S – Secure
Baby is securely attached to the caregiver’s torso and not experiencing excess bouncing or jostling with movement.
A – Airways
Baby’s head is in neutral position, mouth and nose are unobstructed and chin is completely clear of chest.
F – Firm
The baby is held firmly in a correctly adjusted carrier. Carrier should fit to hold the baby firm against the caregiver’s torso with no gaps between them or carrier and baby.
E – Eyeline
You can see your baby easily and you have it in view. Check now, check often!
Every safe carrier is a great carrier!
Carriers that allow optimal positioning are best. Optimal position changes as the baby develops.
An optimal position is where the spine is in its natural position, rounded but with the head in neutral so chin is off chest, hips are tilted forward, knees at belly button height and for small babies quite close together, legs are supported all the way out to the knee, calves and feet hanging free without being forced into position and without any pressure on them.