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Baby Sling 4-in-1
Prevent a (small) baby to sinking deep into the baby sling
Turn the sling inside out (1). When wearing this way, the baby lies in a smaller 'pocket' of fabric and is therefor higher in the sling.
Sit down and position the baby diagonally (2) inside with the head touching the outside rail (3), as close as possible towards the shoulder padding (4) and the legs towards you.
Now put your head, arm and shoulder through the strap. If you put your arm through the strap, you can use your hand to support the spine of the baby and therefore make it easier to put the sling on.
Check whether the baby in the sling is stable before you stand up. Ensure the baby can breathe freely, keep the nose and the mouth free.
First Time Use
- Practice before use with a doll
- Don't rush or abandon straight away. If baby is a bit unsettled try again at another time
- Experiment with the different positions, every baby and wearer have their preferred carrying positions
- If your baby is a bit older(older then 7 á 8 weeks)and isn't already used to being worn in a sling, it's possible that he won't like the banana position or the hammock. Effectively your baby is 'too old' for this, as baby is used to being able to look around freely and may not like the contained feeling at this age. If this true for you, wait a couple weeks until baby is old enough to be carried in the kangaroo position (starting at ± 3 months). This way baby can enjoy looking around and you'll have your hands free as you would like - success guaranteed!
What to do if baby is agitated or cries in the sling
If baby is agitated or cries and is not hungry, try calming him by giving a pacifier or your pinky and/or walking him in the sling. The swaying movement often helps calm the baby.
If baby is crying the first time you put him in the sling it's possible he needs more time to get used to it. Don't give up but take the time necessary so you can both get used to the sling. If after a few minutes baby still isn't settling, try another time when baby is in a good mood. Experiment with different positions, every baby and wearer have their favourites.
Preventing back and neck pan
- Ensure the sling is at a comfortable height
- Walk with good posture
- Build up wearing time gradually. This will build muscle gradually so that you're able to wear for longer periods
- Relieve your shoulders and back once in a while by sitting down and resting baby on your stomach or upper legs
- Occasionally change the shoulder you use for the strap
- Is the baby asleep in the bananaposition and there is a cot nearby? Put the sleeping child in the sling in the cot and let it continue to sleep
Maximum wearing time
It is advisable to carry the baby no longer than 2 hours in the bananaposition to switch shoulder occasionaly.By building up wearing time gradually you allow the muscles needed for wearing to strengthen. Over time you'll be able to wear the sling for increasingly longer periods. It's therefore recommended that on first use you don't go for a long walk, but start with a short wearing period.
In the other positions you the child can be worn in the sling until either he or the wearer feel like stopping.
Selecting the right sling height
The ideal height will depend on the preferences of you and your baby and the position of the baby in the sling. The banana and kangaroo positions will be lower than the belly and hipster position.
General guidelines 'banana' and 'kangaroo' position:
- Put the sling on (without baby) with the padding on the shoulder and clasp on the back
- Put the inside rim (next to your stomach) of the sling between your thumb on one side of the fabric and finger on the other side
- Pull the inside rim straight up against yourself
- The sling is at a good height when the inside rim is slightly above your belly button
General guidelines 'hipster':
- Put the sling on (without baby) with the padding on the shoulder and the clasp on the chest
- Place the child in the sling as described in the user instruction
- Pull the strap tight until the child is sitting steady and is pulled next to you
- The sling is at a good height you don't feel it necessary to support the child with your hands and they are therefore free to do other things
Adjusting sling height: Support the child with 1 arm/ hand when adjusting the sling height. Ensure child is well-installed at the new height before removing the hand/arm that is supporting him
- To adjust the sling higher: Support the child with your arm/hand and push it up a little.Pull strap with free hand until clasp moves and the sling is higher.
- To adjust the sling lower: With your free hand pull the clasp away from your back until the strap pulls through it a bit and the sling is lower
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