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Our Favourite Ways to Wear a Baby Sling

'Babywearing' is a growing trend amongst parents. But, with so many different baby slings and carriers available, it's important to decide what's right for you and your family

 

Just as celebritWays to Wear a Baby Slingy mums like Holly Willoughby and Gwyneth Paltrow influence fashion trends, they also influence parenting models.

In recent years, we've seen a rise in parents going back to the practice of 'babywearing' - carrying a baby in a wrap, sling or carrier.

Being 'hands free' and yet still keeping your baby close isn't just great for freedom, it is also a lovely way to maintain close physical contact with your little one.

We asked the experts at Cheeky Rascals to give us a few tips on how to get the most out of babywearing and how to make sure you make a choice that is right for both you and your precious bundle.

How to choose a baby sling or carrier

Freedom to move around

Whether you want to have a cup of tea, check your emails or simply go for a walk, it doesn't matter - what matters is that you are free to manage your life. At Cheeky Rascals we believe that a hands-free parent is a happy parent.

In the UK, we are still very reliant on buggies and pushchairs. But these days there's a growing army of parents who avoid a pram completely, preferring to use a variety of different wraps and slings to travel with their kids.Ways to Wear a Baby Sling

Baby carrier choices seem endless

Mai Teis, Ring Slings, soft structured carriers, wraps... the choice is endless and overwhelming, so our advice is get some expert help!

Find your nearest sling library, meet other mums, get unrivalled advice and slings or carriers to try out.

Get a baby sling that's right for your family

Don't just plump for a carrier that your friend recommends or one that's for sale in your supermarket. A carrier needs to be comfortable - for you and your baby - with full ergonomic support.

Do you need something that your partner or the grandparents can also wear? These are all important points to consider.

Safety first with baby slings and carriers

Like with many products, there are right and wrong ways to use a baby sling, and it's important to get it right.

Follow the T.I.C.K.S guideline to keep yourself and your little one safe, supported, and close:

T: TIGHT
I:  IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES
C: CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS
K: KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST
S: SUPPORTED BACK.

Always remember to check on your baby frequently.

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Ways to Wear a Baby Sling

If you'd like more advice or a chance to try Cheeky Rascals' range of slings and carriers, visit them at The Baby Show.

Cheeky Rascals' babywearing expert Emily Williamson, who runs her own sling library in South London, will also be on-hand for advice and support.

 
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