Here is a great video for wearing a newborn in a sling!
To refold or reverse your pouch, hold it open and fold it in half. Make sure that when you put it on the open part of it (four layers of fabric) faces UP.
When you put your pouch on, make sure that the curved seam is always at your waist and that the flat seam rests on your shoulder. The Wallababy tag should be at your waist. If the tag ends up at your shoulder, you have put the pouch on upside down. Your pouch can be worn on either shoulder. If you are going to wear it on your right shoulder, pass your left arm through the pouch and bring the pouch over your head and rest the seam onto your right shoulder. If you want to wear it on your left shoulder, pass your right arm through the pouch. The goal is for your baby’s bottom to end up in the curved part of the pouch (near the tag). So, with a newborn, you want to shift the pouch so that the tag /curved seam of the pouch is at your belly button. When your child is older, you will want the tag/curved seam of the pouch near your hip, since that is where your child’s bottom will end up (on your hip).
Place your baby in the pouch butt first. Make sure that there is fabric between you and your baby. Guide your baby’s legs and feet into the pouch. My model did NOT want his feet folded in the pouch which is fine-I’ll just keep my arm on him and try to snuggle his feet in later. Try bouncing and moving once your baby is in since they love movement. A lot of older babies (3+ months) do not like their heads covered in the pouch (so much to learn while looking around!) so just make sure the back of their head is supported by some of the fabric near your shoulder. A tiny newborn will most likely look lost inside the pouch, but typically they love the feeling of being swaddled and won’t mind at all.
Pick your child up and reach underneath and bring his or her legs around your waist. There will not be any fabric between your belly and baby for this carry. Pull the bottom pouch of the pouch under baby’s butt and behind the knees. Pull the top part of the pouch up baby’s back. Baby can keep arms out of pouch or completely in the pouch. You can flip the top layer of the pouch over on your shoulder to tighten the top part of the pouch a little bit. Your child can ride on your hip like this or straddling your waist (as the above picture shows).
Be sure to check out the photo gallery as well to see additional pictures!
We are in the process of redoing our sling brochure instructions. In the meantime, here is a great video for wearing a newborn in a sling.