Frequently Asked Questions
What position can I wear my newborn in?
We recommend carrying a newborn in the "tummy to tummy" position with their legs "froggied" up by scrunching up your baby's legs into the natural fetal position. Wait to use the spread-squat position (see next question) until it is comfortable for your baby - somewhere around 2-3 months of age.
It seems like baby's legs are spread very far apart, is that healthy?
Yes, it's called a spread-squat position and is actually recommended for baby's hip development. If you watch your baby playing on the floor, she will naturally get into a very similar position. Follow this link to read a wonderful article that explains this very clearly:
What position can I wear my baby / toddler in?
Watching our tutorial videos will give you lots of ideas. Basically anything you can imagine. Chibuki is great in all carrying positions - front, back, and hip. We recommend tummy to tummy for all ages as opposed to facing out. It's more ergonomic (better for baby's body) as well as healthier for neurological development as baby has more control over how much stimulation they are exposed to.
Experiment and have fun!
How do I support my baby's head when she falls asleep?
When using the standard Chibuki tie, the knot of the tie becomes the head supporter. Simply lift the fabric head supporter to it's upright position and slide the knot up baby's back until his head is fully supported. (You will need to tighten it a bit)
For older babies this is generally not necessary as they have better head control even while sleeping.
I heard something in the news about baby carriers being dangerous. Is that true?
A sling carrier may pose a danger to small babies who are positioned improperly. Chibuki is NOT a sling (hammock shape worn over one shoulder). Chibuki's design holds your baby in an upright position as opposed to a cradled position and has no connection with the baby carrier warnings.
Here is a link to the full U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warning, along with diagrams. If you know someone using a sling carrier, please pass this link on to them so that they can be sure to wear their baby in the correct and safe position!
I am very small / large, will the Chibuki fit me?
Your new Chibuki will come with extra long waist straps and clear instructions how to fit the Chibuki to size.
How do I clean my Chibuki?
All Chibukis are completely machine washable. We recommend a cold cycle and line dry for brightest colors and longest life.
If you have an American style washer with an agitation bar in the center, be sure to secure your Chibuki inside a large lingerie bag or pillowcase so that the straps won't get twisted. With European style machines that is not necessary. If your Chibuki is a combination of light and dark colors, we recommend using a "dye magnet" or similar product in your wash cycle.