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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Answered by Sally Wilkins, designer of the Wilkinet. 

Questions:

  1. Why does the Wilkinet have no buckles, clips or zips? How does it fasten?

  2. I've used baby carriers before and they tend to be either uncomfortable or make my back ache! Won't the Wilkinet do this too?

  3. If there are no leg holes, where do the baby’s legs go?

  4. Can the loops be used as leg holes?

  5. When should I start or stop using particular carrying positions?

  6. I am a size 20 or greater and/or my husband has a chest size 44” or greater. Do you extend the straps?

  7. I had a Caesarean Section delivery. Can I still use the Wilkinet?

  8. Is there a version of the Wilkinet for twins?

  9. Can I read what other parents who have used the Wilkinet have to say about it?

Answers:

  1. Why does the Wilkinet have no buckles, clips or zips?

    When the Wilkinet was in its infancy, I experimented with buckles etc., partly to satisfy my own curiosity and partly because some parents do seem to like the idea of “Clunk Click” baby carriers and it would have been nice to have found a way of satisfying them. The results of the experiments were that I could not achieve the same secure “cocooning” with buckles etc., and also the baby’s weight could not be evenly distributed without the wraparound tying method.

    The Wilkinet was designed to hold the baby in the way a wraparound shawl would, but without the parent being engulfed in wide bands of cloth. With its wide well-padded shoulder straps and unique wraparound method of tying the Wilkinet ensures the baby is held snugly and firmly with its weight evenly distributed.

    … How does it fasten?

    The left shoulder strap passes across the parent’s back from the left shoulder to the right side of the Wilkinet where it is goes through a loop, the right shoulder strap goes across the parent’s back to the left side of the Wilkinet and goes through the left-hand loop. The remaining lengths of each strap are then pulled backwards to wrap around the back of the parent’s waist-line where they are crossed and brought forward to tie over the baby’s bottom.

    Click here to see a video demonstration.

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  2. I've used baby carriers before and they tend to be either uncomfortable or make my back ache! Won't the Wilkinet do this too?

    The Wilkinet’s unique wraparound method of tying holds the baby onto the parent’s body drawing the baby’s weight to the parent rather than pulling away as can happen with pouch or bag-like baby carriers. Wearing the Wilkinet high up the parent’s body also makes it more comfortable, some of the buckle-fastened carriers have a tendency to drag down so that eventually the baby is hanging too far down the parent’s body which is can feel awkward and uncomfortable and adds to the probability of back, shoulder and/or neck pain. Also see answer to Question 1.

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  3. If there are no leg holes where do the baby’s legs go?

    When you hold your baby in your arms, facing into your body, you would probably support your baby with one of your arms or hands around their back and shoulders and the other arm or hand naturally tucking their legs tuck into your waistline. When your baby is in the facing in on the front position in the Wilkinet held against your body, their legs will tuck into your waistline in the same way.

    There is a padded strap at the base of the Wilkinet, this strap also forms part of the loops at the side of the Wilkinet through which the tie-straps go. When using the Wilkinet for newborns facing in on the front, the baby’s legs go over the base strap, not through the loops. When tied the base strap supports the baby’s upper thighs and tucks their knees into your waistline.

    Click here to see a video demonstration.

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  4. Can the loops be used as leg holes?

    One of the unique features of the Wilkinet is the fact that it will hold your baby securely supported in a natural sitting position because it was designed specifically to avoid the need to suspend the baby through leg-holes. However another of its unique aspects is the way the Wilkinet’s wraparound tying method pulls your baby towards you, so even if you do need to use the loops as leg-holes your baby will not be suspended because the straps are holding him/her against you firmly and securely thereby reducing the degree of the baby’s weight being centred into its lower spine and pelvic area.

    So the answer is... Yes.

    The instruction leaflet which is included with your Wilkinet explains when it is appropriate to do so…

    For Example:

    1. When you use the Wilkinet to carry your baby facing out on the front.

    2. If you have a fidgety/wriggly baby it may be more comfortable for both of you if you put their legs through the loops….this might be around the time when they are becoming more interested and curious about the world around them or simply getting bigger and wanting to move their legs more.


    A NOTE TO DADS

    The Wilkinet was originally designed for the “Female Figure” which goes in and out at the right places for babys to tuck into! But so many Dads now want to carry their babies.

    Some Dads may not have much of a waistline because they may be either somewhat rotund(!) or rather skinny and/or muscular so it might be more comfortable to put their baby’s legs through the loops.

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  5. When should I start or stop using particular carrying positions?

    A baby’s weight and build will vary as much as an adult’s does, so there can be no hard and fast rules – Just try to tune into your baby’s needs and your own capacity. If you are both comfortable – keep going. BUT PLEASE BE WISE about how much weight you can carry on your front; 18 – 20lb babies may be too heavy for mums of average build/weight/height. Try the back carrying option once your baby gets too heavy for the front.

    Facing In:
    From a tiny 5lb newborn

    Facing Out:
    Babies with chubby legs may out grow the leg space more quickly than slimmer babies. Please remember that your baby has less head protection this way. Do not start using this position until your baby is about 3½ months old (or approx 14lb).

    On the Hip:
    Can be used once baby has sufficient head and neck control. Generally we recommend this only for going on walks, not for shopping trips or when doing household tasks. The reason for this is that more weight is being placed on just one shoulder and you will need one arm around the baby to avoid undue neck or shoulder strain.

    On the Back:
    Although many parents in western societies never try back carrying, I do highly recommend it. Carrying a baby this way means a lot less strain on parents' back and neck muscles. You quickly become accustomed to allowing the extra space around your back. I carried my babies like this from quite an early age bacause it was so much easier to get on with things with the baby on my back.

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  6. I am a size 20 or greater and/or my husband has a chest size 44” or greater. Do you extend the straps?

    Yes! When ordering, you can specify that you need extended straps for a £3.00 additional charge. Alternatively if you already have your carrier and feel you need a few more inches on the straps, please send your carrier to the address on the wash label with £7.50 and we will send the carrier back to you in 10 working days.

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  7. I had a Caesarean Section delivery; Can I still use the Wilkinet?

    Yes. It is advisable to use the Wilkinet for short periods for the first few weeks while the wound is healing. You could also try placing some soft padding between the baby’s knees/feet and your tummy to help relieve pressure. My daughter, Esther had an emergency C-section, but had no problems in using the Wilkinet.

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  8. Is there a version of the Wilkinet for twins?

    We don't do a version of the Wilkinet for twins (a lot of couples wear one each when out and about). However, if one of you wants to carry both babies we have had a previous customer write and send a photo of her wearing two Wilkinets in the facing in on the front position. The length of time you could do this would of course depend on the speed at which your babies grow and your height and strength! It is possible. However, the Wilkinet has not been tested or designed for use in this way!

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  9. Can I read what other parents who have used the Wilkinet have to say about it?

    Yes. Click Here

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