instructions for use
BESPOKE BABY CARRIERS & EMBROIDERY
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
For use with children from 3.5kg—30kg.
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Front Carry
Carrier Type:
Standard Carrier
Outer Panel:
Brown Floral
Inner Panel:
Brown Plush
Straps:
Brown Cotton
Hood Type:
Riding Hood
NOTE: Ensure the carrier is
not too big for your baby
— that it reaches to their
knees and is not covering
their head.
Remember
T.I.C.K.S. (see back cover).
If in doubt, please get in
touch or visit a qualified
sling consultant for help.
1. Hold the carrier to your body with 2. Pick up your baby and tuck their
the outer panel facing outwards.
legs into a bent position with
Pass the waist straps around your
knees higher than bottom. With
waist and tie behind you in a reef
one hand supporting your baby,
(double) knot. Let the carrier
bring the panel up between your
hang down in front of you with
baby’s legs to cover your baby’s
the inner panel facing outwards.
back. Make sure no fabric is
bunched under your baby’s
bottom.
3. With one hand supporting your 4. With one hand supporting your
baby at all times, place each
baby, reach behind you with
shoulder strap over your shoulder
your left hand and grab the
in turn so that it hangs down
shoulder strap hanging from your
behind your back.
right shoulder. Ensure it lies flat
on your back, not twisted, and
pull it across behind your back.
Bring the shoulder strap to the
front, underneath your baby’s
5. Bring the shoulder strap around 6. Reach behind you with your right
hand and grab the shoulder strap
to your front, underneath your
hanging from your left shoulder.
baby’s bottom, and hold it there
Ensure it is lying flat on your back
with your left hand. Ensure your
and not twisted, and pull it across
baby is fully supported with your
behind your back. Bring the strap
left hand.
around to your front, underneath
your baby’s bottom.
7. Each strap passes over your
baby’s first leg to meet under
the baby’s bottom. Cross the
straps and pass each strap
under the baby’s opposite leg.
8. Pass the straps around behind
your back, and secure with a reef
(double) knot. Ensure your baby
is close enough to kiss. If your baby is too low, gently pull them up,
tighten each shoulder strap in
turn and re-tie the last knot.
Back Carry
Carrier Type:
Wrap Conversion
Outer Panel:
Vertical Stripes
Star Embroidery
Inner Panel:
Horizontal Stripes
Straps:
Infinity
Hood Type:
None
NOTE: Ensure your baby is
old enough to support
their own head before
attempting a back carry.
We recommend from
around 4-6 months old.
There are many methods
of getting your baby onto
your back, however we
believe the way we have
detailed to be the safest
way. If in doubt, please
contact us or a qualified
sling consultant for help.
1. Hold the carrier to your body with 2. Pick up your baby and sit them
the outer panel facing outwards.
on your hip, ensuring their legs
Pass the waist straps around your
are tucked into a comfortable,
waist and tie at your side in a
bent position
reef (double) knot. Let the carrier hang down in front of you.
3. Holding your baby securely with 4. With your right hand now
your left hand and arm, pull the
supporting your baby on their
body of the carrier up between
back, use your left hand to pull
their legs and over their back
the left shoulder strap under your
with your right hand. Secure your
arm and behind your back.
baby with both hands, with your
Place the right shoulder strap up
right hand under their bottom.
by your right armpit.
5. Ensure the strap lies flat on your 6. Pick up your baby and sit them
back and not twisted, and that
on your hip, ensuring their legs
there is no slack in the strap.
are tucked into a comfortable
Bring it up and over your right
bent position.
shoulder.
7.
Leaning forwards slightly and 8. Still holding both straps securely
in your right hand, pass your left
to your right, pass your baby
hand under the left shoulder
carefully under your left arm,
strap, so that each shoulder
around your waist, to sit on your
strap is now in its correct
back. The carrier should move
position — over your shoulder.
with the baby, with the knot in
Hold the straps securely.
the waist straps ending up at
your front. Ensure that you are
supporting your baby with your
left hand at all times during this
manoeuvre.
9. Hold both shoulder straps firmly In your right
hand. Lean forwards slightly and reach
behind you with your left hand. Tuck your
left hand between your baby’s bottom and
the carrier, and smooth their left leg
outwards and upwards.
Hold both straps in your left hand and
repeat for the right leg.
NOTE:
‘Scooping’ the seat like this ensures that there is no fabric
bunched under the baby’s bottom, which then allows them to sit
deeper in the carrier. This supports the natural position of their
legs (knees slightly higher than bottom) and will also be comfier
for the wearer.
10. Place the left strap between your knees and hold the right strap in your
right hand. Pass it over your baby’s right leg, behind you, across your
baby’s bottom, under your baby’s left leg, and take hold of it with your
left hand.
11. Bring the strap around to your 12. Pass the strap across your baby’s
front, and tuck it between your
bottom, under their right leg, and
knees securely. Holding the left
take hold of it with your right
strap with your left hand, reach it
hand. Ensure that each strap first
behind your back, passing it over
passes over the baby’s first leg,
your baby’s left leg.
crosses under their bottom, and
then passes under the baby’s
opposite leg.
13. Take both straps and secure in a
reef (double) knot at your front.
You may need to tighten the
waist straps again at this point.
CARRIERS WITH INFINITY STRAPS:
Ensure the strap lies flat and is not twisted. As you pass each strap
behind your back, spread it out over your baby’s bottom. It can
help to hold the strap by the top rail and allow the width of the strap
to hang down.
Reach behind you to check the flare is wide and the fabric is not
bunched or twisted. This helps your baby feel ‘weightless’.
Front Cross Variation
NOTE:
Takes the pressure
off your shoulders.
Great for bigger
babies!
1. For an alternative finish, follow
steps [1-12] of the back carry
instructions. Place the left strap
securely between your knees.
2. Place the strap currently in
your right hand over the strap
on your left shoulder. Tuck it
under the strap and leave it to
hang down.
3. Repeat this for the other side and pull to tighten. Tie the ends together at
the chest in a reef (double) knot to secure. Flare the fabric across your
chest.
Getting Baby Down
Carrier Type:
Wrap Conversion
Outer Panel:
Vertical Stripes
Star Embroidery
Inner Panel:
Horizontal Stripes
Straps:
Infinity
Hood Type:
None
SAFETY NOTE:
Practice over a soft
surface, with another
adult to help you until
you are completely
confident.
1. Untie the knot in the shoulder 2. Holding the left strap securely in
straps, pass them behind your
your right hand, slide your left
back, uncrossing them from
arm under the strap.
under the baby’s bottom, and
place the right strap securely
between your knees.
3. Now holding both straps securely 4. Supporting your baby at all times
and securely holding both straps
in your right hand, reach behind
with your right hand, pass your
you with your left hand to supbaby under your left arm, around
port your baby under their botto sit on your left hip.
tom.
5. Reach your right hand under the carrier to hold your baby directly, and
allow the carrier’s panel to fall down to lie flat against your leg.
Remove your baby from the carrier and place them in a safe location
before untying the rest of the carrier. Be aware of hanging straps as
these are a potential trip hazard.
TIPS & TRICKS:
Safety first! It can often help to have another adult to pass your baby
to you. Practice over a soft surface (e.g. sofa or bed) until you’re
confident.
If at first you don’t succeed, don’t panic. Like any new skill, practice
makes perfect, so if you’re struggling to learn to carry your baby,
practice with a doll or teddy until you’re happy with how everything
works.
Don’t worry if your baby cries at first, either. The new sensations can
be a bit much for some babies, but they’ll soon realise how awesome
babywearing really is!
Pick your moment. Go for a time when your baby is happy: fed, rested, and with a clean nappy.
If you need more help, contact us or a qualified sling consultant.
Buckle Waist
Carrier Type: Wrap Conversion
Outer Panel:
Black w/Pink Swirls
Inner panel:
Pink w/Black Swirls
1. Our buckles curve slightly, to fit better against the wearer’s body.
Ensure the concave side is against your body. Position the carrier as
before: with the panel hanging down. Until you have the hang of
doing this, we recommend having the webbing a little looser than
required.
2. Reach behind you and clip the buckle pieces together. To ensure the
buckle mechanism has engaged, make sure you hear a definite ’click’.
3. To adjust, pull each piece of webbing out to the side, sliding it through
the buckle to tighten. Excess webbing can be secured using the
attached elastic ties.
4. To remove the carrier, first remove the baby, then unclip the buckle.
Safety Warnings
Ensure you read and fully understand
these instructions before use. If in
doubt, contact us or a qualified sling
consultant before proceeding.
Misuse, or failure to follow these
instructions, may result in injury to
your or your child. Ensure your carrier
is correctly fitted according to these
instructions. For use with children
from 3.5kg—30kg. Not for forwardfacing carries.
seat, car seat, hammock, bouncer,
walking aid, or for anything other
than its intended use.
Ensure your baby’s breathing is not
obstructed, and that straps are not
restricting blood flow to your baby’s
extremities. Do not use the carrier
under clothing: this could restrict the
airflow and cause suffocation.
Check your baby regularly and if
you have any doubts, discontinue
use immediately.
Check your carrier for faults before
WARNING: Your balance may be each use—pull firmly on each strap
a d v e r s e l y a f f ect e d b y y o u r using continuous pressure (do not
movement and that of your child.
tug) in the intended direction of use.
If there is any fraying, ripping,
WARNING: Take care when bending
popping of stitches or if you have
or leaning forward.
any doubts, then discontinue use
WARNING: This carrier is not suitable and contact us immediately.
for use during sporting activities.
Ensure your baby is fully supported at
Use common sense: not for use all times when placing them into the
duri n g pot entially dan gerous carrier. Practice with a doll or over a
activities. This includes but is not soft surface until you are confident in
limited to: running, jumping, cooking, your technique. If you need further
climbing; hot food & drinks, elevated help, contact us, or visit a qualified
positions (e.g. cliffs, balconies, or sling consultant. Remember T.I.C.K.S.:
ladders); use of dangerous
chemicals or open flames, sharp
objects; or during adverse weather
conditions. Do not ride a bicycle, or
operate vehicles whilst using the
carrier.
For use only as a child-carrying aid.
Do not use as a highchair, bicycle Image courtesy of UK Sling Consortium
Care Instructions
Monkey Mei Tai carriers are designed to be machine-washable; however, we
recommend spot-cleaning with a damp cloth first. If your carrier then needs a
full wash, check the care labels first - some wrap conversions will need extra
care. Secure any buckles and / or loose ties before washing. You may find it
useful to place your carrier in a pillowcase for protection.
Most carriers will be fine in a 30ºC delicates / hand-wash cycle, with reduced
speed spin. Use a detergent which is free from optical brighteners and do not
use fabric softener. Do not use any other laundry products such as bleach,
stain removers etc. Line dry. Iron on a low setting and make sure you do not
iron over plush fabrics, webbing, buckles, or artwork.
Remember: fabric doesn’t live forever, and sadly, neither will your carrier. But if
you look after it properly, it will last you right through your babywearing years,
and beyond!
Questions?
These instructions were compiled following advice from a qualified sling
consultant. If you require further assistance, please get in touch and we’ll be
happy to help.
BESPOKE BABY CARRIERS & EMBROIDERY
monkeymeitai.com
Companies House No. OC373150
© Monkey Mei Tai LLP 2016
Back cover image © Messenger Photography
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