Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How to wear a baby

Threading the sling

You will have to do this only once, afterwards you just need to slip into the sling.
  1. Place the sling on a flat surface with the hem near the rings facing up.

  2. Gather together both ends of the sling tail ( opposite on the rings side) by walking your fingers together from the opposite ends. Hold the tail only with your left hand now.

  3. Hold the sling rings in your right hand with the hem facing your left hand ( the sling tail).

  4. Pull the tail of the sling tough both rings.

  5. Now open the rings and pull the tail back over the first ( top) ring and under the second( bottom ) ring.

  6. Verify the fabric is not twisted as it goes trough the rings.

Please don't let these instructions intimidate you ! Once you get used to it, wearing your baby will be second nature and putting your baby in the sling will only take a second!
And remember- before letting go ALWAYS make sure your baby is secure!

Cradle/Nursing Position
Newborn and older
Although this position can be used with a baby of any age, it is most popular with newborns.
Step 1. Putting on the threaded sling.

  • When you decide on which shoulder you are going to carry the sling, hold the sling with that hand , making sure that the tail is in front.

  • Slip the sling over your other arm and head, resting the sling on your desired shoulder.

  • Place the rings under your collarbone, the tail should be in front.

  • The fabric should be spread across your back and not twisted.

Step 2. Prepare your sling to hold your baby.

Step 3: Pull the inner fabric up on your chest.

Step 4 : Pull the outer fabric out, to make a deep pocket.

Step 5. While supporting your baby's head, place him down inside the pouch.

Step 6. Lean forward, transferring baby's weight onto the sling , with his head away from the rings, his feet touching your belly.

Step 7. Continue holding on to your baby while you pull on the tail to tighten the sling.

This is an excellent position for nursing. Don't forget--if you desire extra coverage during nursing or just want to shield your baby from bad weather, drape the tail over your shoulder.
Before letting go ALWAYS make sure your baby is secure!

Reclining position
Newborn - 6 Months
Step 1. Same as the first position.

Step 2. Prepare your sling to hold your baby.

Step 3. Pull the inner fabric up on your chest.

Step 4. Now pull the outer fabric out, to make a deep pocket.

Step 5. Place your baby in the sling.

Step 6. While supporting your baby's head, place her down inside the pouch with her head on the same side of the sling as the rings. Continue holding on to your baby while you pull on the tail to tighten the sling. Before letting go, make sure your baby is secure. Before letting go ALWAYS make sure your baby is secure!

Tummy-to-tummy position
Newborn and Older
Step 1. Same as the first position.

Step 2. Prepare your sling to hold your baby.

Step 3. Pull the excess fabric from behind you around in front of you.

Step 4. Place your baby in the sling. Place your baby down tummy-to-tummy with you. You should not have any fabric between you and your baby! Make sure that the bottom rail is tucked up around your baby's legs for support.

*If your baby lacks head control, bring the top fabric up around your baby's shoulders, neck, and head enough to support her.

*If your baby is older, make sure the fabric reaches at least halfway up her back.

Step 5. Tighten the fabric to ensure a secure ride for your baby.
Before letting go ALWAYS make sure your baby is secure!

Kangaroo Position
4 months-12 Months
Step 1. Same as the first position

Step 2. Prepare your sling to hold your baby.

Step 3. Pull the inner fabric up on your chest.

Step 4. Pull the outer fabric out, to make a deep pocket.

Step 5. Place your baby in the sling. Hold your baby facing away from you.

Step 6. Cross her/his legs Indian-style.

Step 7. Place your baby down in the pouch. Make sure your baby is secure by tightening the fabric.
Before letting go ALWAYS make sure your baby is secure!

Hip Position
6 Months and Older
Step 1.Same as the first position

Step 2. Prepare your sling to hold your baby.

Step 3. Pull the excess fabric from behind you around in front of you.

Step 4. Place your baby in the sling. Place your baby in the sling on your hip.

Step 5. Make sure the fabric reaches up near your toddler's knees and at least halfway up your toddler's back. You can pull the fabric all the way up to her shoulders, if you so desire.
Before letting go ALWAYS make sure your baby is secure!

Back Position
1 Year and Older
Step 1. Same as the first position

Step 2. Prepare your sling to hold your baby.

Step 3. Slide your sling back so that the rings are resting on your shoulder. Don't be alarmed, they are not gonna stay there!

Step 4. Now pull the excess fabric from behind you and spread it open.

Step 5. Place your child in the sling as if you were planning to use the hip carry.

Step 6. Tighten the sling to make sure your child is secure. You might also want to tuck in your child's back arm for added security.

Step 7. Slide your baby around to your back, so that the rings end up on or approximately on your collarbone.

Step 8. Make sure the fabric is near your child's knees.

*Until you are comfortable using this position, please have somebody to help you ensure your child is secure! This position should only be used with a co-operative child!
Before letting go ALWAYS make sure your baby is secure! NEVER use this position with child under 1 year old! Your toddler sould be able to tell you if something is wrong in order to be carried in this position.

Wearing Twins
In the early weeks, depending on their size, twins can share the same sling.
Step 1. Place one baby in the cradle position, and the other facing him on the other side of the pouch. Their legs will overlap in the middle.
Or, you can wear two babies in the upright position- one over each breast.

  • If you are doing this on your own – it is easier to lay the babies on the sling on a change table then lean over and make the tail adjustment.

  • Using two slings offers a wider variety of positions, some moms like to overlap the slings on the same shoulder while others feel more balanced with a sling on each shoulder.

Washing instructions
Machine wash on delicate. Do not use chlorine bleach on the natural color cotton products. The bleach will fade the cotton from its natural color and weaken the garment’s fiber strength !

Wash dark carriers with like colors in cold water. Tumble dry on low( delicate) setting. Remove promptly.

    *Tip: when washing prints, be sure to turn them inside out during the first few washes. This will help lock in the color for years.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Most slings are made to hold much more than 35 lbs, but that is usually around the maximum most parents are comfortable carrying for long periods of time.

  • Read all instructions that come with the sling carefully.

  • Always use common sense!

  • Always check your sling before each use and after washing for wear or damage. Do not use the sling if it is damaged!

  • Do not use your sling around open flames, it is not flame resistant.

  • Take caution when moving with baby in the sling. Just like a baby in arms, you cannot always see your feet and what is on the ground while you are walking.

  • Do not use your sling while cooking or around dangerous objects where baby could reach.

  • Do not bend over while baby is in the sling. Always squat and keep a hand on baby while doing so.

  • Baby is not tied in. Do not try to carry a child that does not want to be in the sling and/or tries to climb out.

  • Always check if your baby feels warm and if it can breath properly in the sling.

  • Do not use the sling in aircrafts, cars and other type of transportation. It does not substitute an infant car seat.

  • Do not leave baby unattended while wrapped in the sling.

  • Do not leave the sling in baby's sleeping area.

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