FAQs

Babywearing?

Babywearing is nothing new. It’s been around for over 25 million years – give or take a few millennia. Ever since our species took it upon ourselves to stand upright and walk around on two feet, we’ve been carrying our young in some way or another.

Babywearing isn’t just a practical technique that frees up parents to go about their day without losing touch with their baby, it's also very much about the stimulation, security and bonding babies benefit from by being held close.

Babies love to be held close. It meets their biological need for touch and attachment. Essentially, babywearing is common sense. Why we should do it and how we do it, is really very simple and straightforward: conscious parenting (close parenting or attachment parenting) – in other words, simply being aware of your child’s needs at all times – is the most natural and instinctive way to bring up healthy, happy and confident children.

We hope our frequently asked questions (FAQs) help to dispel any myths or apprehensions you may have surrounding this wonderful and infinitely enjoyable practice.


The journey…

Should I use a wrap, a sling or a carrier?

Our progressive babywearing solutions try to address every conceivable carrying position and scenario. This is why we always recommend you think about your journey before making a purchase. How do you intend to use your product? Where do you want to go with baby? What kind of life situations do you anticipate wearing your baby?

Our progressive babywearing solutions try to address every conceivable carrying position and scenario. This is why we always recommend you think about your journey before making a purchase. How do you intend to use your product? Where do you want to go with baby? What kind of life situations do you anticipate wearing your baby?

As a guide, our recommendations are:

  • For newborns (up to 24 months) weighing 3.6–15.9kg (8–35lbs), use the Wuti Wrap® – our stretchy baby wrap.
  • For newborns (up to 24 months) weighing 3.6–15.9kg (8–35lbs), use the Soohu Sling – our 5-in-1 hammock-style baby sling.
  • For 4-month-old babies (up to 36 months) weighing 5.5–15kg (12–33lbs), use the Pao Carrier® – our 3-in-1 front & back baby carrier.

 

Soohu Sling range

What is a Soohu Sling?

A Soohu Sling is a hammock-style sling carrier that supports five different carrying positions. It is a hybrid of a ring sling and a pouch, but unlike a pouch, it is fully adjustable, as one size fits all.

 

What age is a Soohu Sling suitable for?

The Soohu Sling is suitable for babies aged 0 to 24 months, weighing 3.6–15.9kg (8–35lbs), depending upon which positions you choose to use. The recommended age and weight is from 0 to about 9 months weighing 3.6 to 9kg (7.9–19.8lbs).

Many people report they have used the Soohu Sling with children up to 36 months of age. Just be sure that both wearer and child are comfortable and correctly positioned. The Soohu Sling has been tested to meet Technical Report CEN/TR 16512:2015 and ASTM F2907 – 14b.

 

What are the 5 different positions?

Easy Tiger is a lovely supported, heart-to-heart, cradle-carry position ideal for very young or tiny babies, until they are either too big or too long for the sling (approximately 6 months), and can be used should you wish to discreetly breastfeed baby.

Coyote Cradle is a cosy, restful position perfect for discreetly breastfeeding very young or tiny babies aged from 0 months onwards. Use this position until baby is either too big or too long for the sling (approximately 6 months).

Koala Cuddle is a comforting, belly-to-belly, parent-facing position perfect for babies aged 6 months plus, or once baby has good head control and can sit up unassisted (approximately 12 months).

March Hare is a liberating, world-facing position ideal for babies aged 6 months plus, or once baby has good head control and can sit up unassisted. It allows inquisitive little ones to watch what’s going on in the world whilst feeling safe and secure.

Side Saddle is a charming, hip-carry position perfect for little ones aged 6 months plus, or once they have good head control and can sit up unassisted. It allows baby and wearer to saddle up together and experience the world almost side-by-side.

What does ‘ergonomically correct sitting position’ mean?

A baby’s spine and hips are not yet fully developed. Their spine is naturally rounded, not straight, and their spine and hip joints are soft and flexible. At We Made Me® it has been our mission to design products that fully support a baby’s developing spine at all times.

Therefore, it is vitally important that when baby is placed in the Soohu Sling using the Koala Cuddle and the Side Saddle positions, they remain in the ergonomically correct sitting position at all times.

To check baby achieves this comfortable spread squat, or M position, ensure their bottom is always positioned lower than their knees, and the fabric of the sling fully supports their thighs.

 

When should I wear a Soohu Sling?

A Soohu Sling is ideal for every day use. It’s good for wearing baby around the house, popping down to the shop, picking up the kids from school, or if baby’s crying and you just want to settle them down, and remove the sling without disturbing baby. 

 

What is the difference between the Soohu Sling Lite and Classic?

The Soohu Sling range includes two collections: Lite and Classic (including Special Editions and Organic).

The Soohu Sling Lite is ultra-lightweight and super breathable, and is designed for climates a bit hotter than most. Made with airy cotton twill, the Lite stays cool and comfy, even in warmer temperatures. It’s also great for indoors and for active parents who want the benefits of a lighter fabric without sacrificing any of the quality or durability of our Classic carriers. 

The Soohu Sling Classic is our original baby sling designed for everyday, all year round use. It’s stylish, versatile and exceptionally high in quality. Since 2005, this is the product upon which we have built our brand and reputation, and it continues to be a firm favourite.

 

Will the Soohu Sling fit my partner?

The Soohu Sling has a unique adjustment system, which means it is fully adjustable to fit most body shapes and sizes.  One size fits all and can be adjusted in seconds.

 

Can I breastfeed with the Soohu Sling?

Absolutely! Breastfeeding in the Soohu Sling is simple, quick, discreet and so convenient. Refer to the instructions for more information on how to discreetly breastfeed in the Easy Tiger and Coyote Cradle positions.

 

I have a small baby, why do they keep slipping down and getting lost inside the Soohu Sling?

Placing a tiny baby in the Soohu Sling requires a slightly more delicate approach than when placing an average size baby. This is due to the positioning of the sling and baby. Do not place a tiny baby in the middle of the Soohu Sling. Tiny babies should be positioned higher up in the sling with their feet lower than their head. Baby’s body should be supported by the fabric of the sling but not lost in it. And ensure baby’s head is not completely inside and obscured by the sling.

 

How can I reposition baby in the Soohu Sling?

If your baby isn’t positioned correctly in the Soohu Sling from the start, you will encounter problems. The key is, if it doesn’t feel right; adjust baby’s position so you are both comfortable. Alternatively, remove baby and start again. Be conscious of how you both feel when using the Soohu Sling

If, during the course of moving around and during motion, you find baby is slipping down, either the Soohu Sling is not tight enough or you did not place baby correctly into the Soohu Sling in the first place. Always feel confident to remove baby and start again.Be conscious. If there’s a disconnection between you and your baby, then correct it. Don’t wear the Soohu Sling too low. If you feel the need to hold baby in the Soohu Sling, then you are wearing it too low or it might be too loose. The whole principle of the Soohu Sling is you should feel confident wearing/carrying your baby, not holding them. The Soohu Sling should do all the holding.

 

How can I adjust the Soohu Sling whilst wearing it?

You can use the unique adjustment system to make any adjustments required whilst wearing the Soohu Sling. Adjust the flap, or excess fabric, which can be found in the pleat at the top of the sling, by pulling it up to support baby’s head. Constantly monitor your child because, when baby moves their head, this flap or pleat can move down. You can also use the adjustment system to either tighten or loosen the Soohu Sling.

 

The Soohu Sling doesn’t fit me?

If the Soohu Sling ever feels like it doesn’t fit you properly, then you have likely over-adjusted the safety buckle and rendered the entire adjustment system useless. We advise you remove and start again.

 

How should the split-padded shoulder strap work?

To provide ultimate comfort for the wearer, the shoulder pad has been split to allow the user to distribute the weight from the muscle onto the ball of the shoulder.

Soohu Sling Example

This clever design feature ensures that the weight of baby is evenly distributed across your shoulder thus avoiding any unnecessary strain. This also enables the wearer to lock it into position around the shoulder for added security.

Simply adjust the split-padded shoulder strap by opening it out and positioning evenly over the ball of your shoulder. Don’t ever allow the shoulder strap to rear up on to your neck (which can affect the main blood supply to your brain). When carrying baby, the weight must be distributed evenly across your shoulder and NOT your neck.

 

What happens if my baby falls asleep in the Soohu Sling?

It is very likely your baby will fall asleep in the Soohu Sling and that is perfectly wonderful. However, we cannot reinforce enough how you must constantly monitor your child in order to be aware of what’s going on in the sling. Please ensure that baby’s mouth and nose are not obstructed in any way.

 

Does the Soohu Sling put any pressure on my baby's spine?

Spinal care is vital in your baby’s early months and years to ensure the correct development of their skeletal structure. Many healthcare practitioners such as osteopaths and chiropractors consider the hammock-style of the Soohu Sling to be ideal for healthy spinal development in infancy. It is specifically designed to support baby’s entire weight comfortably and evenly, with no unnatural pressure on their undeveloped hips and spine.

When baby is in an upright position in the Soohu Sling notice that their weight is not held between the legs, but rather, is supported by the hammock of the Soohu Sling, encircling the entire bottom right up to their knees. Ideally, baby’s little bottom should be positioned lower than their knees.

 

Can I use the Soohu Sling if I have back problems?

Yes. However, depending on the seriousness of the problem, you may wish to consult with your doctor.

The beauty of the Soohu Sling is that you can easily alternate between several positions. Changing positions is essential while carrying baby, as it will redistribute the weight of your child to different areas of your body. This will avoid unnecessary stress on any one point for extended periods. We suggest that you alternate shoulders regularly, especially if you are prone to back problems.

As your baby grows and goes through ‘needy’ periods of constantly wanting to be held, the Soohu Sling can actually help save your back from repeatedly picking baby up and putting down. Using the Side Saddle position will remove the necessity to have your hip awkwardly jutting out and allows you to stand straight (not to mention be hands free!). 

The Soohu Sling has a unique adjustment system, which allows you to bring your baby's weight into your centre of gravity. Again, this will minimise stress to your back. The trick is to have the upper rail pulled nice and tight. But not too loose either. A good way to tell if the upper rail is too loose is if you feel it necessary to constantly support baby with your hands – if so, you need to tighten the upper rail a little.

 

What material is the Soohu Sling made from?

The hammock is 100% cotton – durable, breathable, strong and yet not too thick. For your comfort, the Soohu Sling is designed with foam shoulder padding. The rails also have ample foam padding for baby's comfort and protection. There is a large buckle and a smaller safety buckle (with nylon webbing). These are made from tough and durable acetyl.

 

How do I wash the Soohu Sling?

The Soohu Sling is machine washable. We recommend using a maximum temperature of 40°C with similar colours.

 

My baby is 18 months old and I want to take them on a long walk. Why doesn’t the Soohu Sling feel comfortable?

The Soohu Slingis not designed for long walks. We would recommend you use the Wuti Wrap® stretchy baby wrap or the Pao Carrier® 3-in-1 front & back baby carrier instead.

 

Wuti Wrap®

What is a Wuti Wrap®

The Wuti Wrap® is a hybrid, two-way stretchy wrap, combining the benefits of both woven and stretchy fabric. The innovative mesh material used in its construction means that it doesn’t sag throughout the day from baby’s weight and it stretches lengthways and crossways. Both generously long and wide with tapered ends, the Wuti Wrap® allows the wearer to adjust the wrap as the baby grows.

 

What age is the Wuti Wrap® suitable for?

The Wuti Wrap® is suitable for babies aged 0 to 24 months, weighing 3.6–15.9kg (8–35lbs). It is especially ideal for babies aged 0 to 9 months. (You can, of course, carry baby for longer if you wish.)  

 

What is baby’s weight limit for the Wuti Wrap®?

The Wuti Wrap® has been tested to meet Technical Report CEN/TR 16512:2015 and ASTM F2907 – 14a and is therefore suitable for babies weighing 3.6–15.9kg (8–35lbs).

 

What is the Foxtrot position?

The Wuti Wrap® offers one simple carrying position. The Foxtrot is a lovely front-carrying (parent-facing) position, and is perfect for keeping your little one close and secure so you’re free to get on with other things.

When you wear baby in a wrap, you really do feel that you don’t need any hands (hands-free). Baby is completely supported. They are still part of you. You both regain that connection you may feel you have lost physically, but you never lose emotionally. And that’s the brilliance of the wrap.

 

What is the ‘ergonomically correct sitting position’?

A baby’s spine and hips are not yet fully developed at birth. Their spine is naturally rounded, not straight, and their spine and hip joints are soft and flexible and remain so for the first year of their life.

Therefore, it is vitally important that when baby is placed in the Wuti Wrap®, they remain in the ergonomically correct sitting position at all times. This ensures baby’s back, hips and the back of their head are supported and protected. Thus avoiding baby assuming the dangling position where all their weight rests on their crotch.

To check baby is in this ergonomically correct sitting position, or M position, be sure their little bottom is always positioned lower than their knees, and the fabric of the wrap fully supports their thighs.

 

When should I wear the Wuti Wrap®?

This infinitely practical, exceptionally comfortable baby wrap is perfect for baby to make a gentle transition from womb to wearer with as little separation as possible.

The Wuti Wrap® is ideal for most every day scenarios. It’s good for wearing baby around the house, popping down to the shop, picking up the kids from school, or for longer journeys such as long walks or travelling through airports.

 

Will the Wuti Wrap® fit my partner?

Yes, absolutely. In essence, the Wuti Wrap® is just one long piece of beautifully tailored, stretchy fabric and one size fits all.

 

Where should I tie the knot for the Wuti Wrap®?

You can tie a standard double knot behind your back, at the front or at one side. The trick is to not to have too much excess wrap fabric hanging down. Be aware that if you tie the knot directly behind your back, you may find it slightly uncomfortable when sitting down. Just experiment with where best to tie the standard double knot. And if you share the wrap with someone of a different size, they will probably tie the knot somewhere different.

 

How do I know if the knot is tied tight enough?

To check that your wrap is securely tied, place both hands inside the wrap, put your thumbs on to your chest and bring your hands into prayer position. Now try to move your hands away from your body. You should be able to stretch your hands out enough and keep your thumbs on your chest. If you can’t do this, the wrap is probably too tight. If your thumbs come away from your chest too easily, the wrap is way too loose. Therefore, tighten or loosen accordingly.

 

How do I know if my baby is positioned correctly in the Wuti Wrap®?

To check baby is positioned correctly in the Wuti Wrap®, bend forwards slightly and bend your knees slightly. Baby should feel safe and secure. There should be no sagging.

If baby doesn’t feel secure enough, you will need to make the following adjustments.

Simply stand up straight and pull the support band down. Slide your hands under each shoulder strap and re-position baby. Pull the support band up again over baby’s back. Then, reach behind and tighten any slack. Feed it around to the double knot (at the front or back) and tighten the double knot. The Wuti Wrap® has tapered ends and contrasting colour binding which helps you to check the correct positioning of the baby

(Please also see the Wuti Wrap® Babywearing Guide.)

 

Should my baby’s head be supported in the Wuti Wrap®?

When baby is too young to support their own head, you can use either one of the shoulder straps or the horizontal part of the Wuti Wrap® as added support for baby’s head. And you can also roll a muslin cloth and place inside the wrap for additional head support.

 

The Wuti Wrap® doesn’t feel comfortable for me or my baby?

If your baby isn’t positioned correctly in the Wuti Wrap® from the start, you will encounter problems. If it doesn’t feel right, adjust baby’s position so you are both comfortable. Alternatively, remove baby and start again. Be aware of how you both feel when using the Wuti Wrap®.

When constructing the Wuti Wrap® around you, the positioning of the cross is important, as it’s where your baby’s little bottom will nestle. So make sure it’s not too high, otherwise your chin will bump on to baby’s head; nor too low, as baby’s weight will be below your waist, which we don’t want. Generally, the cross should be around your navel (belly button), though this will vary depending on the length of your torso.

If, during the course of moving around, you find baby is slipping down, either the Wuti Wrap® is not tight enough or you did not place baby correctly in the wrap in the first place. Always feel confident to remove baby and start again. Be conscious. If there’s a disconnection between you and your baby, then correct it.

Don’t wear the Wuti Wrap® too low. If you feel the need to hold baby in the Wuti Wrap® then you are wearing it too low or it might be too loose. The whole principle of the Wuti Wrap® is you should feel confident wearing/carrying your baby, not holding them. The Wuti Wrap® should do all the holding.

 

Where should my baby’s arms and legs be?

Baby’s arms are likely to be inside the wrap at first when they are young, as their natural arm position is to keep their arms close to their head or body. As babies get older, they may like to stretch their arms out at the sides – there’s no right or wrong position, as long as you are both comfortable. Their legs will be coming out from either side of the cross.

 

What happens if my baby falls asleep in the Wuti Wrap®?

It is very likely your baby will fall asleep in the Wuti Wrap® and that is perfectly wonderful. However, we cannot reinforce enough how you must constantly monitor your child in order to be aware of what’s going on in the wrap. Please ensure that baby’s mouth and nose are not obstructed in any way.

 

Does the Wuti Wrap® put any pressure on my baby's spine?

While your baby’s spine is growing, throughout their first year, it’s really important that their spine is well supported in a natural position. The Wuti Wrap® does just this, without putting any pressure on any area of baby’s spine.

 

Can I use the Wuti Wrap® if I have back problems?

Yes. However, depending on the seriousness of the problem, you may wish to consult with your doctor.

 

What material is the Wuti Wrap® made from?

The Wuti Wrap® is made from an innovative mesh material (nylon and spandex mix) that is so breathable it is ideal for hot weather.

 

How do I wash the Wuti Wrap®?

The Wuti Wrap® is machine washable. We recommend using a maximum temperature of 40°C with similar colours.

 

My baby is 18 months old and I want to take them on a long walk. Can I use the Wuti Wrap®?

The Wuti Wrap® is perfect for an 18-month-old baby if you want to go on a long walk.

 

Can I wear a Wuti Wrap® if I’m in a wheelchair?

Yes, you may find it possible to wear the Wuti Wrap® in a wheelchair, as long as you have enough mobility to put the wrap on. Do check with a Babywearing Consultant for expert advice.

 

Can I wear a Wuti Wrap® if I’m pregnant?

The Wuti Wrap® is ideal for babies aged from birth to 24 months and it is possible that you may be pregnant and still wear your baby in the wrap. We’d also recommend you consider using the Pao Papoose® to carry your toddler on your back, which may be more comfortable and practical.

 

I'm pregnant. Can I practise with the Wuti Wrap® before my baby arrives?

Yes, it's a good idea to practise so that you'll be familiar with using the wrap. You can use a doll or teddy, although you'll find that they sit high up over your bump. You can also try ‘bump wrapping’, which is a great way to get some support for your growing bump. Start by passing the wrap over your bump, cross behind you and pull tight to get some support. Bring the straps back under your arms, cross again behind you and tie in front or behind.

 

What should my baby wear in the Wuti Wrap®?

You can dress your baby in the appropriate clothing for the environment you intend to inhabit. Just don’t over-layer your baby with too many items of clothing. Consider the Wuti Wrap® as an additional layer of clothing, but be aware of any parts of baby’s body being exposed such as lower legs, and their arms and head when they are older.

 

What is the difference between the Wuti Wrap® and a Soohu Sling?

The Soohu Sling is a hammock-style sling carrier that supports five different carrying positions. It is a hybrid of a ring sling and a pouch, but unlike a pouch, it is fully adjustable, as one size fits all.

Stretchy wraps and baby slings are quite similar in their functionality. They are both ideal for the first 9 months of baby’s life. The Wuti Wrap® and the Soohu Sling® are interchangeable. You can use both of these products alternately, should you own both. 

 

Pao Carrier®

What is a Pao Carrier®?

A Pao Carrier® is a 3-in-1 front & back baby carrier. This versatile carrier enables parents and wearers to carry baby in three different positions: front-carry in both world-facing and parent-facing, and back-carry. It is super-adjustable and soft-structured to fit most body shapes. It’s also one of the most ergonomically advanced two-shoulder carriers on the market.

 

What does ‘ergonomically advanced’ mean?

The Pao Carrier® is designed to support baby in the ergonomically correct sitting position in each of the three position options. This means that baby’s developing spine, hips and back of the head are protected and fully supported to sit in the most natural position. Thus avoiding baby assuming the dangling position where all their weight rests on their crotch.

When baby is positioned correctly, and whether using the Bear Necessities (parent-facing position), the Doe-a-deer (world-facing position) or the Raccoon Ride (back-carry position), the papoose will automatically support baby in this natural sitting position.

To check baby achieves this comfortable spread squat, or M position, ensure their bottom is always positioned lower than their knees, and the fabric of the papoose fully supports their thighs.

 

Can I use the Pao Carrier® after a caesarean birth?

Yes. The padded waistband is so gentle around tummies it is especially good for mums recovering from C-sections.

 

What age is the Pao Carrier® suitable for?

The Pao Carrier® is suitable for babies aged 0* to 36 months depending upon which positions you choose to use. The Pao Carrier® has been tested to meet Technical Report CEN/TR 16512:2015 and ASTM F2236 – 14.

*With the Pao Carrier Infant Insert, otherwise suitable from 4 months

 

Can I use the Pao Carrier® with a newborn baby?

You can if you use the new Pao Carrier Infant Insert with it. Otherwise it is suitable from 4 months with the Wuti Wrap® of Soohu Sling working better for the first 4 months.

  

What is baby’s weight limit for the Pao Carrier®?

The Pao Carrier® is ideal for babies weighing 3.6–15kg (8–33lbs), depending upon which positions you choose to use.

 

What is the Bear Necessities position?

This front (parent-facing) position is perfect for those who want to share every snugly moment on the move, belly-to-belly with baby. It is ideal for babies aged 0* to 24 months weighing 3.6–12.2kg (8–26.9lbs), and is comfortable for when they are awake or asleep. This lovely position really supports baby’s emotional development and social interaction. 

*With the Pao Carrier Infant Insert, otherwise suitable from 4 months

 

What is the Doe-a-deer position?

This front (world-facing) position is for all those curious little ones who want to see the world ahead of them. It can be used for babies aged 5 to 12 months, weighing 6.4–10kg (14–22lbs), for up to 20 minutes at a time – any longer and research indicates that the world can be over-stimulating for them. Should baby fall asleep, be sure to return them to the Bear Necessities (parent-facing) position.

Please note. Only carry baby in the papoose in the world-facing position when they can support their own head.

 

What is the Raccoon Ride position?

This back-carry position is for the confident parent looking for even more freedom, and the adventurous baby aged 6 to 36 months weighing 7.8–15kg (17.2–33lbs). We advise that you ensure the adjustable head support/hood is attached to the main body of the carrier and unrolled – this supports baby in this position should they fall asleep or if they need protecting against the sun.

 

Can you go from one position to another?

Yes, it’s really easy to transition baby from the Bear Necessities position to the Doe-a-deer position while still wearing the papoose.

  • Simply release the perfect-fit adjusters.
  • Fold and clip down the adjustable support/hood either before or after moving baby.
  • Lift baby up, turn them around to face outwards and place back into the papoose.
  • Then unclip the lower surface-mounted buckles and re-clip them into the upper surface-mounted buckles.
  • Re-adjust the perfect-fit adjusters evenly on both sides.
  • Depending on the size of your baby, their arms can be positioned below or above the folded adjustable head support/hood. As baby grows, they may find it more comfortable to position their arms above the folded adjustable head support/hood.

Please also refer to the full set of instructions in the Pao Carrier® Babywearing Guide.

 

When should I wear a Pao Carrier®?

The Pao Carrier® offers a choice of carrying positions and is therefore suitable for most every day scenarios. It’s good for wearing baby around the house, popping down to the shop, picking up the kids from school, or for longer journeys such as long walks or travelling through airports.

 

Will a Pao Carrier® fit my partner?

Yes, absolutely. Thanks to the product’s shoulder strap adjusters, perfect-fit adjusters and patent-pending contour adjusters, the Pao Carrier® will adjust to fit most body shapes and sizes. These innovative design features allow parents and wearers to change the shape of the straps easily, effectively building the carrier around their natural body shape.

 

Can I reposition baby in the Pao Carrier®?

Yes. If your baby isn’t positioned correctly in the Pao Carrier® from the start, you will encounter problems. If it doesn’t feel right, adjust baby’s position so you are both comfortable. Alternatively, remove baby and start again. Be conscious of how you both feel when using the Pao Carrier®.

If, during the course of moving around, you find baby’s position changes, either the Pao Carrier® is not tight enough or you did not place baby correctly in the carrier in the first place. Always feel confident to remove baby and start again. Be conscious. If there’s a disconnection between you and your baby, then correct it.

Don’t wear the Pao Carrier® too low. If you feel the need to hold baby in the carrier, then you are wearing it too low or it might be too loose. The whole principle of the Pao Carrier® is you should feel confident wearing/carrying your baby, not holding them. The Pao Carrier® should do all the holding.

Please note. Do not strap baby too tight against your body and make sure that there is sufficient ventilation for baby at all times.

 

Can I adjust the Pao Carrier® while wearing it?

Of course. Thanks to the product’s shoulder adjusters, perfect-fit adjusters and patent-pending contour adjusters, the Pao Carrier® is super-adjustable. These innovative design features allow parents and wearers to change the shape of the straps easily, effectively building the carrier around their natural body shape. When the Pao Carrier® is worn on the back, the straps contour the shoulders, and when worn on the front, the straps lie flat. The straps can also easily be lengthened and shortened to suit each individual.

And when wearing baby in the front-carry positions, you can always use the perfect-fit adjusters to bring baby’s head slightly closer for a perfect, snug fit.

 

The Pao Carrier® doesn’t feel comfortable for me or my baby?

The Pao Carrier® has adjustable padded shoulder straps, a padded waistband and ultra-soft wadding for added protection and comfort. With its superior tailoring and contour adjusters, the Pao Carrier® should fit most wearers. And for baby, the leg padding adjusters, contour adjusters, perfect-fit adjusters and adjustable head support/hood should all work to support baby. Please also refer to the full set of instructions in the Pao Carrier® Babywearing Guide.

If you have followed the instructions correctly and it still doesn't feel right, why not look for your local sling library or Babywearing Consultant, who can offer you more advice on positioning? Visit www.babywearing.co.uk/local to find your nearest one.

 

My baby seems to sit too low in the Pao Carrier® and the carrier digs into  their thighs. How can I stop this?

Always check that baby is in the ergonomically correct sitting position or (M) position. If baby needs to sit higher in the carrier, simply raise them up and create a bigger hammock with the base. If using the Bear Necessities  (parent-facing) position, check that the straps are not too tight across baby’s thighs. And if using the Doe-a-deer (world-facing) position, be sure that baby is not slumping forwards.

 

My baby seems to sit too high in the Pao Carrier®. How can I stop this?

Ensure baby is well seated and be sure to pull the fabric high enough up and over baby’s body when placing them in the carrier. Also, do not strap baby too tight against your body and make sure that there is sufficient ventilation for baby at all times.

 

My baby seems to sit forward in the Pao Carrier®. Is this okay?

It is perfectly fine for baby to sit forward in the Bear Necessities (parent-facing) position. But it is NOT okay for baby to sit forward when sitting in the Doe-a-deer position (world-facing) position. To correct this, tilt baby’s pelvis and curve their spine, so baby naturally leans against the parent or wearer. If baby seems to sit forward, this may indicate that your baby isn't well positioned with well-tightened straps.  In the world-facing position, your baby should be sitting in the hammock created by the fabric, with straps tightened so that they cannot lean forwards. Have another read of the Babywearing Guide and check that you are positioning your baby correctly; then tighten the straps so that they are tight but still comfortable for you both.

 

How can I stop the straps and buckles getting twisted in the Pao Carrier®?

This will stop happening with practise and once you feel familiar with the carrier. Hopefully you shouldn't have too many problems with twisted straps, but if you do find one has become twisted, simply slide the fabric up towards the buckle from both sides of the buckle, so that you have a loop of fabric through the buckle. Carefully straighten it and pull slowly on the strap to tighten again through the buckle.

 

How can I stop the whole carrier getting twisted?

This will stop happening with practise and once you feel familiar with the carrier. 

 

How can I stop the leg padding adjusters slipping to maximum, leaving no adjustment leverage?

Simply ensure that the leg padding adjusters are done up as tight as they will go before use.

 

The shoulder strap buckles dig into my back and the padding that sits behind it gets twisted and needs to be pushed underneath. Please advise?

Pull the cross that is created by the straps lower down on the back (change the angle of the straps), so that the buckle doesn't sit over any boney prominence. Make sure the padding is directly under the buckle. Practise and take care to position the straps nicely before doing up the carrier. 

 

If I unclip and remove the leg strap adjuster from the shoulder strap, how do I know which way to clip it back on again?

Lay the carrier down with the belt loops facing upwards. Now clip the leg strap adjuster back into the shoulder strap.

 

Where should baby’s arms be?

Baby's arms should be positioned so that baby's hands are either side of his or her own face. This allows them access to their own fingers should they wish to suck or chew and enhances head control. An older child will soon move their hands to where they want them, if they have outgrown this stage of development. Shoulder straps should always be secured under arms, never over arms. You wouldn't hold a baby in your arms that way. 

Ensure that both secured shoulder straps are positioned under each of baby’s arms.

 

Should the secured shoulder straps be positioned under or over my baby’s legs?

Secured shoulder straps should be positioned over baby's legs as standard although you can adjust them over the baby's legs.

 

What happens if my baby falls asleep in the Pao Carrier®?

It is very likely your baby will fall asleep in the Pao Carrier® and that is perfectly wonderful. The Bear Necessities and the Raccoon Ride positions are best for when baby sleeps. Should baby fall asleep in the Doe-a-deer position, be sure to return them to the Bear Necessities. However, we cannot reinforce enough how you must constantly monitor your child in order to be aware of what’s going on in the papoose/carrier. Please ensure that baby’s mouth and nose are not obstructed in any way.

 

What happens if I’m out and about and forget to take the instructions for the Pao Carrier®?

Don’t panic! The Pao Carrier® also has a sewn-in set of quick-reference instructions, which can be tucked neatly into its own pocket stitched inside the papoose for safe-keeping. Or you can access the full Pao Carrier® Babywearing Guide online through your device.

 

Does the Pao Carrier® put any pressure on my baby's spine?

Spinal care is vital in your baby’s early months to ensure the correct development of their skeletal structure. The Pao Carrier® is specifically designed to support baby’s entire weight comfortably and evenly, with no unnatural pressure on their undeveloped hips and spine. So it is important that when baby is placed in the Pao Carrier®, they remain in the ergonomically correct sitting position at all times. Please see the ‘ergonomically advanced’ question above.

 

Can I use Pao Carrier® if I have back problems?

Yes. However, depending on the seriousness of your back problem, you may wish to consult with your doctor. The Pao Carrier® supports good posture and strengthens core muscles through the gentle resistance exercise of carrying your baby. By taking the strain out of carrying your child, the Pao Carrier® can help strengthen your back for long-term health.

 

What material is the Pao Carrier® made from?

The Pao Carrier® is made from 100% cotton.

 

How do I wash the Pao Carrier®?

The Pao Carrier® is machine washable. We recommend that you remove the straps and put the Pao Carrier® inside a pillowcase. Use a maximum temperature of 40°C with similar colours.

  

My baby is 18 months old and I want to take them on a long walk. Is this the right product to use?

Yes, the Pao Carrier® baby carrier is perfect for longer journeys.

 

Can I wear a Pao Carrier® if I’m in a wheelchair?

Yes, as long as you have enough mobility/flexibility to get the carrier on. You may like to take some time to practise this. It may be also advisable to consult a Babywearing Consultant for some expert advice. 

 

Can I wear a Pao Carrier® if I’m pregnant?

Yes, for as long as it is comfortable if you have used the Pao Carrier® before. It may not be advisable to start carrying a toddler during pregnancy if you haven't carried them before. Listen to your body and know your limits. Babywearing can be very helpful when you're pregnant but you do need to make sure you're not affecting your health.

 

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