Babywearing is both a safe and enjoyable practice when done properly. There can be a slight learning curve at first, but with a little bit of practice, anyone can safely wear their baby or toddler and start enjoying the benefits of slings and baby carriers.
There are some very simple guidelines to follow to ensure baby is safe. The T.I.C.K.S. guidelines (see image below) have been developed as an easy reference point for babywearing best practice.
Important points to note:
- Newborns have slightly different needs, and it’s very important to make sure the baby’s chin doesn’t touch his/her chest, as this can block the airway, causing them to suffocate.
- Never put a newborn in a carrier facing outwards – we don’t recommend them in general (see FAQ), but these types of carriers are not suitable for babies under 4 months at all.
- Never wear your baby in a moving vehicle or on a bicycle
- Double check that all buckles and knots are secure
- Keep hot liquids away while you’re babywearing
Used with permission of the UK Sling Consortium.