Safe Babywearing

Please consult our instructional booklet and/or video.

It is the responsibility of the wearer to ensure your ring sling is safe to use each time you use it and that it is worn correctly. Zarinah accepts no liability for harm caused as a result of misusing your ring sling.

Keep in mind the TICKS checklist for safe baby wearing always:

T - TIGHT: Sling should be tight enough to hug baby close to you. If fabric is not tight baby may slump down in sling and this can hinder baby’s breathing and pull on your back.

I – IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES: You should always be able to see baby’s face by simply glancing down. Fabric should not cover baby’s face.

C – CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS: By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss baby on the head. Baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable.

K – KEEP CHIN OFF CHEST: Baby’s chin should not be on their chest. Baby should never be curled so that their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a finger width of space under your baby’s chin. Any pressure on the chin can close the baby’s airway and obstruct their breathing.

S – SUPPORTED BACK: Baby’s back should be supported in a natural position so their stomach and chest are against your chest. A loose sling can cause baby to slump which can partially close their airway. Check this by placing your hand on baby’s back and gently pressing: they should not uncurl or move closer to you.

CHIN UP, FACE VISIBLE: NOSE & MOUTH FREE

 

Tips & Tricks for Babywearing:

  • Keep a safe hold on baby at all times while putting baby in sling and until baby is securely and safely in sling. Handling baby safely is your responsibility and number one priority.

  • Particularly if this is your first time trying out babywearing, make sure baby is fed, dry & happy before giving it a go.
  • Chest to chest position is great for all ages, especially when baby is small/newborn. If wearing a newborn, ensure fabric is knee to knee but that their leg’s are not over splayed. 
  • When baby is sitting up unassisted & can independently get in & out of the sitting position you can wear baby on your hip with rings lower in the ‘corsage’ position.
  • Breastfeeding in your sling is easy, convenient & encouraged! Just unlock the rings & loosen the rail just enough so baby can be lowered to nurse as you support baby with your hands. Always check fabric is not covering baby’s face and that their nose is clear. Reposition baby afterwards so baby is positioned correctly and as per the TICKS checklist.
  • Local certified babywearing consultants are an amazing resource also if you are wanting further support & information about babywearing.
  • Practice, practice, practice!

We are here to help! We have Certified Babywearing Consultants on staff. Contact us, we would love to hear from you.