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Using Your Sling

 

At Zanytoes, we want babywearing to be a positive experience for caregivers and babies alike. We love those snuggles that come with a properly worn baby and want all caregivers to experience them as well. We want our sling users to know how to properly wear their Zanytoes sling and be confident that their baby is safe and comfortable.

Proper infant positioning is so very important for a positive babywearing experience. Your baby’s face should be VISIBLE and KISSABLE at all times while in the sling. Their position should be the same as if you were holding them in your arms. Always be aware of your baby’s breathing, especially while she is asleep. Her chin should never touch her chest.

Zanytoes recommends the upright heart -to-heart hold for newborns up to 6 months. The hip carry is great once your baby is sitting unassisted. The kangaroo hold allows your baby to face the world for short periods of time from about 3 months, and for hands-free nursing, the cradle position will allow you to carry on with your busy day while nurturing your little one.


Putting on your Zanytoes Sling        

Photobucket The sling goes diagonally over your torso.

Photobucket Slip the rings over your head, and bring the arm opposite the rings out of the fabric.

PhotobucketBegin with the rings high up on your shoulder.         

Photobucket You want the sling fairly tight against your torso; a good way to check for fit is to put your elbow down into the pouch and pull the fabric loosely against it.


Photobucket Photobucket To tighten your sling, pull out, then over


            Heart-to-Heart Carry

Photobucket Hold baby in burp position on the shoulder opposite the rings
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  Legs-in newborn: Cross baby’s feet under her and slide her legs into the pouch
Photobucket Legs out: Reach through the bottom of the sling with your free hand and gently bring the baby’s feet through the sling. Push up on baby’s heels to bring the knees up and settle her bottom into the pouch.
Photobucket Baby’s knees and bottom should form an M shape with knees higher than bottom in a squat position.
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The sling fabric should be pouched between you and baby, and be under baby’s bottom and legs from knee to knee.
Photobucket Tighten the top rail by lifting baby’s weight off the rings, pull the fabric out to your side then back over baby so she is held snugly against your chest. Sling fabric should cover baby snugly from neck to knees.

 

                                                                                                                                                                 Kangaroo Carry-- from about 4 months

PhotobucketHold your baby to your side opposite the rings, facing out.

PhotobucketSlide her into the pouch with her feet in front of her, knees up, and settle her bottom into the pouch.

PhotobucketTighten the top rail by lifting baby’s weight off the rings, pull the fabric out to your side then back over baby so she is held snugly against your chest.

                                                                                                                                                                              Hip Carry-- from about 6 months
Photobucket Hold baby in burp position on the shoulder opposite the rings
Photobucket Reach through the bottom of the sling with your free hand and gently bring the baby’s feet through the sling, spread the fabric under her bottom from knee to knee.
Photobucket Slide baby around to your hip in a seated position with her legs higher than her bottom.
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The sling fabric should be pouched between you and baby, and be under baby’s bottom and legs from knee to knee.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nursing/Cradle Position
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Hold baby in burp position on the shoulder opposite the rings
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Settle the baby down into the pouch of the sling so that her head is level with the top rail.

PhotobucketTighten the top rail by lifting baby’s weight off the rings, pull the fabric out to your side then back over baby. Nurse your baby.

PhotobucketThe tail makes a great nursing cover.

Photobucket Reposition your baby to the heart-to-heart carry when she is done nursing.

                                                                             Removing Baby From Sling
Photobucket While supporting your baby with one hand, loosen the top rail by lifting up and out on the top ring.
 Lift baby with both hands, and slide her out of the sling and onto your shoulder.



Wearing Tips

Photobucket Fabric should be well spread across your shoulder and arm movement slightly restricted.

Photobucket Fabric should be well spread across your back with no twisting or bunching.

Photobucket The shoulder seam should be on top of your shoulder, and the rings should be in corsage position at your collarbone.

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PhotobucketA newborn baby should always be positioned above your bellybutton, and you should be able to kiss the top of her head by tipping your chin down.