What should my baby wear when I wear him in the winter?
Depending to the carry you use, baby is already covered by 2 or 3 layers of fabric, and the contact between your two bodies generates heat.
It’s best not to add too many layers and to wear him in the same clothes he has on when inside the house.
You then have two choices:
- Cover both of you at the same time with the same outdoor garment: vest, jacket or babywearing coat.
- Use a folded fleece blanket and put it between the pocket and the cross passes when you’re wearing baby in Advanced PWCC.
These two options are quite convenient when you go in and out a lot: from the street to the bus, to the street to a store…
If you’re using your car, have a blanket or sweater ready for baby when you get him out of the wrap to put him in his car seat.
You can find convenient, babywearing-friendly, especially designed coats in the online store.
How to use a folded fleece blanket in case of low temperatures:
How long can I wear my baby?
The time you spend wearing your baby will vary according to his age and needs.
Keep in mind that babywearing isn’t a passive activity, the baby must make the most out of it without being subjected to its relative drawbacks.
We therefore recommend changing carries frequently and not keeping your baby in the same position for more than two hours.
Your baby will probably tell you himself that he needs to stretch and get out of the wrap after a nap.
Can I wear my baby from his first day?
Maybe you won’t need the wrap to carry your baby right after he’s born. It’s just as magical to meet your baby holding him in your arms and being aware of how he naturally comes snuggling against you.
But it is possible to wear your baby from the very first days and help him adjust to life on Earth after 9 months in mother’s womb. At the hospital for instance if your baby needs physical contact but you need some rest, you can wear him in a Vertical / Seated Cradle position while sitting on your bed.
Listen to yourself and to your body if you feel tired. A mother coming out of labor and delivery may not wear her baby as much as the father who was able to keep all his energy for these first moments.
You can leave the hospital with your baby in the wrap, against Mommy’s or Daddy’s chest.
When wearing your infant, pay attention to the safety recommendations when it comes to choosing the best position.
You will find all the information and recommendations here.
Up to what age can I wear my baby?
From birth up to 14kg.
We recommend our wraps for an extensive use up to the moment the child starts walking. With these new motor skills, children usually don’t want to be worn as much. And they’re heavier to carry!
But the wrap allows hip and back carries with a child up to 14kg, for instance if you go hiking with a 3 year-old.
The age of the baby and the kind of carry you use will have an influence on how long you will wear your baby. It all depends on how available you are, on your family history, on where you live (countryside? big city?), on your culture… To sum up, to each his own babywearing experience. There are no standards but there are recommendations. It’s up to each family to keep on wearing their baby after the first months when it is more natural. Babywearing as we like to share it is about self-confidence and freedom of choice. Welcome to parenthood!
Front carries are generally used during the first weeks, at home or anywhere else: at work, travelling… Infants have a strong need for contact in these first months and babywearing is an adequate response.
As the baby acquires more motor skills he’ll start appreciating being in his playpen, he’ll be worn less and less, and most of the time on the hip or the back in order to give him a broader field of vision and more space to move his hands.
As time goes by you may feel guilty because you wear him too much, or use the wrap to put him to sleep…or not! As your child comes to a new stage of development you’ll forget these doubts. Then he’ll start crawling, getting bigger and heavier, learning to self-soothe, wanting to discover the environment on his own… he may be 6 months, 1 year old, there is no rule.
Then maybe when he’s 3 you’ll go hiking, there’ll be another baby, he’ll be sick and you’ll use the wrap with him once again to wear him on the front, the hip or the back. You’ll remember babywearing in its essence: an act of love, and a convenient one.
Can I nurse in the wrap?
Yes! The carry will depend on how old the baby is and how big mommy’s chest is.
Nursing in the wrap must not be considered an achievement, it’s just convenient when you have no choice or when baby is already in the wrap. Of course if you’re at home you won’t put your baby in the wrap just for nursing.
Once you and your baby are used to nursing in various positions, you can nurse in emergency situations in everyday life: while picking up a toddler from preschool, in the bus, walking in the street, shopping…
During your baby’s first days, to accelerate the production of mature milk, get a lot of skin-to-skin contact with him.
If you spread every tail and pass it’ll be as if you were dressed (nice if you’re having family over or are at the hospital in a double room) and your body will naturally do what it needs to.
- Nursing in the Cradle Carry:
This is quite nice with a newborn once you’ve had a chance to get acquainted with the carry, don’t try everything at the same time!
A quick tip: when baby’s really hungry he can start nursing once he’s in the first strap, and you can finish adjusting the carry as he nurses.
Baby can also nurse in a Cradle position in the cross passes that are in front of you when you have him in Back PWCC (see pic).
- Nursing Tummy-to-tummy in PWCC :
This is a great position if you have an overactive let-down since baby’s head is slightly higher than your breast.
This can be done with a newborn once breastfeeding has become easy for you.
You never know until you try the position, so don’t hesitate and try several times.
This is the position to use for babies who don’t like Cradle Carry.
It’s also interesting for a mother with large breasts
Put your hands in the wrap under baby’s bottom, shift him to the side and slide him down to the appropriate level so he can latch. The wraps stretches, take advantage of it!
Baby’s head must not be covered by the wrap, but you can pull the strap all the way from your shoulder to get some slack and hide his head without pinning it to your breast.
- Nursing outside PWCC without taking off the wrap:
For more privacy, you can cover Baby’s head with the wrap, but it’s important to hold his head with your hand as he latches: the fabric will just hide his head, as Baby should be able to freely move away from the breast.
Don’t use the cradle carry if your Baby suffers from acid reflux. It’s better to nurse him in a vertical position.
Nursing in the superior strap of the cradle carry :
How can I support my baby’s head when he falls asleep on my back?
If baby falls asleep on your back in Double Hammock and his heads is lolling sideways, you can use the strap on the same side to cover his head.
Grap the upper rail of the strap that is closest to baby’s head
Pull it upwards to get some slack
Bring the slack to baby’s head (cover his hair, not his face).
This is easier if you bend a little and baby’s head can come closer to your back.
Important: when Baby’s asleep, his limbs will relax, so you may need to adjust or tighten the wrap a bit. Make sure his knees are high enough so that his head his properly supported.
How can I support my baby’s head when he’s asleep in the wrap?
When you’re wearing an infant who has no head control at all, be careful that his posture is respectful of the natural positioning of his head and body.
In the Vertical / Seated Cradle Carry, the head is supported (but not necessarily covered) by the strap on the same side. Look at your baby to do all the necessary adjustments.
In front carries, a good sitting position (legs squat, rounded back, knees as high as navel) relieves baby from supporting the weight of his head. If his head lolls sideways you can gently cover it with the strap. Pull the fabric from your back to the front to get some slack before covering baby’s head.
Babies who don’t like having fabric on their head during waking moments may not mind being covered when they are asleep.
Important: when Baby’s asleep, his limbs will relax, so you may need to adjust or tighten the wrap a bit. Make sure his knees are high enough so that his head his properly supported.
My baby doesn’t like fabric on his head during waking moments. Do I need to cover his head?
Baby’s head doesn’t have to be covered by the wrap (some babies can’t even bear the feeling of fabric on their head), but before he reaches 4 months, his head must be supported at least at ear-level (see pic)
Baby’s airway must be clear at all times.
When Baby has good head control, use a cap.
My baby doesn’t like nursing in the cradle carry, what can I do?
There are two important stages of baby’s development:
- Before three months, baby has no head control and it’ll be harder to nurse in an upright position.
Here are a few tips and ideas:
- Maybe your baby doesn’t like to have his head covered when he’s nursing. You can try Nursing – Head Outside Wrap and see if there’s any change.
- Baby’s feet must not be inside the wrap or he can push himself up and that usually irritates him
- Baby can be really tense if he’s hungry. You can help him latch as soon as you have him in the first strap, wait a bit until he’s calmer, and adjust the second strap. Take your time and talk to him as you help him latch.
- After 3 months, or once he has good head control, you can try nursing with baby sitting in Advanced PWCC. Pull the pocket down to free his legs and slide him to the side with your hands under the cross passes. Once he’s done nursing you can lift him back up in Advanced PWCC.
If you feel that some positions are uncomfortable for your Baby or that he just doesn’t like them, just listen to him and use those he seems most comfortable with.
Seeing an osteopath or chiropractor, if particular procedures were used during birth (forceps, C-section…), can help your child ease some tensions from his very first days, and he’ll enjoy being wrapped even more.
Watch our Nursing tutorial videos.
Baby’s head is pressed hard against my breast when he nurses in the wrap. How can we be more comfortable?
If baby’s nursing in the Cradle Carry with the wrap covering his head, he can be bothered by the fabric holding his head.
If that’s the case, here’s what you can try:
- get his head out of the strap and support it with your hand
- get some slack by pulling the strap from your back forward
- get more fabric under baby’s neck so that the strap is wider on your shoulder.
Baby’s mouth should be leveled with your breast, just the same as when he’s nursing in your arms.
Don’t be afraid to slide him to the center of your body if he’s in a cradle carry so that his nostrils are unbothered;
pull the pocket down and put both hands under the wrap.
More info in our Nursing video tutorials.
My baby wants to look around but doesn’t have good head control yet. Which carry should I use?
The Vertical / Seated Cradle Carry is interesting for a small baby who wants to look around. It gives him a broader field of vision than tummy-to-tummy positions before you can wear him in hip carries.
My 4 months-old wriggles and gets his arms out of the wrap
Usually, a kid who wriggles doesn’t want to be worn, or doesn’t like the position.
You should listen to him and get him out of the wrap before he litterally wriggles himself free.
Babywearing is not only useful for transportation, but it’s an important part of everyday parenting.
If you’re at home and your baby wants out of the wrap, it’s better to put him down – forcing him to remain in the wrap would go against respectful parenting.
There are periods during which baby goes from new motor acquisition to new discovery. This will imply changing your babywearing habits (to put him on your hip on back), especially during waking moments.
Hip carries give him a broader field of vision.
If you’re wearing him in «transportation mode», things are a bit different. If you can’t put him down (on the market, in the street…), tell him what «the rules» are: «you must stay in the wrap, Mommy needs to wear you for a while to buy groceries…».
Although babywearing is about attachment, don’t forget to explain to your child what you expect of him, same as when you have to put him in his car seat for example.
If he doesn’t calm down after you talk to him, gently rock him… maybe he’s just trying to make a point and tell you he doesn’t want to be worn… for the time being.
My baby cries when he awakes in the wrap
After a long sleep, baby probably needs to stretch or change position. Take him out of the wrap and try another carry next time you wear him.
The JPMBB wrap enables you to practice dynamic babywearing.
Your baby may also be hungry or need changing. Wearing your child is a great way to start preverbal communication.
I think my baby doesn’t like being worn: he straightens his legs and back every time I try to put him in the wrap
Straightening and tensing his body is baby’s way of telling you something. Here are a few tips to try and understand what he wants to say:
- it’s new to him and he needs to get used to the sensation (especially if you were used to carrying him in front-pack carriers)
- he doesn’t like being handled when you put him in the wrap but may calm down once you’re done and start walking
- he is uncomfortable in this position: don’t be shy and try another one. This often happens when baby reaches 3 or 4 months and wants to be more active
- it’s a bad time (he’s hungry, needs changing…). It may be best to try again in a little while.
- It’s your first time using the wrap and you’re a bit tense. Baby can feel your tension and fears, but it’ll change as you acquire more self-confidence.
- He needs to see what you’re doing
- He doesn’t feel that he’s being held in a secure, deep sitting position.
- He’s cranky and about to fall asleep.
It seems that baby is not in a correct sitting position. How do I know the position is correct?
A good carry is respectful of baby’s natural foetal position:
- deep sitting position: buttocks are supported from one knee to the other
- pelvis is tilted forward
- baby’s weight is supported by his bottom, never his legs or ankles
- back is evenly supported
- knees are flexed at the level of the navel
- head – spine axis is respected
Position in Vertical/Seated Cradle:
Position in Off Centered Front Carry:
Position in Front Carry:
Position in Hip Carry:
Don’t hesitate to adjust the wrap if you feel that the position is not right. A well-adjusted wrap is the clue to a good positioning.
You will find all the necessary information about correct positioning in the video tutorials for each carry.
I just tried my first back carry with my 9 months-old but he keeps pushing on his arms…
Discovering back carries with a Baby over 9 months isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
It’s easier if Baby’s used to being worn from his first weeks. If you’ve never wrapped him and want to start with back carries, it may not be the best way to discover babywearing. You could try other carriers that might suit you best.
If Baby is used to being worn, the important things about doing back carries with bigger Babies are:
- Wait for Baby to be in the right mood. This especially applies to toddlers who will discover the carries with you. Wrapping them without their consent won’t be possible.
- Explain what «the rules» are once he is on your back. Let him know what is going to happen.
- You can start practicing by placing him on your back without the wrap. Bend over to get Baby to face your back.
- Hold one of Baby’s arms under your own arm to secure Baby on your back even if you stand up straight.
- Invite him to rest his head on your neck and to sit astride you
- Rock him playfully (pretend you’re a plane, a lift…)
- Maybe then, or next time, you will be able to grab the wrap and get your wrap job done quietly.
I noticed that the fabric leaves marks on my baby’s legs. Can this be dangerous?
After wearing your baby for a long time, you may notice that his skin is reddish on places where the fabric was in a bulk. This does not mean ateries or blood flow are bothered.
Be careful that he has no pressure points on his groin (for instance, when baby’s in a cloth diaper and you do a Vertical / Seated Cradle Carry).
Denim trousers and other thick fabric clothes can also cause the skin to redden because of the seams.
When can I start doing hip carries?
You can do hip carries as soon as your Baby has good head control and can grab his toes or ankles with his hands, generally around 3-4 months.
Grabbing his feet means that Baby can bend his legs and squat, his knees come further apart and his pelvis is mature enough to be worn on the hip (or the back).
Hip carries give him a 180° field of vision, he can observe actively what’s around and satisfy his growing curiosity.
Baby’s eyesight comes to maturity at this same period of time.
Yes, in the Vertical / Seated Cradle Carry or Front Carry position.
Baby needs to be able to remove his head from the bottle.
What should my baby wear when I wear him in summer?
Baby’s body temperature will adjust to yours, which is why he shouldn’t be too covered from the start.
In case of high temperatures, both you and Baby should only wear thin cotton clothes. Baby’s arms and legs should be out of the wrap. Protect his extremities from the sun (shoes, hat, sunblock).
Baby must be able to drink as he needs (nurse regularly, offer water bottle).
In front or back carries, you may be hot where your two bodies are in contact. This is normal; heat is due to body-to-body contact, rather than to the wrap itself. The sensation of heat comes from the contact with Baby, which makes it much nicer than if it were a rucksack.
Safety rules reminder.
Should I pay attention to my stronger shoulder when doing hip or back carries?
For back or hip carries it is more important to know which is your stronger hip: the one you have your baby sit on when you carry him in your arms.
It’s not necessarily on the same side as your stronger shoulder.
Pay attention to which side feels more natural to you before trying back or hip carries.
I think my baby’s too low on my back in Double Hammock
How can I get him to see over my shoulder?
Double Hammock is a high back carry that gives Baby a broader field of vision as he gets older and bigger.
How you tighten the wrap will affect where on your back Baby will end up. The first tries may not be as perfect as you’d like – don’t worry, keep on practicing, and soon you will do this carry more easily and you will be able to tighten the wrap more precisely, to get baby higher on back and distribute his weight evenly.
Tips for a good start:
- get Baby high on your back, preferably using the Santa Toss with the wrap tight around him, Baby already in a spread squat position
- Use the intermediate knot on the thigh to keep the fabric tight and adjusted as you tie the wrap:
Intermediate knot on the thigh, to make Double Hammock or other back carries easier.
(AKA «garter belt»).
Placing Baby on back, Santa Toss style, from a sitting position (when Baby can sit on his own):
Placing Baby on back, Santa Toss style, from a lying position (for infants):