A: Yes! Beachfront Baby Wraps are similar in size & structure to other wraparound carriers. The fabric has 2-way stretch (as opposed to 4-way stretch) allowing for comfortable wearing in & out of the water. The heart-to-heart position shown in the photo wrapping instructions is the only position recommended for use in any water environment. If your baby is facing away from you, you cannot see his face to be able to gauge how he is reacting to the water & how much water is splashing in his face. Some older babies just do NOT like this position because they want to see everything! It is up to YOU to make the final decision as to how to use this wrap, and the wearer accepts full responsibility for using it in a way other than what’s recommended. Using the wrap OUT OF THE WATER gives you another option for position. Due to the width of this wrap as well as the slippery feel of the fabric, this wrap is NOT suitable for back carries.
Babies can be worn in the heart-to-heart or hip carry position in a Beachfront Baby™ Sling. Check the booklet included with your sling for complete wearing instructions.
A: We recommend taking baby out of the Beachfront Baby™ Wrap to breastfeed. Because of the risk of positional asphyxiation, it is safer to remove baby, leave the wrap on (which is a great way to keep your breast & belly covered!), nurse baby, then pop him back into the wrap.
With a Beachfront Baby™ Sling, we give instructions for placing your baby in the cradle carry position for breastfeeding. It is very important that your baby be moved back to the heart-to-heart position after feeding to avoid breathing difficulties or suffocation. Once your baby is sitting up and has head & neck control (5-7 months), it is easy to breastfeeding in an upright position by loosening the sling and lowering baby enough to latch on.
A: No. The only UV protection is what the layers of fabric afford. We have looked into the processes for adding UV protection to the fabric & we do not trust the chemicals used in additives. The processes that weave into the fabric are cost prohibitive at this time. Please protect your baby with a non-toxic sunscreen (if he is over the recommended age for use) clothing & a hat, as well as keeping out of the direct sun as much as possible during the middle of the day & making sure you have a shady place to rest now & then.
A: Start by undressing yourself & baby & putting the carrier on. Put baby in the carrier in the heart-to-heart position & carefully step into the shower. Keep an eye on baby’s face to ensure the spray isn’t hitting his face & that he is enjoying the water. To wash your hair, turn your back to the water & tilt your head back to allow the water to run down your back. Turn so that the spray is on your baby’s back while you shampoo your hair with your head tilted back. (Most mothers have found that switching to a non-toxic, gentle shampoo that they would use on their baby is a perfect way to get both themselves & baby clean.) Turn again so that your back is to the spray and tilt your head back to let the shampoo rinse down your back. To wash your body & baby’s body, you can soap up right through the fabric. Again, choosing a soap that is gentle enough for baby makes it easy to get both of you clean without worrying about unintentionally using a harsh product on baby. As you turn to rinse all parts, keep an eye on baby’s face to make sure the spray isn’t hitting his face in any position. Shaving is best left until you are alone in the shower, as babies have quick hands and can grab things even at a young age! At this point, if someone is home for you to hand baby off to, you can take baby out of the carrier to hand to your helper waiting with a towel. If no one is there to help, you can turn off the water & wrap a big towel or robe around both of you in the carrier. Once you are out of the shower, you can have a towel ready to lay baby on & take baby out of the carrier. Then you can take off your carrier & hang it to dry.
A: Our one-size carrier fits most adults who wear a size S, M or L shirt.
XL wraps fit those who normally wear an XL or 2XL shirt.
A: Babies can be worn from approximately 8lbs (3.6kg) up to 30lbs(13.6kg). The fabric will support babies & toddlers heavier than this, but it will not be as comfortable for the wearer. Newborns & small babies must be watched closely while in the carrier to ensure their airways are not blocked at any time.
Beachfront Baby Carriers are not an appropriate restraint for riding in any vehicle, including a boat. Please use proper equipment including a car seat in a car & a personal floatation device made for babies & small children in a boat.
Don’t do anything with your baby in the carrier that you wouldn’t do with him/her in your arms. This includes, but is not limited to: diving off the diving board, scuba diving, riding a jet ski, going down a water slide, water skiing, flipping into the water or any other dangerous water activities you can think of.
Machine wash warm, tumble dry or hang to dry.
Fabric is made in China. Wraps are made with pride in the USA by work-at-home-moms in the San Antonio, Texas area!