How to Use a Baby Sling

Baby slings and baby carriers offer us a delicious closeness with our little bugs, and they leave our hands free for other jobs. Babies, of course, adore being enveloped in the rich presence of our warmth, scent, movement, touch and sound! And, a 1986 Canadian study found that carrying babies for 3 hours a day (in parents’ arms or a sling) reduced fussing by 43%! 

Are Baby Slings Safe for Newborns?

Though baby slings can be beneficial—for both Baby and Mom and Dad—it’s important that you wear your sling the right way, because if worn incorrectly, slings could pose safety hazards. Follow the baby sling safety tips below, to carry your newborn safely. 

Tips for Wearing a Baby Sling Safely:

  • Buy a sling that’s not too deep. Your baby should sit high enough for you to see his face. (Babies can suffocate if allowed to sink into the bottom of the bag.)
  • Support your infant’s back and chin: If your baby’s face falls forward, toward his chest, it may be hard for him to breathe or cry for help.
  • Prevent falling: Hold your little one snugly enough so that he can’t slide out.
  • Avoid hot food: Never carry your baby when you’re handling hot food or liquids.

Final Thoughts on How to Use a Baby Sling

Newborn baby slings are a great way to carry your baby and keep your little lovebug close. With the added benefit that baby slings reducing fussiness, what’s not to love? But if you’re finding that your baby only wants to sleep in the sling (or in your arms), consider renting a SNOO. SNOO is the only baby bed that recreates the cozy surroundings, sounds, and motions of the womb to automatically calm crying (often in less than a minute!). You can learn more about it here.

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider. Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast- and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of a mother's breastmilk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. If you do decide to use infant formula, you should follow instructions carefully.