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 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 Parent—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!

About Dr. Harvey Karp

Dr. Harvey Karp, one of America’s most trusted pediatricians, is the founder of Happiest Baby and the inventor of the groundbreaking SNOO Smart Sleeper. After years of treating patients in Los Angeles, Dr. Karp vaulted to global prominence with the release of the bestselling Happiest Baby on the Block and Happiest Toddler on the Block. His celebrated books and videos have since become standard pediatric practice, translated into more than 20 languages and have helped millions of parents. Dr. Karp’s landmark methods, including the 5 S’s for soothing babies, guide parents to understand and nurture their children and relieve stressful issues, like new-parent exhaustion, infant crying, and toddler tantrums.

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