This tip seems simple, but makes a difference: use your words. That is, talk to your baby. Tell them what you’re doing.

“Now I’m going to put you in the sling.” And in goes baby from your shoulder to the sling.

Or, when its time to come out, “Let’s get you out: one, two” and out on “three.”

So much happens without advance warning in your child’s world. Be considerate and helpful by giving them a heads’ up about what’s coming next.

Narrate it: in and out of the sling.

Talk to your baby now about what’s happening around and to them. Before you know it, they’ll be talking with you (and that’s a whole other conversation!).