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Babywearing – the TICKS rule and sling safety

babywearingTICKSYou’ve just brought home your brand new bundle of joy, and all you can think of is snuggling up together forever.

Except, your toddler is still running around as per usual, the washing needs hanging out, and getting some food into you might be a good idea.

How do you do both? Snuggling the baby is must-do – if only because they are just so cute! But… toddlers and washing and food are also must-dos. The solution – babywearing!

Besides being convenient and comfortable, it’s good for your and your baby.

There are different ways to wear your baby, including carriers and slings, and there are lots of different styles of carriers and sling to choose from. What you need to remember most is to make sure your baby is positioned right so you and bub are as comfortable and safe as possible.

The TICKS rule shows parents how to safely position their bub in a sling – because if they aren’t quite right, bub can’t move to a more comfortable position without your help, nor can they speak out when they feel restricted.

Make sure your bub is safe in their sling by following these steps:


The sling should be tight, with the baby positioned high and upright with head support. Any loose fabric may cause the baby to slump down, restricting its breathing.

In view at all times

The wearer should always be able to see the baby’s face by simply looking down. Ensure the baby’s face, nose and mouth remain uncovered.

Close enough to kiss

The baby should be close enough to the wearer’s chin that by tipping their head forward they can easily kiss the baby on top of its head.

Keep chin off the chest

The baby should never be curled so that its chin is forced onto its chest as this can restrict breathing. Regularly check the baby.

Supported back

The baby’s back should be supported in a natural position with its tummy and chest against the wearer.


If you stick to the TICKS rule, you and your bub will be babywearing from here to eternity! Well, until they’re too big and squirmy at least…

Show your support for Babywearing Week 2014 here!

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