carer's body, in an upright position,
The baby should be held so that they can not slip in to a chin to chest "C shape" position. You should be able to get 2 fingers under the baby's chin at all times and ensure they are carried high enough on your chest that you can kiss their head.
Follow the T-I-C-K-S rule at all times when carrying small babies
In view at all times
Close enough to kiss
Keep chin off the chest