All Annangrove Boutique ring sling conversions are labelled on the inside of the ring sling shoulder. Do not remove these labels, they have important safety instructions, and information about your specific ring sling conversion.
First and foremost, always inspect your carrier (woven wrap, ring sling or soft structured carrier) for structural integrity. This includes, but is not exclusive to; damaged or cut/ripped/loose stitch lines, pulled threads, broken threads, holes, and patches of fabric wearing thin. Never wear your child in an item that appears to be compromised in any way.
The most important thing is to make sure that your baby’s airways are not blocked. The best position is to have your baby upright in a tummy-to-tummy position.
Make sure your baby is not slumped with their chin-to-chest. Your carrier should provide good support for your infant’s developing neck and back.
If your baby is on your front you should be able to easily kiss the top of their head. Your baby’s face should be well clear of the carrier or any clothing.
If you are new to the world of Babywearing you may hear the term TICKS floating around, TICKS is an acronym relating to babywearing safety.
The acronym stands for:
✓ T – Tight
The sling or carrier should be tight with your child positioned in a high and upright position. Any looseness can cause your baby to slump, restricting their breathing.
✓ I – In view at all times
By just tilting your head down you should be able to see your baby’s face to check that their airway is clear. Their nose and mouth should be uncovered and not blocked by the carrier, sling or your body.
✓ C – Close enough to Kiss
You should be able to tip your head forward to easily kiss the top of your baby’s head. If your child is on your back you should be able to tilt your head back and touch the top of their head
✓ K – Keep chin off chest
Your child’s chin should remain up and away from their body. They should never be in a curled position where their chin is forced onto their chest as it may restrict their breathing. Check now and check often! Babies can be in distress without making any noise or movement
✓ S – Supported back
Your baby should be held in a supported, natural position with their tummy and chest against you.
If you are wanting to baby wear a premature or sick child, or a child with poor muscle tone, always seek professional medical advice first.
There are various organisations around Australia who run local sling or baby wearing meets. They are a great opportunity to get support from experienced babywearing peer educators who can ensure your carrier is fitted correctly as well as provide advice.
Additional safety resources:
- TICKS guidelines & safety information: https://www.qld.gov.au/law/your-rights/consumer-rights-complaints-and-scams/product-safety-for-consumers/safety-advice-and-warnings/baby-products/baby-slings
- Raising children - Australian parenting website: https://raisingchildren.net.au/newborns/safety/equipment-furniture/baby-carrier-sling-safety