We know you are excited to receive your carrier, but before you get going it is important to make sure that you are prepared to wear your baby safely, and know how to take care of the product. This page covers safe babywearing, how to care for your carrier, as well as a couple of basic carries for you to learn.
Safe Babywearing: Visible and kissable
Face in view at all times
High and upright
Supported back and snug
Close enough to kiss
YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Ankalia Textiles cannot be held responsible or liable for any accidents that could occur as a result of the misuse of carrier. We pride ourselves in helping our customers, so please, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
Always make sure your baby is tied or buckled securely and tight to your body. This is for your comfort and so your baby cannot slip out of the carry.
Always make sure your baby can breathe freely. Check frequently that the carried child’s airways are free and that their chin has not slumped to their chest. Newborns lack the muscle control to free restricted airways so turning your newborns head to the side will encourage them to face this way when sleeping. Remember to provide good back and neck support.
Inspect your carrier regularly to ensure it is structurally sound. Check the fabric for any tears that could have occurred. If you notice any damage stop using immediately and contact us for advice.
We do not recommend carrying your baby in a cradle position because it can be difficult to position baby which makes it difficult to see and kiss your baby.
Be aware of your body heat when using a carrier - you may require fewer layers as you are sharing body heat with your child. The Australian summer can be harsh so we suggest a single layered carry with your child in a singlet and nappy. Even a cool flannel on your chest while your baby sleeps can help to cool you down.
Please use common sense and caution when cooking or near open flames, or drinking your latte. Also be aware of what your child can reach for. We recommend that any exercise while babywearing is again done with caution and common sense. Base jumping isn't recommended but we do love Kangaroo training.
Look over your new carrier when you first receive it. If you see any issues that you are unsure of then please contact us immediately.
Give your wrap a wash. The temperature of the water and other care details are found on the tag on the tail end of your wrap or ring sling.
All Ankalia Up Full Buckle Carriers have been washed prior to shipping and do not require washing before use.Cold hand wash only, lightly pull into shape and lay flat to dry thoroughly. Do not tumble dry, do not dry clean.
Dry your wrap according to the care instructions.
Ironing your wrap will firm out any creases and smooth out some of the texture.
Our wraps and converted carrriers are made from all natural fibres and, with few exceptions, are as easy to care for as your regular household laundry.
Firstly, you must look over your wrap before washing for the first time. We ask you to look for any weaving flaws that we may have missed along the way. If you are un happy with your carrier then please contact us.
Your wrap will arrive to you in what is called “loom state”. Therefore, it is very important that you wash and iron your wrap before use. This sets the weave, removes any residue and will fluff up your wrap to make it soft and smooshy.
Wash your 100% cotton wraps first in one cold wash on a medium spin, and on gentle cycle for subsequent washing. We do not recommend the use of colour catchers with any textiles. Tumble dry on low. Ironing is strongly encouraged to prevent premature wear at the rails and other highly creased areas. It is normal for your wrap to shrink in the first wash. We have taken into account shrinkage when we have cut and hemmed our wraps.
Ring Slings should be covered with a piece of cloth or sock. This not only protects the rings but also your washing machine.
Front Wrap Cross Carry
We have used the models base size for the purposes of demonstrating this basic carry. An excellent beginner carry when starting to learn to use woven wraps. This style of carry is suitable for a newborn through to toddler or older child.
Find the centre of the wrap. This is easily identified by the bird tag, known as the middle marker.
Holding just the top edge (rail), bring the right side of the wrap under your arm and across your back to the opposite shoulder.
Take the top rail of the other side of the wrap in your hand, making sure you don't twist the fabric. Bring around to your opposite shoulder.
Pull on both tails of the wrap to take out any slack within the wrap. This will make the tightening quicker and easier once baby is in place.
Check that the wrap forms a cross on your back and the fabric lays flat and is spread widely. It should not be twisted.
Now it's time to pick up your baby.
Slide one hand up under the wrap.
Guide your baby’s body through
until his legs come through the bottom.
Settle him into position
Ensure the wrap is spread across his body, reaching from his shoulders to his knees, with his legs spread comfortably around you.ALWAYS KEEP ONE HAND ON YOUR BABY AS YOU’RE
SECURING HIM IN THE CARRIER.
To tighten the wrap around your baby, focus pulling on the top rail
as snugly as possible.
Then pull the rest of the fabric tightly until your baby
feels secured in the wrap.
Concentrate on working from the top rail, middle of the wrap and then the bottom rail.
Once your wrap is well tightened, you can then pull both rails to remove any extra slack.
Place the tails down either side of your baby’s body.
Cross them under his bottom then bring the tails of the wrap under your baby’s legs and behind your body.
Tie a double knot at your lower back.
Your baby is now secure, visable and kissable.
A versatile carrier that makes for quick ups and downs like school runs, ducking into the shops or to settle a little one that needs some comfort.
To thread your ring sling, begin by placing the end with the rings over one shoulder.
Gather the fabric of the tail end in your hand and bring it through both rings.
Bring the fabric over the top ring, then through the bottom ring.
Pull the tail end of the fabric down to create the pouch for your baby.
Pick up your baby and hold him up at your shoulder. Bring one hand up underneath the pouch of the ring sling and use it to guide your baby down into the sling.
Keep one hand on your baby to support him while you position his knees above his bottom and pull the fabric of the sling up to the base of his neck.
Gather the excess fabric at the top of the sling and hold it in place near the rings.
Pull the top rail to tighten the sling. Tighten “strand by strand” by working along the width of the tail to pull any excess fabric through the rings until your baby feels supported entirely by the sling.
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Ankalia Up - Infant Settings
The Ankalia Up Full Buckle Carrier is designed to fi t your child through several stages. Use the infant adjuster with your child from 3.5kg/7.7lb.Ensure that your child’s head and face are always well above the top of the body of the carrier
A. Infant adjuster B. Anchor loops
Place the infant adjuster (A) label side up on a fl at surface. Place the Ankalia Up over the top (right side up)
Thread one anchor loop over the infant adjuster.
Do the same with the other anchor loop on the other side of the infant adjuster.
Anchor loops onto the waist band.Take bottom two anchor loops and thread though each side.
When infant adjuster and anchor loops are in place, the Ankalia Up should look like this, ready to adjust.
Draw the infant adjuster around the body panel and then fasten the buckle by clicking together.
Adjust to desired width to suit your baby’s size so that baby has support from one knee pit to the other
Take one end of each of the buckles in one hand and centre the belt at your hips.
Bring the buckles around to your lower back, pulling the buckles through the webbing to lengthen if needed, and clip into place.
Tighten the belt by pulling each side of the webbing evenly. Your Ankalia Up should be snug enough that it stays in place, but not so tight that you aren’t comfortable.
Loosen the shoulder straps by pulling the webbing through the buckles. Ensure the shoulder straps are buckled with the male and female ends attached. Loosen the Personal Fit Adjusters at the top of the shoulder strap.
Pick up your baby and hold him against your body with his legs at your sides and his bottom at the top of the carrier belt.
Hold him fi rmly in one arm while placing your other arm through the shoulder strap and bringing the body of the carrier up and over your child.
Keeping one arm on your baby at all times, switch the arm supporting him and place your other arm through the shoulder strap.
Tighten both shoulder straps until your baby is held in place comfortably by the carrier.
Buckle the strap behind your shoulders.
Adjust the shoulder straps until your baby feels snug against your body and is well supported by the carrier.
Adjust the Personal Fit Adjusters for a secure and comfortable fi t.
Ankalia Mei Tai - Front Carry
Suitable for babies age 4 months +, a front carry lets you keep your baby tucked in close while you explore the world together.
Important - Always be sure to support your baby with atleast one hand while you are tying your Mei Tai.
Anatomy of your Mei Tai A.Top straps B. Waist straps C. Head rest
Position the waist straps at your midsection, then tie a double knot at your lower back.
Hold your baby in arms, with his bum at the waist. If he is too low or too high, you may need to adjust the height of the waistband to ensure that your baby is at kissable height.
Place the body of the mei tai over your baby’s body, then place the top straps over your shoulders.
Be sure the fabric is tightened over your baby.
Support your baby’s body with one arm while you reach behind you to pick up one top strap with your other hand. Bring the strap across your back, then around to your front, over your baby’s leg.
Repeat with the second strap. You have now created an X with the straps across your back.
Tighten the straps by pulling gently as you go.
Cross the top straps at your baby’s bum, then bring them underneath your baby’s legs. You have now created an X with the straps at the front too.
Pull the straps around to your back, then tie a double knot.
BABY IS SECURE,VISIBLE AND KISSABLE
Ankalia Mei Tai - Back Carry
A back carry is an advanced carry for caregivers who are confi dent in using their Mei Tai in front carries. Baby should be able to sit unassisted.Have a helper spot you and your baby while you’re learning to back carry. Important: Always be sure to support your baby with at least one hand while you are tying your Mei Tai.
Position your Mei Tai with the panel at one hip. Tie a double knot at your other hip.Hold your baby with his bottom at the waist band.
Bring the body of the Mei Tai up over your baby’s body.
Place the top strap over your shoulder (opposite from the side your baby is on).
Bend forward as you use one arm to slide your baby onto your back.
Pick up the remaining top strap, then place it on your other shoulder.
Hold the weight of your baby as you stand up by pulling tightly forward on both shoulder straps.
Bring your arms directly back towards your baby then cross your straps at his bottom.
Place the straps under his legs as you pull them around to your front. You have now made an X under your baby’s bottom.
Tie a double knot in the front!
Ankalia Onbuhimo - Back Carry
A back carry is an advanced carry for caregivers who are confi dent in using their Onbuhimo in front carries. Baby should be able to sit unassisted. Have a helper spot you and your baby while you’re learning to back carry. Important: Always support your baby with one arm and/or have a helper spotting until he is fully supported by the carrier.
Place your baby’s legs through the straps of the Onbuhimo, with the body of the carrier covering their back and the shoulder straps over their shoulders.
Pick up your baby and the carrier, then place her on one hip.
Bend over, keeping your back fl at, then use one arm to help slide your baby onto your back.
Keeping one hand on your baby, slide your opposite arm through the shoulder strap. *If your shoulder straps are too snug to allow this, remove your baby, loosen the straps, then proceed.
Repeat on the other side.
Tighten the shoulder straps on both sides.
Buckle chest strap.
Tighten the chest strap *This keeps your shoulder straps from sliding off.