A number of organisations have updated their information on sling safety to highlight the increased risks to babies born at a low birth weight. BAPM members are encouraged to discuss the potential risks with parents and to signpost to further information.

Royal College of Midwives Safer Sleep Guidance - Baby slings and carriers

"Some baby slings have been associated with SUDI due to their bag-shaped style which can lead to the baby curling up in the sling, pressing their chin towards the chest.

Parents should be encouraged to follow the manufacturer advice on slings/carrier and get advice from reliable resources on how to safely use them www.basisonline.org.uk "

RCM Safer Sleep Guidance


The Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers provides the following advice to baby sling wearers: 

Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you're wearing a sling or carrier, don't forget the T.I.C.K.S acronym:

  • Tight
  • In view at all times
  • Close enough to kiss
  • Keep chin off the chest
  • Supported back.

Download T.I.C.K.S Poster

The Lullaby Trust - Using slings and baby-carriers

The Lullaby Trust has safer sleep guidance for both parents and health care professions and emphasises the T.I.C.K.S acronym.

Lullaby Trust - Safer Sleep

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) - Baby slings

RoSPA explains the potential risks and explains the best way of using a baby sling/carrier. It also promotes the T.I.C.K.S acronym.

RoSPA - Baby slings

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