The T.I.C.K.S Rule For Baby Carrier Safety
The T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing. Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe.
When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S.Your content here…
IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES
CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS
KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST
The sling should be tight with your baby positioned high and upright with head support. Any loose fabric may cause your baby to slump down, restricting its breathing.
In view at all times
You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply looking down. Ensure your baby’s face, nose and mouth remain uncovered by the sling and/or your body.
Close enough to kiss
Your baby should be close enough to your chin that by tipping your head forward you can easily kiss your baby on top of its head.
Keep chin off chest
Ensure your baby’s chin is up and away from its body. Your baby should never be curled so that its chin is forced onto its chest as this can restrict breathing. Regularly check your baby. Babies can be in distress without making any noise or movement.
Your baby’s back should be supported in a natural position with its tummy and chest against you. When bending over, support your baby with one hand behind its back and bend at the knees, not at the waist..
CAUTION! Review All Instructions Thoroughly Before Using This Carrier.
For more detailed Instructions, we highly recommend you watch our video instructions provided on the website
Please inspect your wrap’s seams and fabric for any damage or ‘wear and tear’ before each use. Do not carry your baby in the wrap if any damage is noticed. Please contact Jazslings if you have any concerns.
× Babies who were premature, had low birth weight or are unwell are at greater risk of suffocation in baby slings. Talk to your GP or pediatrician before using a sling.
Breathing and Airflow Warning
Always position your baby so that he has good airflow. Check your baby’s breathing at regular intervals and ensure that at no time is your baby’s nose or mouth obstructed by the sling, clothing or your body. Ensure your baby’s chin is not sagging to his chest as this could block his airways. Your carrier should never be worn so tight that it restricts your baby’s breathing or your own. You should both be able to take deep breaths comfortably.
The carrier is not flame or fire resistant. Do not use this carrier near an open flame or other heat sources.
Choose Safe Activities
Do not wear your baby during any activities that may place your baby at risk of harm such as driving, or as a passenger in a vehicle, while cooking, joggling or cycling. Do not wear the baby in the wrap when working near or around dangerous objects that are within your child’s reach.
Balance and Body Dimensions
Always be aware that your baby is safely and securely carried within the wrap. Failure to use the carrier as instructed could result in your baby falling out, causing serious injury or death.
Your centre of gravity, body dimensions and balance change when you wear your baby in a wrap. Take extra care when on uneven surfaces, going through doorways and when bending or leaning.
When worn correctly the Hug-a-Bub® Wrap will offer both wearer and baby exceptional comfort. Your wrap is designed to adjust your baby’s weight into your body. If you are not comfortable check that your wrap is adjusted properly for a snug fit.
It might be helpful to have a second person assist you the first few times you try the wrap.
Contact a Baby wearing consultant if you require further support. Baby wearing can be difficult at first so getting support from an expert is a good idea. Below are contact details of a babywearing consultant in Brisbane. She will be able to put you in touch with consultants in other areas if required.
Phone: 0424 310 757
Some useful websites where you can access up to date information and recommendations.