Parents are being urged to watch a new baby sling safety video released by the Office of Fair Trading.
The video outlines how to use your baby sling in the correct way, following the death of three Australian infants.
Fair Trading executive director Brian Bauer says the film, Carry with care: How to keep your baby safe in a sling, shows parents and caregivers how to position their baby safely in a sling.
“If used correctly, baby slings are safe and practical tool for parents, but infants can be at risk of suffocation if they are not placed in the correct position in the sling because they are not yet old enough to move out of a dangerous position that can block their airways”, he says.
The film outlines the T.I.C.K.S. rule for baby sling safety:
The sling should be tight, with the baby positioned high and upright with head support. Any loose fabric may cause the baby to slump down, restricting its breathing.
In view at all times
The wearer should always be able to see the baby’s face by simply looking down. Ensure the baby’s face, nose and mouth remain uncovered.
Close enough to kiss
The baby should be close enough to the wearer’s chin that by tipping their head forward they can easily kiss the baby on top of its head.
Keep chin off the chest
The baby should never be curled so that its chin is forced onto its chest as this can restrict breathing. Regularly check the baby.
The baby’s back should be supported in a natural position with its tummy and chest against the wearer.
For more information visit the Queensland Government Fair Trading website.