The most frequently asked questions
Carrying your baby should be easy and enjoyable, and we want to help you get started. So here are the questions we get asked most often.
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It's important to ensure safety when carrying your child. Below are some simple safety tips that you should follow, and then of course you should use common sense. If something doesn't feel quite right, check the carrier or harness one more time before you head out the door.
Never cover baby's head with fabric. Never close the wrap completely around baby's head, even if you want to shield it from the outside world. It's important to keep air circulating around your baby's face to make sure there's enough oxygen. If you cover the face completely, you risk letting the oxygen inside the "fabric cave" escape.Be aware of baby's head position.
Baby's chin must not fall onto his chest as this causes a choking hazard. Of course, the head should not be too far back either.
Your baby should sit high enough for you to kiss the head.
The wrap or sling should be tight. You should be able to have both hands free without feeling unsure whether your baby is sitting securely.
Make sure your baby's knees are higher than his bottom, that his back is rounded, that his pelvis is tilted and that his carrier supports him from knee to knee. If you choose to carry your baby facing outwards, it is recommended that baby does not sit in the carrier for too long at a time, as it is difficult to achieve optimal ergonomics for baby in this position. It may also be difficult for baby to "say no" in this position, as baby cannot turn away from the outside world or see your face and thereby find peace.
Last but not least, you should only use the carrier in the intended way.
For the child it is:
- relaxing and reassuring, safe and nice
- a gentle start to life motor and sensory stimulating
- an aid against gas and colic
- a close relationship with the carrier
For you it is:
- relaxing and comfortable
- easy to feel your baby's signals and needs
- flexible and mobile
- gentle on the pelvic floor and back
- freedom in an active everyday life
- safe and comfortable
A healthy newborn can be carried from day one in a sling, wrap or carrier that ensures a correct ergonomic position for the baby.
If you want to carry your premature baby from the start, it is a good idea to consult a health professional and a sling supervisor to make sure that safety is completely in order.
It is always healthy to carry your baby close to you, but there may be health issues that mean this closeness is not optimal in a carrier.
If your child is sitting ergonomically correctly, you can carry your child for as long as you both want. Your child can take long walks in the carrier, but always remember safety.
Read more about safety at the top.
When you carry your child in a sling, wrap or carrier that is correctly adjusted or tied, it distributes the child's weight over your entire upper body.
This allows a healthy upright position for your back, whose muscles strengthen as your child grows. However, if you have a back injury or back problems, you should talk to your doctor.
It is the infant's need to have body contact with its parents.
Throughout most of human history, babies have been carried by their mothers - the pram was invented in the late 1800s.
The direct contact with the carer and the movement of the carrier often reassures the baby that it is safe and that there is someone to feed and warm it.
So no, you're not spoiling your child when you carry them, you're meeting their natural needs.
A carrier should fit both your baby and you.
Some carriers can be used from birth, while others are better suited when the baby is a little older, for example from sitting age. On all our products you can see this information.
You are also very welcome to contact us so that together we can find out what suits you best. If you want to try out a lot of different things, it might also be a good idea to consult a sling coach.
Below you can get an overview of the carriers we have at Carrytales.
All our carriers are ergonomically correct and allow the optimal position for your baby.
- provides optimal support
- can be used for the whole period of slinging, including premature babies
- can be used for tummy, back and hip carryingmany different bindings
- optimally adapts to the baby and the wearer
- comfortable on longer trips
- it takes some practice to get the perfect fit, so be patient and keep practicing
- optimum support
- can be used throughout the slinging period, including premature babies
- can be used for tummy, back and hip carry
- quick and easy to put on and take off
- best for quick, short trips
- optimum support
- can be used from newborn, including premature, up to approx. 9 kg
- soft and comfortable
- can only be used belly to belly with 3-layer binding
- can be tied before the baby is put in
- does not require much practice
- different age limits, some for newborn, others for toddler
- easy and quick to put on and take off
- can be used for tummy and back carrying
- you may need two sizes throughout the slinging period
- does not require much practice
- several of our baby carriers can be used for healthy newborns from day 1
- easy to adjust and put on
- good weight distribution
- can be used for tummy and back carrying
- can be customised for both you and your baby
The child should be carried upright to ensure that breathing is not obstructed. A prone position does not ensure good air circulation around the child's head, which can lead to oxygen deprivation.
The child's legs should be in the M position - spread slightly to the sides and the knees should be higher than the buttocks.
The child's back should be round. Older children should also be able to round their backs when resting.
The carrier should support the child's legs from the knee to the knee. The child must be able to move its feet and lower legs freely.
The carrier should support the child's back like a firm bandage and the back piece should be smooth across the child's back and not curl.
When bending forward or backward, the child should stay close to your body and not move away from you. You should be able to keep both hands free. If you feel you need to support the child's body or head, the wrap/strap will most likely need to be tied tighter.
The child's head should be supported.
Carry the child facing you. An outward-facing carrying position forces the child's back into an unnaturally straight position, with all the child's weight resting on its genitals. Similarly, the child cannot face you when there are too many impressions and the child is overstimulated. When carried on the back or hip, the child can see more but still withdraw.
The carrier should also feel comfortable when worn for long periods. Otherwise, try adjusting your harness/binding method.
A good baby carrier supports the child's legs in the M position. The back panel can wrap around the child's back.
The width of the back panel can be adjusted to provide support from knee to knee for longer periods.
The baby carrier supports the child's whole body and allows the back to round.
The carrier allows for variable head support.
It is a great advantage if the back panel of the carrier can be adjusted at the neck and, if necessary, also at the length. The carrier should also be easily adjustable for both the child and the wearer.
Shoulder straps that close with a knot can be an advantage, as this allows the child's back to be rounded more easily and makes it easier to adjust the harness to the wearer.
A good baby carrier is comfortable and relieving for the wearer.
Several carrying positions should be possible: belly to belly, on the back and possibly also on the hip.
Yes, you can.
If your baby is bottle-fed, you can give the bottle while the baby is in the carrier.
If you breastfeed, this is easiest in a wrap or sling (you can breastfeed in a stretch wrap, a fixed wrap and a ring sling). You simply loosen the wrap/sling a little so that the baby is lower down, closer to your breast. It can be a bit of a struggle at first, but hang in there and practice. It's so nice to be able to breastfeed in the wrap/sling when you're on the move. Of course, make sure you're wearing breastfeeding clothes. When you have finished breastfeeding, tighten the wrap/sling again so that the baby is in the optimum ergonomic position.
In the winter cold, make sure your child is warm enough. You can wear your child under your regular winter jacket if it's big enough, or you can get a carrier jacket.
The advantage of a carrier jacket is that you can also carry your child on your back, as there is a hole for the child's head. Never carry your child on your back with a normal jacket on top. The child's head should never be completely covered by the jacket and you should always be able to check that there is air circulation around the child's face so that the child can breathe freely and easily. This applies both when wearing on the back and on the stomach.
The younger your child is, the harder it is for them to stay warm. It is therefore preferable for the child to be worn under your jacket, rather than on the outside of your jacket in, for example, a flight suit. Sitting under your jacket, your child will benefit from your body heat. After that, the cold will determine how much clothing your child should wear under your jacket.
The child's head, legs and feet are particularly exposed to the cold when worn in winter. For the head, you can use a hat or hood. For the legs and feet, you can use different mittens, with or without wool, and for the legs you can get baby leg warmers. You need to check regularly that your baby is not cold.
In the summer, however, you need to protect your baby from the heat. Make sure the baby is never exposed to direct sunlight. Stay in the shade, or use a parasol if necessary.
If you spend periods in the sun, the child's skin should be protected from the sun. dress the child in light cotton clothing with long sleeves and legs. Also remember socks for your child's feet and a sun hat to protect both head and neck. You may want to consider putting sunscreen on your child. If your child is under one year old, you can buy sunscreen made for children under one year old at the pharmacy.
If possible, choose a one-layer binding method, such as a kangaroo, backpack or ring sling. The sling, wrap or carrier counts as an extra layer of clothing.
Make sure your baby gets plenty of fluids, breast milk or formula for the youngest and water for the older ones.
Check the baby's neck regularly; the baby must not be cold or sweaty.
Yes, as a rule you can carry your child with hip dysplasia in a wrap and sling. It can even be beneficial, as a correct M position promotes the formation of a round femoral head and the ball shape of the hip socket. However, always talk to your doctor before carrying your child with hip dysplasia.
It is not recommended to carry the child in a lying position. The child cannot assume the M position, the binding exerts a one-sided pressure on the child's hips and a skewed pressure on the child's head and neck vertebrae.
The child can easily get into a position where it is "folded" in half. This can make breathing difficult, as the baby's chin will easily slide down onto the chest and the face will often be covered in a lot of wriggling fabric. There may therefore be a risk of suffocation and of air not being able to circulate, so the child breathes the same air over and over again, which can lead to oxygen deficiency.
Stretch wraps are usually one size fits all. Stretch wraps are usually used in the first months and until baby weighs about 7-10 kg (although the wrap is approved for more kg), simply because it is not comfortable to carry a heavier baby in the stretch wrap.
Fitted swaddles come in sizes 2-9. In short, the larger the size, the longer the wrap. The basic size for most people will be a size 6 and you can never go wrong with this, regardless of your size, baby's size or the type of wrap you want to wear.
If you're either big or small, you might consider going up or down in wrap size. Your baby's size also matters: if you're wrapping a newborn, baby won't take up much room, but if you're wrapping a toddler, you'll need more wrap fabric for the bindings. The different wrappings also use more or less fabric, so there are several factors to consider when choosing the size of your wrap. Our recommendation for beginners is to buy a size 6. It will fit most people, and a size 6 will not limit your ability to tie in many different ways.
Ring slings, like stretch slings, are usually one size. Some wrap brands make several ring sling sizes, but the size difference is not a determining factor in whether you can fit the sling. It's more a matter of preference: Some like that there is a lot of fabric and that the "tail" of the ring sling is long. Others prefer a shorter sling, with less fabric "left over".
We therefore recommend that beginners buy a size M if there are different sizes for the sling you have fallen in love with.
The stretch wrap is a really nice carrying tool for the first time with a newborn. The wrap is nice and soft, easy to tighten and it's easy to get baby to sit properly and give baby support in the neck. Not much practice is required, which is nice when you have a little newborn that requires all your attention.
With the stretch wrap, you carry belly-to-belly and it usually ties in one way. On the other hand, the wrap can be tied in advance and baby can be taken out and put in the wrap without having to tie the wrap again. This is handy if baby needs to be changed and so on.As the wrap is stretchy, you can't tie it too tightly around baby, which is a nice safety feature if you're a new mum and new to babywearing. However, the stretch also makes it uncomfortable for you to carry more than 7-10 kg. Therefore, the stretch wrap is not for the whole carrying period, but is really good for the first 3-6 months.
The wrap is a good carrier for newborns and for new wrap parents, as it doesn't take much practice and you don't have to fumble around with baby as much, as the wrap is pre-tied. This can be nice as newborns are a bit delicate to handle.
The fixed wrap is a carrier you can use throughout the carrying period from newborn to toddler. You can also carry belly-to-belly, on your back and on your hip. The fabric of the carrycot cannot be stretched, which means that the child is optimally supported. It also makes it comfortable for you to carry your child, even if he or she is over 10 kg.
Unlike the stretch wrap, the fixed wrap cannot be tied in advance. This means that you have to tie the wrap around baby while keeping track of both the wrap and baby. This takes some practice, for which there are many good tutorials online, which you can read more about in this sling FAQ and on our links list.
While the same tie is usually used for the stretch wrap, there are many different ties for the fixed wrap. This allows you to adapt the binding to the occasion and the child. For example, if you are out walking and the older child wants to follow what is going on, you can carry the child on your back so that he or she can look over your shoulder. On the other hand, if your child is smaller and you want to be able to watch them all the time, you can wear them on your stomach or hip.
Last but not least, you can literally get fixed swaddles in all colours, in the most beautiful patterns and in the most delicious materials.
If you are new to the fixed wrap, the many options can be exciting but also overwhelming. That's why we recommend you start with one binding, try it out and get familiar with it. A good start is the FWCC (front wrap cross carry) binding.
The vast majority of carrying utensils can be washed in the washing machine, with some exceptions. We recommend that you always wash your wrap or sling before use, but otherwise don't wash your carrier too often as it wears down the fabric. If you machine wash your wrap, you can wash it in a powder room to protect the fabric.
Most of our product descriptions include washing instructions, and products often have a wash label as well. Should both of these sources of information be missing, or if you are simply in doubt, please feel free to contact us at Carrytales for advice and guidance.
Both stretch and fixed wrappers come in many different materials, and it's largely a matter of taste which materials you prefer. However, as a beginner, it can be difficult to know what to choose, as you may not have tried many different wrappers.
We'll therefore give a few tips here for folding materials, so you can hopefully choose the right one for you.
As a starting point, cotton is a good choice for both stretch and fixed swaddles. If it's summer or you have a warm baby, a cotton and bamboo blend might be good, as bamboo is slightly cooler than pure cotton.Fitted swaddles come in more different blends than stretch swaddles. You can get fitted swaddles with linen, hemp, wool, silk, bamboo, etc.
Blend is the term for the material composition of the fabric. Although wool, linen, etc. sounds nice, it can sometimes make the wrap harder to work with, as the wrap often needs to be "walked on". The more flexible and softer the fabric, the easier it is to tighten the wrap and get the baby to fit properly.
We recommend that beginners start with a 100% cotton wrap, or a cotton and bamboo wrap. It may also be a good idea to join in a game of grams.
And what's that? Grams is an event where weavers get together and "gram" each other's wraps.
That way you can try some different wraps and get a feel for which blends appeal to you. Anyone can hold grams, and there are various Facebook pages where weavers meet and plan events.
See our links list to find the groups we know about.
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