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Following the T.I.C.K.S rule for safe babywearing

Using the T.I.C.K.S rule when carrying

The T.I.C.K.S rule is a checklist created by the UK Sling Consortium. The guideline helps parents to ensure they position their baby safely with in the carrier. You should always follow the T.I.C.K.S rule when using any Najell baby carrier.

T.I.C.K.S stands for:


Your carrier should be worn tight so that you are able to hug your baby close. Making the carrier more comfortable your baby and you. If the carrier is loose it will allow your baby to slump down, hindering their breathing and pulling the weight onto your back.


You should always be able to see your baby’s face when you look down. There should not be any fabric of the carrier closing around them where you have to open it to check on them. When in the cradle position your baby should face upwards and not be turned inwards to your body.


Your baby’s head should be comfortably close to your chin. You should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead just by tipping your head forward.


The baby should never curl inwards so that their chin is forced onto their chest, potentially restricting their breathing. Make sure they always have a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.


When carrying, the baby should be held close to the wearer so that their back is supported in its natural position. Their tummy and chest should also be against you. If it's too loose they can slump, risking their airways becoming partially closed. You can test this by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently - they should not uncurl or move closer to you. When in the cradle position their bottom should be in the deepest part. Meaning the carrier does not fold them in half causing their chin to be pressed to their chest.

(UK Sling Consortium, 2015)

Adjusting your Najell Rise

The Rise's front panel can be shortened by tightening the drawstrings in the top corners. Bringing your newborn closer to you. Plus the shoulders and waist belt have extra padding for support. Meaning you can wear the carrier tightly around your waist and back comfortably for longer periods of time.

Newborn carrying in the Najell Rise