Everything You Need to Know About the Sling Chrissy Teigen Uses
The beloved celeb mom took to Instagram to share a photo of herself wearing her infant son in a Balinese sling. Here's what you need to know about babywearing this way.
Chrissy Teigen strikes again! The celeb mom is known for having absolutely no chill (in the best possible way) when it comes to trolls and critics on social media. And earlier today, she took to Instagram to shut them down before they even had a chance to make a peep. Sharing a stunning shot of herself wearing her infant son Miles in a Balinese baby sling, she wrote, "learned a little Balinese sling action! please feel free to get angry and judgemental in my comments below! I know you can’t wait!!"
Most commenters praised the mom of two for her "sling action" and simply doing her thing when it comes to parenting.
"Awe so cute I loved having my babies wrapped and close in a swaddle like that they love it to plus give you a little freedom to carry on and be hands free a little to do things while they sleep and feel snuggly close to their mommas," one commenter wrote. Another shared, "You’re inspiring, intelligent, amazing woman. Keep calling people out maybe just maybe they’ll get a bit of perspective... love you!"
We can likely assume that Chrissy is well-versed on the safety precautions and must-knows of babywearing.
For instance, if a baby is younger than 4 months, premature, low birth weight, or if he has a cold or respiratory problem, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends talking to your baby's pediatrician before you use a sling.
In general, Babywearing International recommends parents remember the ABCs: A stands for airway, because you want to make sure your baby is getting enough air circulation to prevent suffocation. Your child's chin shouldn't be touching his chest, his face shouldn't be pressed into your body or the sling fabric, and you shouldn't cover his head or face in the sling. You want to make sure you can see your baby's face at all times. The B, which stands for body positioning, means your baby's back should be well supported, and his legs should be in what's known as an M-shape, with his knees higher than his bottom. The C is for comfort. If the sling doesn't feel good to either you or your baby (he'll let you know by crying), then something is wrong. In that case, you'd want to change your baby's position, adjust the sling, or find an online tutorial or local babywearing educator for help. And experts recommend you only use slings for a couple of hours or so and then take your child out for a while so he gets a break.
If you're on the market for a quality product for babywearing, check out these mom-tested slings and carriers.
Props to Chrissy for flaunting her beautiful babywearing moment—and reminding the internet to trust moms a bit more.