Sling tips for be­gin­ners

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Special Report -

Apart from get­ting to grips with the some­times tricky na­ture of wrap­ping your bub in your sling, Dave Stra­chan has a few other help­ful tips for par­ents and care­givers.

Take your baby with you when you go to buy a sling. Make sure you can use the sling safely be­fore you leave the shop.

Have some­one help you when you are putting the sling on for the first time.

Your bal­ance will be af­fected when you wear the sling at first, so be alert to this to avoid falls.

Check the sling on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to en­sure it’s still tight and the child is still vis­i­ble and safe – be aware that ba­bies can be in dif­fi­culty with­out mak­ing any noise or move­ment.

See www.qld.gov.au/law/your-rights/con­sumer­rights-com­plaints-and-scams/prod­uct-safety-for­con­sumers/safety-ad­vice-and-warn­ings/baby-prod­ucts/ baby-slings for more in­for­ma­tion on the TICKS guide­lines and a safety video called Carry with Care.

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