Are ring slings safe?

Answered by John Hunt

Ring slings can be safe when used correctly and following the TICKS guidelines. I have personally used ring slings with my own children and have found them to be a convenient and comfortable way to carry my baby.

One of the most important considerations when using a ring sling is to ensure that baby’s airway is protected. This means that their neck should never be folded in half and there should always be enough space for two fingers to fit between their chin and their chest. This is crucial to prevent any obstruction to baby’s breathing.

To ensure that the ring sling is used safely, it is important to follow the TICKS guidelines:

1. Tight: The sling should be tight enough to hold baby close to your body. This helps to maintain proper positioning and ensure that baby is secure.

2. In view at all times: You should always be able to see your baby’s face. This allows you to monitor their breathing and ensure that their airway is clear.

3. Close enough to kiss: Baby’s head should be positioned high enough on your chest that you can easily kiss the top of their head. This ensures that their airway is not restricted and allows for easy monitoring.

4. Keep chin off the chest: Baby’s chin should not be pressed tightly against their chest. This can restrict their breathing and should be avoided.

5. Supported back: The ring sling should provide adequate support to baby’s back. This helps to maintain a comfortable and safe position, ensuring that their spine is properly aligned.

Following these guidelines will help to ensure that you are using the ring sling safely and providing a secure and comfortable environment for your baby. It is also important to practice using the ring sling before using it with your baby, to become familiar with how to properly adjust and position it.

When used correctly and following safety guidelines, ring slings can be a great option for carrying your baby. They offer convenience, closeness, and can be a comfortable way to keep your little one close while going about your daily activities.