Chimparoo

Chimparoo was created in 2007, registered brand by L’écharpe Porte-bonheur Inc. The founder, Christine Duhaime, is a graduate occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience in design and textiles and a mother of four children. She has put all her passion to build the business, offering quality products, creating a dynamic team and communicating the benefits of baby wearing. With its great expertise, Chimparoo is now proud to be available across the world with a full range of baby carriers and accessories.

Chimparoo are THE experts with a team that has:

Academic knowledge of ergonomics, health and baby development;
Knowledge acquired through research, development and experience in our many community involvement;
Direct expertise from practicing baby carrying for nearly 10 years;
Experience in educating the public, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in the perinatal care services;
Relationship with support perinatal organizations, associations and the baby carriers industry.
Fondatrice Chimparoo

Woven Wrap Instructions

Step 1 : Front carry introduction

Installation of the wrap in preparation for front carries. We recommand you to only learn this technic to start. This knot will let you have the best experience with the woven wrap. With the cross wrap you can carry in all position and change from one to the other easily. Now if you want to learn others tehcnics feel free! Babywearing fans will find advantages on each of them!

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Step 2 : Front carry tummy to tummy ( Cross wrap)

The cross wrap is the most versatile and comfortable knot. This knot will let you place the baby in all positions. It is perfect for a new born but it will be also wonderful with your baby until you feel him too heavy.

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Hip Carry (cross wrap)

The cross wrap is a good start with the woven wrap. This knot let you place your baby easily on your tummy, in cradle position and on the hip keeping the baby inside the wrap. Useful and comfortable

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Mei Tai Instructions

Front carry with a new born baby

During the first few weeks, the baby is more comfortable with the legs inside the carrier as in the fetal position with good vertical back support. A baby’s back is fragile, requiring support until the spinal column develops enough strength to keep the body upright against gravity. This carrier can be adjusted in many ways to provide adequate support during this critical period.

Install your baby in the Mei Tai with the use of the lateral and horizontal straps, and also adjust the length of the body of the carrier.

Always keep a hand on baby’s back while you are tying the straps.

The lateral slots angle the straps for a more secure positioning of a tiny baby. When they are used with a baby weighing less than 15 lbs, the slots also increase the tension in baby’s lower back. This helps to keep the back upright, and deters the baby from assuming a curled up position with the neck bent.

When baby is worn in the front, cross the straps on the back and thread them through the slots. You now have two ways to tie the straps.

1- Continue pulling the straps to the front and tie off under baby’s bum. This conventional way to use the Mei Tai is recommended for babies over 15 lbs. Verify baby’s back and head position. If adjustments are needed, start by tightening the top of the straps and reposition baby’s pelvis and back. If this is unsuccessful, go to method #2 below.

2- Instead of tying off in the front, bring the straps behind you, pulling firmly on each side to create adequate tension. Tie off on your back. Alternately, cross the straps and bring them to the front before tying into a knot. Please note that although the slots are reinforced, they will weaken easily if used with a child over 15 lbs.

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Front carry

When the knees are completely outside the body of the carrier, the horizontal toggles are no longer necessary and the slots are less important. To prevent the legs from dangling straight down, position the straps to help lift the knees. The straps cross under baby’s bum, skipping the slots altogether. Pass the straps under baby’s knees and bring them around your waist. Tie your final knot. Verify that the straps do not leave any marks on the skin or are fastened too tightly. Add a small cushion or towel under the knees if desired. Spread out the fabric of the straps to avoid having the straps dig into the skin. Avoid twisting the straps.

When wearing baby on your back, attach the waist belt as high as possible, even at the level of the armpits if this is comfortable for you. Adapt the height as needed for your comfort.

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Back carry

We recommend this position from the age of about 6 months when the baby is strong enough to keep his head straight and is able to sit up by himself un aided. Be sure to have someone else nearby to help you the first few times. After having practiced some manipulations on your back, first with a doll, then with the wrap, you can now try the technique that is best suited to you. According to your level of comfort in the handling of your child, you will develop your own technique.

By glancing at the different knotting techniques, you will see many different ways of putting your baby on your back. According to your baby’s age or your degree of ease in handling your baby against your body, you will find the method that works best for you. Here, we show you a knotting with a 2 year old child, but it is possible to do them with a small baby. Only placing baby on your back will be different.

1- Place the right side of the Mei-Tai against yourself.

2- Attach the belt straps around your waist.

3- Make sure that the Mei-Tai is properly centered in your back before placing the baby.

4- Place your baby on your back.

5- Always keep one hand on your baby and never hesitate to ask for help to insure the safety of your baby.

6- Bring the material up against baby by grabbing each strap and pulling upwards tightly to keep baby close to you at a comfortable height while keeping his back nice and round.

7- Pass the straps over each shoulder and hold them firmly in front of you. Pull on them until you obtain a comfortable position.

8- Babies arms can be placed under or over the straps according to his age and comfort. It is possible to adjust the height of the baby carrier so that it supports the head or so baby can stick his arms out. All you have to do is attach the belt at your waist a little higher or roll the belt straps around the carrier to shorten its length.

9- There are many ways to attach the shoulder straps. We have 3 to suggest to you. With the first two, you pass the straps around your shoulders like a backpack.

10- With the first way, you cross the straps under the buttocks of baby and pass the straps around your waist to complete the knot after passing under the babies legs.

11- With the second way, instead of making the knot on your waist, you bring each strap around the shoulder straps to stabilize your shoulders and add support. Bring the ends together so you can knot them above your chest.

12- With the third way, you cross the straps in front of your chest before bringing them in back of you. You can also cross the material over the babies’ bottom before doing the knot in front of you.

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