Flared Straps are my version of padded to wrap straps. Straps that start off with a padded section and then flare out to a wrap strap. They are most often found on wrap conversions but this style of strap can also be found on mei tais made from cotton duck or linen. You can tie the straps in all the ways shown in my insturctions but you can also spread them across baby's bum for additional support. It's very easy to do! Follow these steps for nicely spread out and tensioned straps every time.
Put your carrier on and get your baby onto your back using your preferred method. I like to hip scoot. I am using a half buckle in this demonstration. Clip the waist belt on and let the carrier hang behind you. Hold your baby on your hip, then scoot your baby around to your back. Using the straps pull the body of the carrier over your baby. Keep on hand on baby until baby is secure.
Pull your straps straight into the air and bounce a little (this seats your baby deeper into the carrier).
Bring the straps over your shoulders and pull them towards the floor. Hold one strap between your knees and bring the other over your arm and down to pass over baby's leg.
As you bring the strap over baby's leg hold it by the top edge and pass it across baby's leg and back keeping your arm and your top rail high. Pass the top rail to your opposite hand.
Pass the strap over baby's leg keeping it spread out.
Lift baby's leg over the rail so the strap is now bunched under baby's legs. If you skip this step and only pass the strap under you will loose tension.
Repeat for the other side and tie in front.
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