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It is important to remember a few key safety points when babywearing and the TICKS guidelines are the best way to ensure safe babywearing.
Remember and follow the TICKS rules:
T— tight: Slings should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you.
I— in view at all times: You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down.
C— close enough to kiss: By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head.
K— keep chin off the chest: A baby should never be curled so that their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing.
S— supported back: The baby’s back should be supported in a natural position so their tummy and chest are against you.
Here, the Bounty Editors reveal their favourite baby carriers.
BabyDink from RRP $159
BabyDink is the Original ‘No-Wrap’ Wrap Baby Carrier!
The ideal newborn baby carrier for frequent babywearing in the first 6 months of Baby’s life, when closeness to you is essential for connection and Baby’s development.
Worn just like a top, BabyDink gives you the function of a wrap carrier, without the wrapping. Simply put it on like a t-shirt! There are no buckles, clips or wrapping to master. The design is pre-wrapped so you get the same fit every time. You won’t need anyone to help you get baby in.
Made from GOTS certified organic cotton fabric that is soft, breathable and safe for baby.
The Stokke My Carrier, RRP $279
Has been carefully designed and ergonomically developed to give a tailor-made fit to mums and dads of all sizes as well as your growing baby. It can be used from 4 weeks and up to 3 years with 2-way front and back carrying
Redsbaby Bassinet Stand, RRP $99.95
Designed with safety, practicality and convenience in mind, the Bassinet Stand creates a safe, versatile and comfortable sleeping solution for your newborn. Used with the JIVE³/METRO³ bassinet, the lightweight and compact Bassinet Stand can easily be moved from one room to another, so your baby can sleep wherever you are.
The sleek and understated colour palette has been curated to suit modern nurseries and home interiors. The compact design makes it perfectly portable for use at home or when traveling, further adding versatility and functionality to your Redsbaby pram. The large basket will easily store your baby essentials and the safety lock indicator ensures your bassinet is clicked in and safe to use.
Available in Glacier and Indigo.
The Ergobaby Aerloom RRP $399
Made from innovative FormaKnit™ fabric which is stretchy yet supportive as it conforms to the contours of your body. This first-of-its-kind carrier is lightweight with built-in airflow and is suitable for a newborn up to age three.
The Tula Explore Baby Carrier, RRP $329
Allows you to carry bub in multiple positions include front and backward facing. Each position provides a natural, ergonomic position best for comfortable carrying that promotes healthy hip and spine development for baby. Best of all, the carrier comes in a range of stylish prints.
The Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier, RRP $349
Is a breathable, lightweight all mesh carrier that is perfect for the Australian climate. Suitable for newborn to toddler, there is lumbar support for extra back comfort and includes a detachable storage pouch is included.
The BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Air, RRP $300
Ergonomically designed and features an airy and cool 3D mesh that dries rapidly. With 4 front and back carrying positions, it is suitable from birth to approximately 3 years.
The Manduca First Hemp/ Cotton Carrier, RRP $189.95
Suitable for newborns and infants from 3.5kg all the way to toddlers and preschoolers weighing up to 20kgs. It’s made from 100% organic cotton (against baby’s skin) and 45% organic cotton / 55% hemp outside.
The Hug-a-bub Organic Pocket Wrap Carrier, RRP $99
Made from light, breathable 100% certified organic cotton. Wrapped in a Hug-a-Bub, your baby is firmly carried with their spine supported in its natural convex (rounded) shape and legs froggied in a spread/squat deep seat.
The Boba Wrap – Prints, RRP $99.95
Designed for babies from birth to 16kg. It’s made from high quality, 2-way stretch fabric which provide flexibility, adjustability, and support. There are a number of ways you can tie your Boba Wrap, so make your choice depending on comfort and the age of your little one. You can also choose from a range of cute designs.