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Wompat LITE: Front Carry

1. Place the carrier in front of you so that the inside solid colored cotton fabric and the white warning label are facing out and the decorative fabric is facing towards your body.

2. Put the waist straps around your waist and fasten the buckle at your back (make sure you hear a click!)

3. Tighten the waist straps so that the carrier is tight and comfortable. Usually it's most ergonomic to wear the carrier as high as possible.

4. Fix the adjusting belt around the panel: around the middle section for newborn baby or around the bottom part for a bigger baby. Read more tips on adjusting the panel here.

5. Hold the baby and guide her legs slightly apart.

6. Lift up the panel and put the shoulder straps on one at a time. Support the baby with your other hand. The panel forms a pouch for baby's bottom.

7. Fix the small strap at your upper back. You can reach the strap more easily when the shoulder straps are a little loose. If you can't reach the strap, loosen the shoulder straps a little more. If the small strap has been slipped from it's place and it's now hanging loose too low, please read the instructions on lock the neck strap in place .

8. Tighten the neck strap. The purpose of this small strap is to prevent the shoulder straps from slipping from your shoulders. The tightness of the neck strap will also change the location of shoulder straps on the shoulders.

9. Tighten both shoulder straps a little but leave them still slightly loose. Pull from the webbings that hang closest to the sides of the panel.

10. Adjust the width of the panel: tighten the adjusting belt, pull both webbings but one at a time. The panel should go from baby's knee-pit to knee-pit and baby should be able to bend her knees. A newborn baby often likes to keep her legs quite close to each other. A bigger baby take a wider position with her legs more open. The adjusting belt should be under baby's bottom. If the belt is too tight and the panel is too narrow, you can loosen the belt: push the webbing back into the buckle or lift the edge of the buckle slightly.

11. Guide baby’s legs to more ergonomic M-positon: put your hands inside the panel and guide baby’s bottom deep into the carrier. Lift her legs up under the knee-pits. This is called a ”pelvic tuck technique”. Baby's knees should be higher (or at the same level) as her bottom.

12. Make the final tightening for the shoulder straps. Baby should be resting snuggly against you. The panel is supporting baby's back and neck and the panel doesn't seem to be too loose. Baby should still be able to easily turn her head and move the hands inside the carrier.

13. Fold the curved upper edge of the panel behind baby's neck, if the panel seems too high or you want to add some more support behind baby's neck. The panel should go slighty over baby's neck & up to her earlobe. Make sure baby's face is always visible. The baby is at the suitable level when you are able to kiss her head.

14. If needed you can use these PFA buckles to tighten the upper parts of the panel and help baby settle closer to you.

15. With the Wompat LITE baby carrier you can also wear the shoulder straps crossed on the back. Many parents find crisscrossing the straps quite comfortable. This style is recommended if you have narrow shoulders or if the traditional way is not comfortable for you or just for a change.