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March 03, 2022
The journey you take with your child is an amazing one, and we here at Nalakai are so honoured to help you on your way by providing a carrier that keeps your baby close to your heart.
We know that using any baby carrier can be a little daunting at first, and that’s why we’ve created a few rules of thumb to help. By following our TICKS guidelines, we know you will find yourself carrying your baby confidently, closely, and securely in no time.
Safety is key and it is important to exercise caution when using your Nalakai Sling. You must ensure you are always wearing the sling correctly and, most importantly, that your baby is fully secure.
Ticks is an acronym that can help you remember the five safety points of using a ring sling carrier.
The sling should be tight enough to hold your baby close to you, as this will be the most comfortable for you both. Any slack or loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back. A tight wrap ensures a high and firm hold.
The fabric of your wrap should not cover your baby’s face. To ensure their airways are always clear, you should always be able to see your baby’s face simply by glancing down.
Your baby should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.
A baby should never be carried so their chin is forced into their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.
Baby should be held comfortably close to you, so their back is supported in their natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If the wrap is too loose baby can slump which can partially block their airways.
Because we are firm believers that there is no such thing as too much information when learning to carry your baby, here are a few additional tips to help when you’re carrying in the tummy-to-tummy position:
We hope this little TICKS tutorial helps you position your little love properly into his or her ring sling. And don’t forget to visit the “How To” page on our website for plenty of additional helpful information and video tutorials.
We know that you and your little one will find that the benefits of babywearing are immense. Knowing how to safely use your Nalakai Sling will make life a little less stressful and a lot more peaceful for both you and your baby.
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