KISSABLE and VISIBLE.
Slings are wonderful ways to be hands free, but is also important to make sure of two things: your baby is KISSABLE and VISIBLE. You want to be able to KISS the top of your baby’s head, and make sure that you can see his or her airways at all times.
Make sure your baby can breathe. Baby carriers allow parents to be hands-free to do other things ... but you must always remain active in caring for your child. No baby carrier can ensure that your baby always has an open airway; that’s your job.
Never allow a baby to be carried, held, or placed in such a way that his chin is curled against his chest. This rule applies to babies being held in arms, in baby carriers, in infant car seats, or in any other kind of seat or situation. This position can restrict the baby’s ability to breathe. Newborns lack the muscle control to open his or her airways. They need good back support in carriers so that they don’t slump into the chin-to-chest position.
Never allow a baby’s head and face to be covered with fabric. Covering a baby’s head and face can cause him or her to “rebreathe” the same air, which is a dangerous situation. Also, covering his or her head and face keeps you from being able to check on him or her. Always make sure your baby has plenty of airflow. Check on them frequently. Failure to ensure an open airway has led to safety issues—even infant death—in carriers, carseats, and other environments where the baby’s posture has comprised airflow. The airway of the child is critical. For the first few weeks, it is especially important to check on the baby’s position. Rockin’ Baby only promotes the use of the Tummy to Tummy upright vertical hold, rather than the Cradle hold with the baby lying horizontal in the sling. That is the position that can be compromising to the baby if the baby’s neck is not strong enough.
In terms of position, it is critical to consider the position of the baby’s back and legs. Rockin’ Baby supports the correct position that will aid in the correct growth of the baby’s bones and vertebrae.