Safe + Sound
The best safety practices when using all our products for keeping you and baby safe, always.
Baby Wrap Carriers
Our Maine Baby Wrap is safety tested to carry babies up to 9kg/20lbs (approx 9 months) and is certified Hip Healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Rules For Safe Babywearing
T is for Tight
Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their
breathing and pull on your back.
I is for In View
you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.
C is for Close Enough To Kiss
your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.
K is for Keep Chin Off Chest
a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing and cause suffocation. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.
S is for Supported Back
in an upright carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently - they should not uncurl or move closer to you.)
A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.
Guidance on safe use of baby slings and carriers from accredited professionals:
Use with one child only, up to a maximum weight of 9kg/20lbs.
It is not suitable for use during sporting activities e.g. running, cycling, swimming and skiing.
Constantly monitor your child and ensure the mouth and nose are unobstructed.
For pre-term, low birthweight babies and children with medical conditions, seek advice from a health professional before using this product.
Ensure your child’s chin is not resting on its chest as its breathing may be restricted which could lead to suffocation.
To prevent hazards from falling ensure that your child is securely positioned in the sling.
Keep away from fire at all times.
Safe Usage Guidelines
Ensure baby is in an ergonomic position with legs in a wide squat position and knees higher than their bum (think of an ‘M shape’).
The wrap should be tied securely in a double knot at the front or back of your body.
Be mindful of your layers so that you and baby do not overheat.
Keep baby’s head supported with the aid of the wrap by tucking slightly over their neck/ear area.
Be aware of increased risk of your baby falling out of the wrap as they become more active.
Your movement and the baby’s movement may affect your balance. Take care when bending and leaning forwards or sideways.
Regularly inspect the wrap for any signs of wear and tear. Do not use if it is damaged.
Keep this wrap away from children when it is not in use, it is not a toy.
Do not use with hot drinks around baby’s head.
Our Chicago Loop Breastfeeding Cover is made using breathable, Oeko-Tex certified cotton so you know there are no harmful dyes or nasties next to baby's delicate skin.
The loop should never be used standing or to carry baby.
Only wear when seated and always supporting baby closely.
Be mindful of your layers so that you and baby do not overheat, you will keep each other warmer than you realise.
Always remove your cover if baby falls asleep whilst feeding.
Do not use “hands free” unsupported whilst breastfeeding. Don’t worry, your hands are still free for coffee and cake, but keep baby’s head supported in your arm at all times.
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