Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for answers? Most questions can be answered in our FAQs below – if you would still like to speak with us you can get in touch here.

TYPE, MATERIAL & MANUFACTURE

What is the KangaWrap made from?

The KangaWrap is a stretchy wrap, made from organic cotton. It is lightweight, cool and breathable.

What is the difference between a sling and a wrap?

The main difference between slings and wraps is that a wrap uses both shoulders, and your back, to distribute the baby’s weight evenly all over your upper body. It won’t tug on your shoulders or back and naturally distributes baby’s weight correctly as well, without putting extra pressure on baby’s joints and spine. Slings are worn across one shoulder, which takes the baby’s full weight.

Do KangaWraps meet EU standards?

Yes. KangaWraps are made from soft, lightweight organic cotton that has gone through all the safety checks and complies with EU standards for baby carriers, including strength of fabric and is free from harmful dyes etc. KangaWrap is compliant with EU Standard EN 13209-2:2005

Where is the KangaWrap made?

KangaWraps will always be made where employment opportunities can be offered in fair trade conditions. Currently, all KangaWrap products are made in Mauritius.

Do you have KangaWraps in any other colours?

We have considered making the KangaWrap in different colours. We decided to stick with black as it goes with any outfit and dads are happy to wear it too! The near £1,000 cost to test each additional dye is money we would rather use to help fund maternal health care in developing communities.

What is the size of the KangaWrap?

It’s 5 metres long, 0.5 metre wide.

THE WEARER

Will the KangaWrap fit me?

The KangaWrap is designed to be one size fits all and is long enough for a comfortable fit on almost any wearer. Your size will only determine how many times you wrap the ties around your waist, which will not affect the strength or integrity of the KangaWrap. As long as you can tie the knot comfortably, you will be fine.

Can I wear a KangaWrap while pregnant?

You should always be careful when carrying anything while pregnant, especially in the later stages. It is not wise to take chances or place unnecessary strain on your back, however your body will be the best indicator of what your limit is.

A KangaWrap should be fine for short periods in early pregnancy, but if you have any back ache it would be best to stop.

ABOUT BABY

Is there a minimum weight that the KangaWrap is suitable for?

There is no minimum weight if the baby is well.

Tunbridge Wells Hospital uses them for preterm babies, cared for on the postnatal ward. The smallest they have had to date was 1.9kg (4lbs 3oz) at 34 weeks.

What is the weight range for KangaWraps?

The recommended weight range is newborn to 15kgs. No baby is too small – even the tiniest infants can be safely carried in your KangaWrap.

Are KangaWraps suitable for preterm babies?

Yes. KangaWraps were developed primarily to help Kangaroo Care for pre and full term births.

HOW TO CARRY

How many carrying positions does KangaWrap have?

The KangaWrap can be tied in many different ways, (similar to other wraps). However, we have focussed on Kangaroo Care for new-borns and only recommend the upright position we show on our leaflet and website because it is vital that a new-born baby is held in the correct position with its air way open. Carrying a baby in different positions can sometimes mean the airway becomes closed or constricted which could potentially lead to suffocation.

Always position baby so you can see its face and check its breathing regularly, especially when it is asleep. Do not sleep with your baby in the wrap.

Can I face my baby forward in a KangaWrap?

We recommend that you NEVER hold your baby in a forward position in a KangaWrap (or any baby carrier) as it places undue pressure on their developing spine, hips and most sensitive area. It also fails to provide good head and neck support.

Is the KangaWrap suitable for hip and back carrying?

No. Never use the KangaWrap for a back carry. There is no safe way to use a stretchy wrap for a back carry.

My baby seems to be sinking down when I am walking. Do I need to tie it tighter?

The KangaWrap is a stretchy wrap and should be tied tightly, with no part loose or hanging down. Your baby can then be tucked in snugly (although not uncomfortably tight).

For heavier babies, you can try tying the KangaWrap with the “X” higher on your sternum. Spreading the KangaWrap across your baby’s bottom to the hollow of their knees provides a wide base to help stability.

 

BREASTFEEDING

Can I breastfeed with a KangaWrap?

You can easily and discreetly nurse while wearing your baby in a KangaWrap. Have as much skin to skin contact as possible in the first few days after the birth, this will encourage breastfeeding little and often which in turn helps to increase lactation.

You’ll need to wriggle the baby down a bit lower for feeding – but essentially the main thing is to experiment and find what is easiest for you. Remember to always keep a close watch on your baby while breastfeeding and move your baby’s face away from your breast when they are no longer actively nursing.

CARING FOR KANGAWRAP

How do I care for my KangaWrap?

It’s a good idea to wash your KangaWrap before you use it for the first time. Always wash in cold water, 30o, and tumble dry on low. It may experience slight shrinkage but will stretch out again during wear.

PROFESSIONAL / TRADE ENQUIRES

I work in Maternity Care Services, can I buy KangaWraps for the mums we serve?

Many hospitals and neo-natal units use KangaWraps and we have special purchasing arrangements for them. Please contact us at office@KangaWrap.co.uk, one of our qualified maternity volunteers will be pleased to call you to discuss how we can help bring Kangaroo Care to your maternity services.

I would like to sell or loan KangaWrap Products

If you are a retailer or sling library and would like to feature the KangaWrap in your range, please email office@kangawrap.co.uk with details of your organisation.