Baby wraps, or wraparound slings, can be used to carry your baby from birth onwards. Correctly used, a wrap distributes the baby’s weight beautifully, making for an extremely comfortable, supported and snug carry.
Wraps are highly adjustable. Not only can you carry your child on your front, back and hip, in each position you have a myriad of choices about the kind of carry you want to use. This means that you can tailor your wrap exactly to suit you, yet the same sling can be adjusted for someone else too!
Although using a wrap can look intimidating at first, with a little practice you can get into the swing of things and they will become simple to use in no time. You will soon be amazing your friends and family with how quickly and easily you’ve wrapped up and soothed your baby.
Oscha slings soften beautifully with use and come with a handy bag to carry them in.
How to Carry using an Oscha Sling
Make sure you and your baby are feeling calm, content and happy before trying your sling the first few times. You could also practice using a teddy or doll, and checking in the mirror is useful.
Taking a walk after your baby is in the sling is a good idea the first few times to allow your baby to settle and get used to it.
When trying out back carries initially it is a recommended to practice over a bed or another soft surface and to have someone with you to help.
Here are some key points to remember:
- Make sure you are wrapping quite tightly. It should feel like a bandage; too loose and the material will sag and baby will not remain close to your centre of gravity. This means baby will not be held securely and it will be uncomfortable for you both.
- In every carry always ensure that a good ‘seat’ is created for your baby by tucking a good amount of fabric up under her bum and ensuring that the fabric is spread knee pit to knee pit.
- The child should be in a ‘froggy’ position with their knees at the same height or higher than their bottom/hips to provide optimal positioning for knee and hip joints.
- You should be able to kiss the top of your baby’s head when they are on your front; if they are too low it may strain your back.
There are many more ways to use your wrap and a huge variety of carries you can do with each wrap length. Choose one carry to begin with (front wrap cross carry is a good one) and practice that until you have mastered it. This way you will learn about how to work the fabric to spread and tighten it well. You can then move on to other carries with more ease.
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