I’m so happy to be able to help you find the right carrier for you and your child, and I want you both to feel safe and secure.
With that in mind, do please consider the safety of you and your child at all times when using a sling, wrap or carrier:
Consider the TICKS guidelines
The TICKS guidelines are a great place to start – they provide you with a brilliant outline for safe carrying and good positioning.
The TICKS guidelines also apply to back carries, although of course they need to be slightly adapted. In any case, we really recommend that you hold off from back carrying until you feel you are a confident babywearer, who has mastered front and hip carries. We also recommend that you wait until your baby has good independent neck and head control, and is sitting up unaided.
Of course, you won’t be able to fulfill the ‘I’ of the TICKS. However, by making sure your baby is nice and high on your back, you also make sure you can turn and catch a glimpse. If you aren’t quite that flexible, you can always buy a babywearing mirror to help you out!
Have Child Will Carry TICKS Safety Rules (click to view as a PDF)
Check your carrier
We always check our carriers, both at the beginning and the end of hires, to ensure that they are safe for use. However, you are the one responsible for checking that you are satisfied with the quality of the carrier. Make sure you check your carrier over before each use, checking the buckles, hems and seams to ensure there are no tears, breaks, cracks or holes. If there is anything that concerns you, stop using the carrier and contact us – we’re always happy to help and provide advice.
Read the instructions
We provide the instructions with each hire, and we really recommend that you take some time to familiarise yourself with these. In some cases, there may show instructions for carry positions that are no longer recommended e.g. back carries with a stretchy wrap. In that case, we always make sure to let you know of the carry styles that we endorse.
Trust your baby
Your baby is communicating with you all the time, with little signs and signals, and it is well worth listening to their cues and responses. If they squawk and grizzle when you carry them in a certain way, then they might be telling you they want to try a different kind of carry!
As with most elements of parenting, your instincts are one of your most valuable tools. We are here to give you as much support, information and advice as possible, but you are the expert on your baby and on yourself. Learn to listen to your instincts and trust them, and share your instincts with us. When we join together your expertise with our own, the right carrier can be found!
Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any concerns!
It is very important that you familiarise yourself with the relevant carrier instructions for your hire before you begin to use it. Even experienced Baby-wearers should take the time to read over the specific manufacturers guidelines as each carrier is different.
We recommend that before carrying your child for the first time, you practice using a teddy/doll and if still not confident be sure to practice in front of a bed or sofa until you feel more confident.
We are always happy to assist with any queries/questions you may have.
Please click the carrier names to download the PDF for any carriers you have.
These PDF’s have been created by individual manufacturers, if there is anything you do not understand or if you cannot find the instructions for the carrier you have hired then please get in touch with us BEFORE you attempt to carry a child in the carrier you have hired from us.
Please refer to the T.I.C.K.S. guide to Babywearing whenever you carry your child.
Click the PDF link to view T.I.C.K.S. as a PDF file
Have Child Will Carry TICKS Safety Rules
Boba Air Carrier Instructions (Faulty link PLEASE EMAIL FOR INSTRUCTIONS)
meitai Tying Instructions
IF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CARRIER YOU ARE USING ARE NOT MAKING SENSE TO YOU OR IF SOMETHING DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT THEN PLEASE STOP USING IT AND GET IN TOUCH WITH ME, I WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY TO HELP!
Love Kitty x
*I do not own the rights to ANY of these instructions