Babywearing Safety | Check for TICKS

Babywearing Safety | Check for TICKS

Babywearing can be an incredibly beneficial experience for both the wearer and baby, boosting their bond, reducing crying, increasing milk production, warding off postpartum depression and so much more. But even though the practice may seem simple (and it is!), there are a few important safety precautions to take to ensure you both remain safe and supported throughout your time together. 

The easiest way to make sure you and baby are properly positioned and in the clear? Check for T.I.C.K.S! The helpful acronym can serve as a quick checklist anytime you tie baby on. Here's what to look for...

T is for TIGHT
Your wrap should be tight enough to hug baby close to you, keeping you both comfortable + supported. Any slack in the fabric will cause baby to slump down in the wrap, which can hinder their breathing and strain your back.

I is for IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES
You should be able to see baby’s face by simply glancing down. You shouldn’t need to pull the fabric away from their face to check on them.

C is for CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS
Baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward, you should be able to kiss baby on the head or forehead—and inhale that intoxicating newborn smell!

K is for KEEP CHIN OFF CHEST
A baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest, which can restrict breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under baby’s chin.

S is for SUPPORTED BACK
In an upright carry, baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy + chest are against the wearer. If the wrap is too loose, baby may slump or curl, which can obstruct their airway.

Want to double-check your T.I.C.K.S.? Send a photo to @sollybabyadvice or advice@sollybaby.com for a complimentary fit check. You can also schedule a complimentary 1:1 consult with our certified babywearing educator.

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