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How to Wear a dulce&zoet Sling

 

Newborn Wearing Instructions

Hip Carry Wearing Instructions

Different Positions to Wear Your Baby

 

 

Newborn Wearing Instructions

Newborn - 4 months

Modelled by Michelle with her 4 week old Azure

Step one:  Hold the sling in front of you with the curved seam at the bottom.  Have all the fabric in your hand.

Step two:  Your head through.

Step three:  Put the elbow of your carrying arm through... and with that baby's head.

Start spreading the seam along the length of your lower arm and the baby's spine (keeping the arm where it is until the sling is in place).  The feet of the baby can dangle out safely, head and spine need more support at this stage.  The sling takes over the function of your cradling arm.

Step four:  When the sling is in place along the full length of the baby, gently take your carrying arm out of the sling and place it back on the outside, supporting baby's head as much as needed while you do this of course.

Step five:  Last but not least flip the fabric over your shoulder with a twist to pull the sling into size and create a comfortable shell around your shoulder.

Voila!  You're carrying your baby in the newborn carry. 

If it feels too tight or too lose you may need a different size, but first try to wriggle the fabric around and walk around with your baby until you're both comfortable.  If your baby doesn't seem to want it's head inside the sling at first, have it out resting on the nook of your elbow until baby is content yo be enveloped in the fabric.

By 3 to 4 months of age your baby will be ready to sit up on your hip in the same sling.  (See Hip Carry instructions) but can be worn like this with the head resting in your arm.

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Hip Carry Wearing Instructions

4 months - 2 years +

Modelled by Ana with Jai at 5 months

Step one:  Hold the sling in front of you with the curved seam at the bottom.  Have all the fabric in your hand.

Step two:  Pop through your head and left arm.  This means baby will sit up on your left hip, so if you're left handed you may want to put your right arm through instead.  The curved seam sits around your hip area.

Step three:  Hold baby upright, quite high up on your shoulder as if winding him/her.

Step four:  Bunch the fabric up in one hand and feed the feet of the child ALL the way through the sling, then line up the seam with the spine of the child.

Step five:  Lower the baby onto your hip with his/her legs straddling your hip and the pouch creating a seat for the child to sit in.  The curved seam should follow the spine of the child so before lowering the child into the seam line the seam up with the spine.

Step six:  Last but not least fold the fabric over your carrying shoulder with a twist, so the inside fabric shows and the weight is spread evenly across your shoulder.  Check both legs of the child are in comfortable up until under its knees.  Child's arms can be either in or outside the sling.

The sling should feel supportive enough for you to let go with both arms.

Hip carry is a natural position for your child to be in, straddling your hip.

You can use the sling in this position as soon as the head of the child is stable (4 months +) and onwards well into the toddler years.

The weight of the child is taken by the sling and spread across your shoulder.

You can wiggle him/her around to sit more towards your front, or on your back (back carry).

Your child can have its arms and shoulders either in or outside the sling.

If it's too tight or doesn't feel secure enough you may need a different size.  The size applies to you (the carrier) not to the child.

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Different Positions to Wear Your Baby

 

Newborn Positions

 

Note: Position number 2: Head of baby is on the side of the fabric resting on your shoulder, it’s head resting on your chest, baby’s feet tucked into sling.
This doesn’t suit everyone/every baby.. So experiment with what’s comfortable for you.

 

Positions for Babies 4 months - 2 years +

Hip Carry, Side Carry, Back Carry

When you're confident using the hip-straddle for an older child you can push him/her on to your back.  Best place in the world to be!!

People have safely used cloth carriers for centuries across continents, however the safety of your baby remains your responsibility, so use common sense and always ensure your baby is properly supported by the carrier.

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