Safe babywearing using the T.I.C.K.S rule

by | Jul 16, 2021

To ensure best practice babywearing, we recommend keeping the T.IC.K.S. rule top of mind. This simple rule can help you easily remember how to place your baby in their carrier, so you can both safely reap the benefits of babywearing.

Tight

Your carrier should be secured tightly around your baby. This will prevent slumping and keep fabric away from your baby’s nose and mouth. In addition, your baby should be positioned high up in their carrier, upright with firm head support so breathing isn’t restricted. Our CONNECT™ and CONNECT™ Plus carriers feature a configuration to prevents your baby from sitting too low in the carrier.

In-view

You should always be able to see your baby’s face with a glance downward. This is so you can quickly check on your baby’s comfortable breathing and ensure their nose, mouth, and face are uncovered and free.

    Close

    Your baby should be close enough to kiss when positioned correctly in their carrier. Also, they should be near enough to you that if you tip your baby’s head forward, you can kiss it with ease.

    Keep the chin off the chest

    Your baby’s chin should not touch their chest once they’re placed in their baby carrier. Instead, the baby’s chin and head should be up and away from the body. Be mindful not to place your baby into a curled position, as this may force their chin to their chest.

    Supported back

    Babies need their backs supported when they’re in their carrier. Your baby’s tummy and chest should always be against you for support, and if you need to bend over, use a hand behind your baby’s back for additional support. Avoid bending at the waist, and bend at the knees.

    More ways to protect your baby while in their carrier

    The T.I.C.K.S. rule forms an excellent foundation for keeping babies safe in their carriers; however, there are additional steps you can take to ensure your baby’s safety.

    Be careful during deployment

    Take your time when you’re putting on a carrier or taking one-off. It can help to have another set of hands around when you’re taking your baby out of their carrier. Before initial use of your carrier, practice buckling and unbuckling with weighted household items to ensure you’re comfortable using the product.

    Our CONNECT™ carriers have a Sixway™ buckle system that allows you to disconnect the carrier from your shoulders, sides, back, and waist using a range of soft-close, magnetic and heavy-duty buckles seamlessly. See here for a demo of our CONNECT™ Plus.

    Don’t front-carry while cooking

    It is never worth the risk to carry your baby in a carrier when you’re cooking. Instead, ask for a helping hand to assist as you move around hot appliances or place your baby in a bassinet where you can keep an eye on them.

    Make sure that the baby carrier you are using is safe

    There are no safety standards for carriers in Australia, so you need to make sure that your carrier fits in with an international standard instead. Our CONNECT™ carrier range proudly complies with international carrier standards (ASTM F2236-16a) and has had independent testing for safety.

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