Wear Your Baby
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It is important that your baby is carried in this position or our ‘Facing In Position’ with legs out for the first 3 months to support the delicate curve of their spine. If your baby appears to slump, twist the outer band at your shoulders to provide more support, and press their back gently to check their airways are clear. Carrier should be firm and may feel tight at first but this is a good thing.
Be sure to check your baby often and always have their face in your sight. Make sure your babys bottom is bearing the weight of their body by cupping this with the outer band, so feet are loose below. For this and ‘Facing In’ position, dancing and patting their bottom will help soothe them as they get used to being carried.
You can use this position from Newborn, up until 15kg. Make sure you spread the bands evenly into the corners of their knees, creating a bucket seat which is optimal for avoiding hip dysplasia. Their neck and head can be supported with one of the bands, simply place ear to your heart and place the band across their head so face is still visible.
Please be aware that the carrier should feel very firm to begin with to provide the support necessary. Your baby may feel like they sit too high, but the bands will stretch with wear and they will drop to a comfortable height if you have the correct size. You can raise the position of the crossover on your back which will also bring baby down lower at front. Twist bands at shoulders if the carrier begins to feel loose, or wash as per our instructions to regain firmness.
For ‘On the Hip’ position (suitable for babies 5+ months) - Get baby into the ‘Facing In’ position, shift baby to the side by moving their bottom with one hand and the band with the other hand towards your hip.
This position is only safe for babies who can sit alone, supporting their own weight. Take cues from your baby as to whether they would like stimulation and are curious to face out, or if they would prefer to remain in the facing in position. Adjust between positions according to their needs. Never allow your baby to sleep in this position. Spread the bands out to the corners of their knees to create a bucket seat, helping to support their spine and hips.
We recommend this position should not be worn for more than 20 minutes at a time. Twist fabric at shoulders to tighen, or raise the point where bands cross on your back to drop them down if you feel they are sitting too high.