Baby slings safety advice

Baby in sling

Slings are a great way to comfort babies and keep them from crying, which is why women have used them for centuries: Mumsnetters praise them both for the reassurance they provide, and the fact that they leave your hands free to get on with other things. However, recent cases of babies suffocating while in slings have led to concerns about the risks they can pose.

If you're planning to use a sling, don't panic: all you need to do is be aware of the basics of safe babywearing, check the guidelines that apply to your particular sling and follow the TICKS guidelines that apply to all slings.

One Mumsnetter sums it up: "It's kind of like cots - babies have died in them quite tragically but no one would suggest banning them. You make them safer and educate people about them."


TICKS guidelines:

  • Tight - the baby should be adequately supported
  • In view - the baby's face should be visible at all times
  • Close enough to kiss - the baby's head should be close to yours
  • Keep the baby's chin off their chest - to ensure breathing isn't restricted
  • Supported back - the baby shouldn't slump as this can restrict their airway.



Last updated: about 3 years ago