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. When using the horizontal extension, make sure not to tighten the straps too much.
6 months and up
Starting at 6 months and when your baby can sit by himself, his spine is sturdy enough to no longer need constant back support. When he is tall enough, the newborn seat will no longer be needed and he will even be able to have his arms out above the shoulder straps.
3 months and up
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 carrier, we naturally carry a baby by holding him on our hip using one arm.
6 months and up
As soon as your baby can sit by himself. You can also have his arms out and above the shoulder straps.
3 months and up
As soon as you feel comfortable doing it, your baby can be carried on your back. We nonetheless recommend to wait until he is at least 6 months old or that he can sit by himself so as to avoid all risks of injury or suffocation. With his weight properly distributed on your back, shoulders and hips, this carrying position is more comfortable, especially as he grows and becomes heavier. It will give you more freedom in your activities, allowing you to do more demanding tasks without putting your child at risk.
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You can use the Chimparöo Evolutive Belt instead of the newborn seat when you want your baby's legs out on either side.
To carry your baby in a sitting position beyond 18 months, we recommend the use of Chimparöo Foot Straps or Chimparöo Leg Supports. These accessories can also be use together.
The newborn seat is a piece of stretch fabric you can use to cover up your baby's back on colder days. This is done by attaching it to the waist near the belt.
Since the baby carrier's fabrics and components have been transported and manipulated several times during manufacturing and its straps more slippery when brand new, the baby carrier should be washed before its first use. We recommend washing it by hand using no rinse soap and hanging it to dry. The baby carrier should not be ironed. You can use sucking pads to avoid washing it every day.
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