The T.C.K.S. rule for safe babywearing

English abbreviation T.I.C.K.S. of babywearing, introduces five basic rules to be followed in order to be comfortable to wear and to meet the needs of a healthy baby.

T is for Tight Your wrap should be tight, with your baby held close against your body. Loose fabric or buckles can allow your baby to slump, which can make it difficult for him to breathe. A loose wrap can also strain your back.

I is for In view at all times you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a wrap should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.

C is for Close enough to kiss Your baby should be positioned as high on your chest as you find comfortable. If you tip your head forward, you should be able to kiss his forehead or the top of his head.

K is for Keep chin of the chestYour baby should not be in a position where his chin is forced onto his chest as this can restrict his breathing. Make sure you can put at least one finger between his chin and his chest to keep him safe.

S is for Supported back - in the upright position, the baby should be comfortably leaned against the body of the wearer in the belly position and his back should be centered on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine due to the degree of development. The wrap is deployed from one knee well to the other to extend the legs wide and knee high, or at the same level as the hip (reminiscent of the letter M). This will create an undercoated butt and round back (C). Non-sitting children should also have their hands hidden in the wrap so they cannot lean.