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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.
1/8 The Ergobaby Aerloom, $399 is 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.
2/8 The Tula Explore Baby Carrier, $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.
3/8 The Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier, $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.
4/8 The BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Air, $300 is 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.
5/8 The Manduca First Hemp/ Cotton Carrier, $189.95 is 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.
6/8 The Hug-a-bub Organic Pocket Wrap Carrier, $99, is 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.
7/8 The Stokke My Carrier, $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
8/8 The Boba Wrap – Prints, $99.95 is 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.