Choosing to "babywear" using a Sa-Be baby carrier may be one of the most rewarding decisions you make as a parent. It's like having a long, safe cuddle with your baby, but with the added bonus that you have your hands free to help you get on with your day. The effect on baby can be amazing; a well fed and clean but still unsettled baby will often become quite calm when placed comfortably in their Sa-Be baby carrier. This allows them the time to focus and learn to use their senses to explore their surroundings. Most importantly, whilst being carried in one of our wrap style baby carriers, they are learning to bond closely with their loved one.
Sa-Be wrap style baby carriers are made in the UK using a knitted 100% cotton fabric, which gives exceptional performance offering: strength, just the right amount of stretch, and a beautifully soft texture for holding baby both comfortably and securely. Our clever tubular design of baby carrier means we can reduce the width of material and yet further increase strength. This means: a safe and comfortable baby, less excess fabric for your comfort, perfect for babywearing a newborn but can be used into toddler years due to the strength of material and design.
Made in the UK
Our baby sling style carriers are made to high quality standards in the UK.
Safety information When using any type of baby carrier or sling follow the 'TICKS' checklist to ensure that your child is positioned safely.
T.I.C.K.S is an easy to follow checklist to run through each and every time you carry your child to make sure they are safe. The TICKS guidelines were created by the UK Consortium of Sling Manufacturers and Retailers and are given below:
Tight – slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.
In View At All Times -you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body (Sa-Be does not recommend a cradle carry using our sling style baby carriers).
Close Enough to Kiss – your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.
Keep Chin off the Chest – a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.
Supported Back – in an upright carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently – they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.
Benefits of babywearing include:
Mothers' oxytocin is increased through physical contact with the infant, leading to a more intimate maternal bond, easier breastfeeding and better care, thus lowering the incidence of postpartum depression and psychosomatic illness in the mother; similarly, the father carrying the baby has benefits for the paternal bond.
Infants who are carried are calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. The caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, provide feeding and the motion necessary for continuing neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health and to establish balance (inner ear development) and muscle tone is constant.
Infants are more organized. Parental rhythms (walking, heartbeat, etc.) have balancing and soothing effects on infants.
Infants are "humanized" earlier by developing socially. Babies are closer to people and can study facial expressions, learn languages faster and be familiar with body language.
Independence is established earlier.
Attachment between child and caregiver is more secure.
Decreases risk of positional plagiocephaly ("flat head syndrome") caused by extended time spent in a car seat and by sleeping on the back. Sleeping on the back is recommended to decrease the risk of SIDS. Cranial distortion resulting from non-vehicular time in car seats has shown to be more severe than in children who develop plagiocephaly from back-lying on a mattress. Concern over plagiocephaly has also led the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend that infants “should spend minimal time in car seats (when not a passenger in a vehicle) or other seating that maintains supine positioning." - None of the babywearing positions require infants to lie supine while being carried. Infants can even be worn while they sleep, also decreasing sleeping time spent in a supine position.