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POUCH - Diagonal Cradle Carry with prefolded sling or flipped shoulder

Before you use a pouch, make sure it matches your measurement from shoulder to hip! Baby should be happy, dry and fed before you try new carries.

This set of instructions shows TWO METHODS:  the 'pre-fold', which is common withAmerican pouch slings.   Underneath is the 'flip-shoulder', also common in NZ.

Check your instructions to see which method your sling is intended for.  Either is fine.

This carry is suitable for newborn to 6 months or whenever they tell you they're too cramped! 

 

Step One - Prefold

Pre-fold your sling in half so the outside layer is showing. Put the sling on over your shoulder, with the two edges facing up, leaving your dominant hand free. The curved seam should rest between navel and hip.

 

Step Two - Prefold

Hold baby resting along your forearm with their legs crossed in your hand. Open the pouch and slide baby in, so their bottom is resting on the curved seam.

 

Step Three - Prefold

Baby's head should be *just* touching the outside rail (edge) and their bottom in closer to you: this makes them diagonal in the sling. If baby is in too much lengthways, it will bend them in half and affect their breathing. They should always have a nice chin-chest gap. If you notice baby's breathing is laboured, or they are too lengthways in the sling, reach your hand in and shuffle baby's body more diagonal, head to the outside rail. Baby's bottom should ALWAYS rest on the curved seam. Note: in this pic, baby's face is inwards. We recommend you face baby upwards to avoid smothering. (luckily, mine is just a doll hehe)

 

Prefold Diagonal Carry Finished - Off you go!

End result.  

 

Step One - Flip shoulder

Put the sling on over your shoulder, leaving your dominant hand free. The curved seam should rest between navel and hip.

 

Step Two - Flip shoulder

Hold baby resting along your forearm with their legs crossed in your hand.

 

Step Three - Flip Shoulder

Open the pouch and slide baby in, so their bottom is resting on the curved seam.

 

Step Three - Flip shoulder

Baby's head should be *just* touching the outside rail (edge) and their bottom in closer to you: this makes them diagonal in the sling. If baby is in too much lengthways, it will bend them in half and affect their breathing. They should always have a nice chin-chest gap. If you notice baby's breathing is laboured, or they are too lengthways in the sling, reach your hand in and shuffle baby's body more diagonal, head to the outside rail. Baby's bottom should ALWAYS rest on the curved seam.

 

Step Four - Flip shoulder

You can pull up the inside rail to make the sling more 'shallow'.

 

Step Five - Flip shoulder

Now reach over with your free hand and pull the inside edge up and over to cap your shoulder.

 

Off you go!

Baby is facing upwards, legs still folded, arms not twisted, bottom on the seam and in close to you, head touching the top edge.

 

You're done.

 

 
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