Quick guide: carrying a baby in a wraparound sling

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Wrap around carriers are some of the most versatile baby carriers. Using the same wrap, you can carry your child from birth to toddler. There are dozens of ways of carrying your child in a wrap. This guide is not an exhaustive resources but a quick guide to the most popular carries.

Carrying your baby on your front

You will probably start by carrying your baby on your front, either lying down on upright. Front carries are comfortable, even for long periods of time, they are easy to start with.

The craddle / hammock carry

The wrap is tied in order to form like a pouch or a hammock at the waist. The baby is carried lying down in the pouch. In addition, they are held securely by the fabric crossing over them.It's a convenient carry to breastfeed discreetly on the go.

The wrap cross carry

Many parents find that the wrap cross carry is the easiest to learn. Your baby is securely maintained at the waist while you wrap the rest of the fabric. It is ideal for older babies or for babies who prefer being held upright even from birth. It's the favourite position for babies suffering from reflux and is also recommended for babies with hip dysplasia.

Carrying your baby on your hip

Hip carries are very convenient for shorter carries, when baby wants to go up and down ok. The sling spreads the weight between one shoulder and your back. It can feel less comfortable for longer periods of carrying. Remember to keep your baby straight and switch sides regularly. Avoid hip carries if you suffer from back pain.

Carrying your baby on your back

Carrying your baby on your back can feel daunting at first. And yet, once you sart, you never look back. Your hands are totally free, it is more comfortable for heavier children. In most carries, they can see above your shoulder, yet they can tune out and fall asleep comfortably once they've had enough stimulation. Most parents start carrying their babies on their back once they are heavier but you can very well start from birth.

The back wrap cross carry with chest knot

We've chosen to present this wrap here as our experience with dozens of mums has shown that it is one of the easiest to master. The knot of your chest holds the baby in place while you take your
time and continue wrapping.

The crossed rucksack

This is one of our favourite carries. You can carry the child fairly high and the cross over the baby's bottom provides extra support. When the child falls asleep, bring the fabric over their head to support it.

The short rucksack

Another favourite you will ask? Yes, well because it is very quick to put on even if it can feel less supportive for a longer carry. It is best made with a shorter wrap.

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