Our safety information was written from 2005-2008. In 2008, we edited this information with the help and guidance of M'liss Stelzer, the author of the original Babywearing Safety pdf that is available at The Babywearer website and that was published in Mothering Magazine. The photos and text on this page is COPYRIGHTED and owned by Slinglings Baby Slings LLC. This information can not be copied without our permission and a link back to our website. We are happy to share this information as long as credit is given to us.
Read and follow the instructions in this booklet before you use your sling.
- DO NOT use a sling until you have read and fully understand the safety instructions.
- Slinglings are designed to carry full-term babies (over 37 weeks gestation) weighing 6 lbs (2.8kg) or more. We recommend a maxium weight of 35 lbs (16kg).
- Use common sense. While learning to use a pouch sling keep a hand on your baby at all times.
- Ensure that your baby is positioned in the sling according to the directions.
- Use the correct size sling. A sling that is too large is less secure and makes it difficult to position the baby correctly.
- Use carrying positions that are appropriate for your baby’s age and development.
- Use the sling hands-free only with a cooperative baby.
- Do not leave a sleeping baby alone while enclosed in the sling.
- Keep a hand on your baby while bending. Bend at the knees, not your waist.
- Check your sling before each use for weakening seams or fabric. Email info@Slinglings.com if you need your sling repaired.
- Do not use your sling in situations that could harm your child. Be cautious around hot or sharp objects.
- Whether you carry your baby in your arms, or in a baby carrier, there is always the possibility that an accidental trip or fall could result in injury to you or your baby. Please be careful when walking on stairs, wet, slippery, or uneven surfaces.
- If you have any concerns or questions about the safe usage of your Slinglings baby sling, please do not use your sling until your questions have been answered. Please email your questions to email@example.com or call us at 1-800-887-1461.
If you lend, sell, or give away your Slinglings baby sling, please include a copy of our Safety, Care and Wearing Instructions. You can download a PDF copy of this instruction booklet at:
In addition, you can view our wearing and safety instruction web pages at:
Wearing instructions: http://www.slinglings.com/instructions.html
Safety web page : http://www.slinglings.com/safety.html
For more help, please contact us. You can email us a photo of how you’re using the sling and we will be happy to give you personalized advice. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The safety of your baby is the responsibility of the wearer. Neither Slinglings Baby Slings LLC, nor any of its distributors, can be held responsible for accidents due to misuse or inexperience.
When using a sling with a newborn, the most important safety issue is to ensure that the baby’s airway is open at all times. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in injury or death.
For a safe babywearing experience with newborns, please follow the following rules:
1. Baby should not be curled tight “chin to chest” because this position can partially close baby’s airway. When correctly positioned, there should always be at least one finger’s width of space under baby’s chin.
2. Baby’s face should NEVER be pressed against the sling fabric. No matter how breathable a fabric looks, if it is difficult for you to breathe through the fabric it will be difficult for baby as well.
3. Baby should not be rolled so that his face is pressed tightly against the parent’s body. Position baby’s face upward when he or she is not actively nursing. When nursing, ensure that baby’s nose is not blocked.
4. Babies born with a low birth weight (less than 5.5 lbs) or prematurely can have respiratory problems and low muscle tone. It is best to wait until they are more developed, and reach 6 lbs (2.8kg) before carrying them in a pouch baby sling.
Often parents assume that if the baby has difficulty breathing he will fuss or cry. The majority of infants will protest if they are struggling to breathe; however newborns, babies born prematurely or infants with low tone or developmental delays may not communicate their distress.
Check your baby’s breathing often. An infant should be repositioned if he is having any sign of respiratory difficulty. Symptoms include: rapid or labored breathing, grunting or sighing with every breath and/or restlessness.
|The baby’s face is turned toward the fabric which could obstruct his breathing. Check baby often to ensure she is positioned correctly and her airway is not blocked.
||The baby’s chin is pushed to his chest. Reposition the baby and ensure that there is at least one finger’s width of space under baby’s chin.
||With a properly positioned infant, the baby’s body should be in a reclined seated position and the baby’s face should be positioned upward and visible. See page 8 for additional newborn tips.
Slinglings baby slings are made from a variety of cotton rich stretch woven fabrics. Most of our fabrics are 97% cotton/3% spandex for just the right amount of stretch. Our slings should be machine or hand washed in cool water with like colors in a mild detergent and line dried to avoid shrinkage. A medium iron may be used if desired to smooth any wrinkles. Please do not use bleach because this can damage fabric and weaken your sling.
Most of our fabric is not prewashed. Some fabrics may shrink if washed in warm or hot water or put in the dryer. If you would like to try shrinking your sling to make it smaller, you are welcome to wash it in warm or hot water and machine dry it. Please note that under most circumstances we can not exchange washed slings for new slings, so please be sure you want to keep your sling before washing it.
Our dark colored slings should be washed separately or with very similar colors until you are sure the dye is set.