Tips & Tricks - The Wrap
Here are our top tips and tricks to ensure you and your baby have a comfortable carry every time...
FOLDING THE WAISTBAND
Fold the waistband so that the panel is the perfect height for your baby. Typically for a newborn this is 2 folds.
Ensure you fold the waistband, and not roll it. Each fold needs to maintain the width of the actual waistband.
SECURING THE WAISTBAND
You will need to ensure the waistband straps have been pulled tightly and are firmly secure, you should barely be able to fit a finger between your body and the waistband - this will create the foundation for your babe to be properly supported.
For newborn babies secure the waistband slightly higher than your natural waist. For bigger babies and toddlers secure at your natural waist, this is advisable for all carry positions.
THE "M" SEAT
This is the safest and most comfortable position for your babe.
For a newborn carry, you will need to ensure their bum sits low and their knees are bent over their ankles with their squat spread against your body.
If you are carrying with their little legs inside the carrier, you will need to ensure they are not sitting on their feet. This is important to maintain proper circulation.
The "M" seat is still just as important as your child grows. When you are ready to transition your baby to carry with their little legs out of the carrier - you will need to use the elastic cinch at the side of the panel to narrow the seat width.
This will ensure the seat width is narrow enough to support your babies hips and will provide optimum knee to knee support.
When placing baby onto your chest, still position their legs and knees as you did when they were newborn ensuring knees are higher than their bum creating the M position seat, then you can pull the carrier panel up between babies legs knowing he is already in the correct position. If bub decides to move from this position while you are securing the carrier, make sure you check and readjust their legs and knees once you are done.
TIP: When pulling the straps over your shoulders, a gentle hop here will help to get any excess tension out of the carrier and will help you to tie it firmly. This will help to position bubs legs in the correct way.
Using the elastic cinch is very straight forward - simply pass the entire body panel and straps through this loop. Once through, ensure the elastic sits at the same level on the opposite side. Now pull through any excess trapped fabric and smooth evenly.
Always ensure the straps are smooth flat and not rolled, you do not want any bulky fabric areas digging into you or your bub.
TIP: A gentle iron of the straps every so often will help smooth out any deep creases.
For small babies, simply crossing the straps widely across their body is all that is needed.
As they grow and start getting a little more wriggly, twisting the straps (as shown below) can add extra support to ensure your firm tie stays in place.
POSITIONING THE SHOULDER STRAPS
Once the carrier is secure, you will want to ensure the straps sit wide on your shoulders. Never allow the straps to rest on your neck as this will become uncomfortable quite quickly.
For additional support use the excess fabric at the shoulders to pull down onto your upper arms.
Make sure your baby is sitting close enough to kiss, that their airways are open and clear. Newborns and sleeping babies should always have their heads positioned to the side.
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