Important Babywearing Tips

 

    • Minimum weight of the child for which the carrier is intended is 8 pounds, maximum weight is 35 pounds.

    • Read and follow all printed instructions and view instructional videos before use.

    • Check for ripped seams, torn straps or fabric, and damaged hardware before each use. If found, stop using carrier.

    • Always check to ensure that all knots, buckles, snaps, straps, and adjustments are secure.

    • Ensure that the baby is safely positioned in the sling carrier according to manufacturer’s instructions for use.

    • Never leave a baby in a sling carrier that is not being worn.

    • Check on the baby often. Ensure that the baby is periodically repositioned.

    • Never use a sling carrier when balance or mobility is impaired because of exercise, drowsiness, or medical conditions.

    • Never place more than one baby in the sling carrier.

    • Never use/wear more than one carrier at a time.

    • Never use sling carrier while engaging in activities such as cooking and cleaning which involve a heat source or exposure to chemicals.

    • Never wear sling carrier while driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle.

     

     

    1. Newborn weighing greater than 8lbs positioning:



    When slinging your babe you’ll want to position them so their knees are higher than their bum, weight is evenly distributed on their bum and their body is centered above their bum.

    In the left picture babes weight is off center of babes bum (almost more towards one hip than their bum), their knees are positioned at an angle with one side noticeably lower than the other and babes body is tipped at an angle towards the lower side of babes seat. This positioning usually means there’s slack left under the arm in the sling. That babes seat is looser towards your arm and tighter towards the rings. The slack in the seat will naturally tip babes weight but it can also be exacerbated by slack left in the middle third of the sling allowing babes trunk/core to slump or tip.

    To avoid tipping or slumping you will want to position babe as evenly as possible when loading them into the sling pouch, then you’ll want to make sure you’re bringing any extra slack out from behind your back/under your arm and over to the rings. You can even out babes seat by moving extra slack through babes seat (gently guiding it under babes legs and bum to the rings) as well as moving any slack in the middle third out from behind your back/under your arm and over babes back to the rings. The right (green check mark) shows babe with an even seat, babes weight is centered across their bum, knees are even so feet look even, and babes body is centered above babes bum/seat.

     

     

    2. Efficient tightening:

    Depending on how the wearer’s pulls the ring sling tail some motions are less efficient than others.

    Efficient tightening allows you to keep your rings in place (no need to start with the rings overly high on the shoulder) and work the slack out of the sling far easier than other less efficient ways. When using efficient tightening you’ll bring all the slack out from behind your back, under your arm and over to the rings then tighten through the tail in thirds pulling towards the slings. So the top third tightens towards babes neck, the middle third tightens towards babes back and the bottom third tightens towards babes seat. You’ll be able to see the sling tail pulled back towards the sling and almost fan out like sun rays towards the sling and the rings will stay in a straight line with the top edge of the sling.

    Less than efficient tightening usually involves pulling the tail straight down or even away for the sling. Some common visual signs of less than efficient tightening are the rings dropping below babes shoulder causing the top edge of the sling to hand a downward angle towards the rings (usually happens when the wearer starts with the rings high on the shoulder and a larger pocket), or the rings stay higher and the top edge of the sling angles up towards the rings (usually happens when the wearer starts with the rings high on the shoulder and a smaller pocket). You’ll also notice the tail angles straight down.

    The left and middle pictures show common fits that happen when using less than efficient tightening. The far right picture shows efficient tightening.

     

    3. Posture awareness: