T.I.C.K.S. 5 platinum rules for safe babywearing
T.I.C.K.S. is a set of simple rules to ensure your babywearing experience is completely safe. Developed by the UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailer Consortium, these guidelines have been thoroughly considered and widely endorsed throughout the world.
T.I.C.K.S. is devised specifically for use with young infants (0–6m) that don’t yet have the ability to self-correct. The essential principle being: constantly monitor your child. Keep them close. Keep them safe.
T is for TIGHT
Check that your sling, wrap or carrier is tight enough to keep baby comfortably close and secure in the correct position. No loose fabric, please. We don’t want baby hanging around your hips. Otherwise it could hinder baby’s breathing and put pressure on your back.
I is for IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES
Check that you can always see your baby’s gorgeous face at a glance. Be sure that the fabric of your sling, wrap or carrier does not obscure their face. Nor should baby’s face be turned in towards your body.
C is for CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS
Check that your baby’s head is comfortably close to your chin. You should be easily able to give them a little kiss on the head – confirmation that baby is in the correct position.
K is for KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST
Check that your baby’s chin is not forced onto its chest, as this will restrict their breathing. To help baby breathe freely, ensure there is always a space of at least a grown-up finger width under baby’s chin. This is especially important with newborn or premature babies.
S is for SUPPORTED BACK
Check that your baby’s back is always supported. Whatever position baby is in, your sling, wrap or carrier should be secure enough to support their spine. In an upright position, baby should not be slouching, as this will obstruct their breathing. And baby’s bottom should be lower than their knees. In a cradle position, baby should not be folded, thus pressing their chin onto their chest.