The Caboo Carrier FAQ’s
Yes and yes! The Caboo carrier is designed to be easily and quickly put on by yourself. Once you have the hang of it only takes a few minutes to put on with your baby safely positioned inside. We have an easy step by step guide available online for parents to follow, so learning how to use it couldn’t be easier, there are 3 easy steps; 1. Pop it on over your head like a t-shirt 2. Pull down and forwards to tighten 3. Pop baby in and tie off the ends of the straps.
Because of the unique way it supports baby chest to chest, you can use your Caboo Carrier from birth day one with a healthy, small or even premature baby from 5lbs upwards (always following the T.I.C.K.S guidelines) You should consult a health professional or trained baby wearing consultant before using with a low birth weight baby.
The carrier is fully adjustable and will fit and adjust to most sizes, from a UK ladies dress size size 8 up to approximately a size 20 (dependant on chest/waist size). It is really important that you are able to knot the straps of the carrier under baby’s bottom to secure it.
There are 3 main positions available with the Caboo Carrier. The preferred carrying position for support is chest to chest. Once your baby gets older, you can use a side hip position and there is also a seated breastfeeding position for your Caboo for discreet feeding.
The carrier is designed to be anatomically correct for both the baby and the wearer. It spreads the weight evenly over both shoulders and across your hips reducing the strain on the neck, shoulder and lower back, meaning you should be able to carry for longer or with a heavier weight on the front than with some other designs. The shaped back panel also provides a little support. If you currently suffer from pre-existing back problems, please consult your chiropractor or doctor about carrying and they will be able to help you with your specific situation. Alternatively contact your local sling library for an opportunity to try before you buy.
No, you cannot carry twins in this carrier at the same time. Twin parents can really benefit from carrying though as a good carrier can provide hands free bonding time with one twin while being able in interact with the other and you can swap over regularly too.
The newborn Caboo carrying range is not designed for a back carry, there are other carriers in our range which can be used on the back – Caboo dx+ and Caboo DXgo.
Yes, the soft fabric straps will adjust to fit you and your baby exactly as they grow. How long you can continue to use the carrier often depends on your own frame and the size of your little one.
We are committed to promoting and supporting a good breastfeeding relationship. You can feed simply by lowering baby or changing them into a more horizontal feeding position and tilting them towards you as explained in our instructions (with their bottom in the widest part of the strap!). It is important in any position to also allow baby the space and freedom to latch on and off when feeding! We recommend you are seated at all times when feeding in your Caboo.
Your baby can stay in the Caboo for as long as you or they want. There is no limit between feeding and changing, we recommend you always maintain visual contact and make regular checks to make sure that babies face isn’t covered or their chin is no compressed to chest (please refer to the T.I.C.K.S for safe carrying). Your baby will feel safe, secure and bonded and you will be meeting their needs naturally whilst they are being carried which helps to build a happy brain. It will also give you hands free time to get on with tasks whist providing peace of mind!
Yes this is an excellent and in our opinion essential feature for any good carrier, that babies head should be able to be supported cheek to chest. The soft wide strap that sits across your shoulder can be gently placed over the back of your baby’s head to support it in the right position when your baby is asleep. Their nose should point slightly upwards and you should be able to place 1-2 fingers between their chin and their chest.
As the Caboo carrier is one size fits all, smaller sized people tend to find that there is excess material which hangs down once the baby is in. Once tied off at the front under baby’s bottom these excess straps can be tied round to the back or tucked up under the rings for added padding.
Yes, it is a very natural position for baby (just think of their position in utero). Supporting your baby from the back of knee to the back of knee (with their knees higher than their bottom) is the best ergonomic position and places less strain on their developing hips. The soft but supportive straps of the Caboo also respect the natural C curve of baby’s spine when carried chest to chest which doesn’t straighten until after 12 months. All our fabric is soft, comfy and cosy next to little ones delicate skin too.
Your baby will need to be dressed in less than what they would wear in a pram. Remember, they will have your body heat to keep them warm. To check their temperature, put your hand down inside their top next to their
chest. If it feels too hot, dress them in less, as a guide one layer less whether inside or outside than you would normally dress them in.
Wearing your baby in a carrier will not make him or her clingy. In fact, the opposite is true. Meeting your baby’s needs while you continue with your everyday tasks hands free is exactly what your baby requires. It builds a happy brain and he or she will move away independently as soon as their need to be close to you has been satisfied!
There are no clips or buckles on the Caboo. It simply pops on over your head like a t-shirt and is adjustable with the clever one-way ring system. This prevents the fabric from sliding back through the rings, as an extra precaution we also recommend you knot together the ends of the straps for security too.
The Caboo Carrier is made from either 100% organic cotton or a robust blend of polyester and cotton which keeps its shape and is extremely easy to care for. All the dyes we use are baby friendly Oeko Tex standard dyes. The rings on your Caboo are made from anodised aluminium and have a break force in excess of 1960 Newtons which is more than 200Kg – over the equivalent weight of an adult bottle nosed dolphin!
Most certainly, at Close we are committed to ethical and sustainable production. We source all our fabric from Turkey which is well known for its organic cotton quality and we also manufacture there to lower the environmental impact of the supply chain. We visit our factory regularly and know the staff and the conditions in which they work.
Handy Tips and Troubleshooting
Absolutely! Your baby loves to be close to you and for you to be active and it is this combination of movement and closeness that is most effective in reducing fussing. Consider going for a walk outside or putting some music on and getting on with things and this should help your baby to settle.
Carrying baby, during those first few weeks especially, helps ease the
transition from the womb to big wide world. Being in an upright carrier, chest-to-chest, simulates a ‘womb-like’ environment for baby providing all the familiar things they have grown used to: warmth, security, a parent’s heartbeat. It can help your baby feel safer and therefore ultimately calmer. But recent studies* have shown it is not just closeness alone that is responsible for these marked reductions, it is closeness coupled with movement and activity that is most effective in reducing infant crying and fussing. *(Ref – Esposito G,Yoshida S, et al. Infant calming responses duringmaternal carrying in humans and mice. Curr Biol. 2013 May 6;23(9):739--‐45.
If you feel comfortable trying breastfeeding in the carrier this can also help to reassure them and help them to settle too. If your baby has just been fed they may be experiencing discomfort from reflux. Many young babies suffer from reflux in the first few months and being upright chest to chest in an appropriate carrier for 30/40 minutes directly after a feed and winding is often advocated as a way to ease the symptoms and discomfort.
Practising with a doll first can give you confidence. Watch our online video too to see first-hand how easy it is to use.
If your baby can slump or feels too low (they should always be close enough to simply kiss if you lower your head) you almost certainly didn’t have the straps tight enough before you put baby in. If when you press lightly on babies back they can unfurl, it isn’t tight enough. Make sure that you have the carrier pulled tightly through the rings before you put your baby in. Always err on the side of being too tight until you get used to the carrier. Allow approx 10cm space between you and the fabric as a guide.
Care of my Caboo carrier
Washing/care instructions can be found on the inside of the cross. We recommend to wash at 30 degrees.
Yes, but don’t worry! It won’t cause your machine or the carrier any harm. If you prefer, you can pop it inside a pillow case which will muffle the noise and protect the drum.
Hanging it on the line is best. But if it is winter or you don’t have a line or a radiator you may tumble dry on low heat occasionally to finish off the drying, but for environmental reasons and damage to the fabric we do not recommend this routinely.
No the carrier doesn’t need to be ironed and shouldn’t be, as the raised print may be damaged by the heat of an iron.