Babylonia produces seven very comfortable wraps and 1 baby carrier. Check them all out in our product guide.
Very simple: make sure your baby is just as comfortable as in your arms. If you carry your baby in your arms, no one wonders whether your baby is comfortable. Make sure the baby carrier gives exactly the same comfort!
Make sure the baby carrier offers the right support:
- the fabric should be spread open all the way from knee to knee. This ensures your baby is sitting in the ergonomic M-position.
- baby’s back should be rounded rather than arched - this is the most natural position for a baby.
- the baby should be high enough and close enough to kiss (“kissing distance”).
- the baby carrier should be comfortable, not too loose or too tight.
Babylonia recommends that when purchasing a sling, you also look for:
- easy adjustment, comfortable fit for all sizes.
- no clasps, buckles, or closures which might hurt.
- quick and easy to put on.
- option of carrying your baby in various positions.
- baby’s weight distributed evenly over the parent’s chest, back and hips.
- soft and preferably organic fabric.
A baby wrap is a baby carrier made of unique wrap fabric that is wrapped around you and your baby. You carry your baby close to your body. A structured carrier is a baby carrier that has a preformed pouch in which you carry your child. There are ergonomic and non-ergonomic baby carriers.
In the classic non-ergonomic structured carrier, a baby is carried with his legs through two leg openings in the "pocket " while sitting on a small support. Because the baby is not close to you but hangs on your body, he actually carries his own weight. In addition, the natural curvature of the spine in a structured carrier is lost because the baby is not supported in the right way. To contrast, in a baby wrap the baby is sitting comfortably against you. Baby is perfectly supported and the weight of your baby is distributed evenly over your own body.
In an ergonomic buckle carrier, the baby is sitting on a wider support so the ergonomic M-position of the child is respected. A disadvantage of many baby carriers is that you have to buy different ones depending on your child's age (baby, toddler,..). For some carriers, it is necessary to use an instert or they ask for complex size adjustments. That's why we developed our Flexia baby carrier. The Flexia has 3 panels, you just enter the right one and no further customization is required. You can use the Babylonia Flexia from birth to 20kg (about 4 years).
No, there are different types of baby wraps from different brands. The baby wraps can be roughly divided into wraps and pre-shaped wraps:
wraps (to tie):
- stretchy wraps (often available in just 1 size)
- woven wraps (available in several different lengths)
- mei tais (Asian baby carriers)
- pouches (single or double)
All Babylonia baby wraps are suitable for use from birth.
Which wrap is best for you depends on your preferences:
- do you have experience in babywearing?
- do you also want to carry an older brother or sister or just the newborn baby?
- how long do you want to carry your child?
- are you planning to buy another baby wrap or do you want a wrap that will work for all ages?
- is your partner going to use the same baby wrap? Are you a different size than your partner?
- are you going to use it in the summer or winter?
In general we recommend starting with a Tricot-Slen or Flexia. The Tricot Slen is a good beginner wrap because it is soft and it will always fit (both your and your partner). You tie on the wrap first and then place your baby in it so you have both hands free to pick up your child. The Flexia baby carrier does not require you to tie. Just buckle-up and go!
If you discover that both you and your baby love babywearing, you will probably want to try more styles of wraps.
In order to carry your baby safely and comfortably, the fabric should offer proper support. Baby wrap fabric is knitted or woven in a special way in order to always give the best support.
In our opinion, if you think a knitted Tricot-Slen or a woven BB-SLEN is too expensive, you can use a standard piece of fabric. But in normal woven fabrics you will notice the absence of the special diagonal stretch as the fabric uncomfortably "rubs" baby's legs and your shoulders. It will also be difficult to tie the fabric beautifully and pull it tight properly. Therefore it provides less support and makes your baby feel heavier.
If you buy a piece of jersey knit fabric you should be even more careful. Ensure that the fabric does not stretch too much. The special knitting technique of the Tricot-Slen has been continuously optimized over the years and is very different from loose-knit fabric that is commercially available.
If you also consider the amount of fabric needed to make a wrap, generally 5 yards, the price difference will probably not be that much.
It depends on the type of baby wrap:
- Tri-Cotti – our easiest wrap with no tying. All you have to do is put both loops over your shoulders!
- Tricot-Slen – after having practiced a couple of times you’ll discover that isn’t difficult to put on the Tricot-Slen. You only have to remember one tie for all the positions.
- BB-SLING – easy, once you have threaded the fabric through the rings you only have to place the BB-SLING over your shoulder and tighten it.
- BB-TAI – with a little bit of practice, it’s not hard. You only have to tie the waist band and two shoulder straps.
- BB-SLEN – because this wrap allows all positions it might take some practice. The basics are not hard at all and after practicing a couple of times you’ll discover how easy it is.
Learning to carry your baby comfortably is like learning to dance. It takes a little practice before the movements become second nature and you glide through them with your eyes closed. It is often helpful to practice tying the wrap with a doll or in front of a mirror several times before placing your baby inside. It can also help to talk to your baby and explain what you are doing while placing baby in the carrier. Your baby will sense if you are uncomfortable. Tell your baby that you are a bit insecure yourself but that you will learn how to do this together.
You will find that once you have learned to carry your baby, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Not only does it make life easier for you, it provides sensory and motor development and much more for baby.
Still not eager to tie? Check out our baby Carrier Flexia !
Every Babylonia wrap is supplied with very detailed and clear instructions. The useful tips and clear color photographs support the written instructions. The Tricot-Slen also includes a demonstration DVD. If you still have questions after reading and viewing the manual, we encourage you to go to someone who can help, such as local babywearing consultants, a midwife or a lactation consultant near you. There are also regular workshops on babywearing and babywearing groups.
The benefits of carrying premature babies – or kangaroo care – is well documented. A baby (full term or premature) can be placed in any Babylonia baby carrier just after birth, creating a ‘womb with a view’.
There are no problems starting later as well. Your back will strengthen as you carry your baby and their weight gain will go mostly unnoticed.
A baby can be carried as long as he or she wants. Even an older child will find a safe refuge in a baby carrier when tired with the stimulations of the outside world.
You'll find out yourself that you may change your carrier as your child gets older. For example, the Tri-Cotti and Tricot-Slen are ideal to carry newborn babies on your front. With the BB-SLEN you can carry your baby from birth until he’s a toddler and even beyond. Once your child can walk the BB-SLING is really useful. There is no more comfortable and easy baby carrier for the hip position and it’s easy to take your toddler in and out without having to tie. With the BB-TAI you can also carry older kids on your back.
There are no limits. A baby well positioned in a sling can be carried as long as he and the wearer desire. Remember that babies around the world are carried throughout the entire day as the wearer continues with daily tasks and activities.
Do pay attention that your baby is carried in the correct position and that both shoulder straps are spread wide open over your back and shoulders. If your child is in the ergonomic M-Position, with his knees higher that his bottom and his back nicely rounded, a healthy development of the hips is ensured. Do not carry the baby too low. Keep your baby within kissing distance; you should be able to kiss the baby’s head easily without bending over.
Babies crave close human contact. Once they are used to being carried, you will instinctively reach for your wrap whenever your baby is restless, can’t fall asleep, or just needs a reassuring presence.
Some babies need a little adaptation time to a new position in the baby wrap, especially on your back.
Sometimes babies are unhappy in a sling because they feel insecure. This is often the result of not adjusting the sling tightly enough. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure you wear your baby high and tight.
We recommend trying a new position when your baby is relaxed, just after eating or ready to fall asleep. Walk around after placing your baby in the sling for the first time or when trying a new position. This will distract him while he gets used to a new way of being carried.
Most importantly, TRUST YOUR BABY. If your baby is uncomfortable, too tight, too hot, etc, he will let you know. If baby is asleep or happily observing the world, he is just fine. Carrying your baby close means you can often instinctively read his body language well before he starts to cry or tells you something is wrong.
Tucked snuggly into the sling, your baby is still able to move. If baby is uncomfortable in any way, he can turn his head or wiggle his body in protest. Either he will shift and rectify the situation, or you can help adjust him to a more comfortable position. Held close to you, your baby will synchronize their breathing to your heartbeat and the rise and fall of your chest, which stabilizes their respiration.
Always make sure that baby’s chin is not tucked into his chest. Also make sure the fabric is not covering baby’s face or nose and that baby’s face is turned away from the wearer’s body.
Newborn babies are not capable of regulating their body temperature. The adult’s body will stabilize the baby’s body temperature when holding them close. Dress yourself and your baby accordingly and pay attention to the temperature of your baby (you may be warm whereas your baby may be cold). Remember that your body heat will be considered one layer and the sling itself is a second. In cold weather, your coat covering both of you is a third layer. Make sure that your baby (head, hands, feet) is well protected from the sun and/or the cold.
Many people are wondering if it is safe to carry your baby in the forward facing position, looking out at the world. Carrying your baby in the forward facing position (FF) is possible and it is also done by many parents using both wraps and buckle carriers. However, Babylonia discourages this style of babywearing because it is ergonomically not a correct position and baby can get over stimulated. In the FF position he is not able to turn away from the stimulation, put his head to rest and fall asleep when it becomes overwhelming.
With Babylonia’s BB-SLING you can carry your baby on your hip in an easy, safe and ergonomic way for both you and your baby. With the BB-TAI and Flexia back carrying is very easy and it is also great for a front or hip carry.
Lately it has been advised to avoid carrying your baby in the cradle position. This concern around using the cradle hold is caused by some incidents with non-ergonomically designed “bag slings” and is unfortunate, as the cradle position can be very comfortable for newborn babies. Moreover, babies have been carried safely in this position in different parts of the world (e.g. South America) for centuries. Certain babies prefer being carried in the upright position while others prefer the cradle position. This will vary from one child to another and from one day to the next.
Our advice is to start with the upright position. This can be used right from the start and is the safest, easiest position for beginners to learn. Baby’s legs are in the ergonomic M-position, which promotes a healthy hip development. Carrying your baby in the upright position also eases digestion, improves circulation and aids in relaxation, thereby reducing reflux and colic.
The cradle position is a more advanced position in which you have to pay extra attention to safety. If you carry your newborn baby in the cradle position you have to make sure you offer proper support, like you do when you carry your baby in your arms.
Also make sure:
- Baby’s chin is up. If you give proper support of his back and neck, baby’s chin will not be on his chest and his airways will be free.
- Carry your baby high enough (the general rule is ‘close enough to kiss’) and in the middle of your body.
- Make sure the fabric does not cover baby’s face. Baby’s face should always be visible without moving any fabric and her nose and mouth should be free.
- Baby’s face is not turned into your body. Baby’s face should be visible!
- Make sure that baby lies comfortably without any strain on his hips.
It is sometimes advised to not carry your baby on your back with a stretchy wrap. However, this does not apply to hybrid wraps like the Tricot-Slen. Babylonia’s Tricot-Slen is a strong wrap with very limited stretch, which makes it extremely comfortable and easy to use. Due to a unique knitting technique, the Tricot-Slen offers optimal comfort and perfect support. The fabric stretches in width and diagonally but hardly stretches lengthwise. The thing to remember when back carrying with the Tricot-Slen is to always make sure baby’s shoulders are covered by the wrap.
Although carrying a baby on your back is possible with the Tricot-Slen, we think that woven wraps like the BB-TAI and BB-SLEN and the baby carrier Flexia are better for back carrying. Moreover those woven wraps also offer the perfect support for older children.
Carrying your baby in the upright position eases digestion, improves circulation and aids in relaxation, thereby reducing reflux and colic muscles. You will notice that reflux that might be ‘stress related’ is greatly reduced if you regularly wear your baby.
Breastfeeding in a wrap is discreet and easy. Do take your time for feeding, sit down and loosen the wrap so your baby can latch to your breast. Make sure your child is in the right position to be able to drink (not too high and not with his chin on his chest). Also make sure that your baby can breathe freely and that the sling does not cover his face.
If breastfeeding is proving difficult or milk flow is slow, carrying your baby in a wrap is ideal. The proximity of your baby stimulates the release of prolactin, the hormone that regulates milk production. With your baby so close, you are also able to pick up on early hunger cues, such as rooting, sucking and tongue movement, before baby becomes upset.
In the upright position
It is very important that your child is in the recommended M-position. At all ages the baby carrier should support your child from knee to knee and the knees should be higher than the hips.
In the cradle position
If you wear your newborn baby in the cradle position make sure the baby carrier supports your baby well, just like carrying your baby in your arms. Also ensure that their chin is not resting on their chest and no fabric covers the face.
Make sure you always carry your baby high enough. You should be able to give your baby a kiss on her head without bending over too much (kissing distance). Make sure the fabric doesn’t cover your baby’s face (baby’s nose and mouth should not be covered) and that your baby’s face isn’t positioned towards your body (baby’s face must be visible).
It is also important that the baby carrier feels comfortable and fits nicely, that you can spread open the shoulder straps over both shoulders and your entire back, and that the baby carrier feels tight enough.
Most importantly, trust your baby! If your baby is uncomfortable, too hot or the wrap is too tight, they will let you know. If baby is sleeping or quietly looking into the world, everything is fine. With your baby close against you, you will learn to understand their body language and anticipate before they start to cry or alert you that something is wrong. There is no better place to see how your baby is doing than when she is carried in a baby wrap!
The best choice is a wrap made from natural materials such as organic cotton. The fabric should be nice and soft for both baby and wearer, provide enough support and be breathable. Note that there are no seams, buckles or pockets on the wrap that can be irritating.
All Babylonia wraps are made from organic cotton. The Tricot-Slen and Tri-Cotti also have the GOTS label. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. The GOTS certification assures consumers that both the cotton of the Tricot-Slen and the Tri-Cotti as well as the thread and labels are completely 100% organic. The entire production cycle from cotton production to finished product is fully checked.
Yes, all Babylonia wraps and our carrier can be washed at 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees farenheit).
Use a mild detergent and the gentle cycle. It is not recommended to put the wrap in the dryer. All washing instructions are detailed in the instruction manual.
Please note that the wrap is also a garment and you pick up each other's body heat. So dress yourself and your baby with one less layer than normal.
Generally we recommend:
- < 5 degrees Celsius (< 23 Farenheit): normal clothes + jacket, scarf and hat + carry your baby for the most part under your coat
- 5-10 degrees Celsius (23-50 Farenheit): normal clothes + jacket, scarf and hat
- 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-60 Farenheit): normal clothes + thin jacket or cardigan
- 15-20 degrees Celsius (60-70 Farenheit): normal clothes
- 20-25 degrees Celsius (70-80 Farenheit): light weight clothes
- 25-30 degrees Celsius (80-85 Farenheit): just a onesie
- > 30 degrees Celsius (> 85 Farenheit): better to not use a baby wrap
The number of layers also depends on the type of sling (BB-SLING has only one layer and is much more ‘open’ than a BB-SLEN which can be 3 layers of fabric around your child), the carrying position (BB-SLEN can use different positions) and the material (Tricot-Slen Cool is made of a very light, breathable fabric that wicks away moisture). Keep an eye on the temperature of your child at all times
Cold weather is a great time to use the wrap – your baby will be much cozier and warmer than in a stroller. Make sure your baby is wearing a hat and protect their feet and hands especially if they are exposed.
On a very hot summer day, a cotton baby wrap may be too hot. Dress your baby on hot days in less clothes. Older children can be worn with their arms out of the wrap. If it’s very warm, it is better to choose a light baby wrap (the Tricot-Slen Cool is perfect for warm summer days) or a baby wrap with less layers. You can also choose a wrap with less layers of fabric such as the BB-SLING or BB-TAI. The BB-SLEN is also a perfect baby wrap during summer because it consists of only 1 layer but still offers your baby perfect support (in contrast to the Tricot-Slen which consists of 3 layers of fabric).
If you go outside you can carry your baby over or under your jacket, depending on the temperature. This also depends on the choice of clothing your baby is wearing. A hat and gloves in cold weather might be needed anyway.
If it is warm outdoors or indoors, it can be nice to carry your baby with bare legs. The fabric of the Babylonia baby wraps is soft and will not irritate baby’s skin.