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Carry position options for your toddler carrier

Whether you're a seasoned wearer or new to this whole carrier thing - we've got you!

Try putting on the carrier at home, with toddler (and parent ideally) fed and rested. Snacks or toys are a great trick especially if you're trying back-carrying for the first time!

Adjust all the straps for a snug fit and once positioned correctly, the carry should feel secure and comfortable!

Have fun with your little one!

1. Front Carry

+ Snap the waist belt around your natural waist.

+ Hold your toddler on your front and pull the panel of the carrier over their back.

+ Bring shoulder straps over your shoulders, buckle the chest strap and tighten as needed.

2. Back Carry

+ Snap the waist belt around your natural waist.

+ Put your toddler on your back using one of your preferred techniques

+ Pull the panel over their back and bring shoulder straps over your shoulders

+ Buckle the chest strap and tighten as needed!

For best results, practice getting your toddler on your back without a carrier first!

The T.I.C.K.S Rule for Safe Babywearing

Source: UK Sling Consortium

Tight: Slings & carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you, as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back.

In View at all times: You should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body.

Close enough to kiss: Your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead.

Keep Chin off Chest: A baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest, as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin.

Supported Back: In an upright carry, a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer, so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose, they can slump which can partially close their airway.
(This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently – they should not uncurl or move closer to you.)
A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part, so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.

If you still have questions, we recommend finding your local sling library and book a consultation with a babywearing consultant.