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 Pocket Organic Hug-a-Bub® and the Lightweight Pocketless Hug-a-Bub®
The main purpose of the pocket is that it turns inside out and becomes a storage bag for the sling fabric. Other than that, the Lightweight pocketless Hugabub functions in the same way as the pocket style. The pocket wrap does however offer more support for bigger or heavy babies, due the double layer of fabric.
The Lightweight pocketless carrier can be cooler in hot climates.
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.
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.
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 some front packs, 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.
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.
As soon as babies are able to hold their head up by themselves (usually around 3-4 months) you can place them in the face outward position (’on the go’). Some babies are so interested in the world around them that they love this position. Others may enjoy it for short periods of time when out and about, but prefer to have visual contact with mum or dad.
The Hug-a-Bub® is always tied the same way, the only difference being that you need to tie it a little more firmly for this position, as your baby’s weight moves slightly away from you, stretching the fabric more than usual.
The koala cuddle position is a great alternative to ’on the go’ for older babies. It allows their upper body to be free to twist and turn, to look at what ever takes their fancy, while still having visual access to you. If they fall asleep, you can tuck their arms back under the straps.
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)
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.
Please seek medical advice to confirm that the Hug-a-Bub® is appropriate for your premie baby. The Hug-a-Bub® is currently being used in Neo-natal Intensive Care Units throughout Australia.
Hug-a-Bub® is the only carrier we know of that actually supports a baby’s head against your body in the same way as your hand cradles their head when you are carrying them close. Most carriers do not support the head but simply stop it from being able to drop backwards. The Hug-a-Bub® offers complete support for newborn or sleeping baby’s head and neck using the soft, wide shoulder wraps.
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.
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.
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.
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. We also recommend using the Lightweight Hug a Bub for summer babies.
The Huggable size is definitely our most popular. A versatile size that fits 98% of all our customers, it fits all sizes from SMALL women to EXTRA LARGE men.
UNIVERSAL – small, medium, large, extra large
AUSTRALIAN WOMAN – size 8 up to size 18
UK / USA WOMAN – size 32 up to size 40
This Is Our Most Common Sizing Question…
Q: I am dress size 12-14 and my husband has a 44 chest. We need to be sure that we order the right size.
A: 98% of all our sales are the Huggable size. As you’ll see there’s no fixed structure, just one long piece of fabric which ties in a knot at your front. The fabric is designed to stretch so after you wear it, it will accommodate a bigger size. The longer you wear it, the longer it will become. A simple wash and dry will bring it back to its original length (or close to it). Generally the huggable will fit Adult sizes, SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA LARGE.
This scenario you speak of is very common and we always recommend that you get the huggable size. It is much easier for your partner to leave the tie of the Hug-a-Bub® around his back (if it is a little short) than it is for you to cope with metres of fabric left over.