Amy contacted the Sling Doctor and asked for a consultation for her and her daughter Molly who was two weeks old. Amy had been discussing the benefits of skin to skin contact with her midwife and was keen to try Babywearing despite also feeling overwhelmed by all of the options and safety advice. She hoped the skin to skin contact would help with breastfeeding, enable her to get jobs done around the house and aid Molly’s physical and emotional development.
Molly was born at 36 weeks gestation and, at the time of the consultation, weighed 5 pounds and 11 ounces. This meant that she was too small to safely use any of my buckle carriers, even with the newborn inserts. As with all young babies Molly’s positioning needed careful attention to ensure it was not obstructed in anyway.
I met Amy and Molly at their home where we discussed their background, the benefits of Babywearing and safety considerations. Given Amy and Molly’s circumstances I had taken three options for exploration: A Woven Wrap, a Stretchy Wrap and a Close Parent Caboo.
Probably the most versatile of carriers, a length of woven fabric designed for Babywearing can be used safely with a tiny baby. Because the fabric is not stretchy, one layer is very supportive, making it one of the coolest options. Most of the single layer carries require retying each time it is used however, and the skill acquisition required can feel a bit overwhelming.
The stretchy wrap, is a length of stretchy fabric which can be pretied around the wearers body before they position the baby in the carry they have created. It is simpler to use than a woven wrap and the multiple stretchy layers mean that the baby can be taken in and out of the wrap without re-tying each time. Multiple layers can also make it a bit too warm and parents can find the length of fabric a bit overwhelming.
The Close Parent Caboo
The Close Parent Caboo is made of the same fabric as a stretchy wrap but has been constructed to fit in to the wearer without them having to wrap them selves. It is fully adjustable by feeding the fabric through two sets of metal rings which sit just above the wearers hips. The baby sits in the carrier just as she would in a stretchy wrap meaning that it can be used to preserve the child’s natural back, hip and leg positioning. Like the stretchy wrap, it can still feel a bit hot but it benefits from not requiring as much skill aquisition. Unlike other, more structured, carriers the lower weight limit is 5 pounds, meaning that this was a reasonable suggestion for Molly.
After discussion I demonstrated the use of the Stretchy Wrap, Amy liked the way the demonstration doll looked in the wrap and appeared to feel confident that it was a secure option but she was a bit concerned about how long it would take her to feel confident about using the wrap alone. She wanted something she could use straight away with minimal learning. We agreed that the Caboo was the best option and Amy tried it out with the demonstration doll.
Amy decided to buy A Close Parent Caboo and managed to get a next day delivery. As she has received a full consultation from me I will offer reduced price follow up consultations to her in the future, either for help with the caboo or for learning new skills like breastfeeding in the sling or exploring other Babywearing options as Molly grows. It was lovely to meet Amy and Molly and I hope they enjoy their Babywearing adventures.