What does TICKS mean?

If you are new to the world of Babywearing you may hear the term TICKS floating around and wonder what a small insect has to do with Babywearing?

TICKS is an acronym relating to babywearing safety brought to life in 2012 by the UK Sling Manufacturers & Retailers Consortium.
It is explained very succinctly in this film from the Queensland Office of Fair Trading.

Queensland is currently the only state in Australia to offer guidelines in relation to Babywearing Safety and it is great that they have instituted this advice in consultation with one of our consultants, Liz in 2014.

The acronym stands for:

✓  T – Tight

The sling or carrier should be tight with your child positioned in a high and upright position.  Any looseness can cause your baby to slump, restricting their breathing.

✓  I – In view at all times

By just tilting your head down you should be able to see your baby’s face to check that their airway is clear.  Their nose and mouth should be uncovered and not blocked by the carrier, sling or your body.

✓  C – Close enough to Kiss

You should be able to tip your head forward to easily kiss the top of your baby’s head.  If your child is on your back you should be able to tilt your head back and touch the top of their head

✓  K – Keep chin off chest

Your child’s chin should remain up and away from their body.  They should never be in a curled position where their chin is forced onto their chest as it may restrict their breathing.  Check now and check often!  Babies can be in distress without making any noise or movement

S – Supported back

Your baby should be held in a supported, natural position with their tummy and chest against you.

This information was compiled with assistance from the QLD Office of Fair Trading’s ‘Carry with Care’ Campaign