How To Babywear Safely

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Babywearing Safely

TICKS guidelines & more

Have you ever heard someone say that babywearing is dangerous? That it can put your baby at risk of suffocation?

When done correctly babywearing is completely safe.

There are a few simple rules to follow in order to babywear safely.

If you own any kind of carrier you’ve likely seen the main guidelines that need to be followed on their website or in their safety manual. These guidelines are known as the TICKS Rules For Safe Babywearing.

Image created by UK Sling Consortium.

Image created by UK Sling Consortium.

There are a few other easy ways to keep your baby safe while wearing them.

Face Out

If you have a baby who likes to roll face-first onto your chest (my boy did this a lot for the first four or so months) make sure they have their head turned so they can breathe. Keep checking in with them while you’re wearing them to make sure they’re head is turned. If you have a wrap you can often tuck part of their head in, once they are in the right position.

Hip Safe

Use a carrier that is hip-safe. Most carriers these days are created to be ergonomically safe for your baby’s hips but when purchasing a new carrier be sure to check.

Appropriate Weight

Only ever use a carrier when your baby is the appropriate weight. Most carriers aren’t safe for newborns who weigh less than 3kg and it’s better to wait until your baby meets this minimum then disregarding this. And don’t put a 15kg baby in a wrap that’s only made to support 10kg. It will be uncomfortable for you and baby won’t have the support they need to stay safe and secure.

Follow Manufacturers Advice

Be sure to follow the safety advice and instructions provided by the carrier manufacturer. This means only wearing your carrier in the specific ways that it’s intended to be worn. Don’t try a outward-facing carry if your carrier is not designed to do so.

Use Common Sense

While babywearing is great for convenience there are still some things you should avoid doing. You probably shouldn’t cook at the stove, use sharp knives (especially when carrying an inquisitive toddler), handle hot or heavy items, go for a run, drink boiling liquid over your baby’s head, or use potent chemical cleaning products. This is where common sense comes into play. If you wouldn’t do something while holding your baby or with your baby in the room, then don’t do it while you’re carrying baby either.

BabywearingErin Williams