The Wilkinet baby carrier offers four comfortable carrying positions.
You can carry on your front, facing you or facing forward. You can use your Wilkinet as a hip carrier or as a baby backpack.
If you are using a Wilkinet for the first time,the front carry is the easiest carrying position to start with. The baby is securely fasten inside the baby carrier. The baby carrier is then strapped onto your body. It’s easy, it feels safe and it’s the best starting point for you and your baby.
Many parents love carrying their baby facing forward i.e. facing the road. While some babies thrive with the extra stimulation, it is a carrying position best kept for shorter periods of time and not for naps. In a forward facing position, baby can’t see your face, hear your voice or your heartbeat which all provide reassurance.
You can move to back carries when you feel ready. If this is your first baby, you may feel unsure. It’s ok, back carrying is a new sensation. Take your time, learn step by step and soon it will become second nature. Around 18 – 20lb (9-10kg), most parents of average build/weight/height will feel that their baby is too heavy for front carries. This is also the time when the baby learns to cling on to you so back carries become a lot easier.
- Facing In: from a tiny 5lb newborn
- Facing Out: Babies with chubby legs may out grow the leg space more quickly than slimmer babies. Please remember that your baby has less head protection this way. Do not start using this position until your baby is about 3½ months old (or approx 14lb).
- On the Hip: You can use your Wilkinet to carry your baby on your hip once he has sufficient head and neck control. This carrying position is only recommended for going on walks. It is not suitable for shopping trips or when doing household tasks. The reason for this is that more weight is being placed on just one shoulder and you will need one arm around the baby to avoid undue neck or shoulder strain.
- On the Back: Back carrying is a lovely carrying position. You still have a strong connection with your baby while having your hands completely free. There is also less strain on parents’ back and neck muscles so recommended for parents with back problems or chunky babies.