October 27, 2003
Use them only for very young infants
(HealthDayNews) -- The baby sling is a versatile and hands-free method of carrying your infant around, but make sure you use it properly.
The American Chiropractic Association offers these tips:
- Only transport very young infants in a sling.
- Your baby can become uncomfortably hot inside the sling, so be aware of the temperature around you.
- Make sure your baby's breathing is clear and unobstructed by the sling's material.
- Don't run or jog while carrying a baby in any backpack style carrier. An infant's body is not adjusted to the cyclic pattern of running and jogging, a motion that can damage your child's neck, spine or brain.