The T.I.C.K.S OF APPROVAL
It’s essential to know the rules around safe babywearing, so you and your partner can make sure your baby is supported and breathing freely. Follow the T.I.C.K.S Rule for Safe Babywearing when your baby is in a sling or carrier:
Slings and carriers need to be tight enough around your back to ensure your baby is close enough to you and baby feels secure. If your sling or carrier isn’t tight enough, your baby is at risk of slumping down and not being able to breathe as freely as possible, as well as pulling on your back, which can lead to a muscle strain or ache.
IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES:
When your little one is in a sling or carrier, it is vital that their face can be seen at all times, especially as you glance down. Make sure when you have positioned her into the sling that no material is covering baby’s face. If in the cradle position, make sure that your bub is facing upwards and is not turned in towards your body.
CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS:
If you’re unsure about how high to hold your baby in a carrier, remember this tip as a rule of thumb: Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as you’re comfortable with. When you tilt your head forward, you should be able to kiss your little one on the forehead without any trouble.
KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST:
A baby’s breathing can be compromised if their head is curled into your chest. Make sure there is always a space of at least a fingerwidth under your baby’s chin.
In an upright carrier, bub’s back should be supported in their natural position and their tummy and chest should sit against your body. A baby in a cradle carrier or sling should sit with their bottom in the deepest part of the sling, so it doesn’t make baby want to roll into your body.
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