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Baby Wearing Help - Cradle Hold

Cradle hold is typically used from birth to 3 months.

  • Put sling on with the rings in corsage position. See this video.
  • Adjust the main body of the sling to the right height - just below your navel for cradle position. See video.
  • Spread the fabric around the rings and loosen the outside edge. When the fabric is spread around the rings, it should look like this. See video.
  • Create a wall of fabric against your body (shown at right). This is the pocket that baby will sit in.
Cradle Carry
  • Hold baby in burp position on shoulder opposite rings.
Cradle Carry
  • As you slide the baby into the sling, turn the baby so her side is against you and she's facing away from the rings.
  • You may need to cross baby's legs so she'll fit. Once in position, baby will lean back upright, cross-legged, with her side against your front.
Cradle Carry
  • Once baby is in position, tighten slack in the top rail (the edge away from your body) by pulling up and over across the body.
Tummy to Tummy Hold
  • CHECK to be sure that baby is upright, not lying down. Babies lying horizontally are not safe, and most will fuss in this position. See troubleshooting guide.
  • CHECK to be sure baby's chin is not touching her chest. You should be able to fit two fingers between baby's chin and chest.
  • ALWAYS avoid covering baby's airway. Baby's nose and mouth should have adequate airflow at all times.
Tummy to Tummy Hold
  • To take baby out, loosen the top rail. Loosening the entire sling is not necessary.
  • It may help to lift the baby's weight slightly with one hand while loosening the sling with the other hand.
Tummy to Tummy Hold
  • Reach inside the sling and lift baby under the arms.
Tummy to Tummy Hold
  • Lift baby straight up onto your shoulder in burp position. If you lift UP, not out, you will not need to loosen the sling much to get the baby out.
  • Pull the fabric off the baby with one hand as you hold baby with the other hand.
Tummy to Tummy Hold