Babywearing - Carrying Positions
There are many possible carrying positions that you can use for your baby or child depending on the length of sling that you choose. The longer the sling - the greater choice of positions you have. ALL sizes are suitable from BIRTH up to approximately 3 YEARS depending on the weight of your child. Each Didymos Sling comes with a DVD and a booklet of tying instructions to help you master sling tying. It's easier than you think, it just takes a bit of practice - like tying your shoe!
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The "cradle-carry" is the ideal way of rocking to sleep a new-born baby while doing other things at the same time.
When the baby is asleep you can gently lay it down together with the sling without waking it.
The Cross-Cradle (From Sling Size 3)
You can also lay your baby into the Cross Carry during the first weeks. For babies with hip-dysplasia the same applies as with the "Cradle".
The Wrap-Cross-Carry (From Sling Size 6)
This Didymos tying method has been developed from the "cross-carry". It gives even better support to your child because it uses a third strip of fabric, which crosses the baby’s back. This length of fabric can be pulled right up over the ears of very small infants in order to support their small heads in all directions. If you want to carry a bigger child in front of you, the broad crossed strips of material distribute the weight very evenly.
The Wrap-Cross-Carry Variation (From Sling Size 6)
This variation of the "Wrap-Cross-Carry" can be tied before you place your baby in it. You can also leave it tied when you take your child out again. This is very practical when you are out. You have to decide beforehand, though, how tight you want to tie the sling.
The Cross-Carry (From Sling Size 5)
The Didymos "cross-carry" is also suitable for small babies if you pull up one of the widths of the fabric so that it supports the baby’s head. Because the baby is carried in front you have a secure feeling from the beginning. The sling should be tied before you place the baby in it and can stay wrapped around the baby when you temporarily put it down or place it in a car seat for example. This method of carrying is advantageous for the development of the infant’s hips because of the straddle position of the legs. This is especially important in cases of hip-dysplasia but also good for healthy hips.
The Kangaroo-Carry (From Sling Size 4)
The "kangaroo-carry" is another way of carrying your child on your front. Our experience shows that children generally do not mind if they are carried by the cross-carry or kangaroo-carry method. It is therefore up to you to decide which method you find more elegant or comfortable.
The Hip-Carry (From Sling Size 2)
The usual carrying method for a small child is the "hip-carry". Carrying a child on the hip without a sling strains the arm and makes it tired. With the sling you can carry even a fairly heavy child for a long time without your arm becoming painful because the baby sling distributes the weight of the child equally between hip and shoulder. Apart from this the baby’s back is supported better than without the sling, an important factor when the baby is still unable to sit upright by itself.
The Hip-Cross-Carry (From Sling Size 5)
Try out which of the two hip carrying methods you and your child like best. and above all with which you feel securer. The correct frog-leg position is given with both tying methods.
On The Back
The Rucksack-Carry (From Sling Size 3)
If, for example, you want to hike up a mountain with your two-year-old child we recommend the "rucksack-carry". This method is not only ergonomically better for you, but bigger children especially enjoy the view from this more open position. You can use the "rucksack-carry" as soon as your child is able to hold its head firmly by itself.
The Rucksack-Carry Variation (From Sling Size 6)
This is the Wrap-Cross-Carry on the back. It is very comfortable and secure even for young babies.
Some children like to be carried facing outwards. You can do this, of course, with this sling, as well. However, DIDYMOS don't recommend this way of carrying - neither in the sling nor in any other carrying-device.
This is because of the following reasons:
1) The babies legs are dangling in the air, the child can't support itself and the Frog leg position is not possible.
2) The rounded back is not supported. The baby is rather encouraged to form a hollow back.
3) The baby can't check by a quick glance to your face about "dangerous" situations.
4) The baby can't withdraw from all the stimulations around him, even when he gets tired.