We don't just carry children safely in car seats and strollers, we've got a whole range of babywearing accessories designed for total parent and child comfort whatever the distance. Whatever you choose to wear, whether sling, wrap, or carrier it’s important that you get to know the five important rules to remember.
This will ensure your child is being carried as safely as possible, they’re comfortable and that there’s no restriction to their airflow. The five simple rules of babywearing are known as T.I.C.K.S, and we’ve broken down each of them below.
T is for TIGHT
Your baby should be comfortably close and secure in the correct position, meaning your wrap, carrier or sling must be tight enough with no loose hanging fabric. Their body should be held closely against your chest. This is super important as failure to do so could mean their breathing is hindered, and you could be putting strain and pressure on your back.
I is for IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES
You should be able to see your baby's face at a glance, you shouldn’t have to move any fabric of the sling, wrap or carrier to be able to see their face at any time. It's also important their face doesn't turn away from your body.
C is for CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS
This is a super-easy way to check if they are in the correct position. Their head should be comfortably close to your chin and you should be able to easily give a kiss on their head.
K is for KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST
Your baby should not be positioned with their chin on their chest as this can restrict airflow and their breathing. A useful way to check that they can breathe freely is to measure the space under their chin with your finger. This is especially important for newborn or premature babies.
S is for SUPPORTED BACK
Check that their back is always supported in your sling, wrap or carrier and ensure that they are securely positioned with their spine properly supported in an upright position. Slouching can restrict their breathing, and their bottom should be no lower than their knees. When in a cradle position, your baby should not be folded and their chin should not be pressed into their chest.