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As advocates for “baby wearing” we believe the Baby Sense Sling is the most versatile, easy to use sling on the market today. It is perfectly shaped to support a newborn’s developing spine while providing essential closeness and bonding between parent and baby. With five carrying positions and easily adjustable straps it can be safely shared between older siblings and caregivers.
The Baby Sense Sling is the most versatile carrier on the market, used from birth (including premature babies) to toddlers. It has been designed to encourage mums and dads to “wear” their baby in the most optimal position, which is curled up warm and snug, close to you. Your baby now has the benefit of being calmed in a familiar womb-like environment. Carrying your baby is very important, especially in the early days, as your baby gets used to their new surroundings. Later when they are ready to explore the world around them, your baby can sit upright and look out of the Sling.
- Breathable: 100% cotton sling with limited padding to minimize the risk of overheating
- Safe: European Union and SABS approved
- Practical: One size fits all with fully adjustable strap for sharing with other care givers. It can be worn on the left or right shoulder
- Versatile: Five carrying positions
- Comfortable: Spreads the weight of the baby across your back, and the extra-padding on the shoulder pad provides maximum comfort
The Baby Sling mimics the calming environment of the womb. The feeling of being rocked, the soft, snug feel of the sling and the sounds of mom’s body (heartbeat and voice) helps to calm the baby. This sling allows you to carry your newborn in the same position they have assumed in the womb, making it easy to make eye contact and see your baby’s face, whilst still giving you the freedom to bond and fall in love over and over again.
- Sleep: The movement stimulation, as well as the snug hold of the sling, promotes sleep. Evidence shows that babies carried during the day sleep better at night. When your little one falls asleep in the sling you can easily put them down in their cot, so that they begin to associate their cot with falling asleep. As your baby gets older, you can use the sling for awake times as well as outings.
- Calm: There is overwhelming evidence that babies who are carried on their mothers are significantly calmer than babies who are not. The Baby Sense® Baby Sling mimics the calming environment of the womb. The feeling of being rocked, the soft, snug feel of the sling and the sounds of mum’s body (heartbeat and voice) helps to calm your baby.
- Convenience: Carrying a baby, as well as trying to do essential chores is a balancing act. The Baby Sense® Baby Sling keeps the baby content while freeing up mum’s hands to ‘get things done’. The convenience goes as far as allowing mums to feed discreetly while wearing her baby.
Preparation of your Sling
- Always check your sling fabric and rings for wear or damage before you start the sling preparation and set-up
- Thread the strap through both the rings
- Pass the strap over the top ring and back between the two rings with the Baby Sense logo facing outwards
- Always ensure that a minimum of 7cm of strap is pulled through
- The right place for the rings is just under your shoulder. At the beginning it is advisable to set the rings as high as possible on top of your shoulder. When you adjust the sling, the rings will come down to the right place
How to set up your Sling
- Place the sling onto your raised arm with the strap facing forward
- Place the sling over your head so that the pad rests on your shoulder and the rings on your chest
- The strap should hang down on your chest so that you can adjust the fit to be tighter or looser as needed
- Spread the sling widely over your back and evenly over your shoulder for more comfort. If the inner rail starts to hurt your neck, pull the sling as far from the neck as possible towards the shoulder and your upper arm
Placing your baby in the Sling
- Once the Sling is comfortably secure on your shoulders, open the Sling to lower your baby into it
- Ensure your baby is positioned securely into the main body of the Sling
- Your baby should be positioned high enough on your chest to breastfeed comfortably without having to adjust the sling (i.e head should be touching your breast)
- As you put your baby in the Sling begin to walk or bounce lightly so your baby gets the idea of the calming motion associated with being carried
- Initially you may wonder how comfortable your baby is scrunched down so deep in the Sling. Remember that this is what he is used to and that the foetal position is wonderfully calming
- Newborn position: Once the sling is comfortably over your shoulders, open the sling and lower your baby into it. Their head can be either facing towards the rings or in the other direction depending on what is most comfortable for you and your baby
- Feeding position: Position your baby in the newborn position, facing towards the breast. With one arm lift your baby towards the nipple and raise your shirt and present your breast with one free hand
- Social position: As your baby gets older he may want to see out. Do the same as with the newborn position, but instead of cradling your baby against you, alter the position of the padded sides to allow him free view
- Upright position: Lift the baby up and hold her against you free shoulder. Slide her into the sling pouch. You can put her on your front belly to belly or on the hip. Place the baby’s legs to the wide frog-leg-position: the knees higher than her bottom. Pull the upper edge of the sling up behind baby’s neck and with a small baby even over the neck. An older baby can keep her hands out, if she wants. Make sure that there is plenty of fabric under the baby’s bottom and the lower rail of the sling reaches both knees. Gather all excessive fabric under baby’s bottom so that the fabric over baby’s back is smooth
- Hip hold: Use this position from six months onwards, or once your baby is sitting independently. Place the shoulder pad on the opposite shoulder from the hip you carry your baby on. Raise your baby to your shoulder on the side he will be carried on. Guide his legs through the sling so that his bottom sits on your hip with his legs straddling you. Make sure that there is plenty of fabric under the baby’s bottom and the lower rail of the sling reaches both knees. Adjust the height of the top padding of the sling to make your baby secure and you comfortable
- Start carrying your baby in the sling as young as possible – baby will be more comfortable in the sling as it mimics the womb environment, especially in the new-born position.
- When you put baby in the sling for the first time, make sure it is when she is in a calm – alert state (i.e. calm and awake – not sleepy). This will be a new experience for both of you and some adjustments will be needed to make sure that baby is comfortable. Fiddling while baby is tired will only agitate her.
- When you use the sling for the first time, it may be a good idea to do it in front of a mirror, with the help of someone else. That person should support baby while you pull the strap tighter until baby’s head is on your breast. This will also ensure that your baby is in a comfortable position in the sling.
- Always place your baby’s bum in the sling first.
- The ring should be on the collar bone of your non-dominant side to ensure maximum comfort for you and also allow you to pull the strap with your strongest arm.
- Ensure that your baby’s head is on your breast as baby will experience slow rhythmic movement while you walk. If baby hangs too low (closer to your stomach), baby will only experience bumping while you walk and it will not be comfortable for either of you.
To show you just how easy it really is, we have put together ‘how to’ videos (see below). With just a little bit of practice, you’ll be holding baby hands-free in no time.
- Positional asphyxia (suffocation) can occur in young babies. This can happen when a baby’s chin is pressed against his or her chest, restricting airflow. Check to ensure that baby’s airway is unobstructed and baby is breathing regularly at all times, especially when sleeping
- Your baby is tightly secured
- You can see your baby’s face
- Baby is close enough to kiss
- Baby’s back is supported
- Always ensure that a minimum of 7cm of the strap is pulled through
- Slings are not approved safety seats. Do not wear your baby in a moving vehicle
- Use caution around mechanical equipment. The tail could get caught
- Fabric is not flame resistant. Do not wear the sling near open flames, including stoves. In general, never wear your baby while cooking or while carrying a hot beverage
- Never run, jog, bike or engage in vigorous activity with your baby in the sling
- Do not bend over while your baby is in the sling, as baby could fall out. Squat instead
- Your balance may be adversely affected by your movements and that of your baby
- Baby Sense slings are built to last, but always check your sling fabric and rings for wear or damage before putting baby in the sling. If you find damage and wonder if you should use it, don’t