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Our basic Clutch wraps come in over 30 different colors. Basic Clutch wraps have no embellishments or pockets. They are approximately 20 inches wide and come in three different lengths-4 yards (small), 5 yards (medium) and 6 yards (large). If you would like a larger wrap, we can do it. The size of the wrap depends on the person wearing it, not the size of your baby. A 5'5", 140 lb. woman of average bust size can wear a small. A 6'3", 280 lb. man requires a large.
Benefits of babywearing Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician, coined the phrase attachment parenting.
One of Sears' principles of attachment parenting is babywearing and he attributes many benefits to
babywearing and the in-arms style of parenting. Claimed benefits of babywearing include:
* Mothers' progesterone (mothering hormone) is increased through physical contact with the infant,
leading to a more intimate maternal bond, easier breastfeeding and better care, thus lowering the
incidence of postpartum depression and psychosomatic illness.
* Infants who are carried are calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. The caregiver
can be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, provide feeding and the motion necessary for continuing
neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health and to establish balance (inner ear
development) and muscle tone is constant.
* Infants are more organized. Parental rhythms (walking, heartbeat, etc.) have balancing and soothing
effects on infants.
* Infants are "humanized" earlier by developing socially. Babies are closer to people and can study facial
expressions, learn languages faster and be familiar with body language.
* Contrary to western cultural myths, independence is established earlier.
* Attachment between child and caregiver is more secure.
* Decreases risk of positional plagiocephaly ("flat head syndrome") caused by extended time spent in a
car seat and by sleeping on the back. Sleeping on the back is recommended to decrease the risk of SIDS.
Cranial distortion resulting from non-vehicular time in car seats has shown to be more severe than in
children who develop plagiocephaly from back-lying on a mattress.  Concern over plagiocephaly has
also led the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend that infants should spend minimal time in
car seats (when not a passenger in a vehicle) or other seating that maintains supine positioning. 
None of the babywearing positions require infants to lie supine while being carried. Infants can even be
worn while they sleep, also decreasing sleeping time spent in a supine position.
Use Common Sense. Take good care of your baby.
When stopping to tie the cloth, be sure you are standing in a safe place. Use the same common sense about choosing a place to tie the cloth as you would about choosing a place to stop to tie your shoes. For example, you would not stop in the middle of a busy walkway or parking lot to bend over and tie your shoes. Do not tie your baby wrap there, either.
Continue to pay attention to baby's movements and breathing. Do not wear head phones while wearing baby. You need to be able to hear her if she needs you. If baby fusses, she's probably mad that you stopped moving. Try walking, singing, talking to her, doing fast tiny bounces up and down. If that doesn't settle her, she may be hot, uncomfortable or hungry. Take her down and attend to her. You can do the laundry later.
Avoid the temptation to "Show Off" your babywearing skills. You'll be distracted and much more likely to drop your baby. That's a terrible way to impress someone. Demonstrate, teach, share with others? Yes! Show how cool is this new thing you can do? "Ta da!" No.
Be sure the ends of the cloth do not go lower than your upper thighs. If the cloth is extra long, wrap it around you again. Tuck it in. Loose ends can cause you to trip. Dangling cloth, whether from a baby wrap or from a blouse, could catch on fire while you cook. So use common sense and don't let your blouse or your baby wrap dangle near open flame.
Be careful not to bump baby's head on anything. It is possible to bump baby's head whether using a sling or carrying baby in your arms. Be especially careful of doorways when carrying baby on your hip.
Trust your instincts. If you feel that the baby is not wrapped securely, try again. Read the instructions again. If you can't figure out what you are doing wrong, find other babywearers and ask for help. Get help from an experienced babywearer.
Have another adult help you when learning a new carry position or using a new wrap cloth. Have your helper double check your work to be sure you followed the instructions correctly. Have your helper inspect the finished wrap to see if there is any way for the baby to slip. If you're going to have a friend help you get baby down, be absolutely CERTAIN that the friend has a good hold of the baby before you loosen the carrier. The Diffusion of Responsibility is a dangerous thing, especially when combined with a baby and the force of gravity.
Practice each new carry with a doll or teddy bear until you are really good at it. Only then should you try it with baby. And even then, if it's a back carry, go ahead and kneel on a soft surface. And check your work when you're done. And have another adult help you the first few times. There is no shame or silliness in being a good, cautious, responsible mother/father.
Do not cover the baby's head with any cloth that shouldn't be used to cover a baby's head.
Do not leave a swaddled baby unattended unless you have become an expert in swaddling and you are absolutely certain that the baby won't wiggle loose and get the ribbon around his neck or the blanket over his face. When in doubt, keep baby with you.
Use Common Sense.
This list does not, and cannot possibly, include warnings about all the possible silly things a person might absent-mindedly do.
Be a responsible adult and think for yourself. -courtesy of Tracy Dower
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