Look at the positioning page to make sure you are supporting your child's natural leg, back and head position.
IF YOU ARE AT ALL UNSURE OF YOUR BABY'S POSITIONING OR SAFETY, DO NOT USE THE SLING, AND ASK FOR HELP! THIS IS WHAT SLING MEETS ARE FOR!
Bag-style slings should never be used. Read why here.
Always buy your slings from a reputable manufacturer, or if second-hand, from a trusted source.
Watch out for non-branded and fake carriers sold on eBay, especially counterfeit ERGObaby carriers. If the price seems too good to be true, it is!
Get into the habit of regularly checking your sling to make sure that the fabric isn't fraying or ripped, that the stitching isn't loose, and that the buckles aren't damaged. A good quality sling should not come apart, but wear and tear does happen. If you are at all unsure, don't use it!
It is a babywearer's responsibility to ensure the safety of their baby while in a sling. Sheffield Babywearers recommends that you attend a sling meet or a sling library to get help with using any new sling, particularly with a newborn. The information on this website is for reference only and should never be used as an alternative to face-to-face advice.