The T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing
- In view at all times
- Close enough to kiss
- keep chin off the chest
- supported back
Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe.
When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S.
TIGHT – slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug
your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for
you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to
slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing
and pull on your back.
IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES – you should always be able to
see your baby’s face by simple 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.
CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS – your baby’s head should be
as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping ypur head
forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or
KEEP CHIN OFF THE 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.
SUPPORTED BACK – in an upright carry a baby should be held
comfortabley close to the wearer so their back is supported in its
natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If
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.