When can I start carrying my baby in the carrier?
The carrier is designed for babies from approximately 4 months old and about 60 cms tall. We can only give approximate figures because babies’ sizes vary greatly. Until the child is about 4 months old the carrier is still too wide between the legs. When the baby gains more bulk it will fill the space between you and the backrest, which can then provide them with proper back support.
We had the carrier tested for children from 3.5 kg because we sought to prove that the backrest fulfills the stricter conditions that apply for this weight category. It is presumed that the smallest babies are unable to hold up their head and so the carrier must provide support and protect the head from sudden recline. We wanted the carrier to be tested for this feature as well in case you needed to carry a newborn in an emergency (in which case the baby should have their legs folded inside the carrier). You might also wish to use one of the infant inserts offered by other manufacturers. It also makes it possible to use the carrier with children with slower psychomotor development.
What is the maximum weight capacity of the carrier?
KiBi has passed the weight test for 20 kg. It should handle any weight up to this point easily. Children’s size and weight can vary greatly during their infancy -- from a tall 2 year old girl weighing 12kg to a boy of the same age weighing 18 kg. Because our own children are quite heavy we wanted to set the weight limit so that it would suffice for most children under 3 years of age.
Another issue is the height of the child. If you carry older children only occasionally and for short distances it is not necessary that the cloth under their bottom reaches all the way to their knees. Children who are able to sit on their own do not need to be supported along their whole spine. It is not advisable to try to force their backs into the rounded position with knees high up that is beneficial for small babies who do not have the curvature of their spine fully developed yet. Older children have no problem handling the small discomfort of the cloth reaching only halfway along their thighs. However, if you need to carry your child for longer periods of time it is better that the cloth reaches from one knee to the other because the child is much more comfortable. The KiBi carrier is adjustable in such a way that it suffices for most children who have turned 3. If your child is of smaller stature you will be able to use the KiBi carrier even when they become a pre-schooler.
I am short, while my partner, on the other hand, is big and tall. Will it be possible for both of us to use the KiBi?
Yes. We took pains to ensure that the KiBi carrier is as universal as possible and can accommodate all sizes of carrying persons. You can lengthen or shorten the shoulder straps so that the padding is always on the shoulders with short or tall people. This also allows very thin and short women to tighten the shoulder straps sufficiently. The padding on the waistband is sized so that even very slight people could tighten it comfortably around the waist and do not have to pull it down on their hips. The minimum circumference of the waistband is 60 cms.
What materials is the carrier made of? Are they natural or artificial?
The base carrier cloth as well as the designer cloth are 100% cotton. All materials have been tested in an accredited laboratory and fulfil the rather strict requirements of the Czech regulation 84/2001 SB. It sets the maximum limits for chemicals in products for children up to 3 years of age. The carrier has also been tested for the release of harmful chemicals from the fabric when in contact with sweat and saliva. The tests also evaluates the fastness of colours.
How to wash and maintain the carrier?
You can wash the carrier in the washing machine using a gentle cold wash (30 degrees Celsius). The cloth can be ironed at a lower temperature. The KiBi carrier should not be tumble dried. It dries best on the clothesline. Be careful not to use very aggressive washing powders or gels which could affect the colours. Never use bleach because it will destroy the colours.
The standard remedy in case of staining is always a wet cloth. Actually, it is not necessary to wash the carrier as often as it would appear.
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