The An’So Baby Carrying Safety Guidelines are the ones I reference in my workshops and training as I find them the most comprehensive.
When it comes to safety of a newborn, airways and airflow are the most concerning aspects parents need to be aware of. Ensuring baby keeps their chin off their chest and have clear airways with clear airflow are the most important aspects of safety with newborns (this is what the other three examples really boil down to addressing also).
The TICKS acronym stands for Tight; keeping your baby snug and avoiding the risk of slumping, In View At All Times; making sure baby has airflow and wearer can monitor breathing, Close Enough to Kiss; keeping baby out of squishable material and airways free, Keep Chin Off The Chest; maintaining open airways, Supported Back; again making sure baby isn’t slumping and position is supported.
As your children grow, the aspects of primary concern in terms of carrying safety also change. As they get older, their ability to move themselves into desired positions and the lessening risk of airway compromises, however, new risks present themselves… Like the “shop lifting risk”…
It is easy to forget or not consider what is within reaching distance of your child while you are wearing a carrier, lots of people I know have got home from a shopping trip with an older baby strapped to their back and taken them off to find stolen produce stuffed between themselves and the child!
Being aware of the changes to in your physical shape and centre of gravity is really important, particularly when it comes to back carrying. I have smacked my babies head on the edge of the door frame as I came around the corner too quickly more than once… (I think they are ok, there is no lasting damage I can tell off anyway!)
Most importantly I think is the message on the first page of the An’So Baby Carrying Safety booklet, “whilst carrying your baby you must remain aware and responsive to your baby’s needs for safety and comfort as well as your own“…
Find more information on the Sling Guide website – http://slingguide.co.uk/