Frequently Asked Questions about Hugabub
How easy is the Hug-a-bub to put on?
While the Hug-a-Bub may look complicated to use, it is actually as simple as tying your shoelaces. It does take a little extra time to put on than a side sling; but those few extra seconds pay off with hours of comfortable baby carrying. We liken the Hug-a-Bub to a hiking boot. It may take longer to put on than a sandal but you wouldn’t want to be wearing sandals walking up a mountain!
What is the difference between the Pocketed Organic Hug-a-Bub and the Pocketless Hug-a-Bub
The main purpose of the pocket, other than to provide a contrasting colour, is that it turns inside out and becomes a storage bag for the sling fabric. Other than that, the pocketless Hugabub functions in the same way as the pocketed style. The pocketed wrap does however offer more support for bigger or heavy babies, due the double layer of fabric.
The pocketless carrier can be cooler in hot climates and is best suited for use up to about 8 months or 10kg. The pocketed wrap remains comfortable for up to 12 kg or around two years old.
Our certified organic wrap carriers are made from a softer, thicker, stretchier cotton interlock and are a substantially more comfortable option for anyone wanting to carry from birth to large babies or toddlers.
While simple in appearance at a glance, the pocket component of the Hugabub is the most complex, time consuming and costly part of manufacturing, thus the difference in price.
Does it put pressure on my baby’s spine like other front pouches?
In many other ‘pouches’, a baby sits upright with all their body weight on their soft and developing spine, which may cause compression of the vertebrae. Unlike a front pouch, the Hug-a-Bub does not place your baby’s coccyx in a load bearing position. Instead, your baby’s weight is drawn in towards your torso, eliminating pressure on their vertebrae. The Hug-a-Bub has been thoroughly tested and is recommended by Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists.
How often should I wear my baby?
Around the world, in many countries, babies are carried constantly while their mothers continue about their normal daily routines with no detriment to the baby. They report that it makes their babies happier and their lives easier. Research shows that babies benefit physically, intellectually and emotionally from being held. Let your baby be your guide, he will let you know when he wants up and when he wants down. There is no such thing as holding a baby too much as long as you are both happy to do so.
What can I do if my baby feels restricted?
If your baby feels restricted, try leaving one or both arms out of the straps at first. Wait until your baby relaxes before using the head support and wherever possible go for a short walk to settle them into it. For older babies try either the face out position or the Koala cuddle (face in, arms free)
How do I take my baby out?
You simply part the front wraps that are over your baby’s body, place your hands under their armpits and lift them directly upwards. The baby is always taken out of the Hug-a-Bub before you take it off. The hug-a-bub can be left on until the next time you want to put them in again.
Is it suitable for my premie?
The Hug-a-Bub is perfect for premature infants because it is tied to fit your baby, no matter how tiny or large! In a Hug-a-Bub a ‘premie’ baby can be carried either upright with their head supported against the parents chest or in a laying position (called ‘peapod’) with absolutely no risk of the baby falling out. The Hug-a-Bub can be worn under a shirt to provide skin-to skin contact as recommended with Kangaroo care. The Hug-a-Bub is currently being used in Neo-natal Intensive Care Units throughout Australia.
Up to what age / weight can I carry my baby in a Hug-a-bub?
There is no weight or age limit for the hug-a-bub because our carrier draws your child’s weight into your body rather than dragging from your shoulders. While it is still comfortable to carry a 2 year old child in a Hug-a-Bub it was designed to allow parents to carry smaller infants for longer periods of time. Most infants over the age of 1 and a 1/2 years no longer desire to be carried as much, so wearing periods tend to be shorter and less frequent. While the Hug-a-Bub is most useful from birth until around 1 year, it remains comfortable for use way beyond this age. Keep your Hug-a-Bub handy though for the times when your older child may be teething, unwell and clingy, or has had an injury and is wanting to be held a lot. You will be amazed how comfortable it can be even with a 3 year old.
Is a Hug-a-Bub washable?
The Hug-a-Bub is made from 100% cotton and 100% organic cotton and can be treated in the same way you would a T-shirt. It can be thrown in the wash and dryer regularly. Colours will fade less when dried out of direct sunlight.
Will the Hug-a-Bub fade?
Hug-a-Bub fabrics are colourfast and can be washed in the washing machine as mentioned above. However with all 100% cotton t-shirt fabrics, fading will occur on darker colours from the sun and daylight. To achieve a higher fade resistant cloth we must use a fabric with synthetic fibres. We believe, as health professionals do, it is more important to have natural fibres against your baby’s skin that it is to have a fabric that will fade less. We hope that you agree. If fading is not desirable for you, we suggest you select a lighter colour where fading will be considerably less.
Does Hug-a-Bub meet safety standards?
Hug-a-bub has been tested and approved by strict EU Safety Standards. Although there are no official safety standards currently available for baby carriers in Australia at this time, Hug-a-Bub is applauded by physiotherapists, childcare professionals, midwives, occupational therapists and is used in special care nurseries in hospitals. When worn correctly a baby cannot fall out of a Hug-a-Bub and there are no clips and buckles to break, pinch or chaff babies’ sensitive skin.
Isn’t it too hot in summer?
On hot days most of us do not relish the idea of having a hot sweaty baby wrapped to our body, but the Hug-a-bub is deceptively comfortable even in summer. The fabric is no different to a T-shirt. It breathes and can be adjusted to cover less of your body and allow for air flow. During hot summer months you may find you use your Hug-a-Bub more frequently indoors, in the mornings and evenings. We recommend the wearing of cool, natural fibre clothing for both you and your baby.