He Cuddlywrap Looks Complicated - How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Use It?
Why Is The Cuddlywrap So Long?
My Baby Is 11 Months Old. Does It Matter How Big The Baby Is? What Are The Age Or Weight Restrictions?
Can I Carry My Twins In The Cuddlywrap?
Can I Use The Cuddlywrap To Carry My Baby On My Hip?
I've Heard Conflicting Views On The Forward Facing Position, Why Do You Show It In The Instructions?
Will The Cuddlywrap Be Hot In The Summer?
How Can I Use The Cuddlywrap In The Winter?
Helpful Tips For Maintaining Back Comfort
HOW DOES THE CUDDLYWRAP SUPPORT THE BABY'S SPINE?
The adult spine has four curves
- neck (cervical spine), mid-back (thoracic), low back (lumbar) and
base of the spine (sacrum). A newborn has only two curves in his spine:
the mid-back and the base of the spine. The curve in the neck develops
as the baby begins to lift his head and the neck muscles increase in
strength. The curve in the lower back develops as the baby begins to
crawl. Since the baby's spine and hips are developing in the first
year, it is important to protect the spine and hips from undue pressure
or strain. Many of the conventional baby carriers in which the baby
is positioned with the legs hanging down, place too much stress on the
base of the spine - the position causes weight bearing before
the baby's spine is physically ready. The premature/newborn hold ensures
that the baby's neck, spine and hips are fully supported. Once the
baby is ready for the classic cuddle hold (2-4 months), the CuddlyWrap
holds the baby in closely against the adult body, supporting the whole
length of the spine. The legs are supported in a position that contributes
to their continuing hip development.
THE CUDDLYWRAP LOOKS COMPLICATED - HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT?
Tying the CuddlyWrap becomes
second nature very quickly. Practicing a couple times in front of a
mirror and following the instructions in the packaging will quickly
make you an expert. It also helps to use a mirror when you are first
positioning your baby in the CuddlyWrap to ensure that the baby is positioned
properly and completely supported. Once you have tied and worn the CuddlyWrap
with your baby a few times, you will know by your comfort if the wrap
needs adjusting. For example, if you find your lower back feeling tired,
you may need to tie the CuddlyWrap more snugly so that the baby is carried
WHY IS THE CUDDLYWRAP SO LONG?
The CuddlyWrap has been designed
so that it is possible for adults of all sizes to use it comfortably
in all the various positions. It does not need any extra adjustments
between adult users - each adult can tie the wrap to fit them.
The ends of the CuddlyWrap are tapered so that there is less bulk around
the waist for smaller adults. The length of the wrap also makes it possible
for most adults to use over heavier outerwear in colder weather.
MY BABY IS 11 MONTHS OLD. DOES IT MATTER HOW BIG THE BABY IS? WHAT ARE THE AGE OR WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS?
There are no age or weight
restrictions. The CuddlyWrap is completely ergonomic for both
adult and baby or toddler. The CuddlyWrap can be used as long
as you and your baby/child are comfortable. The way the CuddlyWrap is
tied evenly distributes the weight of your growing baby over your entire
upper body without any stress points. Many have found that it is much
easier to carry a heavy baby/toddler using the CuddlyWrap than to carry
in arms only. We have experience carrying our toddlers who were over
35 lbs. and 3 1/2 years old.
CAN I CARRY MY TWINS IN THE CUDDLYWRAP?
Yes. It depends on the age and weights of the twins. Extra care is essential when using a baby carrier for premature newborns and twins, please ensure you follow the safety guidelines.
Newborn twins are used to being
in very close contact and overlapping arms and legs. The premature/newborn
hold can be used to hold newborn twins. In the modified cradle position,
one twin would be supported in each pocket with their legs overlapping
and the centre section with the logo pulled up over both babies to their
shoulders. If you prefer the upright newborn hold, each twin would be
supported in a pocket with the centre section pulled up over both babies.
CAN I USE THE CUDDLYWRAP TO CARRY MY BABY ON MY HIP?
Yes, you can use a wrap-style
carrier for a hip carry. However, the CuddlyWrap is intended for
carrying your baby centred on your body, based on the anatomy and ergonomics
of the adult body. Carrying your baby on your hip requires one side
of your body to be the primary support for the weight of your baby.
The hip carry position creates stress and strain in your back, neck
and shoulder muscles. Older babies are interested in the activity around
them. The CuddlyWrap forward facing position enables you to carry
your baby facing out and still have the advantages of hands-free carrying
without stress on your back. Babies can see and interact with the world
while being carried close in a way that also protects the health and
well-being of your back.
I'VE HEARD CONFLICTING VIEWS ON THE FORWARD FACING POSITION, WHY DO YOU SHOW IT IN THE INSTRUCTIONS?
We are aware
that this position is not recommended by some babywearing educators.
However, we do believe that this is a safe option when the baby is positioned
properly. The benefit of the CuddlyWrap is that it holds the baby as
if the baby is being carried in arms. Many babies like to be carried
this way. To position the baby correctly you need to rotate the baby's
hips forward and make sure that both sides of the fabric are completely
fanned to the back of each knee so that the baby's knees are bent
and their thighs are parallel to the floor. The baby should be in a
seated position so that their legs are supported and not hanging down.
This hold shifts the baby's weight slightly further out from your
centre of gravity and may cause strain in your lower back. If at any
time this hold is uncomfortable for you or your baby, reposition your
baby in the CuddlyWrap to the Classic Cuddle Position.
WILL THE CUDDLYWRAP BE HOT IN THE SUMMER?
The CuddlyWrap is made of 100%
organic cotton. Pure cotton fabric breathes' allowing air flow between
the fibres and does not trap body heat. Darker colours in any fabric
will feel warmer because of increased heat absorption in direct sunlight,
compared to lighter colours that reflect sunrays.
HOW CAN I USE THE CUDDLYWRAP IN THE WINTER?
The CuddlyWrap can be worn
over your jacket or coat with the baby or toddler in their snowsuit,
in either the face-in or face out position. You can also
wear the CuddlyWrap under a babywearing coat or vest.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR MAINTAINING BACK COMFORT
One of the most common reasons for back fatigue, particularly in the lower back, is that the CuddlyWrap is tied too loosely and the baby or toddler is being carried too low. This puts stress on the lower back. In general, a snug fit when first tying the wrap, and before placing the baby in the CuddlyWrap, will ensure that baby is carried high enough which will reduce stress on the lower back.
The CuddlyWrap is designed
to move with you and your baby, to be secure yet not restrictive. If
you are carrying a heavier baby or toddler for an extended period of
time, their weight may stretch the fabric so that you no longer have
a snug fit. This will result in the baby/toddler being carried lower
and increasing lower back fatigue. It's worth taking the time to take
the baby/toddler out and retie the CuddlyWrap. It is also important
to wash and dry the CuddlyWrap regularly so that the cotton fibers bounce
back to their original shape.
If the fabric is not fanned out across your back, if it is twisted or bunched, it will cause pressure on the back muscle beneath it. The heavier the baby, the more back discomfort or fatigue you will feel as a result. It's worth the comfort to take a moment to ensure the fabric is properly fanned across your back and shoulders.
It's important too, to be aware of your body mechanics as you move through your day with the baby in the CuddlyWrap. Although it is possible to bend over with a baby properly positioned in the CuddlyWrap, this is not good for your back - use your legs and bend your knees. Also watch how you are reaching - turn your body and reach straight up or out rather than twisting and reaching.
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