For the Safety & Comfort of your Newborn
By M'Liss Stelzer, R.N., and Holly McCroskey
Often parents assume that if the baby has difficulty breathing he will fuss or cry. The majority of infants will protest if they are struggling to breathe; however newborns, babies born prematurely or infants with low tone or developmental delays may not communicate their distress.
When cradling a newborn in a carrier it is important to make sure the infant is positioned properly.
Baby should not be curled tight chin to chest because this position
partially closes baby's airway.
Sling fabric should not be draped across baby's face. For slings made
from thin, airy fabrics please check the airflow of the fabric by placing
it over your own nose and mouth. No matter how breathable the fabric looks,
if it is difficult for you to breathe through the fabric it will be
difficult for baby as well.
Baby should not be rolled so that his face is pressed tightly against
the parent's body. Position baby's face upward when he or she is not
actively nursing and when nursing ensure that baby's nose is not blocked.