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December 15, 2010

Wearing Instructions

NOTE:

Proper positioning is crucial for your baby’s in a baby carrier, especially for newborns, preemie babies, twins and babies with breathing complications such as a cold. For these babies the Cradle Position is not recommended. The Cradle Position may be used after 4 months.

It is very important to make sure baby is not in a curled position where their chin is towards their chest, which can cause breathing problems.

These wearing instructions must be understood and followed to assure the wearer understands how to properly use their sling.


About Babywearing

Babies are meant to be carried. Babies are born with reflexes that help them hold on to their parents. Babywearing is the practice of carrying your child in a sling or soft carrier, and it’s an extension of this instinctive act. This practice has a very long history & is a tradition across many different cultures, and it balances our intuitive understanding that babies need to be held with the practical need for parents to have their hands free.

Today we are rediscovering that,simply, babywearing makes life easier by meeting everyone’s needs. Busy parents are free to get on with their daily lives while babies are held safe and secure, soothed by the movement and warmth of their parent’s bodies.

Remarkable Benefits of Babywearing

Research supports our instinctive understanding that babies need to be held.

Babies who are carried cry less - up to 51% according to studies - & have decreased levels of stress hormone in their blood streams.

Carried babies have more regular respiratory rate, heart rate & a more stable body temperature.

Being carried improves sleep patterns, with babies falling asleep more quickly, more soundly & for longer periods.

Babywearing improves infants’ digestion & has been shown to reduce the symptoms of colic and reflux.

Carried babies have advanced motor skills because their vestibular system in their brain is stimulating by the person carrying them. This means carried babies will already have begun to acquire balance & muscular development before they start to crawl & walk.

Babies who are held gain weight better, & nurse better.

Babywearing improves parent-baby bonding, allowing parents to be more aware and responsive to their baby’s needs. Babywearing can reduce the risk of depression.

Carried babies are up where they can hear & see adult interaction & activity which promotes cognitive and language development. Babies that are in carriers speak earlier and have more advanced speech.

Baby wearing helps mothers to strengthen muscles and ligaments which have been stretched or weakened by pregnancy.

Is your sling the right size?

To Check:
When not pregnant put your sling on resting on your left shoulder so seam edges aren’t up against your neck, rounded vertical seam with name tag is in front of your right chest, fabric across your back is smooth. Sling should be 1.5 inches un-stretched down directly in front of your right chest.
If your sling does not fit properly please contact us within 30 days after baby is born so that we can exchange your sling. We will be happy to check your sling to insure it is in like-new, sellable condition, so that we can promptly send you a new sling.

Note About Snug Fit

Hug Of Joy slings are snug at the top edge to help baby stay in safely, and help baby remain in a proper position Hug Of Joy slings fit high and snug so that baby’s weight feels like part of your body when you move and not a weight hanging away from you and straining on you. This fit allows you to comfortably wear baby up to 30lbs. The 4- way stretch feels incredibly comfortable, distributing the weight all around your body eliminating the feeling of weight. Baby will not feel confined or become restricted as they grow. There is no pulling or digging like you often find with a non-stretchy sling.

Folding & Putting On Your Carrier

1) Fold the carrier in half inside itself – putting all one color to the inside.

2) Put one arm out straight, hold sling hanging with rounded seam and name tag down, put sling on to your arm and over your head like a beauty pageant sash. Sling should fit over the rounded point of your shoulder & edge not up against your neck.

3) Open the sling to create the pouch – rounded seam with name tag in front. This pouch by name tag is where the small baby sits, or older baby’s bum sits.

4) The ROUNDED seam with name tag is where baby’s bum goes in all positions.

Washing Instructions

Machine wash cold water, gentle detergent, hang to dry or dyer on low. Do not dry clean, bleach, iron, use harsh detergents or high heat.



Cradle Position ~ 4 months on


Rounded seam with name tag in front of you, open pouch with inside layer up high against your body. Hold Baby up high on FREE shoulder that's not carrying sling, as if burping, lower baby till feet are in sling pouch, cradling baby in your hands scooping feet in pouch towards side of your body that has a free shoulder (as in picture) – baby is sitting up like in a chair NOT down flat inside of sling. Baby's face is free and not pressed against the wearer or the sling fabric. Baby's neck is open and their chin is not against their chest. Wearer can place fingers between baby's chin and color bone to ensure chin is not curled over chest causing airway to be restricted.


Front Upright Position ~ Newborn on


Rounded seam & name tag in front of you, open pouch with inside layer up high against your body. Hold Baby up high on FREE shoulder that's not carrying sling as if burping. Cross legs -like sitting cross legged, so you can cup bum and feet with one hand while supporting head with other hand, and slide bum into the sling. Slide baby into sling belly to belly with you. Baby sitting cross-legged in the sling. baby's head is out of sling. Baby's face is free and not pressed against the wearer or the sling fabric. If baby is small enough that they go too far into sling for their head to be out, fold up appropriate sized blanket to boost baby up till baby is as shown in picture. Newborns and preemies may need a thick blanket folded into a square and placed a the bottom of the pouch to sit on so baby's head and face are out of the sling as in picture


Cradle Position Lying feet out - 6 months to 30 lbs


Bigger babies & toddlers
Sling with rounded seam & name tag in front of you. Child stays high on the shoulder that's NOT carrying sling -like burping; feet go between your body and sling (not in the pocket). Still keeping baby up on your shoulder -Pull outside edge up & place on child’s shoulders and hold there, with free hand reach up under sling and pull inside edge of fabric down & place behind knees. Slide baby down to sit in the seat of fabric. Baby’s legs straddling your waist. You can now lean baby back with head to either side of you. Scoop legs to one side and lean baby over as in a slightly reclined chair.


Kangaroo Position - 4 months, Baby holds head up well


Rounded seam & name tag in front of you, open pouch with inside layer up high against your body. Hold baby facing outwards, back leaning against your chest. Cross baby’s legs, slide baby bum first into the pouch.





Hip Carry / Front Carry 6 months on



Baby can hold head up well. Sling with rounded seam in the front. Child stays high on the shoulder that's NOT carrying sling -like burping; feet go between your body and sling (not in the pocket). While baby remains up on your shoulder, pull outside edge of fabric up & place on child’s shoulders and hold there, with free hand reach up under sling, pull inside edge down & place behind knees. Slide baby down to sit in the seat of fabric. Baby’s legs straddling your waist. Adjust top edge up over baby's' shoulders, little baby arms inside of sling. You must make sure bottom edge of carrier is far past bum & all the way to behind the knee. Then pull Knees UP higher than bum so bum creates deep bucket seat to hold baby in. Now you can slide baby belly to belly hip or back.


Back Carry -6 months, Baby sits up well


Baby can sit up well.
Put baby in the Hip Carry Position – See above for proper leg positioning in Hip position. If baby is on right hip, place right hand on baby’s hip/ bum, with other hand grasp bottom of carrier in front of you. Gently slide/ slightly bouncing carrier with baby around to your back.. Make sure top edge of the carrier is high over baby's shoulders or even up to neck for sleep, arms tucked inside. You must make sure bottom edge of carrier is far past bum & down to behind the knee. Knees pulled UP higher than bum so bum creates deep bucket seat to hold baby in


IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:

We understand how strongly you feel about making sure your child is safe. Thank you for taking the time to read the following safety instructions. If you are unsure about your child’s safety in your carrier please take baby out of your carrier and contact us and we will be happy to help you with your concerns.

HugOfJoy@telus.net

Baby’s safety depends upon the care of the person using the Hug Of Joy carrier. Each baby is unique and the wearer must assess the baby’s readiness to be in a particular position, and assess whether baby is in the carrier properly based on the baby’s individual needs. The age recommendations in these instructions are a general suggestion only, and each wearer must assess baby’s individual needs and readiness to be in any position. Fabric and seams naturally wear out with time; the person wearing the sling must check to insure that the sling is not too old or worn to be safe for baby.

It is very important to make sure baby is not in a curled position where their chin is to their chest. It is very important to understand proper positioning - these wearing instructions must be understood and followed to assure the wearer understands how to properly use their sling

* Hug Of Joy carriers are recommended to use up to 30 lbs.

* * When you first begin to use your sling use your hands to hold baby until you become comfortable moving about without bumping baby into objects, and until you become comfortable bending with your knees so as not to cause baby to fall out of the sling.

* Be cautious in the kitchen. DO NOT use your sling while cooking or working with sharp or hot objects.

* Do not drink or eat hot items when baby is in the sling.

* When using your sling and bending over, bend at the knees with your back straight (not at the waist) and support your baby with one hand so as not to cause baby to fall out of the sling.

* Toddlers can grab dangerous items off shelves and tables. Keep an arm’s distance away from potential hazards.

* Be careful of baby’s head while going through doorways and turning corners

* Do not ride a bicycle or other moving equipment while baby is in the sling.

* The sling is NOT a substitute for a car seat.


These safety tips are only a few of the many things a person must be thoughtful of while caring for a child in a carrier, and it is up to the person responsible for baby to be aware of that baby’s individual needs regarding safety.

3 comments:

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...

I wish I had one of these when my girls were babies. They look so comfy for both Mom and Baby.

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