What are the benefits of babywearing?
- Baby is soothed by parent’s movements, closeness and heartbeat
- Wearer can maintain visual contact with the baby at all times for extra-reassurance in those first formative months
- Bonding is increased between parent and child
- Baby is better stimulated, having a greater awareness and interaction with the world around them
- Reduced bouts of crying and so less stress for parent and child
- Keeps parent’s hands free for other day to day tasks
- Ideal for use skin-to-skin contact, keeping baby warm and establishing breastfeeding
The T.I.C.K.S. Rules for Safe Babywearing
Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you are wearing a sling or carrier, don't forget the T.I.C.K.S!
T - Tight - Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you, as this will be most comfortable for you both...
I - In view at all times - You should always be able to see your baby's face by simpling glancing down...
C - Close enough to kiss - Your baby's head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable...
K - Keep chin off the chest - A baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest, as this can restrict their breathing...
S - Supported back - In an upright carrier a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you.