For the newborn baby, it can be left in the fetal position, legs curled up on itself. Thereafter, the "frog" (sitting-squatting) position is recommended: rounded back, but leg bent up (knees above the buttocks, aproximatively at belly button height). This is the most natural position for the baby when snuggling against us.
Inside the garment: The garment should fit snugly to provide good support. You should feel that the baby's weight is evenly distributed without pressure points. The fabric should support the back, shoulders, and buttocks up under the knees. The head should also be supported if you get up. Airways must be clear and visible at all times, the chin should not touch his chest (chin up). The ideal height: mum should be able to kiss baby.
While it is well positioned, your baby can fall asleep snuggled up against you. Make sure that:
- BABY'S AIRWAYS ARE CLEAR AND HE/SHE IS BREATHING NORMALLY.
- THE THREE LAYERS OF FABRIC ARE COVERING HIS/HER BUTT, BACK AND SHOULDERS.
Caution you must take when wearing the baby in a garment:
- Make sure the position is not too "relaxed" (too rounded back), and check if support is well spread from below the knee to the other.
- Always make sure the baby is breathing normally, the airway must never be obstructed.
- Avoid heat stroke. Be on the lookout for signs of discomfort, especially if it is a very warm day. Heat rash, wet hair, are the signs.
- Don't sleep, do sports or cook with baby inside the garment. Avoid any situation where a fall could occur.
- Make sure the garment is always clean (wash before first wear) and in good condition. If a seam is about to open, discontinue the use of carrier or garment.
Note: The care of premies, low-weight babies or babies with health problems should always be under the supervision of a qualified health professional. Make sure you have consulted your healthcare professional prior to using skin-to-skin garments.