Learn to Use Your Bairn Carrier

The Bairn is a traditional full-buckle, intuitive and quick to snap on this is our grab-and-go carrier.

Learn to use your Bairn Carrier below.

Not sure what a Bairn is? Learn more here.
Discover more about our Buckle & Half-Buckle carriers.

Before Getting Started …

When you receive your baby carrier we suggest you practice with a teddy or doll, while checking your carry in the mirror, before trying with your baby. This is great for getting familiar with how to tie and tighten a woven carrier.

A top tip for using a baby carrier:
Remember to wrap snuggly!

Your Bairn should feel snug, like a bandage; too loose and the material will sag and baby will not remain close to your centre of gravity. This means baby will not be held securely and it will be uncomfortable for you both. If you find your baby is pushing away from you, this may be because the carrier is too loose and they are not feeling secure – trying tightening the carrier little by little until they settle.

Crossed straps or Ruck Straps?

This choice is generally down to personal preference! We suggest trying both ways to find out which is most comfortable for you.

Bairn Front Carry – Crossed Straps

Bairn Front Carry – Ruck Straps

Adjusting Your Carry for a Newborn

When carrying a newborn you will need to shorten the height and width of the front panel of your Bairn. This video shows you the simple adjustments you can make when carrying a newborn baby.

Bairn Back Carry

For more tips on perfecting your carry, head over to our Youtube Channel.

Remember Your Safety Checks

When you have finished putting on your carrier the most important steps are to check your little one’s airways are clear, that your sling is tight and secure and that you are comfortable taking your hands away from baby. If you are not comfortable doing so then your sling will need to be tightened and adjusted.

‘M’ Position
Ensure baby’s bottom is below their knees and fabric is knee-to-knee.
Supported Carry
Ensure carry is snug enough to prevent slumping while allowing a gentle curve of the spine.
Close Enough to Kiss
Ensure little one’s chin is not on their chest and that their face is clear of fabric.
Take Care Bending
Bend with your knees and support baby.
Consider Your Comfort
Ensure the fabric is spread across your back without being twisted.
Be Mindful of Temperature
Be aware of baby’s temperature when in the sling and avoid overheating.

Learn how to use other Oscha carriers.