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 "
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:
- In view at all times
- Close enough to kiss
- Keep chin off the chest
- Supported back.
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.
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.