What about baby carriers?

Baby slings enable you to carry your baby around and have your hands free.

Various slings or carriers have different operating instructions - please read your instructions, however as a guide 3 hours a day is the average recommended length of time for carrying your baby in a sling.

Advantages for the mother

  • It frees both hands for other activities and household chores
  • It can be useful if you have older children and saves money on buying a double pushchair.
  • It keeps your baby close and helps to communicates with your baby
  • She is relaxed because she feels her baby in constant contact with her.
  • Having your baby so close can help you recognise when they are hungry or need a nappy change.
  • Breastfeeding can be done discreetly
  • From one month old babies can be carried in a sitting position, legs apart.

Advantages for the baby

  • Babies enjoy the close contact with their mother and find it relaxing.
  • It can smell their mother and hear her heartbeat.
  • They feel protected and safe
  • They tend to cry less.
  • They fall asleep easily in the sling.
  • Their vision adapts faster
  • It help with development - looking and seeing their environment.

Various slings offer different positions

  • Front carriers; worn like a rucksack, but on your front rather than back. The baby can face inwards or outwards and theirs heads are usually well supported.
  • Slings come in various shapes and sizes are usually made from fabric and can be altered to suit different positions and age of the child.
  • Hip carriers are useful for the older baby when the baby is able to hold its head without difficulty.