How to Carry a Newborn in a Wrap

Expanding your family is an important decision. Once you add a baby to your family, whether you are a first time parent or a veteran parent, your life will be forever changed. One of the most important tasks you will have as a parent is to bond with your new baby. One way to do this is through regular skin-to-skin contact, and a convenient way to provide this type of contact is to hold your baby in a wrap, which will support her while holding her close to your chest. Holding your baby in a wrap may have additional benefits, such as being more content and learning more.

Instructions

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      Fold the fabric for your wrap in half lengthwise. This will give your wrap some extra strength and stability when you place your baby in the wrap.

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      Pick up the center of the fabric with the opening at the top. Place the center of the wrap on your abdomen.

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      Cross the fabric behind your back. Then move one end of the remaining fabric forward over your left shoulder. Move the second end of the remaining fabric forward over your right shoulder.

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      Cross the fabric from your left shoulder to your right hip and tuck it under the fabric across your waist. Then cross the fabric from your right shoulder to your left hip and tuck it under the fabric across your waist.

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      Move the ends of fabric that are tucked under the fabric across your abdomen around your waist to your back. (If there is enough fabric behind your back, you may cross the fabric behind your back and bring it front.) Then double knot the fabric.

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      Once your baby has good head control, he can face outward.
      Once your baby has good head control, he can face outward.

      Hold your baby facing you and support his head. Your baby's bottom will be supported by the fabric crossed in front of your waist.

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      Place the baby's right leg between your chest and the fabric that crosses from your left shoulder to your right hip. Then carefully move the baby's left leg between your chest and the fabric crossing from your right shoulder to your left hip. Ensure that the baby's bottom is positioned on the fabric crossing in front of your waist.

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      Spread the fabric crossing from your right shoulder to your left hip across baby's left side. Spread the fabric crossing from your left shoulder to your right hip across the baby's right side. Finally, spread the fabric that is placed across your abdomen over baby's bottom and up toward his shoulders.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wrap the fabric close to your body, so the baby is held snugly. If you will not be able to support the baby's head with your hand, gently tuck her head behind the fabric crossing from one of your shoulders.
  • If your baby doesn't feel well supported in your wrap, immediately take her out of the wrap and rewrap the fabric tighter. Never underestimate your baby's activity, and be prepared to readjust your baby's position as necessary. Never wear your baby in a wrap in a vehicle.
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