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Choosing the correct size for your Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch

How To Wear Your Sling > Adjustable Fleece Pouch

Cradle Carry | Breastfeeding | Kangaroo Carry | Tummy-to-Tummy | Hip Carry | Back Carry

Please remember that learning to use a baby sling will take some time and practice to learn to easily and quickly place your baby comfortably and securely inside. You will have more success if your baby is well rested and fed before you begin.

In all positions, except for the HIP CARRY, your Kangaroo Fleece Pouch can be worn on either shoulder. Your Adjustable Fleece Pouch will arrive snapped in the tightest position. Please try the sling on before you pick your baby up. It should feel snug and possibly uncomfortable. Once your baby is inside, his or her weight will help to stretch the sling out so it becomes more comfortable.

When wearing your baby in the HIP carry, please wear your pouch on the shoulder it was snapped for. You don't remember? When worn CORRECTLY, the snaps will be located BEHIND YOUR SHOULDER ON YOUR BACK, rather than facing forward on your chest. This is extremely important to ensure your baby does not possibly unsnap the pouch while they are being worn.

In all front positions (cradle carry, kangaroo carry, tummy to tummy and nursing positions), the center of the pouch (the serged seam where the two pouch pieces are stitched together) should always be centered down the front of your body, over your navel. Baby's butt is ALWAYS SITTING ON THIS INNER SERGED SEAM, no matter what position you are using.

You can begin wearing your baby in your pouch as soon as he or she is born. My son was in his pouch within 24 hours of birth.

Many babies love being upright in the "tummy to tummy" position right next to mom's heartbeat, while others prefer the cradle position so they can see their world passing by. You'll know soon what your baby prefers. Nursing in the pouch is easy. To help baby maintain a proper latch (in order to prevent sore nipples), support your baby's head with the crook of your arm. To nurse on the other breast, you may need to put the pouch on your other shoulder.

NOTE!! In all positions, please make sure your baby's bottom is always sitting on the inner serged seam (where the two pieces of pouch are stitched together in the middle).

The instructions below show the pouch being worn on the "LEFT" shoulder. If you will be wearing the pouch on your "RIGHT" shoulder, switch the lefts and rights in the following directions.

Unfold your Adjustable Fleece Pouch so that it looks like this.

Put your right arm through the opening on the side away from the open edges.

 
Slide the Pouch over your head onto your left shoulder. The open edges (the bound edges) should be near your neck. The folded edges should be over your shoulder. The snaps should be behind your shoulder, on your back. Center the width of the pouch over the ball of your shoulder. Position the pouch seam across the center of your body for the cradle, tummy to tummy and kangaroo carry (as shown in the above photo). For the hip and back carry, position the pouch seam along the side of your body.

When wearing your pouch, make sure you are not wearing it inside out. When worn correctly, the snap "flap" (fabric with the unused rows of snaps) should be flat against your back. You should not see the Kangaroo Korner label. 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your pouch has now created a "pocket" similar to a piece of pita bread. Your baby will always ride inside of the pocket. Please ensure that there is always fabric behind and in front of your baby. In addition, there will almost always be fabric between your baby and your body (except for when nursing).

Newborn, Cradle Position (0-6 months):
This position is best for when baby is awake and wants to see out of the pouch. Position the Pouch so that the bottom seam is near your navel. The snaps should be behind your shoulder or in the middle of your back for this position, regardless of what shoulder you are wearing your pouch on. Hold your baby with your left arm and open the Pouch with your right hand. Place your baby in the Pouch in a "sitting" position, rather than a "laying" position so that your baby's bottom rests on the inner serged seam and your baby's head is high on your chest on the left side of your body. Start moving. Your baby enjoys motion. Walking around will help you both adjust to your Pouch. Adjustable Pouches are designed to fit snugly so this position will only work with little babies (up to 18 lbs or so).

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Horizontal Nursing

Vertical Nursing

Breastfeeding (all ages):
Adjustable Fleece Pouches are designed to fit snugly. You may prefer to have your Pouch snapped on a looser snap position for nursing horizontally, but ensure that your baby is not too low or you will experience back pain.

Nursing horizontally (0-9 months, depending on baby's length): Place your baby in the sleeping/nursing position, opposite of what you see in Fig. 4. You will need to place the Pouch on the opposite shoulder to nurse from the other breast. Around 2 months of age, your baby will probably need to stick his feet out of the pouch to accommodate his length. Ensure the lower edge of binding is wrapped securely behind his knees with his butt lower than his legs.

Nursing vertically (all ages): Place your toddler in the tummy to tummy position . Your child will find it comfortable to bend his head forward into the pouch to nurse as you help by tilting your breast upward. This position also works well with infants. My son is 5 months in this photo. Once baby is older, you can also nurse with baby on your hip.

Kangaroo Carry (3-12 months):
As you become comfortable with your Adjustable Fleece Pouch and as your baby grows, you may prefer other positions such as sitting cross legged. The seam of the pouch should be centered across your front and the snaps will be behind your shoulder or in the middle of your back, regardless of what shoulder you are wearing the pouch on. Hold your baby in front of you with their legs crossed. Insert them, butt first, into the bottom of the pouch. Your baby's feet should be crossed in front of her stomach/chest. Pull up the fabric in between your chest and your baby's back, high up your chest. We recommend this position for babies under 22 lbs and/or 29-30". Babies over these limits can cause you lower back pain as the pouch will not distribute their weight well.

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Tummy to Tummy:
This is the position we recommend you begin with when wearing your new pouch. It is the easiest to get baby in and out of and takes up the least amount of room. It is also one of the best positions for newborns. However, this position can be used with all ages?birth to weaning. The seam of the pouch should be centered across your front and the snaps will be behind your shoulder or in the middle of your back, regardless of what shoulder you are wearing the pouch on. Hold your baby over your shoulder with her feet tucked in front of her stomach and insert her, butt first, into the bottom of the pouch. Please ensure that there is fabric between the bottom portion of baby's body and your stomach and that her feet are comfortably tucked inside the bottom of the pouch, in front of her stomach. Pull the upper edge of the pouch high up over her back. Small babies need extra support so make sure you pull the pouch up high enough to support the back of their head and neck.

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Wearing your baby on your hip (4+ months):
This is the most popular position to wear your baby in your Pouch and the one you will use for the longest period. Once your baby has good head control (between 4-6 months and up) you can wear your baby on your hip. Put the Pouch on with the inner serged seam on the right side of your body and the snaps just behind your shoulder. Lower your baby into the Pouch with your baby's legs straddling your hip. Your baby's butt should rest on the inner serged seam. Make sure the lower edge of fabric is thoroughly covering baby's butt and thighs, with the lower edge of binding in the crease of his knees. His calves and feet will be sticking out of the bottom of the pouch. Then pull the upper edge of fabric/binding up his back and under his arms. Some babies like the fabric pulled over their shoulders?this works well for discrete nursing, too.

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Wearing your baby on your back (15+ months):
Once your baby is securely in the hip position (see above), you may slide the Pouch and baby around to your back. The snaps should be on your front chest. Make sure they are NOT resting on your shoulder. Pay attention to your baby's movements because it is possible to climb out of the Pouch. Bring your child back to the front if he/she is trying to get out. We recommend this position with cooperative babies, age 15+ months. Although, you can briefly use this position with children who are at least 6 months old if you quickly need them out of the way.

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More Ideas-?Troubleshooting for very small babies
If your baby is "lost" down in the fabric there are several things you can do:

Turn your baby around so that your baby's head is on your left side. You can also adjust the position of the bottom seam so that it is closer to baby's feet. The Adjustable Fleece pouch is not as deep when used this way so please be sure your baby is secure.

Put a towel or receiving blanket beneath your baby, or just under their head to act as a "pillow".

Tighten your pouch to a smaller snap setting. If you are at the tightest setting and still feel that your pouch is too big, please contact me so you can exchange your sling for a smaller size.

Choosing the correct size
Adjustable Fleece Pouches are available in 4 different sizes?Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. Each Pouch has 4 snap settings and there are two rows of overlap in between sizes.

Your pouch should feel snug, but not constricting. A snug fit will allow you to carry your baby up high on your body and snug against your chest?this snugness protects your back. If your baby is riding too low, this will pull on your back and cause lower backache. It is normal for it to be somewhat difficult to get your baby inside of the pouch initially. Do not hesitate to pull on the fabric?it's meant to be tugged on! Once your baby is inside, her weight will help to even out the pouch for a secure, snug fit.

How can you tell if your pouch is too small? Generally, if you can get baby into the pouch and it feels snug and comfortable, the pouch is the right size. You'll know the pouch is too small if you simply cannot find any way to get baby in the pouch, even on the loosest row of snaps.

How can you tell if your pouch is too big? When your baby is in the pouch, the lowest part of his body should be above your waist. If you are wearing the pouch on the tightest row of snaps and your baby is riding below your waist, the pouch is too big.If youare wearing your pouch on the tightest row of snaps comfortably and your child is 6 months or younger, you should consider exchange it for one size smaller - as your baby gets bigger and heavier, the pouch will stretch more and the pouch may become too big.

Our sizing chart is extremely accurate so if you are well within the guidelines for a size, but still feel it is too small/too big, please contact us immediately for sizing/wearing assistance. You have 30 days to exchange your pouch for a new size/color?please review the exchange instructions that were provided with your package.

If you are pregnant, please wait until your baby is born to determine if your pouch is the right size. It's impossible to tell how a baby will feel with a large tummy in the way!

Washing Instructions
Your Adjustable Fleece Pouch is made of 100% Malden Mills polyester polar fleece. It can easily be machine washed and dried. It will not shrink.

Safety Instructions
Please remember that with all brands of babyslings, your baby is not tied in. It is possible for a child to climb out of a baby sling, so do not use your Adjustable Fleece Pouch with an uncooperative child. Put an arm around your baby when you bend over. Do not use your Adjustable Fleece Pouch while cooking.

**NOTE! Please make sure your pouch is correctly adjusted, with the snaps *behind* your shoulder, versus directly on your shoulder.

Please remember that with most brands of babyslings, your baby is not tied in. It is possible for a child to climb out of a baby sling, so do not use your sling with an uncooperative child. Put an arm around your baby when you bend over. Do not use your sling while cooking.

Kangaroo Korner is NOT responsible for any accidents that may occur while using your sling.


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