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Babywearing Safety Basics

There’s nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby. Except for a sleeping baby on your chest! Add in a baby carrier, and you’re all set for a wonderful day.

If you’re new to babywearing, you might be wondering how safe it is. Wrapping or strapping a baby to your chest might seem overwhelming or confusing, but there are some guidelines when it comes to babywearing safety.

Here are the two simple things to remember: Healthy Hips and TICKS!

Healthy Hips refers to protecting your baby’s natural hip development. Look for a carrier that supports the natural positioning of a baby’s hips. The carrier should go from knee to knee, supporting your baby’s thighs. Think of the support you get when you sit in a hammock with your lower legs dangling over the side – comfortable, right? That’s what you want for your baby too. This not only provides comfort but helps support your baby’s hip joints in an optimal position.

An infant's legs are show in a hip-healthy, Boba X carrier. Their legs are supported from knee to knee, and important element of babywearing safety.

TICKS is a simple acrostic for positioning a baby safely in your carrier.

Tight. Your carrier needs to be tight, with your baby upright and supported. Loose fabric creates an opportunity for your little one to slump down, which can restrict breathing. A tight carrier will hold your baby secure and prevent any slouching.

In view at all times. Position your baby so that their nose and mouth are always visible. You want them in view so that you can easily monitor their breathing and temperature.

Close enough to kiss. When wearing your baby on the front, have them high enough so that you can easily kiss the top of their head. When earing an older baby on your back, you want them high enough that the back of your head can touch the top of theirs, when you tip your head back.

Keep chin off chest. It’s important to ensure there is always a gap between your baby’s chin and chest. A two finer gap is ideal for ensuring that your baby’s breathing will not be restricted due to poor positioning.

Supported back. Ensure your carrier supports the natural curve of your baby’s spine. A simple way to check this is to gently press in the middle of their back. If the carrier is supporting them properly, they won’t move out of position or closer to you.

The TICKS guidelines for babywearing safety.

One final thing to remember when it comes to babywearing safety. Check often! Babies can be in distress silently, so take a moment every now and then to check your baby’s positioning and breathing.

All carriers sold at Baby Mumma are hip healthy and allow you to easily meet the TICKS guidelines. Babywearing has been a part of so many happy memories for me, and I hope that you will find the same.

So remember, Healthy Hips, TICKS, and go #WearAllTheBabies!

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