BABYWEARING CAN PROVIDE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR BABY.
Please use common sense and these safety guidelines while wearing your baby.
1. Make sure your baby can breathe. Baby carriers allow parents to be hands-free to do other things, but you must always remain active in caring for your child. No baby carrier can ensure that your baby always has an open airway. Your baby relies on you for this.
a. Never allow a baby to be carried, held, or placed in such a way that baby’s chin is curled against chest. This rule applies to babies being held in arms, in baby carriers, in infant car seats, or in any other kind of seat or situation. This position can restrict the baby’s ability to breathe. Newborns lack the muscle control to open their airways. They need good back support in carriers so that they don’t slump into the chin-to-chest position.
b. Never allow a baby’s head and face to be covered with fabric. Covering a baby’s head and face can cause baby to “rebreathe” the same air, which is a dangerous situation. Also, covering baby’s head and face keeps you from being able to check on your little one. Always make sure your baby has plenty of airflow. Check on baby frequently.
2. Never run, exercise, jump on a trampoline, or do any other activity that subjects baby to similar shaking or bouncing motion. “This motion can do damage to the baby’s neck, spine and/or brain,” explains the American Chiropractic Association.
3. Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car. Ring slings and mei dais provide none of the protection that car seats provide.
Source: Babywearing International
- Always remain active while babywearing. Make sure baby can breath and ensure there is always space for at least a finger width under baby’s chin.
- Be careful when wearing baby while cleaning, walking, and in inclement weather conditions.
- Frequently check on baby and always be sure that baby is nice and secure. Periodically reposition baby.
- Regularly check the seams and fabric for wear and tear. If any seams or fabric is found ripped stop using carrier.
- Fabric should be high on baby’s back for support.
- Never allow fabric to cover baby’s head. Covering a baby’s head and face can cause baby to rebreathe the same air, which is a dangerous situation.
- Never run, exercise, jump on a trampoline, or do any other activity that subjects baby to similar shaking or bouncing motion.
- Never use a sling carrier when balance or mobility is impaired.
- Never wear baby while driving or riding in a car. Ring slings provide none of the protection that car seats provide.
Only use a sling carrier with children weighing between 8 – 35 lbs or 3.6 – 16 kgs.
Only use a mei tai carrier with children weighing between 8 – 45 lbs or 3.6 – 20.4kg.
- Babies younger than 4 months can suffocate in this product if face is pressed tightly against your body. Babies at greatest risk of suffocation include those born prematurely and those with respiratory problems.
- Check often to make sure baby’s face is uncovered, clearly visible, and away from caregiver’s body at all times.
- Make sure baby does not curl into a position with the chin resting on or near baby’s chest. This position can interfere with breathing, even when nothing is covering the nose or mouth.
- If you nurse your baby in carrier, ALWAYS REPOSITION after feeding so baby’s face is not pressed against your body.
- Never use this carrier with babies smaller than 8 pounds without seeking the advice of a healthcare professional.
- Leaning, bending over, or tripping can cause baby to fall. Keep one hand on baby while moving.
Read and follow all printed instructions before use. Wearing your baby in any carrier will take some practice. Please contact us at [email protected] if you need more tips and help learning the flawless art of babywearing.
RING SLING TIPS AND TERMS
Baby should be high and visible.
Spread fabric across shoulder and back.
3. TOP RAIL
Top hem of fabric.
Position rings at heart level or higher.
Section of fabric across chest where the baby sits.
Baby’s knees, when in the correct position, will create an “M” shape with baby’s legs and bottom.
Fabric that hangs through rings.
8. BOTTOM RAIL
Bottom hem of fabric.
MEH DAI TIPS
Baby should be high and visible with an “M” shaped seat formed by baby’s legs and bottom.
2. SHOULDER STRAPS
Spread fabric across shoulders and cross on back.
Tie drawstrings for a more custom fit.
4. BODY OF CARRIER
Supports baby’s back and neck.
Expandable pocket for on-the-go items and style.
6. WRAP STRAPS
Spread straps for a wrap like feel, or keep them narrow for a simple fit.
Crossing fabric over bum for support and comfort.
8. WAIST STRAPS
Tie around natural waist or higher.
WASHING YOUR RING SLING
You will want to wash your sling unthreaded, on cold, and in a delicate cycle with like colors. Hang dry and iron if you desire. Plus, the more you wash and wear your ring sling, the softer it will become. Your ring sling should only be unthreaded when it’s brand new and after washing.
WASHING YOUR MEH DAI
Before you wash your Meh Dai, make sure the straps are not tied. You will want to wash your Meh Dai on cold, and in a delicate cycle with like colors. Hang dry and iron if you desire. Plus, the more you wash and wear your Meh Dai, the softer it will become.
Babywearing with a Newborn
Ring Sling Video
Toddler Ring Sling Video
THREADING YOUR RING SLING
1. Hold point of the tail in one hand and the rings in the other hand. Large safety tag should be facing the pocket.
2. Bring hands together folding the sling in half.
3. Slide the point of the tail through both rings. Make sure the edges are not twisted.
4. Then pull the point back over the first ring and thread through the second ring.
Getting a good seat is first then Threading demo starts at 3:45!
Meh Dai Video
Babywearing With a Newborn
Ring Slings are first then Meh Dai demo starts at 12:10!