to be wary of counterfeit baby slings as Baby Slings Mandatory for The
Olympics “Babes in Arms” Tickets.
and carers have been told that if you bring your baby to the London 2012
Olympics this Summer they must ditch the buggy and carry their baby to
Now leading UK brand Connecta
Baby Carrier is encouraging visitors to the event to ensure they follow
essential guidelines in order to ensure baby safety and maximum baby and
Sarah Sadler – owner of Connecta
Baby Carrier – says it’s imperative that the TICKS guidelines are
followed so that parents and carers make informed choices of what baby
carrier is suitable and safe.
developed by BABI (British Association Of Babywearing Instructors) due
to the increase of counterfeit and poorly designed baby slings that have
flooded the market via auction websites. While these second-rate
alternatives can seem like a bargain, parents are putting their baby at
risk by using them. The check list for TICKS is:
view at all times.
enough to kiss.
chin off your chest.
“It is absolutely vital that
parents who are looking to buy a baby sling, purchase from a trusted
source and retailer. Fake branded versions often have poor stitching and
material which can tear easily, or are poorly made resulting in
discomfort or injury to you or your baby,” Sadler adds.
positioning of baby inside the chosen carrier/sling is also important.
Some available carriers are less than ideal. In particular, ‘bag
slings’ have several significant design flaws that could place a baby at
risk of respiratory distress or oxygen deprivation.
Some bag slings have been
recalled and are banned by the NCT yet are still available through
online auction sites. The 'bag slings' are roughly triangle shaped; they
have a flat bottom with two sides slanting upwards toward the elastic
top. This “triangle” design means that the pouch fabric is always angled
very close to the sides of baby’s face. If baby rotates even slightly he
ends up with his nose within a ¼” of the side, or even pressed against
the side of the pouch, restricting breathing and oxygen.
should not only be enjoyable and encourage the bond between mum and dad,
family members and carers and their children, but ultimately your baby
must be safe at all times,” explains Sarah – who, as a baby wearing
consultant of six years, provides skilled training and advice to ensure
that adults can carry their baby with the minimum of risk.
If in doubt
please parents should use the online webguide –
www.slingguide.co.uk to assist with their choice
and if they would like to obtain a personal consultancy they can use
this simple advice will help ensure that your baby enjoys his time being
carried and the correct level of support is offered to both infant and
carer,” adds mother of three, Sarah. “These guidelines have been
designed following years of practical experience and research.”
The good news is there are some
extremely trust worthy, quality brands on the market. Many are hand made
with the highest quality fabric and fastenings,
ensuring the best comfort and safety for you and your baby. Sadler
advises that by finding the right Baby Carrier, you can safely take your
baby or toddler to enjoy The Olympic event. In
fact the close contact helps stimulate a baby's vestibular system which
controls their sense of balance and movement, having a positive effect
on other sensory systems in every day life.
Sadler emphasises the
application of common sense when using a baby sling; protecting little
limbs or heads from the sun's rays and consuming hot food and drink over
the baby are two obvious errors. Additional
sun covers are available for the Connecta
range, to protect from the suns harmful rays. The Connecta Baby Carrier
is ideal for the Olympics – very easy to use - three
buckles allowing you to enjoy the day with peace of mind.
the Olympics, ConnectaBabyCarrier has unveiled it’s new Union Jack
design (right) to commemorate the pride of the nation.
your baby should be comfortable for baby and parents as well as offering
stylish designs to suit all people and all occasions. Our new Union Jack
design, one of many bespoke designs we make, has been designed to put
that extra special sense of pride to celebrate an exciting Summer.”
Celebrities such as Orlando
Bloom and his wife and Miranda Kerr have already made carrying your baby
hugely popular and now everyone will be able to do this safely and
The ergonomic design of the
Connecta Baby Carrier means parents can comfortably wear them for long
periods of time with heavier babies. All Connecta Baby Carriers are
constructed with two full layers of drill fabric in the body. They are
sewn with extra strong thread (made for load bearing seams) on
industrial sewing machines. The Connecta has been rigorously tested in a
laboratory and passed the BS EN 13209-2:2005 safety standard for soft
baby carriers. Connecta offers optimal wearing position for both baby
and wearer and be safely used as a front or back carrier. The design
means your family will enjoy using your Connecta Baby Carrier for many
months after the event.
The Connecta Baby Carrier draws
inspiration from the centuries-old chinese mei tai design, which has
convenient quick-release buckles and comfortable, padded shoulder straps
that won't drag on the ground when unfastened. The shaped body panel of
the Connecta also has a wide base to support anatomically correct
positioning for babies and provide optimum comfort for wearers, and the
curved, rounded top of the design provides head support while still
allowing baby room to move. The design means your baby can be safely
worn on your front or back and maximum padding ensures you and your baby
will be safe and comfortable throughout your day.
The Connecta range is available
for babies weighing from 3.5kg. For newborns, specific carriers should
be used, advice of which can be obtained from Sarah Sadler, at
Surrey-based Sarah suggests trying before you buy and getting in touch
with your local sling library: “There are many
sling libraries across the country that give parents and carers the
opportunity to discover for themselves the opportunities and benefits
that baby carrying can open up. Why not get in touch and find out what’s
available for you!” she concludes.
Sarah Sadler, is the founder of
Natural Connection and ConnectaBabyCarrier.com
Organisers of The London 2012
Olympics announced that babes in arms are now allowed into the Olympic
venues if safey secured to an adult. This announcement was
made on Tuesday 8th May 2012.
information from BABI (British Association of Babywearing Industry)
guideline was devised by the UK consortium and is endorsed by
ConnectaBabyCarrier is a family run business, whose sister company
Natural Connection was founded in 2006. ConnectaBabyCarrier has been
operating since March 2011. Both business have become a well
trusted and reputable UK Babywearing webshop
information on sling libraries network