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Wrap Instruction

Sling is actually mother’s hands equivalent, because your baby is placed in the same natural and comfortable position.
You can carry your baby in horizontal positions from the first day.
Starting from the first day till three months it’s allowed to carry a baby in “embryo” position vertically and semi-vertically.
Hip carry is recommended from three months age (legs in “froggy” position).
From three months you can use back carry position “Cross over the pouch”. “Tibetan back carry” is recommended for infants who are at least one year old.

Wrap Instruction (fast access):


1. Cross Over The Pouch “Cradle Carry” – horizontal front carry

For “Front wrap-cross – Cradle” you will need a classic wrap with the length 4,5 – 5,5 m (15 – 18 ft) Find the approximate middle of the wrap and spread it on your front.

Bring one end of the fabric over the opposite shoulder.

It should look like this.

Do the same actions with the second end of the fabric. Now you should have a “pouch” on your front and a cross on your back. The ends of the fabric are draping over your shoulders. Pay attention: the bottom of the pouch should be approximately on the level of your navel.

Rear view.

Put a baby down in the pouch (if the infant is more than a month old the legs will not fit in, they will hand down from the pocket).

Make a baby comfortable, with his/her head resting on your breast level. Baby’s tummy touches mother’s tummy, the bottom arm goes under your armpit. Tighten and spread the pocket fabric over the baby’s back.

Take the fabric end from the side of baby’s head, tighten it and bring under the head, along back and bum (under legs) of the baby. The baby should be snug close to you.

Tighten a little the second end of the fabric, bring across under the baby’s back and tie a double knot behind your waist.

Done! You can nurse your baby in such position.


2. «Cross Over The Pouch» – vertical front carry

You will need a classic wrap with the length 4,5 – 5,5 m (15 – 18 ft) for “cross over the pouch”.
It is one of the most comfortable ways to wrap; it spreads the weight very well. This option is good for the beginners – it’s easy to put on: the wrap tightens while you are putting the baby in, it means you will not have concerns how much space to leave for a baby (as with other wrapping options).

Find the approximate middle of the wrap bringing it over your head. Put the middle of the wrap on your belly and spread it.

Bring one end of the fabric over the opposite shoulder.

It should look like this.

Do the same actions with the second end of the fabric. Now you should have a “pouch” on your front and a cross on your back. The ends of the fabric are draping over your shoulders.

Attention! The bottom of the “pocket” should be approximately on your navel level.

Rear view.

Lift the baby and put him/her on your shoulder in “burp position” then slowly slip down into the pouch.

Baby’s legs should be wide spread hugging your waist (“froggy” position) Spread the pocket fabric all the way from the baby’s knees to the armpits (if your baby is very small you can spread the fabric higher to the neck).

Take one strap, tighten it and bring under the bum then across under the baby’s leg. Your little one should be snug close to you.

Tighten a little the second end of the fabric, bring across under the bum and second leg of the baby, and tie a double knot on your back.

Done!

Note: You should wrap the baby in the carrier with arms if he/she wants to sleep or can’t hold the back yet.



3. “Cross Under The Pouch” – vertical front carry

You will need a classic wrap with the length 4,5 – 5,5 m (15 – 18 ft) for “Cross under the pouch”
This is one of the most comfortable ways to wrap; it allows spreading the weight quite well and tightening the baby maximally close to you. The difficult part is to “guess” how much space to leave for the baby, that’s why before you try this way of wrapping, practice with “Cross over the pouch” and keep in mind the remaining length of the straps, then try to make “Cross under the pouch”.

Put the middle of the wrap on your belly, the carrier should be spread.

Bring one strap over the opposite shoulder.

It should look like this.


Attention! The bottom of the “pocket” should be approximately on your navel level.
Pass the ends of the fabric into the pouch and cross them.

Attention! Make sure the wrap is not twisted.

Now you have a cross under the pocket, the baby will be placed in it.
Tie the ends behind on your waist level, leave some space; it should be enough for the baby in front.

Lift the baby and put him/her on your shoulder, then slowly slide down into the pouch: first put in one leg (it should be under the external strap and the pocket but over the internal strap).

On the picture 7 you can see that the leg is under the top part of the wrap but it’s not tucked in the pocket.
Put another leg into the wrap in the same way.

Spread the straps which form the external part of the cross. The wrap should be straightened from one baby’s knee to another. Baby’s legs should be wide spread hugging your waist (“froggy” position)

The pocket goes over baby’s legs and “gathers” under the bum.
Spread the pocket up to the level of baby’s shoulder blades.

Done!

Note: You can wrap baby up in the fabric with arms.


4. “Simple Cross” – vertical front carry

The wrap with the length from 4.2 meters (13.8 ft) will fit for “simple cross”
Find the approximate middle of the wrap and hold it behind yourself; the wrap should be straightened.

Bring the ends of the fabric on your shoulders and then on your back, you should have a cross on your front. The baby will be placed in the cross after the wrap is tied.

Cross the straps on your back.

Attention! Make sure the wrap is not twisted.

Bring the ends in front. Tie the straps on your front leaving some space in cross, making sure that it’s enough for a baby.

Lift the baby and put him/her on your shoulder, then slowly slide down into the wrap: first tuck in one baby’s leg under the internal strap of the cross.

Exactly the same way put the second leg under the external strap of the cross.

Make the baby comfortable on your front, the legs should be wide spread hugging your waist (“froggy” position). Spread the crossing straps. The fabric should be straightened from one knee to another.


On the picture you can see that on this stage only internal strap is spread.

Spread the external strap the same way.


Done!
Note:
a) you can wrap your baby in with arms and even with the head;
b) you can either fold or spread the fabric on your shoulders making it more comfortable for yourself.


5. «Hip Cross»

The wrap with the length from 2.7 meters (8.9 ft) will be enough for the “Hip Cross” carry.
Remember to change shoulders using hip carry, the time should be approximately equal for right and left sides. Your body posture and equal physical development of the baby’s body depends on it.
Before hip carrying your baby you should train him/her to hold on the hip without a sling. You can start training from 3 months age.

Find the approximate middle of the wrap and put it on the opposite to the carrying side shoulder.

Cross the ends of the fabric on your hip, the back strap should be inside.

Tie the wrap on the opposite hip.

Bring the baby on your hip and put the legs in the cross, each leg should go under one strap of the cross but over another, the cross itself should support the baby under the bottom.


On this picture you can see how the straps go under the baby’s legs and bum.

Spread well each strap of the wrap on baby’s hips (from one knee to another) and on his/her back.


Attention! The correct baby’s position is “froggy”. This position releases the pressure from the tailbone, the baby is supported by the bottom edge of the sling under the knees and with the top one he/she is snug to your breast.

Done!


6 Ways to put the baby on your back

Attention!
If you never used back carry before ask somebody to assist you for the first few times.
Do not carry your baby on the back if you don’t have a lot of experience with the wrap. First practice to wrap in the similar way on your front (“Cross over the pouch”).
a Option 1: starting from hip
Bring the baby on your hip.

(for rebozo)

Hold the baby’s leg behind your back as far as it possible.

Hold the baby’s calve with one hand, carefully pass his/her head under the elbow of the second arm, and control the baby’s position with that arm.

First catch the baby by the arm.

Then by the calve.

Now take a wrap and cover the baby with it. The middle of the carrier should be on the baby’s back, the ends should have the equal length.
Done! Then follow the steps of the instruction “Back cross over the pouch” or “Rucksack on the back”.


Option 2 “The baby is standing on the floor”

Embrace the baby with the wrap, the middle should be on the baby’s back, the straps go under the baby’s arms (the fabric should be spread on the baby’s back)

(Rucksack on the back)

Squat down in front of the baby and pull him/her up to you by the straps.

Hold the baby with the wrap and stand up bending over.

Done! Then follow the steps of the instruction “Back cross over the pouch” or “Rucksack on the back”.


7. «Back Cross Over The Pouch»

For “Back cross over the pouch” carry you will need a classic wrap with the length 4,5 – 5,5 m (15 – 18 ft)
Attention! The infants up to 6 months age should be “packed” in the wrap with arms in. The fabric should be spread from the baby’s knees to the neck. With older baby you can pull the fabric up to the armpits (arms out).

First you will need to place the baby on your back (See the section “Ways to put a baby on the back”

Gather the fabric in your hands. The baby’s bum should be in the pocket and the edge of the wrap goes under the baby’s knees. Pull the fabric up well on the sides and in the center by each hand, make sure that it holds tight.

Attention! The baby on your back should be snuggled up close to you, only in this case you will be able to tighten him/her up close by the fabric.

Now check the position. Straighten your back holding the straps well. The baby should be snuggled up close to you, the legs are spread, the knees are higher than the bottom, the bum doesn’t slip out from the pocket.

Now you can tie the straps. Bend over again. Hold one strap with your knees; bring another strap on your shoulder crossing the chest.

Catch the end on your back and spread it with the both hands.

Spreading the fabric pull it in different sides and down, tighten it across on the baby’s back and then bring it to the front under the baby’s leg.

After bringing the strap to the front, hold it with your knees. Take the second strap and bring it on your shoulder crossing the chest, the same way as with first one.

Spread and stretch the second strap with the both hands and bring it in front under the second baby’s leg.

Tie a double knot in front.
Done!

Note: You can take the baby’s arms out. For that take one strap from the shoulder. Take the baby’s arm out. Put the strap back on the shoulder. Take the second arm out the same way.

8. «Rucksack On The back»

The wrap with the length 3.7 meters (12 ft) will fit for “Rucksack on the back”.
First you will need to put a baby on your back (See the section “Ways to put the baby on the back”)

Supporting the baby under the bum with one hand, with another one bring the strap on your shoulder.

Do the same actions with the second strap

Holding the straps with one hand, check with another hand if the fabric is spread under the baby’s bottom; the edge should be under the knees.

Holding one strap with your knees, tighten the second one well. You will have to tighten both edges and the middle of the fabric. You can flip the fabric on your shoulder in order to tighten the baby closer to you.

Change the side. Holding the adjusted strap with your knees pull up and flip the second strap of the wrap on your shoulder.

Attention! The baby shouldn’t lean back; his/her belly and chest should be snug close to your back.

Take both straps and bring them down and back.

Cross the straps under the baby’s bum.

Note: if your wrap is very short, you can tie the straps under the baby’s bottom.
Tie a double knot in front on your waist.
Done!



General Rules For The Wrap

Before three months – the baby keeps his/her legs curved like in the womb, at this stage it’s recommended to use horizontal positions (different cradle options), also you can use vertical and semi-vertical tummy-to-tummy carry (in “embryo” position).
In horizontal positions your baby’s body should be evenly located, the head is approximately on your breast level. The legs can be hanging down from the knees. Newborns usually completely fit into the carrier.

In vertical and semi-vertical positions the baby’s head should be supported well by the edge of the fabric, the legs should be in.
From three month age or earlier if the infant is ready: doesn’t protest when the legs are spread wide, holds the head well, you can start carrying vertically in classical position with legs out.
In this case the baby’s legs are spread in “froggy” position and they are supported under the knees by the edge of the fabric, the bum is down in the pocket. In vertical position the baby’s legs should be placed symmetrically, the knees are higher than the bottom, feet are turned in different sides.
The wrap fabric should be well spread (in the most carrying positions).
The baby should be snuggled up by the carrier close to you.
In horizontal positions (“Cross over the pouch”, “Cross under the pouch” and others) the baby’s head should be at your breast level as with a ring-sling.
In vertical positions (“Cross over the pouch”, “Back cross under the pouch”, “Simple cross”, “Hip cross” and others) the baby’s legs should be spread in “froggy” position (the knees are higher than the bottom), the wrap fabric should be spread well from one baby’s knee to another (in the positions: “Tibetan back carry”, “Rucksack”, “Kangaroo”, it’s not necessary to spread crossing straps).
The baby should be located symmetrically in vertical positions.
Both you and baby should feel comfortable, the wrap shouldn’t be very tight.

Safety measures while carrying your baby in a sling

Be careful passing doorways and corners when you are using the sling. Remember that your body size with your little one is different and you have to get used to it to avoid accidents.
Do not bend having your baby in the sling even if you support him/her with the hand. When you need to lift something from the floor it’s better to squat down.
Remember that the infants are interested in things around and try to reach them with hands. Be aware of dangerous objects close to you carrying your baby.
Remember that the sling is not a substitute for a car or a bicycle sit!
Do not eat hot food and don’t drink hot liquids carrying your baby in the sling. Wait until the meal cools down.
Wear flat not slippery shoes. Do not rush carrying your baby outside and choose safe road which you know well.

Wash and care

Wash your Baby SaBye wrap when necessary. We recommend hand or gentle machine wash (put in a special bag), water temperature 30C (86F).
Attention! Our slings are dyed with 100% natural organic colors without chemical inputs; it’s possible that extra dye will bleed while washing. We do not recommend washing together with the white clothes.
Dry flat in the shadow
Iron on the “cotton” mode with steam

The materials from http://slingokonsultant.ru are used in the instruction.