I NO LONGER MANUFACTURE THESE!
BUT I'M LEAVING THIS PAGE HERE FOR SUPPORT OF THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED A CARRIER FROM ME IN THE PAST
VISABLE AND KISSABLE!
Please note, that if you still need assistance after reading through this page, I welcome your email (email@example.com).
WASHING AND CARE:
These are probably the easiest washing instructions you’ll get:
1) Open up into blanket. Make sure everything is 'untied'.
2) Throw it in the washer. Wash.
3) Throw it in the dryer. Dry.
"Hairy" special care instructions - if you opted for the super soft furry quilt, you will want to "air dry" your carrier instead of using heat. Tumbling on air dry will work sufficiently to maintain the soft furry-ness of your carrier's quilt.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the length of the straps and the buckles/rubber bands attached to them, you should consider washing them with towels to prevent tangling in the washer/dryer. Never leave the straps tied in a bow to wash, as you might not get them completely clean. Also, it is best to open the carrier up completely (into full blanket mode) when throwing them in the wash. This ensures that the biggest possible surface areas are cleaned thoroughly.
This carrier is considered a 'mei-tei' style carrier. If you are familiar with this, then you should have no problems. Remember to tie a knot for the most secure carry, however these straps are usually long enough to make a very long secure bow. Keep your child's safety in mind.
STRAPS SHOULD SUPPORT AN INFANTS BACK TO PREVENT SEVERE "SLUMPING" IN THE CARRIER, WHILE MAINTAINING C-CURVE.
Before your baby can support their own head: Please make sure that you are wrapping the straps behind the baby's back to prevent excessive curvature of their back, or slumping, in the carrier. An infant has a natural C-curve to their backs, and that is healthy! However, slumping can lead to baby's chin dropping down to their chest, and that can be dangerous. A baby's chin should never touch their chest! After tying, place your hand on baby's back and push. If the baby can still move in closer to you, then the carrier can be re-tied tighter. Infants should be tummy to tummy, legs bent up in a froggy position, without space in between you. This helps to support their head on your chest and prevents their chin dropping down. Remember, baby should be "VISABLE AND KISSABLE". :-) see also this proper positioning article
THE BASIC FRONT CARRY - The shorter straps go around your waist, allowing the carrier to hang upside down in front of you. Tie once making a bow. Pick up baby and hug them (or sit on chair and put them on your lap facing you). Flip carrier upright behind them, tossing straps over shoulders with one hand. With that same hand, reach behind you and grab opposite side strap (this gets much easier with practice). Pull tightly down your back and around waist to front of you. You can take it around their back (infants), or under the legs. While holding this strap to your tummy in front, let go of other hand and do the same step, bring the other strap to meet the first one in front. Now you have 2 choices... make a bow here in front, or twist them and bring around back again and tie there. All done! Adjust straps as needed.
(Sorry about the sound - there was a train going by)
THE BASIC BACK CARRY - is almost exactly the same. The straps criss-cross in between your boobs in front, or wrap under armpits like a back-pack. If you have trouble mastering putting the little monkey on your back, and you don't have someone to help you, my suggestion is to use a chair/couch. If your little monkey is old enough, they might naturally climb on your back if you are sitting down. Simply put them on the couch first, tie carrier onto waist, and sit down to let them climb on. Tie on waist, sit down on couch, put your little monkey in front of you facing away from you. Pick up baby from behind and lift over head, slide them down your back until their legs are standing on the couch. (Spread legs a little to pull carrier up between legs.) Grabbing the straps, pull carrier up between monkey's legs and criss-cross straps in front of you, pull tight, stand up and finish tying. This is a good way to do it if you are out somewhere and you can sit on the edge of your vehicle and use the seat for support.
THE HIP CARRY - I will be adding a video of this shortly, but if you'd like to try it, simply search for "Hip Carry Video" on youtube.
REMOVAL– Don’t worry about untying the straps to take baby out. Simply slide the straps down over your shoulders one at a time while holding baby in place, pull your arms out one at a time, then lift your little monkey up and out of carrier. Then you can pull straps back up to keep carrier on for a little bit if you plan to put them back in. If not, then you can untie carrier freely now that your little monkey is already out of it!
FOR TWINS - You begin by tying the first child on the front of you. Make sure they are secure enough that you can bend and move without them shifting.
I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH THAT YOU SHOULD MAKE SURE THE STRAPS FIRST GO OVER THEIR LEGS AND THEN UNDER, SO THAT THEY DO NOT SLIDE OUT WHEN YOU BEND OVER TO PUT ON THE SECOND CHILD. So after you have the first child on, then...
There are lots of youtube videos that show many variations on this style of carrier. You will get a great variety of instructions from YouTube. Although there are numerous ways you can tye on this carrier, the basic ideas are listed below.
FOLDING AND UNFOLDING:
To unfold: From carrier view, you simply reach into the BIG pocket of the carrier, pull the blanket part out, flip the carrier (which is like a pillowcase) inside out, and flatten out the quilt. Basically, just pull everything OUT.
***Suggestion: tuck straps up into pocket of carrier and use the padding as a pillow when changing a diaper!
To fold: Lay out carrier strap-side down with straps pulled out. With straps pointing up and away from you, grab each side and fold into thirds. Grab top of folded blanket, and fold down to meet bottom. Now you can turn it inside out… from the top of the quilt, reach all the way into the pocket, pinch the bottom of the carrier in your hand (make sure you grab all layers of material) and pull it inside-out. It only takes a second to grab the waist straps and pull them apart slightly to make the carrier nice and flat, and square, again. Smooth if needed.
(This video is the result of letting a 14 year old be in charge of videography for your website. LOL)
STRAPS AND STRAP LENGTH: For the best comfort, you should ALWAYS SPREAD THE STRAPS OUT on your shoulders. They are made to be SIX INCHES wide so that you can spread the weight across your shoulder. Simply tie your child on to you as tight as possible, then after you are done tying them on, unfold the straps and spread them across your collarbone/shoulder to distribute the weight. You will notice a HUGE difference when you do this!
ALSO, Please note that I make my straps extra long so that they should fit almost anyone's size. If you find that you have just WAY too much material left over after you tie it, feel free to trim the straps... but only AFTER you have tied it on WITH baby and tried it out a little. Don't forget that children grow! Another suggestion, is to leave the excess on, and use the leftover to cover their legs when you get caught in unexpected cool weather. (Some people prefer to taper their straps towards the ends to make it easier to tie them. It depends on your own preference.) This is another reason I use fleece for the straps, so that you can trim them the way you want and not have to worry about sewing/hemming them.
1) For larger kids, use the twist carrying method for support... or if you aren't comfortable with that method yet, finish tying the shoulder straps on the same side that you are carrying them, making a knot/bow under their butt to give more support.
2) Did it start raining? Did the wind pick up? Was it colder than you thought? Pull half the blanket out of the carrier while they are still tied on and use it to cover their head.
3) Did they fall asleep and they look really awkward? Pull the very middle of the blanket up and out about 4-6 inches and use it to support their head/neck.
4) Have a little bag or purse that you don't want to carry, but don't want to clip it where your little monkey can reach it? Untie your waist straps once and thread the strap through the bag/purse handle, then retie the bow again, securing it on your waist instead of the carrier.
5) Shoulders sore after your first time using it? Well, if you start using a carrier (any carrier) after your child is older and you're not used to it, it might make you sore after the first time or two. BUT, you won't be as sore if you make sure to take a minute to spread the shoulder straps out to the full 6 inches width across the top of your shoulder. This helps distribute the pressure across the shoulder and not right over the collar bone. Taking this extra minute in the beginning will save your shoulder's a lot of stress later on.
6) So you had to stand still for a minute and your little monkey decides it's time to move on... they start to push on your back, or kick their legs or fuss... what do you do? That's simple... SPIN! Just one quick spin around in place is fun for them, and is a little disorienting... it distracts them for a little bit and stops them from fussing and squirming. An occasional spin, in place, can keep the squirmiest little monkeys more patient than usual.
EARN SOME MONKEY BARS:
Now that you know what you’re doing, get out there and DO SOMETHING! My favorite thing is to strap on my little monkey and start running like crazy all through my house or around my yard. I love hearing the giggles I get when I do that! So far, my little monkey has earned a LOT of Monkey Bars from tagging along with me to go shopping, watching football games, softball games, and walking the dog. How will your little ones earn their Monkey Bars? Go to our Monkey Bar page and show everyone how you love to have a monkey on your back, too. We’ll send your little monkey their very own monkey bars!
Post your stories on our Monkey Bar page!
WARNING: THIS CARRIER SHOULD NOT BE USED TO CARRY BABY FACING AWAY FROM YOUR BODY. IT WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR THAT TYPE OF CARRY AND THERE CAN BE RISK OF BABY SLIPPING OUT. ALWAYS SUPPORT YOUR BABY WITH YOUR HANDS AND ARMS WHEN LEANING OR BENDING TO PREVENT INJURY TO YOURSELF OR THE BABY. WHEN NECESSARY, USE YOUR LEGS TO LOWER YOURSELF, NOT YOUR BACK (FOR EXAMPLE: REACHING ITEMS OFF OF FLOOR OR LOWER SHELF). REMEMBER THAT, WHILE IN THE CARRIER, YOUR BABY IS AN EXTENSION OF YOU, SO ALLOW FOR MORE SPACE WHEN WALKING THROUGH DOORWAYS OR TURNING IN CROWDS, ETC. NEVER ALLOW AN INFANT'S CHIN TO TOUCH THEIR CHEST AS THIS CAN OBSTRUCT THEIR AIRWAY.