Facing-in Position
Gather
™
Practical Wrap & Buckle Carrier
Owners Manual Instructions
WARNING
FALL AND SUFFOCATION HAZARD
FALL HAZARD - Infants can fall through a wide leg opening or out of carrier.
• Adjust leg openings to fit baby’s legs snugly.
• Before each use, make sure all fasteners are secure.
• Take special care when leaning or walking.
• Never bend at waist; bend at knees.
• Only use this carrier for babies between 8 lbs (3.6 kgs) and 40 lbs (18.2 kgs).
SUFFOCATION HAZARD - Infants under 4 months can suffocate
in this product if face is pressed tight against your body.
• Do not strap infant too tight against your body.
• Allow room for head movement.
• Keep infant’s face free from obstructions at all times.
WARNING
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IMPORTANT!
KEEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE USE.
Read all instructions before assembling and using your carrier. Failure to follow
each instruction can result in serious injury or death to your baby. Keep instructions
and review them before attempting new carrying positions.
8lbs - 40lbs (3.6kgs - 18.2kgs)
Instruction manual available in additional languages at:
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This box contains: 1 - Carrier
Patterns may vary.
• Follow instructions for use. When fastening the carrier, keep one hand on baby at all times.
• This carrier is NOT intended to be used for Baby Facing Out position.
• Baby must be able to sit up on his or her own before being worn in the Back Carry position to avoid
possible back or neck injury.
• Premature infants, infants with respiratory problems, and infants under 4 months are at greatest risk of
suffocation.
• Baby’s face should always be visible and free from obstructions.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid any potential hazards or obstructions when putting baby in the
carrier and when removing baby from the carrier.
• NEVER use a soft carrier when balance or mobility is impaired because of exercise, sporting activities,
drowsiness, or medical conditions. It is intended for use by adults while walking or standing only.
• Your balance may be adversely affected by your movement and that of your baby.
• NEVER use a soft carrier while engaging in activities such as cooking and cleaning which involve a heat
source or exposure to chemicals. Keep away from fire and strong heat sources while wearing this carrier.
• NEVER wear a soft carrier while driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle. DO NOT use this carrier
as a child restraint in a motor vehicle. This type of carrier will not properly restrain your baby in the event of
a crash.
• NEVER leave baby unattended in this carrier.
• ALWAYS check to ensure that all buckles, snaps, straps, and adjustments are secure before each use.
Make sure baby is properly placed in the carrier, including leg placement, before each use.
• This product is subject to wear and tear over time. Check for ripped seams, torn straps or fabric and
damaged fasteners before each use.
• DO NOT use this product if deterioration or problems are detected.
• NEVER lean against baby.
• NEVER place more than one child in this carrier.
• DO NOT wear more than one carrier at a time, ever.
• DO NOT use in showers, pools, or any water environments.
2.
For Safe and Secure Carrying:
If you are new to babywearing or are using a new carrier style, there are definitely some things you need to
know before placing your baby in the carrier. Here are some important Dos and Don’ts for proper use of your
carrier. Please be sure to review this manual in its entirety for all safety information.
•
Practice before you start. Be sure to try out your carrier before you put baby in the first time.
•
Check regularly that baby’s chin is positioned upwardly and never pressed into his/her chest.
•
Don’t overdress your baby. Your closeness and body heat along with the carrier fabric will help to keep
them warm.
•
TIP: Small children have poor temperature regulation, so check baby’s abdomen, forehead, and
neck frequently.
•
Check your baby’s legs often to make sure they are warm and blood circulates freely. Should the calves
and feet appear to be a slightly different color, shift baby in the carrier.
Facing-In with
Gathered Seat
Facing-In with
Expanded Seat
The Gather™ Practical Wrap & Buckle Carrier is designed for greater comfort for both
you and your child. The strap system distributes baby’s weight to make carrying more
comfortable for you and baby, letting baby ride in a natural seated position.
•Facing-In Position - Baby Facing Toward You - Until your child is able to hold his/her
head upright, this is the correct position. It affords your baby lots of close physical contact
and attention, while leaving your hands free. In this position, you can entertain and bond
with your newborn by talking, touching, playing or just making eye-contact.
•Back Carry Position - Child Facing Towards You - When your little one can fully sit
up on his/her own, putting them on your back allows you to carry the child comfortably
for longer periods of time. In this position your baby is free to check out what is going on
around them and still know that you are right there.
What seat position should I use?
Crossover Carrier™ Position Options
Position:
Helpful Hints:
Backpack with
Expanded Seat
•For Facing-In Position, smaller babies, 8 lbs to 15 lbs (3.6 kgs to 6.8 kgs), use the
gathered seat. Larger babies and children use the expanded seat. The expanded seat
allows a larger child to ride in a comfortable seated position with their legs wrapping
around you.
•For Back Carry Assisted Position, always use the expanded seat.
How do I know if my baby is at the right height when carrier is worn in the front? You
should be able to tilt forward slightly and kiss the top of your child’s head.
•When placing your baby in or taking them out of the carrier, sitting down will make
the procedure easier. Until you are familiar with the placement of baby, it is also
recommended to do so over a soft surface.
Age:
For babies 8 lbs to 15
lbs (3.6 kgs to 6.8 kgs)
For babies 15 lbs to 40 lbs
(6.8 kgs to 18.2 kgs)
Baby is able to fully
sit up on their own
Tips:
Until your child is able
to hold his/her head
upright, this is the
correct position.
When the baby is
positioned correctly, you
should be able to tilt
forward slightly and
kiss the top of your
child’s head.
The wide seat allows a
larger baby to ride in a
seated position with his/
her legs wrapping around
you.
This is a comfortable
position for the child and
it provides better weight
distribution for you.
This position
requires assistance
from a second
person. Wearing
the carrier closer
to your body and
higher up on your
back will minimize
stress on your back
and shoulders from
prolonged use.
see pg. 6
see pg. 10
see pg. 13
Instructions:
3.
•It is best to limit the use of your carrier to 10-20 minutes until you and your baby are both
completely comfortable in it together.
•Wearing the carrier closer to your body and higher up on your back (or chest when worn
in the front position) will minimize stress to your back and shoulders from prolonged use.
Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold, separately, on gentle cycle with mild detergent. DO NOT bleach. Wipe
clean with cloth or sponge between machine washings. Drip dry. DO NOT iron. Do not
dry clean.
4.
1 Carrier use for an Infant:
Carrier Body Front:
Facing-In Position with Gathered Seat
Refer to these parts when reading the instructions.
This position is for babies 8 lbs to 15 lbs (3.6 kgs to 6.8 kgs).
Upper Button
*Baby MUST be carried inthe Facing-In position until baby is able to sit up on his or her own.
*We recommend having another adult assist you if this is your first time using this type of carrier.
*When using this carrier in the Facing-In position, you should fit it to the user before placing the baby in the carrier.
*Support baby securely throughout the process of putting baby in the carrier, until all the buckles and straps are
properly fastened and adjusted.
*Take extra care when fastening buckles. You will hear a ‘click’ when properly secured.
*Your baby should always be comfortable. If your baby is fussy it could be an indication that he or she is not
properly positioned. If this occurs, take your baby out immediately and adjust.
*This carrier is not intended for use in the Facing-Out position.
*NOTE: The carrier parts in bold can be found on the carrier illustrations.
Head Support Loop
Outer Button Hole
Inner Button Hole
Shoulder Strap
Head Support
Shoulder Strap Adjuster
Lower Button
1.
Adjust the carrier to the Gathered Seat position. Push
both sides of the Adjustable Seat inward, towards the
center of the Waist Belt, gathering the fabric at the
bottom of the Carrier Body.
2.
Fasten the Head Support Loops around the Upper
Buttons.There are two button holes on each Head
Support Loop. For sleeping babies or babies without
head control, use the Inner Button Hole. For larger
babies with head control, use the Outer Button Hole.
3.
Hold the carrier upside down by the Waist Belt, with the
pattern side of the Carrier Body facing your body and
the Shoulder Straps hanging down.
Carrier Body
Side Closure Buckle
Adjustable Seat
Waist Belt and Buckle
Button
Carrier Body Back:
Webbing
Shoulder Strap
Shoulder Strap Adjuster
Side Closure Buckle
Waist Belt and Buckle
5.
Webbing
6.
4.
Place the Waist Belt flat against your body at your
natural waist (where your belly button is), making sure
the two purple labels are against your body. Fasten
the Waist Belt Buckle behind your back, and pull the
Webbing until the Waist Belt is snug on your body.
7.
* IMPORTANT! Always make sure the waist belt fits securely against
your body at all times.There should NOT be a gap between the waist
belt and your body.
Fasten the Shoulder Straps: While holding baby
securely with your right hand, use your left hand to
reach behind your back and grab the Shoulder Strap
from the opposite side of your body. Bring the strap
across your back, and fasten the Side Closure Buckle
on your left side. Repeat with the other Shoulder Strap.
This will create an “X” on your back. Make sure the
straps do not become twisted.
NOTE: If you prefer to start with your left arm supporting baby, simply
swap right for left, and vice versa, in these instructions.
CORRECT
5.
INCORRECT
Once the Waist Belt is fastened, lift baby up facing
towards you, and place him or her against your chest.
*ALWAYS keep a supportive hand on baby - either yours or that of a
partner assisting you while you place baby in the carrier.
8.
To adjust how high the baby rides on your chest, lift the
baby slightly and pull the Shoulder Strap Adjuster, first
on one strap, then on the other. The Shoulder Strap
Adjusters should be equal lengths after adjusting.
When the baby is properly positioned you should be
able to tilt your head forward and kiss the top of your
baby’s head.
*IMPORTANT: Always make sure baby’s face, nose, and mouth are not
obstructed. Check your baby’s position regularly. Your baby should be
centered in the carrier in a seated position with arms and legs extended
and not constricted by the carrier. It is extremely important to avoid any
slouching in baby’s position. A slouching position can restrict baby’s airways.
Baby’s head should be upright or resting on your chest with the face, nose,
and mouth positioned to the left or right. Baby’s chin should never rest on
baby’s chest. This can result in closing or partially closing baby’s airway.
6.
Keeping one hand on baby, pull the Carrier Body up
over baby’s back. Baby’s legs should be outside of the
carrier. Baby’s bottom should be centered and resting at
the base of the carrier pocket.
Place the Shoulder Straps over your shoulders.
* Make sure baby is securely supported throughout the buckling
process. Baby is not secure until all the buckles and straps are properly
fastened and adjusted.
7.
8.
2 Carrier use for an Older Baby:
Head Support Adjustment
If your baby can fully hold his or her head upright on their own, you can lower the Head Support. IMPORTANT: Your
baby MUST have sufficient head control before you lower the Head Support, or be small enough to have their head fully
supported with it folded down. If the carrier reaches the tops of baby’s ears with the Head Support down, your baby has
adequate support in that position.
1.
Unfasten the Upper Buttons on both sides, and fold
down the Head Support in front of you. Secure the
Head Support to the carrier body by fastening the Head
Support Loops to the Lower Buttons. Use the Inner
Button Hole on the Head Support Loop.
Facing-In Position with Expanded Seat
This position is for babies 15 lbs to 40 lbs (6.8 kgs to 18.2 kgs).
*Baby must be carried inthe Facing-In position until baby is able to sit up on his or her own.
*We recommend having another adult assist you if this is your first time using this type of carrier.
*When using this carrier in the facing-in position, you should fit it to the user before placing the baby in the
carrier.
*Support baby securely throughout the process of putting baby in the carrier, until all the buckles and straps are
properly fastened and adjusted.
*Take extra care when fastening buckles. You will hear a ‘click’ when properly secured.
*Your baby should always be comfortable. If your baby is fussy it could be an indication that he or she is not
properly positioned. If this occurs, take your baby out immediately and adjust.
*This carrier is not intended for use in the Facing-Out position.
*NOTE: The carrier parts in bold can be found on the carrier illustrations.
1.
Adjust the carrier seat to the Expanded Seat position.
Pull both sides of the Adjustable Seat outward, along
the Waist Belt, spreading the fabric evenly at the
bottom of the Carrier Body.
2.
Fasten the Head Support Loops around the Upper
Buttons.There are two button holes on each Head
Support Loop. For sleeping babies or babies without
head control, use the Inner Button Hole. For larger
babies with head control, use the Outer Button Hole.
3.
Hold the carrier upside down by the Waist Belt, with the
pattern side of the Carrier Body facing your body and
the Shoulder Straps hanging down.
*Baby can hold their head upright on
their own, or for babies without head
control, Head Support reaches the
top of baby’s ears or above.
*Baby does not have head control,
baby is sleeping, or child is in back
carry position.
Removing Baby from the Carrier:
Facing-in Position
* NEVER unbuckle the Waist Belt while your baby is in the carrier.
* IMPORTANT! Make sure one arm is securely supporting baby throughout the process of removing baby from the carrier.
* ALWAYS support baby’s head in an upright position throughout the process of removing baby from the carrier.
* Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid any potential hazards or obstructions when removing baby from the carrier.
1.
Keeping one hand securely on your baby, release one Side Closure Buckle.
2.
Put one hand on your baby inside the carrier, holding him/her to your chest and
release the Side Closure Buckle on the other side of the carrier. With your free
hand, remove both Shoulder Straps from your shoulders.
3.
With both hands, lift your baby and place him/her down in a safe, secure location.
4.
Unbuckle the Waist Belt and remove the carrier.
9.
10.
4.
8.
Place the Waist Belt flat against your body at your
natural waist (where your belly button is), making sure
the two purple labels are against your body. Fasten
the Waist Belt Buckle behind your back, and pull the
Webbing until the Waist Belt is snug on your body.
* IMPORTANT! Always make sure the waist belt fits securely against
your body at all times. There should NOT be a gap between the Waist
Belt and your body.
CORRECT
5.
INCORRECT
Once the Waist Belt is fastened, lift baby up facing
towards you, and place him or her against your chest.
*ALWAYS keep a supportive hand on baby - either yours or that of a
partner assisting you while you place baby in the carrier.
*IMPORTANT: Always make sure baby’s face, nose, and mouth are not
obstructed. Check your baby’s position regularly. Your baby should be
centered in the carrier in a seated position with arms and legs extended
and not constricted by the carrier. It is extremely important to avoid any
slouching in baby’s position. A slouching position can restrict baby’s
airways. Baby’s head should be upright or resting on your chest with the
face, nose, and mouth positioned to the left or right. Baby’s chin should
never rest on baby’s chest. This can result in closing or partially closing
baby’s airway.
Head Support Adjustment
If your baby can fully hold his or her head upright on their own, you can lower the Head Support. IMPORTANT: Your
baby MUST have sufficient head control before you lower the Head Support, or be small enough to have their head fully
supported with it folded down. If the carrier reaches the tops of baby’s ears with the Head Support down, your baby has
adequate support in that position.
1.
6.
Keeping one hand on baby, pull the Carrier Body up
over baby’s back. Baby’s legs should be outside of the
carrier. Baby’s bottom should be centered and resting at
the base of the carrier pocket.
Place the Shoulder Straps over your shoulders.
* Make sure baby is securely supported throughout the buckling
process. Baby is not secure until all the buckles and straps are properly
fastened and adjusted.
7.
Fasten the Shoulder Straps: While holding baby
securely with your right hand, use your left hand to
reach behind your back and grab the Shoulder Strap
from the opposite side of your body. Bring the strap
across your back, and fasten the Side Closure Buckle
on your left side. Repeat with the other Shoulder Strap.
This will create an “X” on your back. Make sure the
straps do not become twisted.
Unfasten the Upper Buttons on both sides, and fold down the Head Support in
front of you. Secure the Head Support to the carrier body by fastening the Head
Support Loops to the Lower Buttons. Use the Inner Button Hole on the Head
Support Loop.
*Baby does not have head control,
baby is sleeping, or child is in back
carry position.
*Baby can hold their head upright on their own, or for
babies without head control, Head Support reaches
the top of baby’s ears or above.
Removing Baby from the Carrier:
Facing-in Position
* NEVER unbuckle the Waist Belt while your baby is in the carrier.
* IMPORTANT! Make sure one arm is securely supporting baby throughout the process of removing baby from the carrier.
* ALWAYS support baby’s head in an upright position throughout the process of removing baby from the carrier.
* Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid any potential hazards or obstructions when removing baby from the carrier.
1.
Keeping one hand securely on your baby, release one Side Closure Buckle.
2.
Put one hand on your baby inside the carrier, holding him/her to your chest and
release the Side Closure Buckle on the other side of the carrier. With your free
hand, remove both Shoulder Straps from your shoulders.
3.
With both hands, lift your baby and place him/her down in a safe, secure location.
4.
Unbuckle the Waist Belt and remove the carrier.
NOTE: If you prefer to start with your left arm supporting baby, simply
swap right for left, and vice versa, in these instructions.
11.
To adjust how high the baby rides on your chest, lift the
baby slightly and pull the Shoulder Strap Adjuster, first
on one strap, then on the other. The Shoulder Strap
Adjusters should be equal lengths after adjusting. When
the baby is properly positioned you should be able to tilt
your head forward and kiss the top of your baby’s head.
12.
Carrier Use for an Older Baby: Back Carry
Position with Expanded Seat - Assisted
4.
Once your baby is fully able to sit up on their own, your child is ready for the Back
Carry Position.
*IMPORTANT! The baby MUST be able to fully sit up on his or her own before being worn in the Back
Carry position.
*STOP! First time users, DO NOT attempt to use the carrier in the Back Carry position without the
assistance of a second adult. We highly recommend always using the assistance of a second adult.
*When using this carrier in the Back Carry position, you should fit it to the user before placing the baby in
the carrier.
*Either you or your partner should be supporting baby securely throughout the process of putting baby in
the carrier, until all the buckles and straps are properly fastened and adjusted.
*Take extra care when fastening buckles.You will hear a ‘click’ when properly secured.
*Your baby should always be comfortable. If your baby is fussy it could be an indication that he or she is
not properly positioned. If this occurs, take your baby out immediately and adjust.
*NOTE: The carrier parts in bold can be found on the carrier Illustrations.
1.
2.
Adjust the carrier seat to the Expanded Seat position.
Pull both sides of the Adjustable Seat outward, along
the Waist Belt, spreading the fabric evenly at the
bottom of the Carrier Body.
Fasten the Head Support Loops around the Upper
Buttons. There are two button holes on each Head
Support Loop. For Back Carry, use the Outer
Button Holes.
Place the Waist Belt at your natural waist (at your belly
button), making sure the two purple labels are against
your body. With the carrier hanging in back of you,
fasten the Waist Belt Buckle. Tighten the Waist Belt by
pulling on the Webbing. The Waist Belt should fit firmly
against your body.
* IMPORTANT! ALWAYS ensure that the Waist Belt fits securely
against your body at all times without creating a gap.
CORRECT
INCORRECT
5.
Once the Waist Belt is properly fitted, lean forward
slightly and have your partner lift baby up and place
them on your back. Their legs should wrap around
your waist.
6.
With your hands supporting baby, have your partner pull
the Carrier Body over baby’s back. While your partner
supports baby, pull the Shoulder Straps over your
shoulders and stand up straight. Baby’s legs should be
outside of the carrier. Baby’s bottom should be centered
and resting at the base of the carrier pocket. Have your
partner adjust baby if he or she is not centered properly.
* ALWAYS keep a supportive hand on baby - either yours or that of a
partner helping to assist you while placing baby in the carrier.
3.
Hold the carrier upside down by the Waist Belt, with
the pattern side of the Carrier Body facing your body.
Carrier Body is behind you and the Shoulder Straps
are hanging down.
13.
7.
While your partner continues to support baby, pull the
Shoulder Straps forward and criss cross them in front
of you. Make sure the straps are positioned comfortably
on your chest and are not twisted.
14.
8.
9.
While you continue to firmly hold the Shoulder Straps
across your chest, have your partner connect the
Shoulder Straps to the Carrier Body by fastening
the Side Closure Buckle, first on one side, then on
the other.
To adjust how high the baby rides on your back, have
your partner lift the baby slightly while you pull the
Shoulder Strap Adjuster, first on one strap, and then
the other. The Shoulder Strap Adjusters should be
equal lengths after adjusting.
*NOTE: Wearing the carrier closer to your body and higher up on your back
will minimize stress to your back and shoulders from prolonged use.
Removing Baby from the Carrier: Back Carry
Position - Assisted
*NEVER unbuckle the Waist Belt while your baby is in the carrier.
*IMPORTANT! Make sure one arm is securely supporting baby throughout the process of removing baby from
the carrier.
*ALWAYS support baby’s head in an upright position throughout the process of removing baby from the carrier.
*Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid any potential hazards or obstructions when removing baby from the carrier.
1.
For removal with assistance, have your partner support the child while you release
the Side Closure Buckles and remove both Shoulder Straps from your shoulders.
2.
Your partner can now lift the child from the carrier.
3.
Unbuckle the Waist Belt and remove the carrier.
Removing Baby from the Carrier: Back Carry
Position - Unassisted
1.
To remove baby yourself, sit down slowly and carefully in a secure corner seat such
as a sofa.
*IMPORTANT! DO NOT lean against baby. ALWAYS make sure there is enough room around your baby’s
face to provide a clear source of air
10.
Once all buckles are secured and the straps are
tightened adjusted, the second person may release
their support of the child.
2.
With one hand supporting baby, release one Side Closure Buckle, and then the
other. Slowly lower baby off of your back and into the secure corner. Remove both
Shoulder Straps from your shoulders.
3.
Carefully release the Waist Belt Buckle and remove baby from the carrier.
*IMPORTANT: Always make sure baby’s face, nose, and mouth are not
obstructed. Check your baby’s position regularly. Your baby should be
centered in the carrier in a seated position with arms and legs extended
and not constricted by the carrier. It is extremely important to avoid any
slouching in baby’s position. A slouching position can restrict baby’s
airways. Baby’s head should be upright or resting on your back with the
face, nose, and mouth positioned to the left or right. Baby’s chin should
never rest on baby’s chest. This can result in closing or partially closing
baby’s airway.
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www.infantino.com
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