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Sling Instructions By Type
If you have misplaced your instructions, we are hoping we can help! Click on the type or brand name to see the instructions. Brand instructions usually work well with the same type of carrier in another brand (For example, if you own a ring sling, or made your own, the Maya Wrap instructions would still be applicable)
~ All mei ties can be carried in a very similar way, even if it is a different brand. Generally, if baby has legs in, tie or make an 'X' behind back. Once baby has legs out, tie or make an 'X' under their bum. Always use a square knot (see Here for help tying a square knot ). Child should always be in a position you would normally carry them in, with their butt at or above your belly button.
~ Ring Slings allow for quick in and outs (called pop-ability). Baby should always be snug, butt at or above wearers belly button, and head kissable. Fabric behind back should be flat (no or very few wrinkles/creases). Rings are at corsage level. The weight of baby needs to be supported on their bottoms, not feet - you can wear a newborn with feet out!
~ Soft Structured carriers also always carry the baby with butt at or above the belly button of the wearer. Different brands allow for different carries, so before trying out another type of carry, please check with manufacturer instructions (for example, the Pikkolo is designed to accommodate a forward facing out or hip carry, but the Action Baby carrier is not.) Also make sure buckles do not slide before placing baby in carrier.
~ Wraps are by far the most versatile carriers. Baby/Child should always feel snug. By gently applying pressure to child's back, you can tell if their spine is supported or if the wrap needs to be tighter. The back should not move when gentle pressure is applied. Please practice over a soft surface, or with another person as you get used to wrapping your baby. Stretchy wraps are NOT to be used for back carriers.
Hybrid Stretchy Wraps
~ Wraps are by far the most versatile carriers. Baby/Child should always feel snug. By gently applying pressure to child's back, you can tell if their spine is supported or if the wrap needs to be tighter. The back should not move when gentle pressure is applied. Please practice over a soft surface, or with another person as you get used to wrapping your baby. The Hybrid Stretchy wrap is considered safe for infants till about 35lbs in all carries. This is because it has a little give, but not much - allowing for easy adjustability but still secure enough for back carries.
~ You can carry a child in many different positions in a woven wrap. Because it is not stretchy, a child can be worn safely on the back when the back is supported.
~This section is a work in progress as we find instructions to pass on how to wear you child in a woven wrap. For now, please check out the page at The Baby Wearer that links to directions for all kinds of carries in a woven wrap.
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