Safety recommendations for parents using baby slings

Released on: 04 April 2014

Concern has been raised over the use of baby slings after a five-week-old baby suffocated in one while his mother took him for a walk.

Rosie Dodds, NCT’s Senior Policy Adviser said:

“This is an extremely tragic story and our sympathy goes out to the family involved. Slings can be a useful way of calming a crying baby. It’s important that parents know the recommendations for keeping babies as safe as possible when carried in a sling.

“It’s more comfortable for parent and baby if the sling is tight enough to hug the baby close. Loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down which can hinder their breathing. You need to be able to see their face when glancing down. Your baby should be in a position where they are close enough to kiss by tipping your head forward, and a baby should never be curled so their chin is pressed on to their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Carrying your baby upright with their hips and legs in the ‘M’ position is likely to be safest and is most suitable for your baby’s developing hips and spine. 

“For more information about wearing slings safely visit www.nct.org.uk/parenting/sling-safety.”