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Buying a baby carrier
What should I look for when buying a baby carrier?
Make sure the baby carrier offers the right support:
- The fabric should be spread open all the way from knee to knee. This ensures your baby is sitting in the ergonomic M-position.
- Baby’s back should be rounded rather than arched - this is the most natural position.
- Baby should be high enough and close enough to kiss (“kissing distance”)
- The baby carrier should be comfortable, not too loose or too tight
Babylonia recommends that when purchasing a sling, you also look for:
- Easy adjustment, comfortable fit for all sizes.
- Quick and easy to put on.
- Option of carrying your baby in various positions.
- Baby’s weight distributed evenly over the wearer's chest, back and hips.
- Soft and preferably organic fabric.
Why do parents choose Babylonia baby wraps?
In a Babylonia baby wrap your baby is just as comfortable as in your arms!
- The special sling fabric supports your baby perfectly, in both cradle and upright positions.
- Your baby is always in the ergonomic M-position, which stimulates a healthy development of the hips and ensures baby is always in the ideal position, completely relaxed against you.
- Your baby can choose whether to be completely wrapped up, or to have some freedom of movement.
- A cozy place for baby that you can use immediately after birth.
The wrap should also be ideal for you as a paren
- Always fits without complex adjustments. Easy to put on.
- No closures on your back so you can sit comfortably with your back against a chair or couch.
- Baby’s weight is evenly spread over the parent’s shoulders and hips
- Lovely, soft, 100% organic cotton. Available in many colors and patterns to fit your style.
- Small and lightweight, perfect when you’re on the go!
Babylonia slings are made of the highest quality. The special knitting and weaving techniques provide optimal support. All slings come with detailed and clear instruction manuals. Learning to use a sling is not difficult: more and more people find that after two or three tries, a baby wrap is very quick and easy to put on!
What is the difference between a baby wrap and a structured carrier?
A baby wrap is a baby carrier made of unique fabric that is wrapped around you and your baby.
A structured carrier is a baby carrier made of stiffer material in which you carry your child.
In the classic non-ergonomic baby carrier, a baby is carried with his legs through two leg openings in the "pocket " while sitting on a small support. Because the baby is not close to you but hangs on your body, he actually carries his own weight . In addition, the natural curvature of the spine in a structured carrier is lost because the baby is not supported in the right way. To contrast, in a baby wrap the baby is sitting comfortably against you. Baby is perfectly supported and the weight of your baby is distributed evenly over your own body.
In an ergonomic baby carrier, the baby is sitting on a wider support so the ergonomic M-position of the child is maintained. A disadvantage of both ergonomic and non-ergonomic structured carriers is that the straps need to be adjusted to the size of the wearer. For some, the baby carrier will be too small, while for others it’s impossible to get tight enough. A wrap however, always fits and is comfortable for everyone (regardless of your size). You can spread the fabric wide over your shoulders and back (depending on what you prefer) and there are no buckles, pre-formed straps or fasteners that may hurt. Babylonia wraps are very soft and made from 100 % organic cotton. The special wrap fabric is knitted or woven to give the perfect support.
Are all baby wraps the same?
No, there are different types of baby wraps from different brands. The baby wraps can be roughly divided into wraps and preshaped wraps:
wraps (to tie):
- jersey wraps (often available in just 1 size)
- woven wraps (availabe in several different lengths)
- ring slings (padded or unpadded)
- bei dai/meh dai (Chinese baby carriers)
- pouches (single or double)
Which baby wraps does Babylonia make?
Babylonia produces 6 very comfortable baby carriers:
The TRICOT-SLEN ORGANIC is a baby wrap made of 100% organic cotton that can be worn in various positions. The way of tying is the same for all positions, which makes the TRICOT-SLEN easy and quick to put on. The TRICOT-SLEN ORGANIC, with its natural stretch, guarantees a perfect fit and makes the wrap very comfortable and easy to use. The special knitting technique with limited stretch in length offers perfect support for all babies, from newborns up to 33 pound toddlers. The TRICOT-SLEN ORGANIC is available in many colors to match any style. Both the user's manual and instructional DVD give step-by-step instructions on how to use your TRICOT-SLEN ORGANIC.
The TRICOT-SLEN COOL is a super lightweight jersey style wrap made from Newlife, a unique fiber made out of recycled plastic bottles. Though extremely light, it has an equal carrying capacity to a woven wrap and is as flexible as an elastic wrap. With the same special knitting technique as our original TRICOT-SLEN ORGANIC, the TRICOT-SLEN COOL offers perfect support for all babies, from newborns up to toddlers of 33lbs. This jersey knit wrap can be worn in many different positions and since the same tie is used for all carrying positions, it is easy and quick to put on. Its natural stretch guarantees a perfect fit and makes this lightweight wrap comfortable and easy to use. Newlife is moisture wicking and breathable, which means it is delightfully cool during summer, yet comfortable during winter. The TRICOT-SLEN COOL is machine washable, air dries quickly and never needs ironing.
The TRI-COTTI consists of two fabric loops made of 100% organic cotton which lets you carry your baby in different positions. It is ideal for both the cradle position and the upright position. It’s easy to use; no tying and no buckles or clasps. The TRI-COTTI is available in 3 sizes: Small - Medium - Large. The correct sling size is not determined by the size of your baby. As your child grows, the fabric will stretch, and the TRI-COTTI will always fit. Simply use your own clothes size to determine the sling size required. Sizes are for Women's clothing. (S = size 2,4,6 M = 8, 10 and L = 12, 14). Note that after use, the material will stretch by about 2 inches.
The BB-SLING is a ring sling type of baby carrier made in a Fair Trade project in India. The special sling is 100% organic cotton and woven using the best techniques for slings, offering optimal support for newborn babies as well as children of 3 or 4 years. Two aluminum rings allow easy adjustment, which makes the BB-SLING comfortable and easy to use. Although you can use the BB-SLING for many different carrying positions, it is most popular for the hip position. Babylonia has two styles of BB-SLING, padded and unpadded. There is no other sling as easy and comfortable as the BB-SLING!
The BB-SLEN is a very comfortable woven sling which can be used from birth all the way up to children of 40 pounds! With the BB-SLEN, all carrying positions are possible. The BB-SLEN is made of 100% organic cotton and produced in a Fair Trade project in India. The unique weaving technique ensures that the fabric feels soft and comfortable while offering excellent support. The BB-SLEN comes in 4 sizes: 260cm (size 2), 460cm (size 6), 490cm (size 6.5) and 560cm (size 8). The 260cm is meant to be used like a BB-SLING, going over only one shoulder. The BB-SLEN in 420, 460, 490 and 560 cm allows all positions. The size to buy depends on your clothing size; shorter people use the BB-SLEN 460 cm and taller people 490 cm. 560 cm starts at Women's clothes size 14 or can be used to wrap an extra time around your waist for added support.
BB-TAI (Beh Dai/Meh Dai)
The BB-TAI is inspired by traditional Chinese Bei Dai/Meh Dai carriers. It is simple to use, adjustable, and comfortable for both wearer and child. It can be used to carry baby in front, on your hip, or on your back. The BB-TAI is appropriate for newborn babies up to toddlers and beyond and includes a removable insert for small babies. It can be worn by adults of all sizes, as well as children and adolescents who would like to carry baby. The BB-TAI has an integrated head support to stabilize baby's head when sleeping and is compact, lightweight and can be worn in all seasons. It is made of 100% organic cotton, comes with a special zippered bag for storage, and is specially woven to wrap around the curves of baby and wearer. Suitable for kangaroo care (skin-to-skin carrying) and breastfeeding.
The BB-SLEN is available in 5 sizes. How do I know which size fits me?
The BB-SLEN comes in 5 sizes: 260cm (size 2), 420cm (size 5), 460cm (size 6), 490cm (size 6.5) and 560cm (size 8). The size you choose depends on your clothing size, body type and the carrying positions you want to use.
The 260cm is a short wrap, meant for usage like a BB-SLING, being worn over only one shoulder.
The BB-SLEN in 420, 460, 490 and 560 cm allows all positions. The size depends on your clothing size; shorter people use the BB-SLEN 460 cm and taller people the 490 cm. 560 cm is good for larger people or for those who want to wrap an extra time around the waist for added support.
Can both mom and dad use the same wrap?
The TRICOT-SLEN, BB-TAI and BB-SLING fit all sizes – shorter people as well as taller people, both men and women.
The TRI-COTTI is available in 3 clothes sizes (S, M, and L), so if mom and dad have a different clothing size, they cannot use the same TRI-COTTI.
The length of the BB-SLEN depends on the size of the wearer as well. Smaller people will use the 420cm or 460cm BB-SLEN whereas taller or heavier people will want the 490 cm or even 560 cm BB-SLEN (starting at Women's clothes size 14).
The BB SLEN also comes in 260 cm but this length has a different way of carrying and another user manual. The 260 cm is designed to be used similar to a ring sling and is worn over only one shoulder.
The BB-SLING is available in 2 styles: padded and unpadded. Which model should I choose?
Babylonia’s ring sling is available with either a padded or unpadded shoulder. Except for the shoulder, both slings are identical.
Choosing between padded or unpadded depends on your personal preference. The padded version as it is soft on your shoulder and the fabric is already spread wide open, so you don't need to spread the material across your shoulder and back yourself. The unpadded version allows you to choose how far to spread open the fabric, and is particularly good for people with narrow shoulders who might be more comfortable with the fabric spread less widely.
What are the differences between Babylonia’s baby wraps and other brands?
Although wraps are available in different colors and patterns, there is a clear difference in the quality of different brands. For example, the type of fabric or thread, the knitting or weaving technique, the country of production and the use of organic cotton all determine the quality of the sling.
All Babylonia wraps are high quality and available in many different colors. Each wrap comes with very clear instruction manuals with pictures and tips. For Tricot-Slen there is even an instructional DVD.
The two knitted wraps are produced in the Netherlands and made of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, and use a unique knitting technique to ensure optimum support. The woven wraps of Babylonia are made with a special weaving technique from 100% organic cotton and are produced in fair trade projects in India.
Which Babylonia wrap will be most comfortable for both baby and me?
All Babylonia slings are very comfortable and ergonomic for both carrier and child. Depending on what you and your child prefer and in what position you want to carry (on front, hip or back) different baby wraps are recommended.
Which Babylonia baby wrap is easiest to use?
If you have a small baby and are not that experienced with babywearing, you may want to start with a Tricot-Slen or Tri-Cotti. Both the Tri-Cotti and Tricot-Slen are slightly elastic in width so you can tie on the wrap first and then put your baby in the sling using both hands. The Tri-Cotti is composed of two loops which you place over your shoulders. You can choose different positions depending on the size and age of your baby. The Tricot-Slen is very easy to use as well and can be used immediately after birth. Once you have learned how to tie the wrap, you can experiment with the different positions to carry your baby.
BB-SLING - simply place the ring sling over one shoulder, place your baby in it and pull on the fabric to make it snug around your baby. Carrying your baby on your hip allows you to use your hipbone for extra support. On your hip, your baby is able to see everything but can also fall asleep easily or lay their head against your chest and close their eyes if there is too much stimulation.
With the BB-TAI you can carry your baby easily on both your front and back. Carrying on your hip is also possible but we recommend the BB-SLING for hip carrying as this is easier and faster.
Using the BB-SLEN might take a little more practice because you tie the wrap while holding your baby. However, once you've practiced a few times, it comes naturally. All Babylonia wraps come with clear and detailed instructions.
Which baby wrap is most suitable for carrying newborn babies?
All Babylonia baby wraps are suitable for use from birth.
Which wrap is best for you depends on your preferences:
- do you have experience in babywearing?
- do you also want to carry an older brother or sister or just the newborn baby?
- how long do you want to carry your child?
- are you planning to buy another baby wrap or do you want a wrap that will work for all ages?
- is your partner going to use the same baby wrap? Are you a different size than your partner?
- are you going to use it in the summer or winter?
In general we recommend starting with a Tricot-Slen. It is a good beginner wrap because the Tricot-slen is soft and it will always fit both your and your partner. You can tie on the wrap and then put your baby in it so you have both hands free to pick up your child. If you discover that both you and your baby love babywearing, you will probably want to try more styles of wraps.
Putting on a baby wrap
Is it hard to remember the different ways of tying?
It depends on the type of baby wrap:
- Tri-Cotti – our easiest wrap with no tying. All you have to do is put both loops over your shoulders!
- Tricot-Slen – after having practiced a couple of times you’ll discover that isn’t difficult to put on the Tricot-Slen. You only have to remember one tie for all the positions.
- BB-SLING – easy, once you have threaded the fabric through the rings you only have to place the BB-SLING over your shoulder and tighten it.
- BB-TAI – with a little bit of practice, it’s not hard. You only have to tie the waist band and two shoulder straps.
- BB-SLEN – because this wrap allows all positions it takes some practice. The basics are not hard at all and after practicing a couple of times you’ll discover how easy it is.
Learning to carry your baby comfortably is like learning to dance. It takes a little practice before the movements become second nature and you glide through them with your eyes closed. It is often helpful to practice tying the wrap with a doll or in front of a mirror several times before placing your baby inside. It can also help to talk to your baby and explain what you are doing while placing baby in the carrier. Your baby will sense if you are uncomfortable. Tell your baby that you are a bit insecure yourself but that you will learn how to do this together.
You will find that once you have learned to carry your baby, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Not only does it make life easier for you, it provides sensory and motor development and much more for baby.
What is the difference between a Tricot-Slen and a BB-SLEN?
The Tricot-Slen and BB SLEN are both ‘wrap-style’ baby carriers made from 100% organic cotton in which you carry your baby in the M-ergonomic posture, but in what ways do they differ?
- The fabric: the Tricot-Slen is woven, the BB-SLEN knitted (jersey wrap)
- The elasticity: the Tricot-Slen has a little stretch in width whereas the BB-SLEN barely stretches (only a minimum diagonal stretch for optimal comfort)
- How you put on the wrap (goes together with the elasticity): the elasticity of the Tricot-Slen allows you to put on the wrap before putting baby in. This allows you to use both hands when putting baby in the wrap. The BB-SLEN is tied on together with your child. You can start easily with just one position. Most likely you'll notice that you've mastered it very quickly and the BB-SLEN is as easy as the Tricot-Slen.
- The number of positions (goes together with the elasticity as well): the way of tying the Tricot-Slen is the same for all positions, you only need to remember one way of tying. The BB-SLEN allows all positions and the way of tying differs depending on the position in which you want to carry your child.
- The support: the Tricot-Slen provides the perfect support for children from birth to 15 kg (33lbs), but because of the elasticity in width, you will notice that it’s better to carry older children in a woven wrap. Because the BB-SLEN has no stretch, this wrap provides the perfect support for both newborn babies as well as older children up to 20 kg (45lbs).
- Carrying on your back: with the Tricot-Slen it is possible to carry on your back, but it’s not the best wrap for back carrying. With the BB-SLEN you can carry a child of any age on your back safely and comfortably.
- The length: the Tricot-Slen is available in one length which suits everyone! Smaller people can wrap extra fabric around their waist or tuck it away under the waistband. The BB-SLEN is available in 5 sizes. The size you choose depends on your clothes size and the positions you want to use.
- Usage right after birth: the lovely soft fabric of the Tricot-Slen makes this wrap cozy and ideal for newborn babies. The diagonal stretch in the BB-SLEN means that the fabric will not rub or feel uncomfortable, but it’s less cozy and snug.
Is it hard to understand the instructions?
Every Babylonia wrap is supplied with very detailed and clear instructions. The useful tips and clear color photographs support the written instructions. There are also tutorial videos on our website. If you still have questions after reading the manual and viewing the videos, we encourage you to go to someone who can help, such as local babywearing consultants, a midwife or a lactation consultant near you. There are also regular workshops on babywearing and babywearing groups
Using your baby wrap.
What age can I start carrying my baby?
The benefits of carrying premature babies – or kangaroo care – is well documented. A baby (full term or premature) can be placed in any Babylonia baby carrier just after birth, creating a ‘womb with a view’.
There are no problems starting later as well. Your back will strengthen as you carry your baby and their weight gain will go mostly unnoticed.
Until what age can I carry my child?
A baby can be carried as long as he or she wants. Even an older child will find a safe refuge in a baby carrier when tired with the stimulations of the outside world.
You'll find out yourself that you may change your carrier as your child gets older. For example, the Tri-Cotti and Tricot-Slen are ideal to carry newborn babies on your front. With the BB-SLEN you can carry your baby from birth until he’s a toddler and even beyond. Once your child can walk the BB-SLING is really useful. There is no more comfortable and easy baby carrier for the hip position and it’s easy to take your toddler in and out without having to re-tie. With the BB-TAI you can also carry older kids on your back.
How long can I safely carry my baby per day?
There are no limits. A baby well positioned in a sling can be carried as long as he and the wearer desire. Remember that babies around the world are carried throughout the entire day as the wearer continues with daily tasks and activities.
Do pay attention that your baby is carried in the correct position and that both shoulder straps are spread wide open over your back and shoulders. If your child is in the ergonomic M-Position, with his knees higher that his bottom and his back nicely rounded, a healthy development of the hips is ensured. Do not carry the baby too low. Keep your baby within kissing distance; you should be able to kiss the baby’s head easily without bending over.
Will my baby like being in a carrier?
Babies crave close human contact. Once they are used to being carried, you will instinctively reach for your carrier whenever your baby is restless, can’t fall asleep, or just needs a reassuring presence.
Some babies need a little adaptation time to a new position in the carrier, especially on your back.
Sometimes babies are unhappy in a carrier because they feel insecure. This is often the result of not adjusting the carrier tightly enough. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure you wear your baby high and tight.
We recommend trying a new position when your baby is relaxed, just after eating or ready to fall asleep. Walk around after placing your baby in the carrier for the first time or when trying a new position. This will distract him while he gets used to a new way of being carried.
Most importantly, TRUST YOUR BABY. If your baby is uncomfortable, too tight, too hot, etc, he will let you know. If baby is asleep or happily observing the world, he is just fine. Carrying your baby close means you can often instinctively read her body language well before she starts to cry or tells you something is wrong.
Will I spoil my baby and make him dependent on me?
Imagine the scenario that you are thirsty. Sometimes you are given a glass of water and sometimes you are not. Your thirst is not quenched. You are forced to wait until the next time someone else decides you can have a glass of water. You become increasingly nervous and frustrated. You begin to constantly ask for water, even when you are not thirsty, because you are not sure that when you will be thirsty, you will be given any water. You become insecure when you do not have water available. You are so preoccupied with having enough water that you are unable to think about anything else.
Now imagine the opposite scenario. You are thirsty. You are immediately given water, however much you need to quench your thirst. You are satisfied and can go on about whatever you were doing without worrying. You are reassured because the water is in abundant supply and you can have it whenever you need it. You feel secure in this knowledge and the physical presence of the water is not always necessary. You are worry free and can put your energy into other activities.
Now imagine these two scenarios with your baby and their need for close physical contact and reassurance. You decide.
Will my baby be able to breathe tucked into a carrier?
Tucked snuggly into the carrier, your baby is still able to move. If baby is uncomfortable in any way, he can turn his head or wiggle his body in protest. Either he will shift and rectify the situation, or you can help adjust him to a more comfortable position. Held close to you, your baby will synchronize their breathing to your heartbeat and the rise and fall of your chest, which stabilizes their respiration.
Always make sure that baby’s chin is not tucked into his chest and that fabric is not covering baby’s face.
Will my baby be too hot or too cold in a carrier?
Newborn babies are not capable of regulating their body temperature. The adult’s body will stabilize the baby’s body temperature when holding them close. Dress yourself and your baby accordingly and pay attention to the temperature of your baby (you may be warm whereas your baby may be cold). Remember that your body heat will be considered one layer and the sling itself is a second. In cold weather, your coat covering both of you is a third layer. Make sure that your baby (head, hands, feet) is well protected from the sun and/or the cold.
Can I carry my baby facing forward?
Carrying yourbaby facing forward is possible with carriers and it is also done by many parents, but it is not an ergonomically sound posture. It is tiring and stressful for your child because your child is not in the recommended M-position. For you as a parent, this inverted position is heavier. If you think ‘my child is curious and wants to see everything’ then wear baby on your hip. From your hip, baby can see everything but can also close her eyes and turn towards you when tired or overstimulated.
Does a baby wrap help reflux?
Carrying your baby in the upright position eases digestion, improves circulation and aids in relaxation, thereby reducing reflux and colic muscles. You will notice that reflux that might be ‘stress related’ is greatly reduced if you regularly wear your baby.
Can I breastfeed my baby in the wrap?
Breastfeeding in a wrap is discreet and easy. Do take your time for feeding, sit down and loosen the wrap so your baby can latch to your breast. Make sure your child is in the right position to be able to drink (not too high and not with his chin on his chest). Also make sure that your baby can breathe freely and that the sling does not cover his face. As soon as you are done breastfeeding, make sure to put your baby back into an upright position.
If breastfeeding is proving difficult or milk flow is slow, carrying your baby in a wrap is ideal. The proximity of your baby stimulates the release of prolactin, the hormone that regulates milk production. With your baby so close, you are also able to pick up on early hunger cues, such as rooting, sucking and tongue movement, before baby becomes upset.
How do I know if my baby is in the correct position?
In the upright position:
It is very important that your child is in the recommended M-position. At all ages the baby carrier should support your child from knee to knee and the knees should be higher than the hips.
In the cradle position:
If you wear your newborn baby in the cradle position make sure the baby carrier supports your baby well, just like carrying your baby in your arms. Also ensure that their chin is not resting on their chest and no fabric covers the face.
Make sure you always carry your baby high enough. You should be able to give your baby a kiss on their head without bending over too much (kissing distance).
It is also important that the baby carrier feels comfortable and fits nicely, that you can spread open the shoulder straps over both shoulders and your entire back, and that the baby carrier feels tight enough.
Most important, trust your baby! If your baby is uncomfortable, too hot or the wrap is too tight,they will let you know. If baby is sleeping or quietly looking into the world, everything is fine. With your baby close against you, you will learn to understand their body language and anticipate before they start to cry or alert you that something is wrong.
The best ergonomics for both of you
Is this type of carrier safe for the development of my baby’s spine?
The basis of good posture begins with the pelvis. If this is well supported, the baby’s spine and neck will fall into a natural curve and the pelvis will support the weight. To ensure the correct position, baby’s knees should be higher than their pelvis, in a fetal position, with hips and legs properly supported. The baby’s back should be rounded with head resting on your body. This is the ideal position for the development of healthy hip joints. The baby does not hang or rest his weight on his coccyx, but comfortably rests against the wearer.
If the baby is in an upright position, it is essential that the legs do not dangle or hang in mid-air. This puts strain on the baby’s spine and the baby will tend to arch backwards creating a bad position for his neck too.
The fetal tuck is the most natural position for a baby. Not only is this position good for correct spinal and hip development, it allows baby to rest and use energy to develop other strengths.
Does my baby’s head need to be supported?
If your baby’s pelvis is supported correctly as explained above, then their neck will follow a natural curve and their head will rest on your chest. Baby is free to lift their head when curious to look around and the neck muscles will strengthen quickly. There is no need for a head support, unless you are bending over or baby is sleeping.
How long can I safely carry my baby each day?
There are no limits. A baby well positioned in a wrap can be carried as long as he and the wearer desire. Remember that babies around the world are carried throughout the entire day as the wearer continues about his or her daily tasks and activities.
Is this good for my own back?
If you have back problems, you should always consult with your doctor before using any baby carrier. However, using a sling or wrap is probably one of the best ways to prevent back strain because the fabric carries the weight and not your arms and back as when you are simply holding your baby in your arms. Carry your baby each day and progressively extend the carrying time to allow your back
muscles a chance to strengthen along with the baby’s weight gain.
For the most optimal weight distribution, tie on the wrap as evenly as possible. Make sure the straps aren’t twisted, spread open the fabric wide over your shoulders, make sure the fabric is not resting on your neck and that the fabric crosses in the middle of your back.
PracticalWhat is the best material for a baby wrap?
The best choice is a wrap made from natural materials such as organic cotton. The fabric should be nice and soft for both baby and wearer, provide enough support and be breathable. Note that there are no seams, buckles or pockets on the wrap that can be irritating.
All Babylonia wraps are made from organic cotton. The Tricot-Slen and Tri-Cotti also have the GOTS label which stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. The GOTS certification assures consumers that both the cotton of the Tricot-Slen and the Tri-Cotti as well as the thread and labels are completely 100% organic. The entire production cycle from cotton production to finished product is fully checked.
Can I machine-wash my Babylonia wrap?
Yes, all Babylonia wraps can be washed at 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees farenheit).
Use a mild detergent and the gentle cycle. It is not recommended to put the wrap in the dryer. All washing instructions are detailed in the instruction manual.
How should I dress my child when using a wrap?
Please note that the wrap is also a garment and you pick up each other's body heat. So dress yourself and your baby with one less layer than normal.
Generally we recommend:
- < 25 degrees: normal clothes + jacket, scarf and hat + carry your baby for the most part under your coat
- 25-50 degrees: normal clothes + jacket, scarf and hat
- 50-60 degrees: normal clothes + thin jacket or cardigan
- 60-70 degrees: normal clothes
- 70-80 degrees: airy clothes
- 80-85 degrees: just a onesie
- > 85 degrees: use your best judgement
The number of layers also depends on the type of sling (BB-SLING only has one layer and is much more ‘open’ than a BB-Slen Wrap which can be 3 layers of fabric around your child) and the carrying position (BB-Slen Wrap can use different positions). Keep an eye on the temperature of your child at all times (see also ‘Will my baby be too hot or too cold in a sling?’).
Can I use the baby wrap in wintertime?
Cold weather is a great time to use the wrap – your baby will be much cozier and warmer than in a stroller. Make sure your baby is wearing a hat and protect their feet and hands especially if they are exposed.
Is to too hot to carry my baby in the summer?
On a very hot summer day, a baby wrap may be too hot. Dress your baby on hot days with less clothes. Older children can be worn with their arms out of the sling.
For very hot days, choose a carrier with less layers of fabric such as the Tricot Slen Cool, BB-SLING or BB-TAI.
Do I need to put my jacket over or under my baby wrap?
If you go outside you can carry your baby over or under your jacket, depending on the temperature. This also depends on the choice of clothing your baby is wearing. A hat and gloves in cold weather might be needed anyway.
Can I carry my child while he is wearing shorts or has bare legs?
If it is warm outdoors or indoors, it can be nice to carry your baby with bare legs. The fabric of the Babylonia baby wraps is soft and will not irritate baby’s skin.