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Dr Stephanie Ooi (@the_gp_mum) Shares Her Top Babywearing Tips For International Babywearing Week!

Safe babywearing following the TICKS rules:

1. “T” is for TIGHT
The carrier should be fairly tight bringing baby right up close to you. If you’re breastfeeding and have sore nipples, the tightness may aggravate things. To relieve this pain, put on a soothing pad like the @multimamandmultigyn breastfeeding compresses. If carrier is loose, this pulls on your back & also mean baby slumps down which can hinder breathing.

2. “I” is for IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES
You should be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. You shouldn’t have to move any fabric or part of the carrier aside in order to do so.

Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as comfortable. If you tip your head forward you should be able to kiss their head/forehead.

A baby shouldn’t be in a curled up position so their chin is forced into their chest. This can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width below your baby’s chin.

5. “S” is for SUPPORTED BACK
In an upright carry, a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in a natural position and tummy & chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. You can test this by placing your hand on baby’s back and pressing gently. They shouldn’t uncurl or move closer to you. A baby in a cradle carry in a soft fabric sling should have their bottom in the deepest part of the carrier so they don’t curl inwards and press their chin to their chest.

If you stick to these rules, your baby will be safe when you wear them! It can take some practice so it’s a good idea to try it out at home when you aren’t in a rush so you can get used to it. You may need someone on hand initially to help but after a few times you will probably find you can do it by yourself! Happy babywearing! 🐨

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