Baby slings video teaches parents to carry with care

Baby sling safety is at the centre of a new instructional video released by the Office of Fair Trading after three deaths in Australia were associated with the popular carriers.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said the YouTube video, ‘Carry with care: How to keep your baby safe in a sling’, would show parents and caregivers how to position their baby safely in a sling.

“Baby slings are soft fabric carriers that are tied or attached to the wearer’s body, they don’t have a solid back or frame like other types of baby carriers”, Mr Bauer said.

“If used correctly, baby slings are safe and practical tool for parents, but infants can be at risk of suffocation if they are not placed in the correct position in the sling because they are not yet old enough to move out of a dangerous position that can block their airways.

“The two positions that can cause significant danger are when the baby is lying in the sling with a curved back with its chin resting on its chest and when the baby is lying with its face pressed into the wearer’s body or the fabric of the sling.

“Premature, low birth weight babies or babies that are unwell are at greater risk and parents should talk to a doctor before using a sling.

“The good news is that by following the ‘T.I.C.K.S.’ rule, parents can easily remember how to position their baby correctly.”

The T.I.C.K.S rule for baby sling safety, the video, and a flyer and poster, are all available at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au.

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