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How Does The CuddlyWrap Support The Baby's Spine?
The 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
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 newborn holds ensure that the baby's neck, spine and hips are fully supported. Once the baby is ready for the classic cuddle hold (4-6 weeks), 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 higher.

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?

Once the baby is old enough for the Classic Cuddle position, 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. When carrying a heavier baby it is helpful to start the tying with the logo portion above the waist and ensure that the fabric is snug over your shoulders.

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 newborns and twins, please ensure you follow the safety guidelines and instructions. Newborn twins are used to being in very close contact and overlapping arms and legs. The newborn holds or positions can be used to carry newborn twins. In the 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. Remember, in the cradle position the babies heads are high enough to kiss easily and their heads should be slightly back so that their chins are not touching their chests. 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.

I've Heard Conflicting Views On The Forward Facing Position

As more and more parents and babies are enjoying the many benefits of babywearing, there has been a corresponding increase in the research on improper positioning in all types of baby carriers and hip dysplasia. Another concern is that babies may be carried in the forward facing position before they have fully developed good head control. Therefore, the forward facing-out position is no longer recommended. While many babies like to be carried in a facing out position for short periods of time, the concern is that baby carriers enable parents to carry their baby facing out for longer periods of time than is a appropriate for the baby or comfortable for the parent. If a baby is being carried in a forward facing position, the baby’s hips need to be flexed forward with knees bent at 90° or higher and thighs at least parallel to the floor. If the baby is over stimulated - fussing, repeatedly turning head to the side, a change of positioning is required. The adult wearer may experience low back ache caused by the baby not being carried high enough or for too long. A forward facing out position shifts the baby’s weight slightly further out from the parent’s centre of gravity causing more strain on the lower back.

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. Start with the logo section above the waist and tighten the fabric that goes over your shoulders before putting the ends under the logo portion. Make sure the fabric is snug against your back and shoulders. 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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