Because of the transportation and manipulation required to make a baby wrap, it should always be washed before its first use. We recommend washing it by hand in lukewarm water with a mild soap, ideally a no-rinse soap, or washing it using your machine's gentle cycle in a garmenr bag. Hang to dry and do not iron.
The Ring sling Air-O's polyester mesh is also called medical mesh because of its antimicrobial properties and breathability.
The choice of baby wrap size depends on your size rather than the baby's. If you wear clothes sized large or extra-large, you'll be more at ease with our size 2.
We recommend that you limit the use of the same side to carry your baby. Change shoulders frequently to rest your back. If you choose to use the cradle position, be very careful in its execution, as it presents more risks of suffocation. Keep the baby's face visible at all times. If you prefer the baby to face the world with his legs inside the wrap, know that this position requires more attention, as the baby is at a greater risk of tipping forward.
Carrying your baby tummy to tummy is a position where the baby is held in a crouched position and is the most adequate method for carrying a newborn at least up to the age of 4 months. Your baby's back is kept well-rounded, as if still in the womb, while his knees are pulled upwards and his feet pointing down. This position is the same as when practicing skin-to-skin with your baby, which becomes possible as soon as he is at least 8 pounds, safely and easily. This crouched position will give him the comfort necessary to his sense of emotional security and is known to be beneficial to the development of his bones and joints. Before the age of 6 months, applying tension in the middle of the baby's back needs to be avoided. There are many tying techniques for you to experiment with to perfectly envelop your baby and support him in the ideal position for his stage of development.
Starting at 6 months and when your baby can sit by himself, his spine is sturdy enough to no longer need constant back support. Should he feel constrained, need to move, or feels too hot, you can allow him to free his arms from the wrap. Early on, we recommend the simplest of wraps, the 'cross carry', so you can gain confidence in the technique and in your skills. Another useful method is the 'Kangaroo', which will perfectly support his spine as a newborn. View our videos to discover all of the wrap's options !
You can start carrying your baby on your hip as soon as he can hold up his head. This is an intermediate position which will give both you and your baby greater freedom of movement than on the tummy. Remember that without a baby wrap, we naturally carry a baby by holding him on our hip using one arm. There are many ways to sit your baby on your hip using a baby wrap, but recommend using the hip cross carry. The Kagaroo is also a possibility here, as is the hammock, using an adjustable knot or a set of rings. See our videos to review all the options available.
A ring sling is not the safest means to carry a baby on your back due to the lack of support to the baby. It should only be used in very short periods of time when you momentarily need extra freedom of movement. As soon as you're done with the task, we recommend that you bring your baby back onto your hip or stomach.
This carrying position needs your baby to be able to hold his head up by himself. It should be said that this position is not ideal, as it is less ergonomical than tummy-to-tummy and can be overly stimulating for your baby. Should you still like to use this position, keep its use to periods of 20 to 30 minutes at most and regularly verify your baby's blood flow to his legs. This is done by observing the colour of his skin, which should be pinkish rather than blueish. Should his feet get cold, this could also be a sign of difficulties with his blood circulation and you should set him in a different position. Make sure that his back is neither too flat nor too round, thus creating a bad inverted lumbar curve. Finally, his legs should not be hangong too low: to correct his position, tilt his pelvis as far forward as possible to move his knees as high up as possible and deepen his seating. There are two ways to position your baby facing out to the world, either with his legs inside the baby wrap or out and visible on either side.
Called the Cradle or the Madonna, this position is favourable to breastfeeding, but needs to be executed with precaution. Vigilance is a must, as you will need to keep an eye on the baby's breathing and make sure he's not suffocating. His face must be visible at all times and you should be able to slip two fingers between his chin and torso. His neck should not be overly bent. Some people will not recommend you this position, but we will, with the restriction that it should only be used when the baby is actively feeding and set him vertically again as soon as he's done, so as to help with his digestion and breathing. Breastfeeding hands-free is an exceptional experience!
Inspired by traditional methods of baby-carrying, the Ring sling Air-O is capable of a perfect envelopment of the baby and give him and his carrier unequaled comfort and the best possible physical contact with him. It evenly distributes the baby's weight, promoting the baby's development and offering many positions for baby-carrying without limits of weight. Made of a single long piece of mesh fabric, the Ring sling Air-O is lightweight and dries rapidly. Its mesh fabric will keep you and your baby cool, ensuring you to stay in close, privileged contact while exercising or in hot weather. Even with all of your baby's weight on a single shoulder, the Ring sling Air-O remains amazingly comfortable. Ergonomic and extremely versatile, it has the best value of all baby carriers.
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