While using sling-wraps and other carriers are a very safe way to carry baby, we strongly encourage parents to be informed on positioning guidelines to ensure baby’s safety and comfort. Just like you would with a car seat, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the best practice recommendations.
The UK Consortium of Sling Manufacturers and Retailers have created an easy-to-remember checklist that you can run through every time you use a wrap or carrier to help ensure baby’s safety. Called T.I.C.K.S, you should use this checklist whenever you are carrying baby in one of our Hush Hush wraps.
Tight – slings and carriers should be tied tight enough to keep baby close and snug against you. Slack fabric can sometimes allow baby to slump down in the carrier, potentially hindering breathing. A loose sling also offers less support for you, putting more strain on your back and shoulders.
In View At All Times – you should always be able to see your little one’s face at a quick glance down, without having to move any fabric from the sling. If lying in a cradle position, baby should face upwards and not in towards your body.
Close Enough to Kiss – baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable – you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead simply by tipping your head forwards.
Keep Chin off the Chest – baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this is uncomfortable and can even restrict breathing in some cases. There should always be space of at least a finger width under baby’s chin.
Supported Back – if carrying baby in an upright position, they should be held comfortably close to you so that their back is supported in its natural position with tummy and chest against you. This ensures the airways are kept open as normal.
As long as you follow these straightforward guidelines, there’s no reason you and baby can’t safely enjoy being snuggled together whilst out and about or napping. Wrap slings really are a great way to carry your little one around, offering comfort and bonding not offered by prams and car seats – you can read about some of the fantastic benefits in our blog post here.