How can using a sling help when your baby or toddler is poorly?

We have had a very poorly house the last few weeks, first it was tonsillitis and now it’s a nasty cold (with 5 teeth coming in all at the same time to top it off).

When your infant is ill it can be a tough time on you and them. They require much more attention and cannot always tell us exactly what is wrong or how they feel. This makes parenting more challenging because all the same jobs require doing as a normal day but you also have a very in need little person who requires extra care, love and attention.

I don’t know what we would have done without our slings over the last few weeks. Jay has needed to be held and have my whole attention to help her through feeling so rough. Using a sling allows us to be close, which is what she wants and needs and allows me to be able to hold her for a much longer period of time, without my arms/back aching. Her weight is dispersed evenly thoughout the carrier and mostly goes down my core which means she feels a lot lighter in the sling (bonus!)

When babies have colds and are all blocked up, they can struggle to fall asleep lying down. Feeding in general whether breast or bottle is a struggle for them, not being able to breathe well through the nose. This can mean that falling to sleep is hard and becomes a fight for them. I have found that putting Jay into a sling will calm her very quickly. She also is able to fall asleep in an upright position, which helps her breathing and catarrh. I often then will transfer her to her bed where she will most of the time stay asleep. But your baby can sleep in the sling just as happily. When she has been really poorly having her that close in a sling gives me comfort as well as I am easily able to check on her and monitor her progress.

Finally, if you have other children or tasks that can’t wait then using a sling means that your little one is being cared for in a very positive way close to you but you have your hands free to get on with those tasks (school run, preparing food*etc).

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*Please note that you should not cook with an infant in a sling on your front.