Instructions

The Nurture Sling can be worn with baby in front, side or back position.
All-in-all there are at least 6 different carrying positions available.




Directions for wearing the sling
  • Fold the sling in half with the seam/round pocket on the bottom.
  • Check seam and fabric for signs of wear and tear prior to use. To protect your baby, do not use if significant signs of wear and tear are evident.
  • Put your arm through the sling, The seam/rounded pocket should be at the bottom.
  • Pull the sling over your head onto your opposite shoulder. The seam/rounded pocket goes low on the front near your navel. There should be a double thickness of fabric across your back and front.
  • Keep the fabric wide on your shoulder and back so the weight is evenly distributed.
  • Hold your baby over your shoulder, then open the sling with your free hand.
  • Slide your baby in, feet first into the sling pocket. Put your baby’s bottom or feet in the deepest part of the sling, at the rounded seam.
  • Your baby should now be snuggled into the sling.
  • Make sure baby’s chin is not pushed against his/her chest. Do not wear the sling under clothing.
  • You can adjust where the seam/round pocket is depending on how you are carrying your baby and how big your baby is.
  • The sling can be worn on either shoulder and you can easily switch between the two.

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Other positions
From here you can easily choose to carry the baby in the following four positions; Cradle, Tummy² , Baby Back and Joey.

Cradle(1+2)
1.-Baby lying down, in nursing position. Bottom or feet go in the deepest part of the sling.
There is a full view with lots of things to see, but your child can also choose to just look at you and limit his/her stimuli from the "outside world" when tired or overstimulated. When placing a baby in the sling always make sure that the baby’s chin is not resting against his/her chest as this may hinder airflow.
2.-The child can be carried in this position lying down on the opposite side as well, a position great for nursing mothers with a larger bust. You can adjust where the seam/round pocket is, depending on how you are carrying your baby and how big your baby is. This position when carrying an infant is only recommended when nursing.


Tummy²
3.-With baby lying against your chest, tummy to tummy.
Lower baby into pouch with feet tucked in, (for feet out see hip carry which can be done carrying centred on the body) then adjust sling to support his/her back and head. Make sure baby’s chin is not pushed against his/her chest. Your sling must fit nice and snug to do this carry safely.


Joey
4.-Your child is sitting up in the sling, feet in front/under, facing out just like a joey! Start in cradle position and then gently re-position your child turning him/her facing out. You can then move the legs from the one side to more in front, cross-legged even. Your child should be old enough to support his/her head and to sit up with some support.

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Hip and Side for older babies who can hold their heads up;
Slide your baby/toddler in under the sling (holding on firmly).
Put him/her with the legs apart, just as you would carrying on your hip.
Now open the sling and sit him/her into it, making sure the fabric surrounds the child's bottom, pulled up to the knee-fold, and that there's no way to slide through to the ground.

Hip
5.-Your child sits on your hip.
The side/hip position takes a bit more practice, but it's well worth the effort.
(It's not that hard when you actually do it.) Let the baby slide down in between you and the sling, with the legs around you, then pull the sling out for the baby to sit in. Thats it! Remember to pull up the fabric to support their back and to give them nowhere to go if they decide to push back off you.

Side
6.-Your child moves from hip position to both legs on your one side towards your back. Your child's upper body will be lying down as in cradle but his/her legs will dangle between you from the kneefold down. (This is a great position for older children when they want a nurse or sleep and no longer fit lying down in cradle).

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Breast-feeding
To breast-feed in cradle position, simply pull down the fabric between you and baby, on the side the sling is carried on and uncover your breast. You can gather up the fabric that sits on your shoulder or even flip it over once to have your baby brought up a little higher. If your child is big enough to comfortably do so you can also rest their head on the outer fabric’s edge (the hemmed seam) for support. When nursing a new-born is might be easier to simply hold them up with one arm to get them to the right nursing height. Remember to never bring your breast to the baby - always bring your baby to your breast.You can pull up the piece of fabric that is facing out for extra privacy and to limit a curious child’s “outside” stimuli if they are restless feeders. Other suitable and easy positions for when breast-feeding are Hip, Side and Tummy².