Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How to make 3 baby wraps out of a 60" wide piece of fabric

In my tutorial on how to make a baby wrap, I used a 45" wide piece of fabric.   If you buy a 60" wide piece of fabric, it can be a little more difficult to cut, but usually more cost effective because you end up with three baby wraps instead of two.  Check out this great tutorial on how to make baby wraps out of a 60" wide piece of fabric.

Monday, September 6, 2010

How to Wear Your Baby: Infant Hug Hold

This video demonstrates the Infant Hug Hold.  This type of hold works best with older babies, who can support their own heads.  Please refer to the safety tips on the "Newborn Cradle Hold," as they all apply to this type of hold as well.

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How to Wear Your Baby: Newborn Cradle Hold

Here is a video demonstrating the Newborn Cradle Hold.  This is the most common way I wore my baby for the first 3 months, and we still use this type of carry now when she wants to nurse or sleep.  A couple of key things to keep in mind when wearing your baby in this type of hold:

  • Make sure your baby's airway remains open.  If your baby slumps down low, with her chin against her chest, her airway can become compromised.  In the cradle hold, the baby should look just like when she is cradled in your arms.
  • Keep the baby's head high, next to your shoulder.  You should be able to kiss your baby's forehead by simply dropping your chin (without stretching).  This will help ensure that the baby's airway remains open, and that you can hear your baby breathing.
  • Make sure the baby's bottom sits at navel level or higher.  If the baby sits too low, she is more likely to become slumped and have her airway compromised.  Also, it will probably be uncomfortable for you because after a while you will feel strain in your back and shoulders.
  • Finally, to make sure the wrap is comfortable for you, make sure the fabric is spread wide across your back and wide over your shoulders.
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How to Tie a Baby Wrap: The Basic Baby Pouch

At long last, I've completed my tutorial on how to tie the Basic Baby Pouch (BBP).  It's not perfect, but I've spent too long trying to make a perfect video, and finally realized that this is as good as it's gonna get :)  Stay tuned for more tutorials on ways to "wear" your baby in the BBP, as well as other ways to tie your baby wrap.

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