Follow the T.i.c.k.s. Rule for Safe Babywearing
A simple set of rules to follow to ensure comfort and safety for your child and yourself.
- T is for "Tight"
Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hold your baby close to you, this will be most comfortable for you both. Ensure there is no loose fabric/slack, as this will allow your baby to slump down which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.
- I is for "In view at all times"
You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.
- c is for "Close enough to kiss"
Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.
- k is for "Keep Chin off Chest"
A baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest, as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.
- s is for "Supported Back"
In an upright carry, a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer, so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose, they can slump which can partially close their airway.
(This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently – they should not uncurl or move closer to you.)
A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part, so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.
These are a few simple rules to ensure happy and safe carrying. If you are still concerned you are not getting it right drop us a message on our facebook page with some pictures and we will try to help or take a look at www.babywearing.com and try and find your local sling library.